Staffordshire Church Records - Location, Guides & Indexes
The majority of parish registers for the county are deposited at Staffordshire Record Office, although some may be found in the smaller archive repositories in the county or in adjacent county record offices where boundaries have changed. The main repository for Bishop's Transcripts is Lichfield Record Office.
Nonconformist registers for the county are deposited in many repositories including the National Archives, Staffordshire Record Office and the other archive departments in the county.
Many parish registers for the county have been transcribed and published, originally by the Staffordshire Parish Register Society (SPRS), and more recently by the Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry (BMSGH), in conjunction with the SPRS. The BMSGH have also undertaken a program of reprinting the earlier SPRS volumes which is ongoing.
Detailed information on deposited registers and transcripts may be found on the individual parish pages.
The FreeREG project aims to make all parish register records available in a free searchable database. This is an ongoing project .
The FreeREG Pages gives details of the current coverage of parish registers for Staffordshire
Find My Past in conjuction with the SRO have digitised most of the Staffordshire parish registers and original images are available to view and download. This is a subscription site but the indexes can be viewed free of charge.
The FMP index gives details of the current coverage of parish registers for Staffordshire
The Society of Genealogists' National Index of Parish Registers. Volume 6, Part 1 Staffordshire', compiled by Peter Bloore (1992) 100 p. [ISBN 0 946789 29 0] is "A Guide to Anglican, Roman Catholic and Non-Conformist registers, together with information on Bishop's Transcripts, modern copies and Marriage licences." This is the most detailed of the available guides and includes date coverage and location of registers, copies, transcripts and indexes and IGI coverage. Due to the date of compilation, some details are now out of date with regard to recently deposited registers etc.
The Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent Archive Services' Guide to Sources, No 1. Parish Registers and Bishops Transcripts', (1999) 81 p. [ISBN 0 946602 24 7] has the latest details on the holdings of Anglican Parish registers at Staffordshire Record Office and Bishops Transcripts at Lichfield Record Office.
'Catholic Missions & Registers 1700-1880. Volume 2, The Midlands and East Anglia', compiled by Michael Gandy (1993) 78 p. [ISBN 0 9520535 2 7] gives details of Staffordshire Catholic mission registers (and 16 other counties) and includes date coverage and location of registers.
Microfilm copies of many registers are in the Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They are listed on-line in the FamilySearch Family History Library Catalog which is also available from their Distribution Centres for purchase as a CDROM. Microfilms can be ordered for viewing at any Family History Centre of the LDS Church world-wide.
The Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry (BMSGH) have compiled the Staffordshire Marriage Index & Staffordshire Burial Index which are complete for all surviving registers in the county up to 1837. Details of search procedures (fee payable) can be found on the BMSGH pages.
The National Burial Index (NBI) has been published on CDROM by the Federation of Family History Societies. The Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry has contributed indexes for the three counties that it covers (Warwickshire, Worcestershire & Staffordshire). The Third edition has now been published and contains around 800,000 Staffordshire records relating to 253 parishes.
The British Vital Records Index (2nd Edition) (VRI) includes baptisms and marriages for 108 registers in Staffordshire. It is available for purchase as a set of 16 inexpensive CDs covering the British Isles, from Distribution Centers of the LDS Church (contact a Family History Center to find the one nearest to you) or order in the UK at the London Family History Centre on-line distribution pages .