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



New Free Name Indexes

To compliment two of our recent CDs / downloads free name indexes have been released for them. They are for CD37 Wiltshire Tithe Awards and CD40 Wiltshire Asylums.

New publications - Wiltshire Asylums

Four new publications have recently been released, all concerned with Wiltshire Asylums. They are:

CS130 – Wiltshire Asylum (Roundway) Burials 1852 – 1966

CS131 – Wiltshire Asylum (Roundway) Admissions and Discharges1851 - 1919

CS132 – Fisherton Anger Asylum Admissions and Discharges 1813 - 1913

CS133 – Box, Calne, Fonthill, Laverstock and Market Lavington Admissions and Discharges

More information is on our GenFair stall. There are over 27000 records in the series. Some patients had more than one period in an asylum.

A free name index is available on this website.

The four publications have also been merged into a single CD / download CD40. Also available through GenFair

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.

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.


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