New Staffs collection on FamilySearch
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