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Do I need to book an appointment for my visit?
Do I have to request documents in advance?
You can request documents in advance if you wish so that they are ready for you when you arrive. For more details regarding placing orders in advance see the searchroom services page.
What are your opening hours?
(Apart from two weeks in the Winter (dates to be confirmed) which will be used for cataloguing.)
- Wednesday: 10am-4pm
- Thursday: 10am-4pm
- Friday: 10am-4pm
- Saturday: 10am-1pm
We are closed to the public for the first complete week in every calendar month. Please check the County Record Office Calendar PDF before visiting. [Download PDF]
Please note: We will continue to be open to the public on Saturday between 9am – 12.30pm during collection weeks.
For more information about the work that we do during our collection weeks please visit the collections weeks page.
Do you issue copies of birth, marriage or death certificates?
If you are researching births, marriages or deaths in Warwickshire you can also obtain certificates from the Warwickshire Registration Service.
Do you have the parish registers for a particular parish?
Our parish registers 1548-1910 are available to view online through the Ancestry website.
Can you trace someone’s contact details for me?
Most of our records are over 25 years old which is the point at which many records become public records. Our General Register Office index stops at 1983 and is no longer being added to as this resource is now available online through the Ancestry website. We hold bound volumes of the published Warwickshire electoral registers up to and including 2009, however a data protection form must be completed before you are able to view any registers that are less than 100 years old.
You may wish to employ a private researcher to trace the person for you, details of services offered through Warwickshire County Record Office can be found on our Research Services page. Alternatively there is a Gov.uk webpage about tracing missing persons, which contains useful information about where to begin your research.
Can you issue copies of my exam certificates?
How much research can you do for me?
Can I use my camera?
The duty archivist may not allow photography if an item is too fragile.
Can I purchase copies of records?
Can I purchase copies of Church of England certificates?
Can I get access to records that are not available for general access?
Can I publish text or images from documents held by the record office?
Do you have wills in your archive?
Can you tell me about the history of my house?
Do you hold recent information about Warwickshire County Council?
If you require recent or current information about the activities or business operations of Warwickshire County Council, please visit the Warwickshire County Council Access to Information page.