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Wiltshire County Council

Principal Public Libraries with family history resources
Research services
Registrar General's Index
Census records
Electoral registers
Poll books
International Genealogical Index
Unpublished indexes
Parish registers
Published transcripts
Other materials
Guides to collections
Record Office address
Other information

Library Services URL: http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/libraries/
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): WIL

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

County Local Studies Library (BL)
Bythesea Road
BA14 8BS
Tel: 01225 713732
Fax: 01225 713715

Opening hours:

Monday: 0900-1900
Tuesday: 0900-1700
Wednesday: 1000-1700
Thursday: 0900-1900
Friday: 0900-1900
Saturday: 0900-1600

Other Libraries:

Salisbury Local Studies Library (CL)
Market Place
Tel: 01722 410073
Opening hours: Monday: 0900-1900; Tuesday: 0900-1900; Wednesday: 0900-1900; Thursday: 0900-1700; Friday: 0900-1900; Saturday: 0900-1600

Swindon Local Studies Library (DL)
Swindon Central Library
Regent Circus
Tel: 01793 616277
Opening hours: Monday-Thursday: 0900-2000; Friday: 0900-1700; Saturday: 0900-1600

3. Research Service

Service available? Yes

Fee-based? Yes

Provided by local Record Office? No - list of local record agents provided

4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.

Locations AL 1837-1886

5. Census returns

AL 1841-1891 complete for Wiltshire
CL 1841-1891 Local area
DL 1841-1891 Local area

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Kelly's Directories of Wiltshire 1848-1939 (BL, CL, DL)
Pigots Directories 1822-1850 (BL, CL, DL)

6(b) City and Town Directories

Swindon & North Wiltshire 1852-1952 (BL & DL)
Devizes and arrea 1858-1968 (BL, DL, CL)
West Wiltshire 1908-1953 (BL, CL, DL)
Trowbridge 1859-1974 (very incomplete) (BL)
Marlborough & area 1894-1930 (incomplete) (BL, CL, DL)
Salisbury 1850s-1974 (BL, CL)

6(c) Telephone Directories

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Kept by Wiltshire Record Office

7(b) Poll Books

A few (AL, CL, DL)
Most held at Wiltshire Record Office

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

1993 CD-ROM with amendments - world-wide (AL)
1992 British Isles, U.S.A., Commonwealth (AL)
1992 British Isles (CL)
1992 British Isles (DL)

9. Unpublished Indexes

Census street indexes for some towns (AL & CL)
We index journal articles relating to Wiltshire - information stored on our main database

10. Parish Registers

Ongoing published transcripts being produced by Wiltshire Family History Society (AL, CL, DL)
Originals in Wiltshire Record Office
From 1st April 1997 Swindon Borough Council will hold local parish registers on microfiche at DL

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

The Gentleman's Magazine 1731-1847
The Antiquary vols 1-51 (1880-1915)
List and Index Society vols. 1-261 and ongoing
The Marlburian 1865-1903

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

Wiltshire Record Society publications (AL, CL, DL)
Harleian Society - incomplete (AL)
Rolls Series - complete (AL)
Calendars - an incomplete set

13. Other material

AL holds substantial general library of family history material, general archaeology museology and local & national history. Also included are reprints of many county histories and runs of the archaeological journals of nearby counties.

14. Guides to Collections


15. Local Record Offices

Wiltshire Record Office
County Hall East
Bythesea Road
BA14 8JG
Tel: 01225 713139

Other information

List of microform sources available at AL attached.
Hold 1881 census index for England and Wales complete
~Copies of guides to libraries attached$