Research

It is not in the nature of family historians to stand still. Either we are researching our own family history or helping others with theirs.

Volunteers have been transcribing, and making available Wiltshire-related records almost since the day the Society was founded. Some projects, such as transcribing parish registers, seemed as though they would never end, and yet that work is close to completion. 

The Society's many products are just a part of the resources that are available to us. This section sets out how we might help you to make use of them in your research, either through and enquiry or a personal visit.

Research Enquiries

Volunteers from the Society will undertake research using mainly our own resources and, if  appropriate, external sources.  For all research enquiries, email the Research Administrator - see our Contact Us page.

If we can help, a confirmation email will ask your permission to proceed and explain our research arrangements and costs (normally £10 per hour).  When permission has been received we will send you a log book number, and your enquiry will then be dealt with by one of our research  volunteers.

Our confirmation email will explain options for payment.  If you choose to pay on line, or simply wish to make a donation to support our many voluntary activities, you can use Paypal or the Donation option in our Genfair online sales outlet - click here.

Personal Research Visits & 'Open Saturdays'

Visitors who have pre-booked can be hosted or can work individually at ‘Open Saturdays’ held monthly from 10am to 4pm.  See the Events Calendar page on this web site for dates, and see the Research Material page for our holdings.  Personal research visits can also be arranged, subject to a volunteer host being available to open the Resource Centre and pre-booking at least a week ahead.  Enquiries and bookings for 'Open Saturdays' or other visits:  preferably by email through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or text +44 (0)7907 951855.

Where possible visitors should first make use of online resources, including the many WFHS transcriptions on Findmypast and the free internet access to censuses etc at many public libraries.  Note that the county's principal sources of historical material are the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre in Chippenham and the Wiltshire Museum’s Archive & Library in Devizes.

 

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