Staffordshire Family History

Research your Staffordshire genealogy and family history with these resources and online records, which include births, marriages and deaths, burials, convicts, wills, military records and more.


Births, Marriages, Deaths & Parish Records

Burials & Cemeteries

Census Records

  • Staffordshire Census 1841-1921
    Search the 11 million records from 1841-1921, plus the 1,222,000 records from the 1939 Register for Staffordshire all at once.
  • FreeCen
    Some free census records from the county, but not complete coverage.

Criminals & Law



Historical Directories

Local History

  • Black Country History
    Black Country History is a searchable website which allows users to find information about documents, maps, photographs, art works, objects and more held by archives and museums services within the Black Country.
    The eight partners involved in this website are:
    • Dudley Archives and Local History Service
    • Dudley Museums Service
    • Sandwell Community History and Archives Service
    • Sandwell Museums Service
    • Walsall Local History Centre
    • Walsall Museums Service
    • Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies
    • Wolverhampton Arts and Museums Service
  • Domesday Book Staffordshire
  • Lichfield Lore
  • Staffordshire History (Archived)
    This is a large and developing site devoted to Staffordshire’s history (i.e. pre-1888 boundaries). It is an important reference and information resource for researchers, both professional and amateur whose aim is to encourage Local History groups throughout the old historic county and to publicise their activities, meetings and achievements.
  • Staffordshire Past Track
    Staffordshire Past Track contains thousands of digitised old photo, documents and local history interests including:
    • Staffordshire Working Lives
    • Distinctive Staffordshire
    • Crime & Punishment in the Archives
  • GENUKI Staffordshire
    A free family history & genealogy resource which lists links and resources for the English county of Staffordshire.
  • The Story of Walsall
    Find out the origins of the town, plus its history since that time. Also some old pub and WWII images.
  • Willenhall Online Indexes
    Willenhall Online Indexes contains some great indexes for family historians tracing ancestors from Willenhall, Staffordshire.
    The indexes available are:
    • Historical directories of Willenhall for the years 1770, 1818, 1835 and 1864/5
    • Willenhall War Memorial
    • Portobello War Memorial
    • Hearth Tax 1666
    • Some St.Giles Parish Registers
    • Willenhall Lockmakers & Allied Trades


Military Records

Newspaper Archives



Poor Law & Workhouses

School Records

Societies and Groups


Wills and Probate

About Staffordshire


  • 1841 – 510,504
  • 1851 – 630,545
  • 1861 – 769,541
  • 1871 – 857,333
  • 1881 – 981,013
  • 2014 – 860,165

Largest Towns & Cities

  1. Stoke-on-Trent
  2. Tamworth
  3. Newcastle-under-Lyme
  4. Burton-upon-Trent
  5. Stafford

Most Common Surnames 1881

  1. Smith
  2. Jones
  3. Taylor
  4. Williams
  5. Johnson

Places of Interest

  • National Memorial Arboretum
  • Staffordshire Regiment Museum
  • Tamworth Castle
  • Stafford Castle
  • Wedgwood Museum
  • Potteries Museum
  • Apedale Heritage Centre

For family history purposes, Wolverhampton is included in Staffordshire, although since 1974 it’s been part of the West Midlands.
Stoke-on-Trent is still part of Staffordshire, but is administrated as an independent unitary authority.