"A county of England, bounded by, Shropshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire. It is in length about 54 miles, and varies in breadth from 18 to 36. It is divided into 5 hundreds, which contain 1 city, 21 towns, 181 parishes, and 670 villages. The principal rivers are the Trent, Dove, Sow, Churnet, Stour, Penk, and Manifold. The air is reckoned pleasant, mild, and wholesome. The middle and southern parts are level and plain, and the soil is good and rich; the north is hilly, and full of heaths and moors. Staffordshire is famous for its potteries, its inland navigations, and its founderies, blast furnaces, slitting mills, and various other branches of the iron trade. The mines of coals, copper, lead, and iron ore are rich and extensive; and there are also numerous quarries of stone, alabaster, and limestone. Stafford is the county town. Population, 510,504. It sends 17 members to parliament." [Barclays Complete & Universal English Dictionary, 1842-1852]
Staffordshire Archives Service has published "A Summary Guide to Holdings of Business Records" listing business records held by Staffordshire Record Office, the William Salt Library and Lichfield Record Office.
The Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry have produced transcripts of the Monumental Inscriptions of many Staffordshire churches and burial grounds.
References to the transcripts may be found on the individual parish pages.
The Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry have also produced a CD of 141 of the above transcripts containing over 144,000 names with a linked surname index.
Staffordshire Record Office have filmed burial registers for the following cemeteries:
Burslem 1884 - 1969
Cannock 1880 - 2003
Carmountside 1947 - 1969
Fenton 1887 - 1969
Hanley 1860 - 1969
Hartshill 1884 -1969
Longton 1877 -1969
Rugeley 1884 - 2003
Smallthorne 1879 - 1969
Stile Cop 1984 - 2003
Trentham 1960 - 1969
Tunstall 1868 - 1969
Uttoxeter 1861 - 2004
The Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry have transcribed the filmed cemetery registers held by Staffordshire Record Office. The transcripts, which are searchable by surname, year and region, are searchable on line on the Staffordshire Burial Indexes Page on the BMSGH Website
"The Old Parish Churches of Staffordshire" by Mike Salter, published by Folly Publications, 1996, ISBN 1-871731-25-8 (2nd Ed) contains descriptions, photographs and plans of many of the old parish churches of the county.
"Staffordshire Incumbents and Parochial Records, 1530-1680" by Walter Landor, was published by William Salt Archaeological Society, in "Collections for a History of Staffordshire, Volume 1915."
"The Registrations of Dissenting Chapels and Meeting Houses in Staffordshire, 1689-1852" by Barbara Donaldson, was published by The Staffordshire Record Society, in "Collections for a History of Staffordshire, 4th Series, Volume III, 1960."
Histories of individual churches may be found on the individual parish pages.
If ordering from a District Office, please note the following: (a) the cost of a certificate is £10.00 (from 1st April 2012) - send a Sterling cheque payable to the Superintendent Registrar (unless otherwise indicated in the above references) plus return postage or two International Reply Coupons; (b) the St Catherine's Index references are of no value; (c) for marriage certificates, the precise place of marriage must be given; (d) Civil Registration in England and Wales began on July 1st 1837.
The Staffordshire BMD project is making the birth, marriage and death indexes for the county freely searchable via the Internet. Although the indexes are not yet complete for all years and districts, the database will eventually cover Staffordshire births, marriages and deaths for the years 1837 to 1950.
The West Midlands BMD project is making the birth, marriage and death indexes for the register offices in the West Midlands county freely searchable via the Internet. Although the indexes are not yet complete for all years and districts, the database will eventually cover Sandwell, Dudley, Walsall and Wolverhampton births, marriages and deaths for the years 1837 to 1950.
A transcript of the Criminal Register Indexes held by the Public Record Office (Class HO 27), has been published by Stuart Tamblin. Volume 15, covering Staffordshire and Shropshire, 1805-1816, is available on fiche or disk. Further details are contained on Stuart Tamblin's Family History Indexes Pages or from the Birmingham & Midland SGH or the Society of Genealogists.
Staffordshire Record Office holds the following prison records:
Stafford Bridewell Register, 1792-1806
Stafford House of Correction Register, 1806-1815
Stafford Register of Debtors, 1793-1807
Stafford Register of Felons, 1793-1816
HM Prison, Stafford, Registers, Admission and Discharge Books, 1878-1908
HM Prison, Stafford, Photograph Album of Prisoners, 1883-1911
Transcripts of Staffordshire Quarter Sessions Rolls have been published in the following volumes of "Collections for a History of Staffordshire":
1581-1589 -- 1929 volume
1590-1593 -- 1930 volume
1594-1597 -- 1932 volume
1598-1603 -- 1935 volume
1603-1606 -- 1940 volume
1608-1609 -- 1948-9 volume
Transcripts of The Star Chamber Proceedings at Stafford have been published in the following volumes of "Collections for a History of Staffordshire":
Henry VII & Henry VIII -- 1907 volume
1516-1549 -- 1910 volume
1498-1553 -- 1912 volume
The William Salt Library holds a collection of around 200 Staffordshire Assize Calendars covering the period 1746-1861 with many gaps, and a few volumes from the 1890s, 1920s and 1944.
A transcripts of four Assize Calendars from 1842-43 has been published in the Fourth Series, Volume XV, 1992 of "Collections for a History of Staffordshire"
The Archives CD Books Project is reproducing many trade directories on CD. For Staffordshire these include Parson & Bradshaw's 1818, Pigot's 1822, 1828, 1835 & 1842, White's 1834 & 1851, Harrison & Harrod's 1861 and Kelly's 1868, 1880, 1900, 1912, 1932 & 1940 directories.
The Midlands Historical Data project produces searchable facsimile copies of old local history books and directories of interest to genealogists. It specialises in the three counties of Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire, working closely with libraries, archives and family history societies in the area. Digital images are made freely available to participating organisations to improve public access, and the project is funded through sales of CD's.
John Herson's Irish Families in Victorian Stafford is a case study of Irish families from their origins in Ireland to their dispersal in the worldwide diaspora. John is trying to answer the question 'what happened to the emigrant Irish?' by tracing the history of all the Irish families who settled in the town of Stafford. The site offers information about the Irish families in Victorian Stafford and contact details to find out more about your possible Irish ancestors in Stafford.
The Distinctly Black Country website is "a network for understanding yesterday's landscape today" in the Black Country area of South Staffordshire and North Worcestershire
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 partners involved in this website are Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall & Wolverhampton Archives & Museums
Transcripts of Staffordshire Military Records have been published in the following volumes of "Collections for a History of Staffordshire":
Military Service of Staffordshire Tenants 1377-1399 -- 1893 volume
Muster Roll of 1640 -- 1894 volume
Muster Roll of 1539, Offlow Hundred -- 1901 volume
Muster Roll of 1539, Cuttlestone & Pirehill Hundreds -- 1902 volume
Muster Roll of 1539, Seisdon & Totmonslow Hundreds -- 1903 volume
Militia Roll of c1685, Pirehill Hundred -- 1941 volume
A transcript of the Musters of the Militia, 1781-82, Indexes held by the Public Record Office (Class WO 13), has been published by Stuart Tamblin. The Staffordshire volume is available on fiche or disk. Further details are contained on Stuart Tamblin's Family History Indexes Pages or from the Birmingham & Midland SGH or the Society of Genealogists.
"Notes on Staffordshire Place Names" by W.H. Duignan
Published London, 1902.
"The Place Names of Staffordshire, Part One, Cuttlestone Hundred" by J.P. Oakden, published 1984 by The English Place Name Society (ISBN 0-904889-09-2).
Further volumes covering the other Hundreds of Staffordshire were planned but none have been published to date.
Chris Phillips' medieval English genealogy web site includes an index to place names mentioned in the titles of topographical articles in the published Staffordshire volumes of the Victoria County History.
The major county newspaper for Staffordshire was the weekly Staffordshire Advertiser. The William Salt Library holds a complete run of the newspaper from 1795-1973.
An index to the Births, Marriages & Deaths 1795-1820 was published by the Staffordshire Record Society in 1968 and a second volume covering 1821-1840 was published in 1986.
The Newsplan Site lists around 1100 newspaper titles published in the West Midlands region (including Staffordshire) since the eighteenth century with locations holding copies of the relevant titles.
Local newspapers in the area with on-line editions include:
For pre-1858 wills for Staffordshire the main probate court was the Consistory Court of Lichfield. The probate records are held by the Lichfield Record Office which has manuscript indexes to the wills held.
Post-1858 wills for the whole of England are indexed at the Principal Probate Registry in London which holds copies of all wills.
A District Probate Registry was established in Lichfield for the county of Staffordshire and copies of wills proven here for the period 1858-1928 are deposited at Lichfield Record Office.
The UK Schools History Website Staffordshire Section has historical details and photographs of schools in the county. (This link is in fact to a copy, from about 2003, of the website provided by web.archive.org, since the actual web-site seems to be no longer available.)
Hearth Tax returns for 1666 for the county have been published in the following volumes of "Collections for a History of Staffordshire":
Pirehill Hundred -- 1921 volume
Seisdon & Offlow Hundreds -- 1923 volume
Totmonslow Hundred -- 1925 volume
Cuttlestone Hundred -- 1927 volume
Lichfield -- 1936 volume
Some Staffordshire Poll Tax returns have been published in the 1970 volume of "Collections for a History of Staffordshire":
Staffordshire Record Office holds electoral registers for the county constituencies for the periods 1832-1908, 1918-1939 & 1945-1974.
Electoral registers for the borough constituencies are held at the appropriate local library or archive department.
Details of deposited poll books for Staffordshire towns will be found on the appropriate town pages. Locations of poll books with area coverage are as follows:
Whole County 1747 (William Salt Library & Staffordshire Record Office)
North Staffordshire 1832 & 1837 (William Salt Library)
North Staffordshire 1865 (Stoke on Trent City Archive)
South Staffordshire 1835 (William Salt Library)
West Staffordshire 1868 (William Salt Library & Stoke on Trent City Archive)
Totmonslow North 1832 (Stoke on Trent City Archive)