Staffordshire Family History

Research your Staffordshire ancestors with these resources to online records, which include births, marriages and deaths, burials, convicts, wills and military records.

Archives

Staffordshire Archives
Wolverhampton Archives

Births, Marriages, Deaths & Parish Records

England BMDs
Staffordshire BMD
Staffordshire BMD (Births,Marriages,Deaths) has free access to over 4 million records from 1837 onwards. The database is continually added to and updated.
Staffordshire Parish Records
West Midlands BMD
Wolverhampton Parish Records

Burials & Cemeteries

Staffordshire Memorial Inscription Collection

Census Records

1939 Register
FreeCen
UK Census 1841-1911

Criminals and Convicts

Convicts Transported From Staffordshire
Hundreds of names of convicts who were transported including the offense and sentence.
Criminal Ancestor Records
Calendars of Prisoners at Staffordshire Quarter Sessions, 1779-1880
Has many records including quarter sessions, gaol photos and workhouse admissions.

Electoral Registers

Electoral Registers 1832-1932

Forums

RootsChat Staffordshire

Historical Directories

Staffordshire Historical Directories
Willenhall Online Indexes

Local History

Black Country History
Black Country History is a searchable website which allows users to find information about documents, maps, photographs, art works, objects and more held by archives and museums services within the Black Country.

The eight partners involved in this website are:

  • Dudley Archives and Local History Service
  • Dudley Museums Service
  • Sandwell Community History and Archives Service
  • Sandwell Museums Service
  • Walsall Local History Centre
  • Walsall Museums Service
  • Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies
  • Wolverhampton Arts and Museums Service

Domesday Book Staffordshire
Lichfield Lore
Staffordshire History
This is a large and developing site devoted to Staffordshire’s history (i.e. pre-1888 boundaries). It is an important reference and information resource for researchers, both professional and amateur whose aim is to encourage Local History groups throughout the old historic county and to publicise their activities, meetings and achievements.
Staffordshire Past Track
Staffordshire Past Track contains thousands of digitised old photo, documents and local history interests including:

GENUKI Staffordshire
A free family history & genealogy resource which lists links and resources for the English county of Staffordshire.
Willenhall Online Indexes
Willenhall Online Indexes contains some great indexes for family historians tracing ancestors from Willenhall, Staffordshire. The indexes available are :

  • Historical directories of Willenhall for the years 1770, 1818, 1835 and 1864/5
  • Willenhall War Memorial
  • Portobello War Memorial
  • Hearth Tax 1666
  • Some St.Giles Parish Registers
  • 1835 – Willenhall Lockmakers & Allied Trades

Maps

Old Staffordshire Maps
Tithe Map of Sedgley 1844
Staffordshire Map Explorer

Military Records

British Military Records
Staffordshire Home Guard
Staffordshire Roll of Honour
War Graves
Willenhall War Memorial
Wolverhampton Roll of Honour (WWI)
Wolverhampton War Memorials is dedicated to the people that gave their lives during the two world wars. You will find information and names from many war memorials in an around Wolverhampton. Included are church memorials listed from A-Z, plus some rolls of honour and cemetery memorials. All for free!

Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Collection 1710-1953

Obituaries

Legacy UK Obituaries

Occupations

Lost Pubs of Staffordshire
Staffordshire Apprentice Records
Staffordshire Photographers Index
Staffordshire Police Force Registers 1842-1920

Photos and Postcards

Old Staffordshire Images
Old Walsall Images

Poor Law & Workhouses

Admission to and Discharges from Poor Law Union Workhouses 1836-1900
This is an index to admissions to and discharges from Union Workhouses, taken from all surviving registers dating between 1836 and 1900, in the care of the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service.

School Records

School Admission Registers 1870-1914

Societies and Groups

Audley Family History Society
Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry
Burntwood Family History Group
Staffordshire Parish Registers Society

Surnames

Sedgley Surname Researchers

Wills and Probate

Lichfield Wills Database
Staffordshire Wills and Probate 1521-1860

About Staffordshire

Population

  • 1841 – 510,504
  • 1851 – 630,545
  • 1861 – 769,541
  • 1871 – 857,333
  • 1881 – 981,013
  • 2014 – 860,165

Largest Towns & Cities

  1. Stoke-on-Trent
  2. Tamworth
  3. Newcastle-under-Lyme
  4. Burton-upon-Trent
  5. Stafford

Most Common Surnames 1881

  1. Smith
  2. Jones
  3. Taylor
  4. Williams
  5. Johnson

Places of Interest

  • National Memorial Arboretum
  • Staffordshire Regiment Museum
  • Tamworth Castle
  • Stafford Castle
  • Wedgwood Museum
  • Potteries Museum
  • Apedale Heritage Centre

For family history purposes, Wolverhampton is included in Staffordshire, although since 1974 it’s been part of the West Midlands.
Stoke-on-Trent is still part of Staffordshire, but is administrated as an independent unitary authority.