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 I.e. Census, Parish Records, Historical documents etc.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©. We are in the process of transferring all data from Lotus Approach to Microsoft Access. 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.

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, provided at the bottom of the Genealogy Page One. 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 new research information in exchange for similar and obviously information that is new to us; this will be clarified through discussion.

The database has records dating from approx 1086 where we have 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to this the records become sparse due to the lack of information available, however there are a few records taken from historical documents covering the 16th, 15th, 14th, 13th centuries and indications of Warehams/Warhams living around 1150 and before.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. When visitors leave comments in the address book or the Search Form, we collect the data.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website could download and extract any location data from images on the website. For any file uploaded, it is recommended the owner checks their meta-data prior to upload and that they are satisfied they wish to continue with the upload. The familywareham website takes no responsibility for errors, omissions, the content or any action resulting from any uploads which are undertaken at the owners risk.

Contact forms

Are you searching for a missing ancestor/relative? If so, can we help? Within the Genealogy Section, you will find a Search Request Form.

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. Ensure you include supporting information; just a name is not enough for us to be able to conduct a search on.

We will then conduct the search and if we find any information, we will reply to the e-mail address you provide with some detail of what we have and if you are interested, we can then move to the Information Exchange Rule for the next step.

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 – and we will uphold our part of the deal.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Familywareham web site owners accept no responsibility for any issues relating to other websites or embedded links. We will do are best to ensure that any external links are working as expected and for their intended use; on becoming aware of any links that are causing issues, we will take action to de-link them. Safe-surfing – be aware – be safe.


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 us to store, search and retrieve information efficiently, but has allowed us 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 its original source, then 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.

Information Exchange Rule

Some of the information we receive is from people who have known or are researching a Wareham and they contact us with the details. In return we help them out with their searches and provide any information we 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, we found we were providing information with a promise of return new information which never arrived. This was unfair and we now work to the information exchange rule. We gurantee to uphold our side of the Rule.

Who we share your data with

The Data Protection Act 2018 , states 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, in respect for the purpose of The Data Protection Act 2018, we have only stored individuals who are deceased in the main database and for living individuals we have a contacts file. For those who are living and which we have made contact with, we ask their permission if we can keep their details as a contact.

*Please do not contact us for information about any Warehams who are currently living with the intention of getting their personal information including contact details; we will not under any circumstances provide such information.

We have been contacted by people asking for information about living Warehams* and on questioning further has given us cause for concern about the purpose they are asking e.g. about children. These requests are denied and our 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. Requests to be put in touch with others is usually managed by an e-mail request to us to pass-on / forward the requesters contact details to the subject. We will then (if we have it) e-mail the requested contactee informing them that someone is trying to contact them. If they then choose to make contact we will pass on the contactor’s details to the contactee to make the next step. We are happy to put people in touch but will have both sides agreement first.

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.  We are not a Genealogical research service. 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 we are directly asked for information about an individual and we subsequently find that in the database, we will only provide what has been specifically asked for. e.g. to confirm a name or date or location etc. We consider that it is very unfair if we rattled off a long line of relatives thereby ruining the fun and excitement of researching for that person; something we hope you’ll agree.

How long we retain your data

FamilyWareham will only keep your data for as long as you agree. By default we will retain your data indefinitely.

What rights you have over your data

For visitors that provide their contact information and/or research request to our website, we store the information they provide in their contact file. All users can request copies of the communications, data held or to have their information deleted at any time. To do this please use the contacts page, placing the words ‘Request to remove my contacts data’ in the subject line and stating clearly what you expect and reasons why. We will reply to your email address with confirmation that your data has been deleted.

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