Free access to Wiltshire parish and probate records
While lockdown remains in place the WSHC and Ancestry are providing free online access to Wiltshire Parish Registers (1538-1916) and Wiltshire Wills & Probate (1530-1858). There is a link from the WSHC Archives page.
You will need to set up a free 'guest account' (email address, password and agree to T&C). Only Wiltshire records are available.
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre website access
You may have noticed that we have left the EU. Does this affect family historians interested in the archives of the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre(WSHC)? Yes it does.
The website address, its url, has changed. If you try to access www.wshc.eu the site will not be found.
It is now www.wshc.org.uk
Even the link through Wiltshire Libraries has not been updated. The links on this website has been updated.
January 2020 journal
The January 2021 journal is now on-line and is available to members, who should log on and select Journals through the Members' Area.
New publication - Alvediston Manor Court records 1633-1887
|The latest in the series of Manor Court Records has been published, as a softback book or as a download. Both versions can be purchased from GenFair or by post from the Publications Officer at Resource Centre|
Wiltshire Strays updated
We have recently added over 1900 marriage records to the Strays Index. These are marriages that took place outside Wiltshire, but either the bride or groom was from Wiltshire.
The full data set is available to members who have logged in. A name index to the records is available to all in the 'Free Indexes to our Publications' page, accessed through 'Publications'.
Eight sets of records, that were transcribed in the 1990s and either faded into the background or were never actually published, have been made available in newly formatted publications:
Wiltshire Land Tax 1780 – CD 11 – 16619 records of property owners and occupiers.
Wiltshire Confirmations 1703-1920 – CD 13 – 27122 events.
Wiltshire Non-Conformist records – CD 14 – 21822 events.
Wiltshire Strays in Gloucester Gaol – 19th century men and women from Wiltshire in Gloucester Gaol, giving date, name, trade and abode
Wiltshire Emigration Association 1849-51 – A scheme to settle Wiltshire people in Australia, with names, birth dates, abode, marriage dates and family members.
Wiltshire Fire Insurance Policy holders 1714-1731 – 1239 records giving name, abode, year and Guildhall Library reference.
Wiltshire Apprentices: Parish, Charity and Private – 6392 records giving name, abode, trade, date of indenture and details of master.
Broad Town Charity Apprentices – 4428 records giving name, abode, trade and master.
October 2020 journal
The October 2020 journal is now on-line and is available to members, who should log on and select Journals through the Members' Area.
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre Newsletter September 2020
The Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre Newsletter is now available through the link here.
Free access to Ancestry
If you don’t have a subscription to Ancestry, you could use the facility in re-opened Wiltshire public libraries. Library members can make use of the subscription to Ancestry.co.uk or use their own laptops, tablets or smart phones to connect via the public wi-fi. From 24th August Corsham, Devizes, Warminster, Chippenham, Salisbury and Trowbridge will be open. See here for more information.
New Publication - Wiltshire Constabulary
We have recently published our largest publication "Wiltshire Constabulary Police Officers Appointed 1839-1927".
At 523 pages it is only available in print, on CD as a download through GENfair.
It is a transcript of original records held at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre, supported by two indexes; one by name and the other by police number. Wiltshire Constabulary re-issued its numbers as they became available.