Has anybody had experiences with English Parish Clerks Websites

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In my efforts to help with the Orphan profiles I came across the English Parish Clerks website for Lancashire. I found the records I wanted but they list their source as the LDS Film # ?????? it doesn't matter what the number is at the moment.

However, when I check out the number on Familysearch.com I never get the record that it is supposed to represent.  Has anybody had this type of problem ?
in Genealogy Help by Geoff Masters G2G6 Mach 1 (13.7k points)

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OPCs vary in quality since they are run by volunteers. I often use the Dorset and.Cornwall ones which are different from each  other but both excellent. Many of the transcripts are created from films, either from the LDS or those produced locally or by commercial companies. It is getting quite rare to be able to use the originals even if one visits the archives ( to protect them from damage related to frequent use)
by Helen Ford G2G6 Pilot (340k points)
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I had a look at a random example from the Lancs OPC .This was St James Accrington Baptisms 1862-1872.The LDS film no was 1278944. I went to the Family search Catalogue https://www.familysearch.org/catalog/search and searched by this number. It was correct and  clicking onto the link in the search result took me to full details of the original film.https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/623196?availability=Family%20History%20Library
In this example  the register was online .( and looks as if many or even all of these Lancs registers are on the site) I was able to search for an entry and see the image for myself with the added advantage of full citation ready to paste into a profile.

England, Lancashire, Parish Registers 1538-1910," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJD8-JDB4 : 13 October 2017), Francis Dewhurst, 27 Oct 1861; citing Christening, St James' Church, Accrington, Lancashire, England, volume , Lancashire Record Office, Preston; FHL microfilm 1,278,944.
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I would say that most (99%) of the OPC sites are brilliant.  

I have looked at the film numbers: the 94024 is fine, but the 1470824 isn't on FamilySearch.  That's OK, because FamilySearch is a volunteer organisation, and it just means they haven't transcribed that film completely yet.  It would be perfectly acceptable for you to say that you had found the information on the Lancashire OPC site, and give the link http://www.lan-opc.org.uk

OPC sites are trustworthy, because (most) of the Online Parish Clerks are experts at transcribing, and usually have original records.

by Ros Haywood G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)

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