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. Recently, Wendy Boland has joined our website team, and both Pam Taylor and Sheila Steane have generously contributed data files. We would like to extend our thanks to them for their generosity. Further, should you wish to join our transcription team please click here, you would be made very welcome.
On the left hand menu you will find links to numerous Baptism, Marriage and Burial Indices along with a master database for each and the beginnings of our efforts to transcribe all the local war memorials and build commemorative pages for each man listed on them.
Latest News and Events
New BMD Index Records Added - Updated October 9th to 13th 2018
We now have records of one sort or another from 130 (^2) different parishes in the South Warwickshire area (see Parish list for more) and we have just built our 200th individual Parish database/list of records.
Over 3,000 new records were added to the baptism index during the dates above. New records were added for Leamington Hastings 1705-1746, Sherbourne 1720-1812, Aston Cantlow 1754-1812, Leek Wootton 1753-1812 and Priors Hardwick 1736-1742. The baptism database now holds over 265,100 records.
No new records were added to the marriage index during the dates above. The marriages database now contains over 34,000 records.
Over 4600 new records were to the burial index during the dates above. New records were added for Aston Cantlow 1754-1916, Leek Wootton 1753-1916 and Sherbourne 1698-1916. The burials database now contains exactly 52,000 records.
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!
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.