Parish & local history records

Are you researching your family tree? Interested in local history? Searching for old parish records? One extremely useful place to start is the Woodchurch Ancestry Group (WAG) and its website. The core of the group consists of a number of enthusiastic local historians with a keen interest in the village and family history, most of whom live or have lived in Woodchurch. The website contains a wealth of regularly updated information — all of which can be searched free of charge — and includes transcriptions of the 1841-1901 census returns; christening, marriage and death records from the sixteenth century up until the present day; a database of monumental inscriptions; copies of trade directories; tithe assessments; pauper lists and links to other useful websites. There is also an online bookshop where you can buy copies of WAG publications, proceeds of which help to fund the Woodchurch Village Life Museum.

For more information on the Woodchurch Ancestry Group and to join the group’s mailing list, which has over 100 members, you should contact the Acting Secretary, Josie Mackie ( You can also find the WAG on Facebook ( and follow the group on twitter (@woodchurchroots).