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Wiltshire and Swindon Archive Catalogue - Wiltshire Wills

Introduction

As of August 2015 the Wiltshire Wills websie is not available while we pursue a replacement web front end. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause. We anticipate that this work will take 2-3 months. If you urgently need a copy of a will please e-mail archives@wiltshire.gov.u in the meantime.

Welcome to the Wiltshire and Swindon Archives, Wiltshire Wills on-line catalogue!

This catalogue gives access to wills and other probate records of the diocese of Salisbury which used to cover not only Wiltshire but also Berkshire (under certain circumstances) and parts of Dorset and Devon. You can search for people by name, place, occupation and date. The collection covers 1540-1858. Searching the catalogue is FREE. In addition there are digital images for some of the documents (just over 25%) which can be viewed following on-line payment or free of charge by people visiting the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre. Wills and inventories give useful information about people's financial status and property, and also their family relationships and friendships, which make them a wonderful resource for family and local history.

How it works

Search for Free

Search the catalogue by filling in the fields in the left-hand menu bar, by name, place, occupation and date then click on the grey SEARCH button (you may need to scroll down to see this). You can sort how you want the results to appear using the List data by... field. Searching the catalogue is FREE of charge. You may need to search using different spellings as spelling was not standardised until the 18th century. For example: you could try SMYTH as well as SMITH. See the help pages for more information about searching.

View Records

On-Line

As of August 2015 the Wiltshire Wills website is not available while we pursue a replacement web front end. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause. We anticipate that this work will take 2-3 months. If you urgently need a copy of a will please e-mail archives@wiltshire.gov.uk in the meantime.

In Person

It is free of charge to come to Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre to view records or images of records in person. Please see www.wshc.eu for more details of who we are, what we do, and how to find us.

Getting a Copy

Where an image is available on-line, the easiest way of getting a copy is to use the pay to view system to view it and copy it however you wish. However, where an image is not yet available we may still be able to send you either print-outs of digital images or photocopies as appropriate. There is a minimum charge of £5.00 for orders by post, excluding postage and packing. Please contact us with your enquiry archives@wiltshire.gov.uk , If we are able to help you, we will send or email you the appropriate order form

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Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
Cocklebury Road
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