Melksham, Wiltshire Genealogy

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Guide to Melksham, Wiltshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Melksham, Wiltshire
Type England Jurisdictions
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Melksham
County Wiltshire, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Melksham
Registration District Melksham
Records begin
Parish registers: 1568
Bishop's Transcripts: 1605; 1622
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Potterne
Diocese Salisbury
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Archdeaconry of Salisbury
Location of Archive
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre

Parish History[edit | edit source]

MELKSHAM (St. Michael), a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Melksham, and N. divisions of Wiltshire, 28 miles (N. W.) from Salisbury, and 95 (W. by S.) from London. There are chapels of ease at Earl-Stoke and Seend, and the tythings of Beanacre, Blackmore, Caunonhold, and Woodrow are included. There are two chantry chapels, and a district church was consecrated at Shaw Whitley in 1837. Also there are places of worship in the parish for Baptists, the Society of Friends, Independents, and Wesleyans. The union of Melksham comprises six parishes.[1]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church records[edit | edit source]

Melksham, Wiltshire Genealogy parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

BIVRI = British Isles Vital Records Index (Ancestry) - (£)[2]
NIM = Nimrod Research - (£). Results delivered by email.[3]
Melksham, Wiltshire Genealogy Online Parish Records


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BIVRI 1568-1667, 1701-1890

NIM 1569-1840

Non-Conformist[edit | edit source]

Census records[edit | edit source]

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

Probate records[edit | edit source]

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Wiltshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848)pp. 283-287 Date accessed: 07 October 2013
  2. 'British Isles Vital Records Index - 2nd Ed. Breakdown of Records', Genoot, accessed 10 January 2014.
  3. 'Wiltshire Parish Explorer,' Nimrod Research, accessed 8 January 2014.