WARWICKSHIRE

The information on this page, and on the accompanying Town & Parish pages is organised by the set of subject headings which the LDS Family History Library uses for categorising genealogical research material. Below are the available headings for Warwickshire; but see How the information on this server is presented to the user for further details, and for an overall list. [Hint: Press the "Back" arrow on your browser's toolbar to return to this page after reading, as there is no return link.]

Map showing position of Warwickshire (c) GENUKI

Description in 1887

"WARWICKSHIRE, a county [Map (above) shows location], in the west-midlands of England; bounded N. by Staffordshire, Derbyshire, and Leicestershire, E. by Northamptonshire, S. by Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, and W. by Worcestershire; greatest length, N. and S., 52 miles; greatest breadth, E. and W., 32 miles; area, 566,271 acres, population 737,339. Warwickshire presents a pleasant undulating surface of hill and dale, watered by the Avon, Leam, and Tame. The climate is mild and healthy, and the soil, except some cold stiff clays on the higher grounds, is fertile. It consists chiefly of a strong red loam adapted for wheat and beans, or a sandy loam for barley and turnips. Much land is kept in permanent pasture for grazing. Formerly the county was thickly wooded (that part N. of the Avon being called the Forest of Arden), and fine timber is still abundant. Geologically it mainly belongs to the secondary formation. A coal field, 16 miles by 3 miles, extends from the neighbourhood of Coventry to the border of Staffordshire, E. of Tamworth. The principal minerals are coal, ironstone, limestone, freestone, blue flagstone, and fire-clay. The manufactures are carried on chiefly at Birmingham (hardware and silk goods) and Coventry (watches and ribbons). There are mineral springs at Leamington, Stratford on Avon, Ilmington, Southam, Willoughby, King's Newnham, &c.; The county is traversed in all directions by canals and railways."
[Extract from Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles, 1887]

INFORMATION RELATED TO ALL OF WARWICKSHIRE

  1. All Warwickshire pages may be searched using the GENUKI Search engine.

  2. The Birmingham and Midland Society of Genealogy and Heraldry (BMSGH) provides comprehensive sources of information for
    1. Tracing your Ancestors in Warwickshire (excluding Birmingham)
    2. Tracing Your Ancestors in Birmingham.

  3. Researchers may also find one or more of the Warwickshire Mailing Lists useful in their research; and Warwickshire Surnames being researched are listed within Graham Jaunay's On-line English Names Directory.

  4. Warwickshire Ancestors Project
    This project is providing a "free-to-view" transcription of the 1891 Warwickshire census returns. It is part of an initiative aimed at helping make high quality primary (or near-primary) records of relevance to UK family history conveniently and freely available online.

    The project makes use of specially developed software modules for data entry, checking, validation and database upload.

    Volunteers need a computer and access to a microfiche reader. Microfiche, software, instructions and lots of advice will be supplied by the organisers. There is also a dedicated mailing list to ask questions on and to receive advice about changes or upgrades to the software

    There are two phases. In the first, one volunteer transcribes a census piece, then uploads it to the county coordinator. In the second phase, another volunteer checks the transcriptions against the microfiche using a separate piece of software.

    By 7 November 2002, over 120,000 records for Aston and Birmingham were online. The project was subsequently expanded to cover north east Warwickshire, including Coventry and Rugby.

    This project will help not just ourselves and others who are researching Warwickshire family history now, but build a resource that will help future family historians.

    Online family historians can participate no matter where they live. If you believe, as we do, that this information should be available for free and freely available, then please contact the coordinator.

Archives and Libraries

Whilst Libraries may have a small amount of original material they contain mainly published material, including fiche or microfilm of census.

Original sources, particularly Parish Registers, will have been deposited at Record Offices. County Record Offices are often also the Diocesan Record Office, as is the case with Warwickshire. The Birmingham, Deritend, Edgbaston and Erdington registers are at Birmingham Central Library, those for Stratford-upon-Avon (or Old Stratford) are at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and those for some parishes which are on the county boundary may be found in the neighbouring County Record Office.

Below is a list of the major repositories.

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Cemeteries

Census

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Church History

Church Records

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Civil Registration

Civil Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths in England and Wales began on July 1st 1837. Copies of certificates may be obtained from either the General Register Office (GRO), or from a Superintendent's Registrar's Office of the District at which the event was first registered. If the District no longer exists, this would be the Office to which its registers have been moved.

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Description and Travel

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Directories

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Gazetteers

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Genealogy

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Historical Geography

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History

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Land and Property

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Maps

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Medical Records

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Names, Personal

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Newspapers

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Occupations

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc

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Religion and Religious Life

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Social Life and Customs

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Societies

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INDIVIDUAL TOWNS AND PARISHES - See Alphabetical Listing

This county is maintained by **Job vacancy** with help and information provided by a number of other volunteers.

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