Who we are

Our website address is: http://www.familywareham.co.uk. We are a non-profit Project.

We are interested in information pertaining to ‘anyone’ with the name Wareham/Warham who is recorded to have lived. I.e. Census, Parish Records, Historical documents etc. especially photographs with relevant details such as name, date of birth, date of death etc.

The Wareham Genealogical Database (WGD2019) was designed in September 1995 and is currently enjoying its 24th ‘birthday’ using Lotus Approach©. Due to the amount of information being obtained and with the need to search that information quickly, a database was the obvious choice for storage.

Currently the database is approaching forty five thousand records with each record representing a different individual! Each record contains as much information as possible about each person, including topics such as:

First and Middle names / address lived at / dates of birth/christening/marriage/death; parents/siblings/children’s names and ages; information sources / information suppliers and providers / address lived at.

Genealogical information privacy and protection

The WGD2019 is stored on a private computer system that only the database designer/owners have access to. It is not available via the Internet. Enquiries to search the database may be sent to the designer/owners, using the appropriate search form. However, due to the unethical behaviours of some researchers in the past, information will only be provided as part of an exchange agreement. The requester will be expected to provide research information in exchange for similar.

The database has records dating from approx 1086 with a Hugonnis De Quarham (Hugh Wareham) to almost the present day. The majority of the records are from the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Prior to this the records become sparse due to the lack of information available, however there are a few records taken from historical documents covering the 16th, 15th, 14th, 13th centuries and indications of Warehams/Warhams living around 1150 and before.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


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If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

Within the Genealogy Section, you will find a Search Request Form.

Are you searching for a missing ancestor/relative?
If so, we have a database of information about WAREHAMS from around 1086 to the present.

If you would like us to search our database for information, please enter details of the person you are searching for into the form provided below and submit the details to us. (Please ensure you include supporting information; just a name is not enough for us to be able to conduct a search on. Thank you.)

We will then conduct the search and if we find any information, we will reply to the e-mail address you provide.

Please refer to the Information Exchange Rule in that all we ask is that if you have any information about any WAREHAM, especially photographs or a family tree line, please let us have a copy to add to our database. We will then release any information by return.


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The WGD2019 has been designed to store information about people with the name Wareham (including variants* where necessary – e.g. Warham) who are deceased and who lived anywhere in the world. This database has not only enabled me to store, search and retrieve information efficiently, but has allowed me the power to match individuals to their families, which as far as i can make out, has never been done to this extent before.

Of the information i receive i have to view each piece of information and search the database to see if i already have that info. If i do, i check the authenticity of the data and update the record i have. If i do not find any matches, i create a new record and enter the information. The paper copy then gets destroyed and recycled.

Some of the information i receive is from people who have known a Wareham and they e-mail me with the details. In return i help them out with their searches and provide any information i can. Information exchange provides one of the core methods of obtaining the data and is essential to the purpose of sharing information. In the early days, i found i was providing information with a promise of return new information which never arrived. This was unfair and i now work to the information exchange rule.

Who we share your data with

The Data Protection Act UK, states basically that the storing of a ‘living’ individual’s personal/sensitive information can only be allowed if certain authorisations are obtained from the individual in question. Therefore, to respect The Data Protection Act, i have only stored individuals who are deceased.

*Please do not contact me for information about any Warehams who are currently living. For those who are living and which i have made contact with, i ask their permission if i can keep their details as a contact.

I have been contacted by people asking for information about living Warehams* and on questioning further has given me cause for concern about the purpose they are asking. These requests are denied and concerns will be passed to relevant authorities when it is appropriate to do so.

The designer/owners of the WGD2019 will not pass on information or contact details about any living individual unless the ‘subject’ authorises me to do so. Usually this is managed by an e-mail request to me asking for someone’s contact details. I will then (if i have it) e-mail the requested contactee informing them that someone is trying to contact them. If they then choose to make contact i will pass on the contactor’s details to the contactee to make the next step.

The designer/owners are not seeking to research other people’s family trees or to provide them with a complete set of information about their tree. That is up to each family to research their own family tree and it should not be for someone else to ‘steal their thunder!’ However, if i am directly asked for information about an individual and i subsequently find that in my database, i will only provide what has been specifically asked for. e.g. to confirm a name or date or location etc. I consider that it would be very unfair if i rattled off a long line of relatives thereby ruining the fun and excitement of researching for that person; something i hope you’ll agree.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Research conduct

During the last 24 years we have received queries and challenges about the accuracy and provenance of our research. We strive to ensure that our information is accurate from its source and that each source is a recognised-valid and formerly executed record.

If anyone has a point to make, a challenge or enquiry etc. please contact us in a positive manner and we will gladly check our source(s) for errors, omissions etc. and discuss the issue, however we request that if you do contact us with a challenge, please ensure you provide supporting evidence and reasoning.

We are not here to prove other researchers work is incorrect. We are not about being the only source of information. So, good luck with your own research and Good Hunting

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