Tracing Your Ancestors in Warwickshire (excluding Birmingham)
These pages are based upon the excellent book by June Watkins and
Pauline Saul. Copies of the book are obtainable from the
Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry BMSGH
The information on sources available is shown parish by parish.
These sources attempt to bring together in concise form the
sources of information of use to the family historian whose family
roots are in the county of Warwickshire, as it was prior to the
major changes made in 1974 as a result of local government
re-organisation (approximately 220 parishes). It does NOT
include the parishes now incorporated into the City of Birmingham.
The boundaries of the county underwent a number of changes over the
centuries and this is noted in the cases of parishes involved.
Those which 'changed county' have been included. Exceptions are
Ipsley and Tamworth which is now wholly in Staffordshire, a part of
which was originally in Warwickshire, though the parish church has
always been in its present county.
The brief note under each parish name is particularly intended for
those unfamiliar with the county and possibly vague as to the
geographical location of the parish within the county. Historical
and descriptive comment has been added as a matter of interest.
Local names, especially of hamlets, townships etc. within the
parish are given. Such information is useful as in census returns
from 1851 the place of birth, as supplied by the informant, is
sometimes that of a local hamlet rather than that of the parish of
which it was a part.
Research has shown that our ancestors moved their place of abode
more frequently than was originally supposed; often it might be
only a few miles. Records of other parishes have, therefore, often
to be searched. Adjoining parishes are listed in a clockwise
direction starting with those on the northern boundary. Certain
areas were known as 'extra-parochial liberties' which meant that
people living in those areas might be associated with any adjacent
Comments, corrections and additions to Peter Abbott please.
[Last updated: 18th March 2013 ]
Maintained for BMSGH by Peter Abbott,