Information for family historians

Before 1837 church records when records of Births, Marriages, and Deaths were started, church records of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials are the main source of information for family historians. Most of the records are Church of England Parish Registers, though some records of other churches can be found in the National Archives in London.

Church of England Records can be invaluable to family historians. The following types of records are commonly found:

  • Registers of baptisms, marriages and burials.
  • Monumental inscriptions – transcriptions of the names on the gravestones.
  • Probate records (wills) before 1858

Before 1858 many wills were proved in Church Courts. Wills from this period are held in a variety of locations.

Only the current registers for Wroughton Parish Church are held in the church, copies of older registers and some old wills can be viewed at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, or  at the Local Studies and Family History Section in Swindon Central Library

For further information on Church of England records for family historians follow this link

For information on Births, Marriages and Deaths after 1837 and wills after 1858 this link