Records are documents which survive from earliest recorded times to the present day in a variety of forms. They were produced in the course of everyday personal, legal, business and administrative affairs, but now form a significant source of historical information for all aspects of life in Wiltshire. The Wiltshire and Swindon Archives was established in 1947 to preserve these records and to make them available for research.
NB Our search room security and document production procedure have changed. Read more here.
New to family history?
We now have a comprehensive guide to first steps for family historians available, giving tips on how to use online and other resources to establish connections as far back as 1837. For more advanced researchers looking to delve further, a guide to further steps is also now available.
Wondering about the history of your property?
A comprehensive guide to using our records to undertake research on buildings, land and property is now available online.
Want to search our catalogue?
Revised as of 2016, our catalogue is based on weekly extracts from our in-house database. It contains catalogues of most of our holdings excluding a small but significant minority such as school records, non-conformist records and other collections still awaiting conversion to database format. Search here.
Wiltshire Wills project - Within our archive we hold 105,000 historic wills dating from 1540 to 1858. This collection has now been digitised by ourselves and the company Ancestry, working in partnership. It will be published online through the Ancestry service on January 30th 2018. This will supersede the in-house Wiltshire Wills website which is not working due to technical problems beyond our control.
You can view the books recently added to our Local Studies library collection by downloading our latest Wiltshire List here.
You can view all Wiltshire and Swindon Archives policy documents here
We have produced a recent history of the Wiltshire and Swindon Archives 1987-2017