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.

Wroughton & Wichelstowe Parish Records

Parish registers for the ancient Parish of Wroughton* exist from about 1654; though there are some gaps, particularly for the Civil War period. The registers for the following periods are held for safekeeping at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre in Chippenham.

Baptisms: 1653 to 2010 

Marriages: 1654 to 1999

Burials: 1654 to 1995

You can view microfiche copies of these registers at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, or  at the Local Studies and Family History Section in Swindon Central Library.

You can of course obtain certificates for marriages since 1837 in Wroughton Parish Church as well as Births and Deaths in Wroughton since 1837 from the Superintendent Registrar in Swindon or from the General Register Office. Please note we cannot provide copies of marriage certificates from registers that are in Chippenham. 

The parish registers over 100 years old are also now available to view online via the Ancestry website, which is available free of charge in the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre and in Wiltshire and Swindon libraries. 

The  Wiltshire Family History Society publish transcripts of baptisms and burials for Wroughton up to 1837. They also have an index of the names on monuments up to the 1980’s. 

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

* The Ecclesiastical Parish of Wroughton was officially renamed the Parish of Wroughton and Wichelstowe in April 2017.