Salisbury, Wiltshire Genealogy

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Wiltshire Parishes

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

Salisbury, Wiltshire
Type Extra-parochial
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Salisbury
County Wiltshire
Poor Law Union Alderbury
Registration District Alderbury
Records begin
Parish registers: 1564
Bishop's Transcripts: 1678
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Not Applicable
Diocese Not Applicable
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Peculiar of the Dean of Salisbury
Location of Archive
Wiltshire Record Office

Parish History

Salisbury (or New Sarum). parish and municipal bor., city, and county town of Wiltshire, on the Upper Avon, at confluence of the Bourne and the Nadder and Wiley, 28 miles W. of Winchester and 83 SW. of London by rail. The extraparochial district of the Cathedral Close begun in 1220, and completed in 1258, is one of the finest specimens of Gothic architecture in the kingdom. The grammar school in the Close is for the education of eight boys.[1]


Civil Registration

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

Census records

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

Probate records

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.

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  1. Samuel A. Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England1848, pp. 5-11 Adapted 2 April 2013