New Staffs col­lec­tion on Fam­i­lySearch

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Mil­lions of church records from Stafford­shire are now avail­able in a new col­lec­tion on free fam­ily his­tory web­site Fam­i­lySearch ( fam­i­lysearch.org).

The col­lec­tion of 4,852,180 bap­tism, mar­riage and burial records, tran­scribed by vol­un­teers from records held at the Stafford­shire and Stoke-on-Trent Ar­chive Ser­vice, spans the pe­riod from 1538 all the way up to 1944.

The records can be searched by your an­ces­tor’s name. Only the tran­scrip­tion is ac­ces­si­ble on Fam­i­lySearch, but the data­base in­cludes links to im­ages of some of the records on find­my­past.co.uk, where they can be viewed by sub­scribers.

Re­searchers can use the records to find de­tails in­clud­ing their an­ces­tor’s dates of bap­tism, mar­riage and burial, the par­ish where they lived and their par­ents’ names.

Fa­mous peo­ple from Stafford­shire in­clude Cap­tain Ed­ward John Smith, who went down with the Ti­tanic when it sank in 1912.

The Fam­i­lySearch records show that Smith’s fa­ther, also called Ed­ward, mar­ried Cather­ine Han­cock in Shel­ton on 2 Au­gust 1841. Their son Ed­ward was born on 27 Jan­uary 1850.

Records from St Mary’s Church in Stafford are in­cluded in the col­lec­tion

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