Incorporating Wiltshire's Nimrod Indexes
Genealogical Experts for Wiltshire (also covering Somerset and Devon)
We provide a full Research and Advice service in all matters relating to Family History. Work is carried out at a standard hourly rate of £15:00, using our unique indexes and other sources, plus the facilities and records at the Wiltshire & Swindon Record Office.
There is no minimum (or maximum) charge for research undertaken, so please ask for whatever you want.
In addition to searches of our own extensive resources, we can carry out searches in these Record Offices:
Wiltshire & Swindon Record Office, Chippenham.
Somerset Record Office, Taunton.
North Devon Record Office, Barnstaple.
Devon Record Office, Exeter.
Cornwall Record Office, Truro.
We also have our unique Wiltshire Indexes, from which we can extract entries for you, at fixed rates. Please click the links on the left for details of what is contained in these indexes and our charges for searching them.
We have transcripts for all (apart from a small handful) of Wiltshire’s parishes, from start of available records up to 1837 and in some cases beyond. Most of these are in a single index so that makes for comprehensive searching. Just tell us who you are looking for, and we’ll do the rest.
We also have our own unique indexes:
- Quaker births and deaths (1650-1837), c.1500 entries.
- Swindon Methodist Circuit baptisms (1850-1940), c.13,000 entries.
So we have many ways of helping you search for that elusive baptism.
- £3:00 for Individual Marriage Search. This fee includes all entries which match your details.
- £8:00 for complete list of all entries for one surname and one gender - please specify male or female with your request.
- £15:00 for complete list of all entries for one surname, males and females.
We have produced the only complete Marriage Index for Wiltshire.
Question: Is your Marriage Index complete?
Answer: Yes. Earliest marriages date from 1538 when Parish records began, and our Index goes up to 1837 with the start of Civil Registration.
A few errors may have crept in, but we are always checking and correcting any mistakes that we find.
Question: From what sources are your Marriages obtained?
Answer: Traditional Parish Registers and BTs make up the majority of our 262,000 entries. But we do have entries from other sources:
- 450 Marriages from Quaker Records.
- 6000 Stray marriages from other Counties, where either party was from Wiltshire.
- 300 Marriage License Allegations.*
- 1375 entries from Banns Books.*
- Other entries from Quarter Sessions, Churchwarden’s Books, and other sources which give specific details about a marriage.
- 900 Marriage License Bonds.* N.B. there are many more Marriage License Bonds available – we can arrange this using a Wilts FHS transcript and index.
* Where no other marriage entry has been found.
Question: What information can be obtained from these marriage entries?
Answer: Generally all the information that is given in the records (ie: full date and names, bride & groom statuses, parishes of residence, etc. Witnesses names are not included as part of these entries).
Question: How can I arrange for a search in the Wiltshire Marriage Index?
Answer: In two ways:
(a) Email us with your request, and we’ll look for whatever you want. See our sub-page for charges, or we will be happy to give you a quote. Payments can be made through PayPal, and searches will generally be undertaken and returned within 24-hours.
We always search for variant spellings but please let us know if you have any that we might not think of.
(b) Our Wiltshire Marriage Index is now available to purchase on CD. A joint venture has been undertaken with the Wiltshire Family History Society to publish and market this data on 3 CDs, covering North Wilts, South West Wilts, and South East Wilts. All orders for CDs are dealt with by the Wilts FHS, not by us, but you can easily order them from their Genfair site.
- £3:00 for Individual Person Search. This fee includes all entries which match your details.
- £8:00 for complete list of all entries for one surname.
The Wiltshire & Swindon Record Office has an on-line index of Wills, and a programme of digitising these Wills for download.
However, our Wiltshire Wills Index contains everything they have, Plus:
- Wills from 1858 to 1887
- All PCC Wills relating to Wiltshire housed in the National Archives
- Unproven Wills (which still contain helpful genealogical information)
- Inquisitions Post Mortem (1200s–1600s)
Just ask us for a complete Surname List, and this will tell you what documents are available from one comprehensive source.
After you have identified a Will – you will probably want a copy, and we can help you with this...
Wiltshire Wills are available in a variety of mediums, and sources.
The Wiltshire Record Office is in the middle of scanning (and making available for on-line download) all their Probate Will collection.
Only some wills are currently available as downloads, but at £5 each, the cost can quickly can mount up if you want quite a few.
We offer to obtain copies of Wills as follows:
- By printing paper copies from the database at the Record Office - this will work out cheaper than a downloaded version.
- From original documents at the Record Office - these can sometimes be photocopied, but we would recommend digital photography for better clarity.
- From Probate ledgers at the Record Office - the only way to copy these is with digital photography, as the ledgers will not go in the photocopier.
- From unproven wills in other sources in the Wiltshire Record Office - again we recommend digital photography for these.
- From the PCC Will collection (Prerogative Court of Canterbury), housed in the National Archives - we can obtain downloaded copies.
- From Inquisitions Post Mortem, housed in the National Archives - these cannot be downloaded, but Nimrod Research have fiche copies of transcripts of these, published by Chadwyck Healey Ltd
- £3:00 for Individual person search. This fee includes all entries which match your details.
- £8:00 for complete list of all entries for one surname, up to a maximum of 200 entries.
- We will provide a separate quote if the number of entries in the index exceeds 200.
Our Varied Index (also known as a Personal Name Index) puts the ‘meat on the bones’ of your research.
If you want to know what your ancestors did, and what other documents might contain information about them, this is the place to look.
This index has been built up over many years, and is still growing. It currently contains about 425,000 entries dating between 1242 to 1900, with the personal names of Wiltshire people from numerous sources not included in our other indexes. A small sample list of sources is given below:
Early census entries
Incumbent’s visiting books
Names from Reference Books
Poor Law Union
Settlement Examinations & Certificates
Wills (mentioned in)
If you are unsure about anything, please ask for a quotation, and we will provide you with a PayPal invoice.We always search for variant spellings but please let us know if you have any that we might not think of.
We have produced a Guide for each Wiltshire Parish, attempting to identify all sources of information relating to that parish.
Not all documents are contained in the Wiltshire Record Office – you will be surprised where some can be found.
These Guides help you find new sources, and tell you the date-ranges for existing documents.
For a sample Guide, please click here.
These Guides contain information under standard headings:
- Parish Registers
- Register Transcriptions & Indexes
- Monumental Inscriptions
- Church (Parish Chest) Documents
- Manor Records
- Glebe Terriers (Land Surveys)
- Poor Law Union
- Documents for sale
- Biography & Genealogy
- Local Registrar
Copies of these Guides can be supplied for:
- 50p per parish (if emailed)
- £1:00 per parish if printed, plus postage
- £19:95 for a complete set of all 320 Guides on CD-rom, plus postage.
We have been involved in genealogy since 1969, when David’s mother Barbara Carter started producing indexes of Wiltshire records.
Barbara went on to produce an database of the Wiltshire 1851 census, and a card-file index of all Wiltshire Marriages which has now been put onto a database.
In 1988 after several years of study Barbara earned a Doctorate in Genealogical Studies, and for her single-handed work in transcribing many Parish Registers, she was rewarded with a Fellowship of the Society of Genealogists in 1992.
With this background, David & Jenny have been well-trained, and have helped many thousands of clients trace their ancestors.
Most people undertaking Wiltshire research will come to us at some point, but since moving to Devon, we have now expanded our services to include Somerset and Devon from the sources at Taunton and Barnstaple Record Offices.
We are also skilled in Probate Research, House Histories, Location Photography, Historical Statements of Significance, and as a local historian, David has researched and published two books on the history of our village here in Appledore, North Devon. Whilst doing our research, we also run a Gallery and Gift Shop ‘Docton Court Gallery’ and this enables us to make good use of our time, whilst waiting for those occasional customers.
Why are we called ‘Nimrod’?
We sometimes get asked where our name comes from, and the answer is: from two sources:
- Firstly from the Biblical ‘Nimrod’ (Genesis, Chapter 10, verse 9) described as a ‘mighty hunter’ - we are also hunters for your ancestors.
- Secondly from our direct ancestor ‘Nimrod John Denning’ (born Winsham 1838) and his father ‘Nimrod Denning’ (born Axminster 1803) - we rather liked this unusual name and used it as the name of our business. The photograph shows his drinking cup.
Did you find what you were looking for? If not, try the following Wiltshire-specific genealogy sites:
GENUKI Wiltshire pages
David Carter is the author of a book about a Devonshire village entitled "Illustrated History of Appledore".
David and Jenny Carter are also the proprietors of Docton Court Gallery in Appledore, Devon
To request a search, or ask further questions, please get in touch:
a) By email:
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We always try and respond to emails within 24 to 48 hours. If you haven't heard from us within that time, your email may have gone astray. In that case, please try our alternative address: email@example.com.
b) By post
Write to us at
2 Myrtle Street,
EX39 1PH, UK
c) By phone
We regret that doing Family History by phone doesn’t really work for us. Such conversations are often lengthy and confused, and need to be confirmed in writing anyway. Written correspondence helps concentrate people's minds on providing us with just the information needed.
We also run a shop here, so we can't guarantee not being interrupted. We hope you understand.
Payment methods accepted:
- Pounds Sterling (cash or cheques). Cheques payable to 'Nimrod Research'.
- Bank Transfer (please ask us for account details).
- Credit-cards through the secure PayPal system.
Please note: If paying by credit-card or PayPal, the following charges will apply: 10% for amounts under £6:00, otherwise 5%. Don’t ‘send’ us any money - we will work out the costs, and invoice you accordingly.
- Register entry copies can be obtained upon request, at a cost of £3:25 each.
- Copies obtained at the same time as your Record Office research, are £1:25 each.
- Any searches undertaken in the Wiltshire, Somerset or North Devon Record Offices will incur travelling costs of £4:00 per hour, pro-rata. No charge is made for travelling time.
10% discount is offered on fixed-price index-searches to Wiltshire Family History Society members – please quote your membership number (excludes postage costs and research work).