Administrative Counties of England 1890–1965
By XrysD – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Big genealogy events tend to bring big genealogy announcements, and the one that was announced on Day 1 at Who Do You Think You Are? Live (which is on in England at the moment) comes from Findmypast who launched their “Six Counties in Six Months” project.

Their press release says the following:

Leading family history website, Findmypast, announced today the launch of their Six Counties in Six Months project which will see the online publication of vital parish records from six counties across England over the next six months. These records expand further Findmypast’s unrivalled collection of English and Welsh parish records – the largest collection available online.

First up is Wiltshire, published today to mark the opening of Who Do You Think You Are Live! 2017. The Wiltshire parish records will be followed by Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Nottinghamshire, Somerset and Warwickshire.

The Wiltshire collection comprises transcriptions of nearly 5 million parish records of baptisms, banns, marriages and burials dating back to 1538. They form the largest online collection of Wiltshire records and are available only at Findmypast.

They are full of fascinating details of life through the ages and will provide researchers from all over the world with the opportunity to uncover the stories of the inhabitants for the very first time. Anyone can go online and search for their Wiltshire ancestors by name, location and date.

Paul Nixon, Head of UK licensing at Findmypast, said: “What a terrific way to launch our six-in-six campaign with the announcement of close to 5 million parish records from Wiltshire. There has never been a better time to be a family historian and Findmypast continues to lead the way in releasing exciting new collections which help people connect with their ancestors.”

So if you have WIltshire ancestors, today is most certainly your lucky day, as now there’s 5 million more records that you can find online. And if you have Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Nottinghamshire, Somerset and Warwickshire ancestors … stay tuned, as you’ll get a heap of new records available soon.

Note: you will need a subscription to view these records. So if signing up through you will need a World Subscription, or if through, you’ll need the Britain Subscription.