Research Services - Lichfield Record Office

What does it cover?

General information and advice about the nature and extent of our holdings is provided free of charge. If you are unable to visit the office yourself, our research service is available to answer more detailed enquiries which require consultation of the documents and/or searches in finding aids. The service covers most of the sources available at the office and can be used for enquiries about local history and other subjects as well as genealogy.

The following points should be noted regarding certain types of record:

  • If you want to find out whether we hold the will of a certain person, we charge a fee for a search in the calendars (or indexes) of wills unless the exact date of probate is known.
  • The identification of marriage licence bonds and allegations also attracts a search fee even where the exact date is known because the documents are not in strict order and a search is required to identify the one required.
  • If you require a copy of an entry in pre-1812 bishops' transcripts (contemporary copies of the parish registers), we can provide you with a transcript of the entry through our research service. We cannot photocopy these documents for preservation reasons.

For further details of this service please see this downloadable information leaflet :

PDF Document Leaflet 10 : Lichfield Records Research Service|| (92kb)

How much does it cost ?

Our current standard research fee is charged in half-hour blocks, with a minimum charge for the first half hour payable in advance. Payment will be returned in full if we are unable to carry out the research but partial refunds cannot be made, although excess amounts may be held in credit.  The current fee is given on the order forms linked below.

Visit the payments for services|| page for more information.

If you would like to use the Lichfield Diocesan Research Service please select the relevant form below, download and complete it and return it to Lichfield Record Office. Please note that we require your typed or handwritten signature to the Copyright Declaration. This can then be accepted by post, fax, or as scanned image attached to an email.

PDF Document  LRO Research Service - Order - General || (324kb)

PDF Document  LRO Research Service - Order - Wills || (318kb)

Our Service Standard

Our standard is to notify you of the completion and cost of your research within 20 working days of the receipt of your order.

Full details of all of our service standards can be found in our information leaflet "The Archive Service and You", available for download on our Information Leaflets|| page.

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