Family History Resources

Photo of page from Compton census

Have you been enthused by the BBC's series "Who Do You Think You Are?"

If so, the Archive Service can help you with professional advice on tracing your genealogy, and the resources to get started.

The majority of the resources that we hold are unique and irreplaceable documents, and most of them are available for you to consult in our reading rooms.  The most heavily used are on microfiche or microfilm, and some are on CD-ROM. 
See the pages linked below to find out what is held at each of our offices.

Online Resources

'Staffordshire Collection' Digitisation Project

Phase 1 of the 'Staffordshire Collection' Digitisation Project, went live on 16 July 2014 on the Findmypast website.  Phase 1 consists of over 1,800 parish registers, containing 2.8 million names.  Phase 2 will be the remainder of the parish registers.  Subsequent phases will cover Diocese of Lichfield wills and inventories, and marriage bonds and allegations.

Access to the 'Staffordshire Collection' on Findmypast will be free in archives and libraries in Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent.

Find out more ...|

Online guides to sources :

Free to download guides in PDF format.

Guide to Parish Registers and Bishops Transcripts gives the covering dates of the parish registers held by Staffordshire Record Office and the bishops' transcripts held by Lichfield Record Office.  It also tells you where the registers are held if they are not in our care.  For your free download please go to the Guides to Sources|| page.

Guide to Nonconformist Registers gives the covering dates of the registers of baptism, marriage and burial from a wide variety of nonconformist denominations held by Staffordshire Record Office, Lichfield Record Office and Stoke on Trent City Archives.  For your free download please go to the Guides to Sources|| page.

Online indexes :

We have a new website - Staffordshire Name Indexes|| - currently containing the following indexes :

  • Calendars of Prisoners at Staffordshire Quarter Sessions, 1777-1880
  • Staffordshire Police Force Registers, 1842-1920
  • Diocese of Lichfield and Coventry wills, 1650-1730
  • Staffordshire Apprentices, 1600-1900
  • Workhouse Admissions and Discharges, 1836-1900
  • Manor of Newcastle copyhold tenants, 1700-1832 

A programme of work for the addition of new indexes is in hand.

The Sutherland Index|| - covers mainly Longton, Newcastle under Lyme and Trentham areas

Special Features :

Tracing your Birth Family|| - after adoption

Tracing your Polish Ancestors| 

Onsite Resources

Sources for Family Historians at Staffordshire Record Office||

Sources for Family Historians at Stoke on Trent City Archives||

Sources for Family Historians at Lichfield Record Office||

Sources for Family Historians at Burton Family and Local History Centre||

Family History Club at Staffordshire Record Office||

If you decide that you would like to visit one of our record offices you will need to make an appointment.  Please go to Planning a Visit|| for all the information you will need in advance of your visit.

In addition, we sell a number of publications|| providing useful information for tracing your family history in Staffordshire. These include our popular guides "Family History for Beginners" and "Advanced Guide to Family History".

We also have an information leaflet about the Word Icon1911 Census|| (46 kb) released online early in 2009.

Courses for Beginners

If you are interested in learning more about how to trace your family history, using the wide range of sources available both on the internet, and in record offices, please visit our Events Programme| page to see whether a course is scheduled in the near future. 


If you have any questions that our website does not answer please contact one of our offices, where our knowledgeable staff will be pleased to advise you how to find the information you are seeking.

Staffordshire Record Office||

Stoke on Trent City Archives||

Lichfield Record Office||


For links to the websites of other organisations please see our Links|| page


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