Find your ancestors in Wiltshire Baptisms Index 1530-1917

Discover if your ancestor was born in the British county of Wiltshire in South West England. Search more than two million baptism registers, including some rare early parish records, to find out your ancestor’s name, birth date, and parents’ names.

Each record within the Wiltshire baptism index 1530-1917 contains a transcription of an original parish record. The transcripts were created from both parish registers and bishop’s transcripts. The information varies, but you might be able to find out the following about your ancestor:

  • Name
  • Birth date
  • Baptism date
  • Parish
  • Father’s name
  • Mother’s name

Discover more about these records

There are over two million records in this collection taken from the baptism registers from across Wiltshire. Some baptism records go back to 1530. Parish records generally begin in 1538 and, until the introduction of civil registration in 1837, were the most reliable documented source of records for life events. Whilst the registers are for Church of England parishes, most other denominations also used the Anglican parishes for registration purposes, with the exception of Quaker and Jewish records. Transcriptions were created by both Findmypast and Wiltshire Family History Society.

Wiltshire is a largely agricultural county in South West England. A landlocked county, it is bordered by the counties of Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, and Berkshire. Salisbury Plain is known for being the location of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites. The county is named after the former county town of Wilton, which itself is named after the River Wyle.