Wiltshire Family History

This is a list of Wiltshire family history, genealogy and local history resources and links. Hopefully, they will help you research your Wiltshire ancestors and break down those brick walls.

Archives

Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre
Wiltshire and Swindon has a rich and diverse heritage. The new History Centre brings together the archaeology, archive, buildings record, conservation, and museum advisory services together with the county local studies library to create a centre whose sum is much more than that of its parts.

Births, Marriages & Deaths

Wiltshire BMD
Wiltshire BMD gives you free access to over 800,000 births, deaths, and marriages from 1837 onwards.
Wiltshire Parish Records
Links to external websites containing Wiltshire parish records and registers available online, including Births/Baptisms, Marriages, Deaths/Burials.

Burials & Cemeteries

Wiltshire Burials
A site with over 69,000 names from, mostly, Wiltshire burial grounds.
Wiltshire Memorial Inscriptions
Over 290,000 memorial transcripts going back to the 13th century.

Census Records

1939 Register
FreeCen
UK Census 1841-1911

Criminals & Convicts

Wiltshire Quarter Session Calendars 1728-1890
67,000 records of convicts, witnesses, victims and the crimes committed.

Electoral Registers

Electoral Registers 1832-1932

Forums

RootsChat Wiltshire
A great place to find Wiltshire resources and request help with your research.

Heraldry

Heraldic visitations were tours of inspection undertaken by Kings of Arms (or more often by junior officers of arms, acting as the Kings’ deputies) in England, Wales and Ireland. Their purpose was to regulate and register the coats of arms of nobility and gentry and boroughs, and to record pedigrees. They took place from 1530 to 1688, and their records provide important source material for genealogists. – Source

Historical Directories

Wiltshire Historical Directories

Local History

Domesday Book Wiltshire
Jeffries’ Land
A history of Swindon and its environs.
Memorials of Old Wiltshire
A history of Wiltshire written in 1906 with illustrations.
Place Names of Wiltshire
The origins of the names of towns and villages of Wiltshire.

Maps

Maps of Wiltshire
Ordnance Survey maps of Wiltshire from the nineteenth century.
Old Maps of Wiltshire Online

Military Records

British Military Records
Wiltshire Regiment History
Wiltshire Roll of Honour
Wiltshire Soldiers
Wiltshire Soldiers on the web allows to search the records of over 12,000 servicemen who lost their lives during or just after the end of the Great War 1914 to 1919.

Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Collection 1710-1953

Obituaries

Legacy UK Obituaries

Occupations

British Apprentices 1710-1808
Lost Pubs of Wiltshire

Societies & Groups

Wiltshire Family History Society
The Wiltshire Family History Society is a great place to start or continue research into your Wiltshire ancestors. There are regular events where you can learn more about researching your family history.

Surname Research

Top Surnames from the 1881 Census in Wiltshire

Wills

Wiltshire Wills and Probate Index 1530-1881
Wiltshire Inquisitions 1600s
An Inquisition post mortem is an English medieval record of the death, estate and heir of one of the king’s tenants-in-chief, made for royal fiscal purposes. The process of making such inquisition was effected by the royal escheators in each county where the deceased held land.