Welcome to South Warwickshire Family History Society [SWFHS] !

Whilst the larger conurbations such as Coventry, Rugby and Nuneaton and the rural areas of North Warwickshire are well catered for by other family history societies, the southern areas of the County appear to have been largely ignored. Our aim is therefore to address this imbalance.

The website is free to use and there is no committee or meetings to attend. However if you would like more information on any of the individuals or parishes listed, we ask you to use this form to send in your query – just to ensure that you are not a robot !  We will then do our best to help you.

Should you wish to contribute financially to this project, there will be at some stage a 'donation' option so that we can try and recover the initial costs of website hosting.  However, just as important is the donation of information, parish records and photographs (for which you own the copyright), and any other relevant documentation, and we would be delighted to hear from you.  Further, should you wish to join our transcription team, you would be made very welcome.

In the left hand menu you will find links to numerous Baptism and Marriage Indices (Burials will follow in due course) along with a master database for each and the beginnings of our efforts to transcribe all the local war memorials and built commemorative pages for each man listed on them.

Latest News and Events

New BMD Index Records Added - May 18th to May 23rd, 2018

Baptism Index

We added another 4,000+ records to the Baptism Index for the parishes listed below, included numberous recently acquired 18th century records. The Master Index now holds over 228,000 records. We now have records of one sort or another from 105 different parishes in the South Warwickshire area (see Parish list for more)

Added to the baptism index during the dates above: Honiley (1745-1812) & Coughton.

More than 1,300 records were added to the marriage index during the dates above for Honiley and Coughton. The total number of marriage records now stands at 16,750.

Over 2,000 burial records were and database now holds over 5,000 records with the addition of Honiley and Coughton.


Heritage Training Workshops to be held in Warwickshire

Warwickshire County Council in partnership with Tame Valley Wetlands is to hold a series of heritage training workshops over the next few months.

Tame Valley Wetlands
© and Kind Permission of Tame Valley Wetlands

The events are being organised by the County Council’s Historic Environment Record Team and are entirely free to attend. The workshops will help local communities understand and be able to advocate for the heritage and historic environment in their area.

The series of workshops kicks off on 31 January at The Old Market Hall, Coleshill with an event entitled ‘Identifying, understanding and valuing heritage’. The workshop will seek to:

  • Explain the concepts of ‘historic environment’ and why it is important to local community, environment, and economy.
  • Provide guidance on how to obtain and develop an historic environment ‘evidence base’.
  • Provide instruction on how to identify and record the character of locally distinctive urban and rural areas.

For more information about the workshops and a link to book a place please click here.

Disclaimer

Please note that we are NOT members of the Federation of Family History Societies but we are a Society of people involved in family history research in South Warwickshire. In the future, as the website develops and SWFHS being able to meet membership criteria (being in existence for 1 years is first), we may apply for membership.