Staffs parish reg­is­ters re­vealed

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A large tranche of Stafford­shire records has been made avail­able to ex­plore on find­my­past.co.uk.

The ge­neal­ogy web­site has digi­tised more than 1.2 mil­lion parish records held by Stafford­shire and Stoke on Trent Ar­chive Ser­vice, pro­vid­ing de­tails of bap­tisms, banns, mar­riages and buri­als span­ning more than 360 years.

The re­lease builds on an ex­ist­ing col­lec­tion of 2.8 mil­lion parish records from the re­gion added to Find­my­past in July 2014. As a re­sult, the dataset now cov­ers nearly all Angli­can parishes in the an­cient county of Stafford­shire, which in­cludes those now within the City of Wolver­hamp­ton and the bor­oughs of Dudley, Sandwell and Wal­sall.

Once all records have been up­loaded, the site will pro­vide ac­cess to more than six mil­lion fully search­able parish reg­is­ter tran­scripts and dig­i­tal im­ages.

Coun­cil­lor Mike Lawrence, of Stafford­shire County Coun­cil, said: “We are in­cred­i­bly proud of our her­itage here in Stafford­shire and it’s great news that peo­ple will be able to search through even more of our fas­ci­nat­ing his­tor­i­cal records.”

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