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 27th November 2019 at 9.26pm, 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 786,000.

On 16 Feb 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.

On 18 Nov 2019 an error affecting a number of records in the Morton Bagot Baptism database was fixed and all the details within it are correct.

Records Added On or After November 25th, 2019.
Baptism Index
Nearly 24,000 new records have been added including Ryton on Dunsmore 1752-1812, Wormleighton 1750-1812, Weston on Avon 1686-1915, Tysoe 1706-1916, Tredington 1781-1917, Ratley 1739-1917, Packwood 1751-1880. The baptism database contains 408,000 records.

Burial index
20,000 new records added for Knowle 1734-1916, Leamington Spa All Saints 1730-1923, Packwood 1751-1916, Ratley 1767-1917 and Tredington 1782-1917. The burials database now contains over 273,000 records.

Marriage index
Over 4,300 new records were added for Knowle 1735-1916, Leamington Spa St. Mary 1845-1916, Leamington Spa St. Paul 1878-1916, Packwood 1751-1890, Preston on Stour 1643-1917, Ratley 1754-1918, and Ryton-on-Dunsmore 1755-1916. The marriage database now contains over 105,000 records.

War Memorial Index
New names added from Lower Quinton, Alderminster, Burmington, Ullenhall, Tredington, Gaydon & Chadshunt, Sutton under Brailes, Tanworth-in-Arden and Whatcote. There are now 762 South Warwickshire soldiers in our database.

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 Transcriptions Added - Last Updated 10.25pm - 19 Nov 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 760 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, Burmington on 22 Oct 2019, Ullenhall on 7 Nov 2019, Tredington on 7 Nov 2019, Gaydon on 8 Nov 2019, Sutton under Brailes on 8 Nov 2019, Tanworth in Arden on 18 Nov 2019 and Whatcote on November 19, 2019.

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

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

Towns and Villages Pages Added

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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

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.