Family history research

17 Sep 11

Family history research

Thank you for looking at our website to research your family history.

Whilst we are very happy to look at the records we hold, we would mention that all our formal records for baptisms, marriages and burials from their commencement up until 1981 are held at Warwickshire County Record Office, Priory Park, Cape Road ,Warwick CV34 4JS.

We are aware that all these records have been put on microfilm and some are available at some local libraries.

However we do hold a full register of all tombstones in the churchyard, but please remember that many residents in Ansley were often not very wealthy and therefore they would have probably just had a wooden cross. Also the local stone is sandstone and any headstones carved from sandstone have long since been impossible to read. The oldest discernable stones are slate and they only date from the coming of the canals in the 18th century.

Also there is a full collection of the parish magazines held at both Warwick and in the church dating from 1893. There are also other odd bits of information held at the church.

Whilst we are happy to look into any records on your behalf it would be appreciated if a donation could be made to the church funds for what is a time consuming research.  https://my.give.net/ansleypccgeneralfund 

Or contact via web site  

Please note, that we do retain details of anyone interested, in the hope that should another family member make contact these can be linked.

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Rev. John Langlands

 It is with great pleasure that I would like to welcome you to St Laurence.  Frances, my wife, and I have received a very warm welcome ourselves, so you will not be disappointed when you visit St Laurence.  I am also the vicar of the other churches in Ansley and Arley – St John’s, St Michael’s and St Wilfrid’s.

Being in a rural and farming area in the north part of Coventry Diocese is like coming home for us.  A number of years ago I pastored a church in rural Norfolk which was mainly surrounded by arable farms with some pigs and chickens.  The strong sense of community life was something very special.  This should be particularly valued in these days when many folk live such individual, separate and often lonely lives. 

We have just had hot off the press a visiting card which I hope reflects what our church stands for: ‘You will not walk alone.  Together we are with you on life’s journey’.  Over these next weeks, months and years, I hope we can get to know you better and that you will find Frances and myself not just ‘churchy’ people but friends as well, who enjoy life and plenty of laughter!