This web page contains information about the location and use of Archives and Libraries for Shropshire-related family history research. Generally speaking, Archives (more commonly known as Record Offices) are repositories for original source material, such as Wills or Parish Registers, whereas the Local Studies Sections of Libraries are where you'd expect to find the Census, and printed local source material, such as Trade Directories.

  • Shropshire Archives
    Information relating to the County Record Office.

  • Shropshire Dioceses
    Information relating to the Diocesan Record Offices covering Shropshire - Hereford, Lichfield and St Asaph.

See also the ARCHON (Archives On-Line) Information service for locations of other Record Offices throughout the country.

Specific contents of Shropshire Archives Catalogues are searchable independently using the Access to Archives Database. This is a valuable resource - whilst the original records are not available online, some of the catalogue entries may be a revelation in their own right.

For other sources of archival material, the following sites may also prove of interest:-

  • Wolverhampton Archives & Local Studies
    Molineux Hotel Building,
    Whitmore Hill
    WolverhamptonWV1 1SF

    Yes, Wolverhampton is in Staffordshire, but it's a super site, and those with interests on the Shropshire/Staffordshire borders may find it useful.

  • Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust
    Library and Archive Service
    Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust
    The Wharfage
    TelfordTF8 7AW

  • Shropshire Regimental Museum
    The Castle
    ShrewsburySY1 2AT

  • Oswestry Library

    "The library holds the second largest collection of local studies material in the county after the Shropshire Archives in Shrewsbury."