Sources for Family Historians - Lichfield Record Office
For local and national history resources see Local History Resources at Lichfield Record Office
Anglican Parish Registers
Free access to the 'Staffordshire Collection' on Findmypast, at archive service points and libraries in Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent. Currently this contains around 3,000 parish registers, with 4 million entries, 1538-1900. Duplicate microfiche of registers of baptisms, marriages and burials for the vast majority of Staffordshire parishes, for registers starting 1925 or earlier.
We publish a guide to the parish registers and bishop's transcripts held across the Archive Service. For your free download please go to the Guides to Sources page. This guide was last updated in July 2015.
Contemporary copies of the registers of parishes in the present diocese of Lichfield, c1660 to c1880, with north and east Warwickshire parishes to c.1840 and Derbyshire parishes to c1860.
We publish a guide to the parish registers and bishop's transcripts held across the Archive Service. For your free download please go to the Guides to Sources
page. This guide was last updated in July 2015.
Marriage Bonds and Allegations
Applications for marriage licences filed in the Consistory Court of Lichfield and the courts of the various Peculiar jurisdictions, 1660 onwards. Consitory Court marriage bonds are now available online through Findmypast. Records from the peculiar jurisdictions will be made available shortly.
Registers of baptisms and marriages for some nonconformist churches in the city and in the Tamworth and Lichfield Methodist Circuit. Some registers starting 1925 or earlier are available on microfiche only.
We publish a guide to the nonconformist registers held across the Archive Service. For your free download please go to the Guides to Sources
Wills, Inventories and Probate papers
Wills proved in the Consistory Court of Lichfield and in the corts of the Peculiar jurisdictions, c1520-1858, with related inventories and probate papers. Wills proved in the Consistory Court are available online through Findmypast. Wills proved in the peculiar courts will be made available shortly.
Volumes of copy wills proved in the Lichfield District Probate Registry, 1858-1928.
National Probate Calendars, 1858-1943, on microfiche
Census Returns and Indexes
Census returns: Lichfield district, 1841-1901 on microfiche, 1851 on CD-ROM. Walsall district, 1851 on CD-ROM.
Census indexes: England and Wales 1881 on CD-ROM; Staffordshire 1851 on CD-ROM, 1881 on microfiche; North Staffordshire 1871 on CD-ROM; Black Country 1891 on CD-ROM.
Free access to Ancestry.co.uk in our reading room
Registers of electors for the City and County of Lichfield, 1832-1841. Microfiche of registers for Offlow South, 1833-1842, Offlow North, 1832-1842, South Staffordshire, 1843-1867, East Staffordshire 1868-1884, Burton 1885-1888, 1891 and Lichfield 1885-1888, 1891. Later registers covering the Lichfield area are available in the local studies collection on the open shelves in our searchroom.
We publish a guide to the electoral registers held across the Archive Service. For your free download please go to the Guides to Sources
Poor Law Records
Records of Burton Poor Law Union, 1837-1930; Lichfield Poor Law Union, 1837-1930; Tamworth Poor Law Union, 1836-1938.
Indexes to admission and discharge registers for the workhouses of the Stafford Poor Law Union, 1842-1900, and Seisdon Poor Law Union, 1837-1880, on CD-ROM.
Cemetery Records on CD-ROM
Records of most cemeteries in Staffordshire from 19th to 20th centuries.
Divorce Indexes on CD-ROM
The indexes are to petitions for divorce submitted to the following courts :
- Court for Divorce and Matrimonial Cases, 1858-1873
- Probate, Divorce and Admiralty Division of the Supreme Court of Judicature, 1873-1958
- District registries of the Supreme Court of Judicature, 1922-1958
National Burial Index for England and Wales on CD-ROM
Staffordshire Monumental Inscriptions on CD-ROM
Soldiers Died in the Great War (1914-1918) on CD-ROM
Army Roll of Honour for World War II
Staffordshire Landed Gentry 1086-1702 on CD-ROM
Mormon Immigration (into USA) Index on CD-ROM
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