This week's Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 1.2 million new additions to our collection of Staffordshire parish registers. These new additions have been released in partnership with with the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service and are the second phase of an exciting project to create the Staffordshire Collection on Findmypast - a rich source, which on completion will comprise around 6 million fully searchable transcripts and scanned images of handwritten parish records. Over 17,000 records relating to Hillsborough Cemetery in Auckland, New Zealand are also available to search.
Over 483,000 records have been added to our collection of Staffordshire baptism records in the second phase of Findmypast’s partnership with the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service. On completion, the Staffordshire Collection will comprise approximately 6 million fully searchable transcripts and scanned images of registers from Staffordshire parishes, spanning 1538 to 1900. Staffordshire Baptisms now contains over 1.7 million records. Each record includes a transcript and scanned colour image of the original source material. The parents of the person baptised are often named, which can prove a crucial link to previous generations. Some of the more recent records list the date of birth, mother’s maiden name, the father’s occupation and the name of the officiating minister.
Over 267,000 records have also been added to our collection of Staffordshire parish registers. Staffordshire marriages now contains contain over 905,000 records from 277 different parishes in the West Midland county. Some of the earlier records in this set contain the details of marriages that took place as early as 1538, a number of which are written in Latin. Each record includes a transcript and scanned colour image of the original source material. In some cases the records include the names of any witnesses (often family members), the names and occupations of the bride’s and groom’s parents, the occupation of the groom, the couple’s previous marital condition and the name of the officiating minister.
Over 185,000 records have been added to our collection of Staffordshire Banns. Banns of marriage are an ancient legal tradition, where a couple’s intention to marry would be publically announced at their parish church. The reading of the banns provided an opportunity for anybody to put forward a legal or religious objection to the marriage taking place. Banns had to be read on three Sundays in the three months before the wedding, unless the couple were to be married by licence. It is important to note that banns only state an intention to marry; the posting of the banns doesn’t necessarily mean the marriage took place. There now are 273,000 banns records from 208 different parishes in the Staffordshire Collection. Each record includes a transcript and scanned colour image of the original source material.
Over 284,000 burial records have been added to our collection of Staffordshire parish registers. The 1.1 million records now available to search in this set cover 229 Staffordshire parishes and date back to 1538, nearly 300 years before the civil registration of England & Wales burials began in 1837. Despite recording the dead, the Staffordshire burial records can reveal surprising amounts of biographical information about your ancestor such as their date of death, previous residence, their status at birth, previous occupation or rank, marital status and age at death, their religious denomination and occasionally their cause of death and the details of living relatives.
Staffordshire, Parish Registers Browse, 1538-1900
The ability to browse through more than 360 years of parish registers has also been added to our collection of Staffordshire parish registers. Search results will tell you what kind of records are in each result in the Event field. Earlier registers, before 1747, used a single volume to record all three life events. By 1813, there were three separate volumes, which contained printed forms to fill out.
New Zealand, Hillsborough Cemetery
New Zealand, Hillsborough Cemetery contains over 17,000 transcripts of burials that took place 1916 and 2008 at Hillsborough Cemetery in Auckland. A wealth of information can be obtained through these transcripts as they not only list the deceased’s name, date of birth and date of death, but can also include details of their occupation, residence, native place, how long they had been in the colony and their cause of death. Many transcripts also include original New Zealand Society of Genealogists (NZSG) headstone inscriptions.
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