Welcome to South Warwickshire Family History Society [SWFHS]!

Please see the About Us page in left menu for more about what we offer and do for family history researchers in South Warwickshire and beyond.

On the left hand menu you will find links to the numerous Parish baptismal, marriage and burial indices, along with a Master Database for each series, and the beginnings of our efforts to transcribe all the local War Memorials and build commemorative pages for each man or woman listed on them.

700,000 Records Now Indexed!

On Friday 27th September 2019, our small team of church records researchers published their 700,000th online record and, despite weary eyes, they are continuing on.  We now have over 737,000 records online ready for you to search.

Over 17,000 new records have been added during October 2019 with many more to come.

New BMD Index Records Added - Last Update 16th October 2019 at 11.38am, GMT

We now have records of one sort or another from at least 134 different parishes in the South Warwickshire area (see Parish list for more) and we have just built our 400th individual Parish database/list of records with the total number of BMD records indexed now at over 720,000.

On Feb 16 2019 we added a table of 2700 Non-conformist baptism records from various churches in the area. The table can be found in the L-R section of the Baptism menu. They were also added to the main database.

Errors Found and Fixed

On 19 Aug 2019 an error in the Baptisms menu was identified and fixed, Barston was showing as Barford (2). It was always linked to the Barston records.

On 26 Aug 2019 an error in the Burial records was identified with Arrow showing Bishop Tachbrook records. That error is now fixed and Arrow records ready for searching.

On 27 Sep 2019 an error in the Baginton Marriage database was fixed and the Bride forename now shows in the last column.

On 16 Oct 2019 an error in the Claverdon Marriage database, which caused an extra blank column, was fixed and the Bride forename now shows in the last column.

On 16 Oct 2019 an error in the Hunningham Marriage database was fixed and the Bride forename now shows in the last column.

Records Added On or After October 15th, 2019.
Baptism Index
Nearly 8,000 new records have been added including Bilton 1723-1916, Ufton 1809-1916, Oldberrow 1756-1929 and Emscote 1861-1913. The baptism database contains 386,000 records.

Burial index
Just over 3,000 new burial records have been added including Bilton 1745-1915, Longford 1909-1916, Oldberrow 1756-1930 and Preston on Stour 1686-1919. The burials database now contains over 251,000 records.

Marriage index
Nearly 3,500 new marriage records have been added including records from Leamington Spa (St. John) 1878-1915, Great Alne 1754-1915, Oldberrow 1754-1921, Radford Semele 1754-1916, Tysoe 1707-1916, Walmley 1845-1916 and Warmington 1754-1917. The marriage database now contains over 99,600 records.

War Memorial Index
24 new names added from the Lower Quinton War Memorial

Did you miss our Journal?

Issue 1 released on February 12th.

We issued our first journal/newsletter this week and a link to it can be found below. If you would like it sent to you by email (spam and advert free) please sign up by clicking here or use the form at the bottom of the menu. We promise not to give your email address to anyone else or use it to for any other purpose than to deliver the journal/newsletter once a month.

Click here for Issue 1.

New WW1 War Memorial Transciption Database Added - Last Updated 12.01pm - 22 Oct 2019.

We have been publishing pages for each war memorial or plaque/tablet that we have transcribed and we have now started to add the transcribed names to a database with the military and family history details (click the last name) of each man and woman found.

The database now holds 712 records following the addition of the 16 men named on the Alderminster Memorial and 2 men from Burmington, many other existing records have been updated and missing details identified and added. Hampton Lucy and Lighthorne names were added on 7 Mar 2019, Hatton on 13 Mar 2019, Moreton Morrell on 15 Mar 2019, Newbold Pacey on 16 Mar 2019, Norton Lindsey on 17 Mar 2019, Wellesbourne on 20 Mar 2019, Wasperton on 21 Mar 2019, Henley in Arden on 27 Mar 2019, Alcester on 2 Apr 2019, Binton on 5 Apr 2019, Exhall (Wixford) on 6 Apr 2019, Salford Priors on 25 Apr 2019, Lower and Upper Quinton on 16 Oct 2019, Alderminster on 22 Oct 2019 and Burmington on 22 Oct 2019.

Click here for the Database or scroll down the left hand menu.

New War Memorial Pages added between 8th Mar & 20th October 2019:

Towns and Villages Pages Added

02Village Hall

We have started a new series of pages called Towns & Villages of SWFHS which includes a brief history, links to relevant external information, a photograph gallery and links to SWFHS indices etc. We really do welcome any information and pictures you may wish to share with us on these pages. Below is a clickable list of new additions and the number of pages now stands at 10

Many more to follow.

Interactive Town and Village Location Map Tool Added

interactive map

We have added a new feature that will eventually allow you to locate each village and town in our area with links to content pages (see example below). Click the link here to view the map and then zoom in by clicking on the number on the UK and then by using the numbers or markers per the image above.

You will then see a page like this, we hope you find it useful:

map page example

Warwickshire RO Needs Your Help

Warwickshire Record Office Seeks Volunteers to Index Court Documents.

From the Facebook Press Release - 27/9/2018

Warwickshire Bytes is an exciting new project involving the county's Record Office and Museum Service. It will combine historical documents and objects with digital technology to improve access to our collections and ultimately portray the history of Warwickshire in 100 Stories.

There are lots of ways to take part in the project. The project needs your memories, family heirlooms, photos and letters to bring the stories to life, and if you are comfortable using a keyboard and keen to acquire new skills during your spare time, you could become one of the Record Office's new 'virtual volunteers'!

The volunteers will work from their home computers to index a large collection of witness statements from records of early court cases. We will supply all the documents and full training will be given - all you need is a computer with an internet connection, a Google account and an hour or more to spare each week.

You will gain expertise using spreadsheets and online document sharing, while also getting to grips with 19th century crimes and handwriting. We anticipate that some of the crimes described in the statements may well be candidates for some of the 100 stories of Warwickshire!

If you are keen to take part or have a story to tell, the project team would love to hear from you. Please contact them via email on heritagevolunteers@warwickshire.org.uk for more details.

SWFHS Admitted as a Family History Federation Member

SWFHS Admitted as a Family History Federation Member

We are very pleased to announce that SWFHS is a member of the Family History Federation and  hope that it gives our readers an indication of how serious we are in bringing family history and related information to those whose research includes the South Warwickshire area.