Tracing your family history has never been easier and our short video will show you how to get started.
Thousands of people are going online these days to trace their ancestors and thanks to our new project with UK family history website Findmypast.co.uk you can join them.
Almost 3 million new Staffordshire parish records can now be accessed online giving family historians from all over the world the chance to uncover their ancestors and distant roots more easily than ever before.
From the roots of Josiah Wedgwood to the origins of Bass beer, the records cover over 360 years of Staffordshire’s history from 1538 to 1900. Now, with free access in Staffordshire libraries and Archive Service offices, you are being invited to discover the history of some of Staffordshire’s most significant families – and indeed your own.
The lives of many notable folk are recorded in the collection including captain of industry and prominent abolitionist Josiah Wedgwood, the man who industrialised pottery manufacturing through his Wedgwood company established in 1754, appears in a baptism register.
Joanna Terry, Head of Archives at Staffordshire County Council said: “This is a really exciting project that means anyone, wherever they are in the world, will be able to go online and discover whether they have Staffordshire roots. These fascinating parish records are full of colourful insights and you might even be able to get your family tree as far back as 1538, when Henry VIII was on the throne!“
Watch Jo’s short video and start your family history search today.