Local and family history
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Libraries across the county have collections of local and family history books to help you with your research. The local history section at Salisbury Library has a large collection of books relating to South Wiltshire.
Larger libraries hold local maps, as well as newspapers on microfilm and parish registers on microfiche which can be viewed on readers within the library. In Salisbury and Trowbridge libraries, you can print directly from these readers. Contact your local library for further information.
The Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre holds maps, newspapers and parish registers for all of Wiltshire. They also have the largest collection of books about Wiltshire. Most of the books held at the History Centre are for reference use only. However, a small selection of titles may be requested through your local library.
The Community History pages contain information on 261 Wiltshire communities. Every community page has basic information, such as early maps, a brief history of the community, population figures from 1801, a list of newspapers, information on buildings and links to other sites of interest. Many communities also have histories of churches and schools, a booklist, lists of local authors and literary associations and images of old and modern photographs.
You can access Ancestry using the public access computers in all Wiltshire libraries and at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre. This will give you free access to 4000 family history databases, including the census and birth, marriage and death records.
To find out more about the information held at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre.