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.
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.
New WW1 War Memorial Transciption Database Added - Last Updated 5.22pm - 21 Mar 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.
New BMD Index Records Added - Last Update 18 March 2019 at 9.25am, GMT
We now have records of one sort or another from 134 different parishes in the South Warwickshire area (see Parish list for more) and we have just built our 300th individual Parish database/list of records with the total number of BMD records indexed now at over 430,000.
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.
Records Added Between February 21st and March 18th 2019.
No new records have been added to the baptism index during the dates above. The baptism database contains over 296,000 records.
Around 13,000 new records were added to the burial index during the dates above. There included 5001 records from Wootton Wawen church which include burials all the way through to 2010. New records were also added for Weston Under Wetherley 1765-1916, Lillington 1754-1915, Wellesbourne 1767-1916, Emscote 1873-1916, Avon Dassett 1738-1926, Westwood 1846-1916 and Exhall 1747-1917. The burials database now contains over 123,000 records.
The marriage index was tidied up, revamped and then "re-uploaded". The database now contains over 59,900 records which means an extra 11,900 records were added since the last upload on Mar 2nd including records for Bidford on Avon, Baginton, Meriden and Old Milverton (Leamington Spa).
The Baptism and Burials databases will also be undergoing the same treatment over the next few days.
Towns and Villages Pages Added
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
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:
Warwickshire RO Needs Your Help
Warwickshire Record Office Seeks Volunteers to Index Court Documents.
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!
SWFHS Admitted as an FFHS Member
We are very pleased to announce that SWFHS has had its application to join the Federation of Family History Societies accepted. We 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.