FamilyWareham is dedicated to researching, recording and analysing the Wareham/Warham family name; we use Legacy9, National and local Archives; research archives via the Internet and Office365 as the most important research and communication tools.

Our research has taken us to many places including County archives, Churches, Graveyards, old buildings in the hope of finding some evidence to support our working theories. Who would have known that just one WILL would lead to a whole line of Warehams, which would never have been connected but for that priceless document.

Now that DNA processing has developed to the extent we can find relatives, again which we may never have found but for the DNA links.

We have a database of information dating back to 1088 that includes 75,710 records as of 3th April 2024. It has taken 28 years of part time research to reach this point. Each record relates to a person with the name Wareham/Warham. The bulk of information rests between 1538 and the present day.

Hi, I’m Chris Wareham. The reason this site came about is founded in one of my earliest memories; when I was about 7 years old my father told me a family story about our ‘large’ family that lived in Dorset. He knew there were quite a few relatives but it wasn’t until I began my research in 1995, that it eventually became clear just how many relatives there were/are or how far back we might trace the family line.

In 1995 the Internet came within my reach but there was very little to be found. The only benefit in those early days was the ability to make email contact with Warehams around the world. As I began researching, I realised that I was obtaining information about Warehams that, whilst not directly relevant at that time, I thought it may be useful in the future; I therefore decided to build a database in which to store all the information and so this project evolved. The project is still ongoing with much to do. There are no end-game goals as such, other than to see how far can we go.

The aim is to use the database as the core archive from which to create and maintain a ‘library’ of individuals with the name Wareham* to enable the tracking of people within the database and to enable us to find their relative families by means of linking names, dates and locations.

As the information ‘comes in’, it is checked and compared to the information held in the database for the subject name; the information is compared to ensure we do not already have it; if not then it is analysed to confirm the provenance of the source, and that it is reliable and trusted and if it passes this test, then the new information is added to the record then it is archived to that subjects file.

If the information relates to my direct family, I will then add the new information to our family tree in Legacy9 (C) database.

Of special interest to us, is any information relating to the 104 Soldiers with the name WAREHAM who gave their lives in WW1 and WW2, Boer War, Crimean War and Malaya Emergency. Fifteen of which are related to my family tree. One of which is a relative who was killed in the Boer Wars and whose grave I have just found recently in South Africa (2019).

Also, the 87 service personnel who served at any time and either survived or served outside wartime; listed on the Warehams who served page.

We are now at the stage of linking Wareham family trees together one person at a time. We have 842 family trees and are making great progress in finding common links.

Now DNA has come a long way, it is helping to break down the brick walls and correct errors with previous family ties. The original project vision/mission of 1995 is finally becoming reality. We have linked Wareham families that ‘you’ would not think were directly related, however the evidence is providing amazing results.

We have found four examples of how the Warham name has evolved into Wareham and Whareham. We have even been provided with photographs and information indirectly from people who have recognised the family name, got in touch and have been so very supportive, and for that we thank them very much.

There are some researchers and others who do not yet believe their family name spelling may be just a derivative of the name Warham and insist they have no links to the Warham lines; in some cases this still maybe true and again, I reiterate, we are not here to prove we are all related! Time will tell where those links are either true or false.

This method of research to gather, analyse, quality check, recording and storage, is actually proving to work very well indeed.

Please note: This is a closed website; there is no login or accounts for visitors.

Good Hunting!

Chris Wareham

January 2024

Good Hunting

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Note: (*or Warham – the name is mainly interchangeable and is due to the scripter who made the records.)

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2 entries.
Sam Wareham Sam Wareham from Atlanta, GA wrote on 11 October 2023 at 7:33 pm
So I've lived in america my whole life, but the wareham comes through my dads side, who lived in Florida originally, but I am English and nordic on my dad’s side
Daniel L Wareham Daniel L Wareham from Panama City Fl wrote on 11 September 2023 at 6:23 am
I'll be attempting to send photos of, and the history of my immediate part of the Wareham Family, Especially the military side. You already have the photo of my brother, Douglas L Wareham, so I will send our father's as well as my own. I'm retire USAF.
Admin Reply by: Chris
Hi Daniel, thankyou for contacting us. We look forward to hearing from you. You can use the Admin@familywareham.co.uk email address. All the best Chris
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