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BEST WEB­SITES TO AID YOUR RE­SEARCH

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With all th­ese dis­parate col­lec­tions, by far the most use­ful site is black­coun­try­his­tory.org, which can be con­sid­ered a ‘one stop shop’ for Black Coun­try re­search. It cov­ers col­lec­tions from Sandwell, Dudley, Wal­sall and Wolver­hamp­ton, with thou­sands of his­toric pho­to­graphs and im­ages from lo­cal mu­seum and art gallery col­lec­tions, plus cat­a­logues of ar­chive col­lec­tions. The site also in­cludes sur­name in­dexes from many of the lo­cal parish reg­is­ters for Wolver­hamp­ton.

aclick­in­time.co.uk is home to about 3,000 Wal­sall bor­ough pho­to­graphs, while long­pull.co.uk, looks at the ‘peo­ple, life and times of Black Coun­try Pubs’.

Each bor­ough ar­chives' web­site (see page 84) has use­ful sec­tions, plus Diane Matthews re­ports that Dudley’s site ( dudley.gov.uk/ ar­chives) is in the process of a ma­jor over­haul.

An­other use­ful site is staffs­namein­dexes. org.uk, home to an in­dex of wills held at Lich­field Record Of­fice (cov­er­ing Stafford­shire, Der­byshire, North Shrop­shire, North and East­ern War­wick­shire). Other find­ing aids here in­clude a Cal­en­dar of Pris­on­ers at Stafford­shire Quar­ter Ses­sions (1779-1880) and Stour­bridge Poor Law Union ad­mis­sion and dis­charge reg­is­ters. And, of course, there’s Find­my­past’s Stafford­shire Col­lec­tion ( find­my­past.co.uk/ar­ti­cles/ world- records/search-all- uk- records/ spe­cial-col­lec­tions/the- stafford­shirec­ol­lec­tion), which in­cludes parish reg­is­ters from 1538 to 1900.

Some other use­ful Black Coun­try sites in­clude black­coun­try­ge­neal­o­gyand­fam­i­ly­his­tory. co.uk which has links to seven other con­nected web­sites on its home­page in­clud­ing the use­ful black­coun­try­im­ages.com. The web­site mid­land­spubs.co.uk is a handy list of pubs in the area past and present which in­cludes their his­to­ries and a ge­neal­ogy fo­rum. Wel­come to Stour­bridge ( stour­bridge.com/about_ stour­bridge.ht­muk) fea­tures an in­ter­est­ing overview of the town as well as its his­tory.

The use­ful Stafford­shire Name In­dexes web­site

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