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Here you will find the latest news from our society including, new publications, trips, and more.



October 2021 journal

The October 2021 journal is now on-line and is available to members, who should log on and select Journals through the Members' Area. 

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Virtual Family History Shows


Come and visit us! We will be attending three more virtual family history shows. Although unable to attend events in person, people will be able to visit many Societies and suppliers and to attend lectures. Most importantly they will be able to ask us questions: in some cases by a visual link such as Zoom, in others by text, sometimes both. The shows are:
25th September: The Family History Show - Online. 10am - 4.30pm.  All the features of a physical show.  As well as over 100 virtual exhibitor stalls, online talks throughout the day, and specialists in our popular 'Ask the Experts' area
2nd October: Oxfordshire Family History ZoomFair ZoomFair. 10am to Noon and 2pm to 4pm.
12th/13th November: The Really Useful Family History Show. See the event website for timings:

AGM 2021


Registered Charity No. 290284


The Annual General Meeting of Wiltshire Family History Society will be held on Saturday 18 September 2021 at Nursteed Centre, Nursteed Road, Devizes, SN10 3AH commencing at 3.15pm.

The business of the meeting will be to receive the annual report of the Executive Committee as Trustees, to receive the accounts of the Society for 2020/21, to elect the members of the Executive Committee other than the six Branch Representatives for the ensuing year, to re-elect or elect where necessary the President and Vice-Presidents of the Society for terms of six years, and to transact any other business on the agenda to be circulated at the meeting.

Proceedings and election of officers will be in accordance with the Constitution.

Nomination forms for the elections may be obtained from the General Secretary by post or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. They should be signed by the proposer, the seconder and the nominee and reach the General Secretary by Saturday 4 September 2021.

A copy of the accounts may be obtained prior to the AGM from the General Secretary at the Resource Centre upon receipt of a stamped addressed envelope after 31 August 2021.

Preceding the AGM, at 2.00pm there will be a talk by the outgoing President Mike Stone  entitled "Brunel Brotherhood and Early Railways in North Wiltshire".  Everyone is invited.

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 the site will not be found.

It is now

Even the link through Wiltshire Libraries has not been updated. The links on this website has been updated.


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  Alvediston Manor Court records 1633-1887

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'.

re-NEW-ed 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.

View or download our expanded Publications leaflet or visit our store on GenFair.

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  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.


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