Family History Societies -
Westmorland to Wiltshire

This section lists county associations from Westmorland to Wiltshire providing details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.


Cumbria FHS:-

This group is listed under Cumberland


Rodbourne Community History Group:


Gordon Shaw
c/o RCHG
17 Drew Street

Meeting Location:

Playgroup Room
Even Swindon Community Centre
Jennings Street



The association was formed in 2003 as the Rodbourne Living Story Project. They are committed to recording Rodbourne's past and hope to make memories, plans and photographs available through the site.  A short history of Rodbourne, a suburb of Swindon, is available on their site.

Some publications and other items are available for sale, which include:

  • Between the Bridges: The Early Days of Rodbourne
  • History of Percy Street Wesleyan Chapel
  • Polo Shirts
  • Sweatshirts
  • Tale of Two Schools: A History of Rodbourne's Two Schools


Wiltshire FHS:


Mrs Chrissi Geddes
c/o WFHS
Resource Centre
Unit 3
Bath Road Business Centre
SN10 1XA



Founded in 1981, Wiltshire Family History Society has approximately 2000 members Worldwide. The aims of the association are to promote and encourage the study of genealogy, especially in the county of Wiltshire and to provide a forum where members can contact other members through the publication of a quarterly journal and by holding monthly meetings.

Many resources are accessible in the Research Centre, which include:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Crime Records: Quarter Sessions 1722-1849, Summary Convictions 1698-1803
  • Greenslade Index: Paper slip index of names from North Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire, including notes of  baptisms, marriages and burials
  • Library and Correspondence Files: Indexed by Surname
  • Marriage Licence Bonds for Sarum Diocese 1609-1837: Covers Wiltshire, Berkshire Dorset, and Uffculme in Devon.  This index includes grooms and brides from other counties marrying in the Diocese
  • Monumental Inscriptions
  • Nonconformist Index
  • Parish Register Transcriptions
  • Phillimore Marriage Indexes for Wiltshire
  • Strays Index: People from Wiltshire found in other Counties
  • Surname Index: Index of Surnames found in the Society's Publications
  • Wiltshire Friendly Society List of Members (19th Century)

If you wish to utilise the Resource Centre, it is essential to book one week prior to your proposed visit.

On payment of a fee, the Society is prepared to conduct research on your behalf.

Many publications are available for sale, which include:

  • Bastardy Records 
  • Parish Map: Map of Parishes in Wiltshire
  • Parish Register Transcriptions
  • Travelling Folk Book 1 - Itinerant Mission in Diocese of Salisbury 1882/3
  • Travelling Folk Book 1 - Parish on Wheels 1882/4
  • Vagrants' Passes - British and Irish Vagrants Passing Through Wiltshire 1702-1796 (5 Volumes), 1805-17 
  • Wootton Bassett Hiring Fair Records 1836-1860 (3 Volumes)

A list of surnames currently being researched by members is searchable through their site.


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