Useful Websites


A list of websites to which I regularly refer.  This is divided into topics, and then subdivided into ‘General’ – those sites which contain information which is not specific to Staffordshire and the Black Country – and ‘Staffordshire/Black Country’ – which should, I hope, be self-explanatory. 

At the end, you’ll find links to sites containing information relating to Australia and Ireland.

 On the whole, this page does not include links to the big commercial sites. Click on the hyperlinks to enter the sites.

This page is not definitive and is definitely a work in progress…. please let me know of any useful websites which you would like me to add.


Staffordshire/Black Country – Online Catalogue for  Museums and Archives in the Black Country

Gateway to the Past   – the online catalogue of the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service and the William Salt Library


General – for indices of BMD certificates throughout England and Wales.

Staffordshire/Black Country – indices of Staffordshire BMD certificates. May show the name of the church where a marriage took place. – indices of West Midlands  BMD certificates. May show the name of the church where a marriage took place.


General – a useful website which lists many of the abbreviations used by census enumerators, and includes a handy age calculator besides much more.




Staffordshire/Black Country – Local historian Billy Howe’s blog and forum. – Wolverhampton History and Heritage Website – website of the Wolverhampton Civic and Historical Society – the website of that excellent man (and  historian)Ned Williams – the website of the Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry. Join now! – Black Country history and how it informs the modern landscape – Local newspaper ‘The Black County Bugle’ – Photographs and much, much more… – covers Sedgley, Coseley, Upper Gornal, Lower Gornal, Gospel End, Woodsetton, Cotwall End, Ettingshall and Brierley. A plethora of useful information – also a useful dictionary of medical terms and diseases

www.historyofwollaston/info  – excellent website for the history of Wollaston (near Stourbridge) – history of Whittington, including census transcripts and trade directories – I can do no better for a description than to quote from the site itself:  “Black Country Photographs, Postcards, Stories, Recollections, Memories, History, Folklore, Murder, Genealogy Tips, and Forums. Social History Events,Time Lines, and General Regional Mining History.” – resources from archives, museums and libraries illustrating the history of the Midlands during the Industrial Revolution.  – list of societies concerned with the history of Staffordshire, including contact details and links to their individual webpages


General – for details of insolvencies, bankruptcies, honours and awards. Home page also contains links to the Edinburgh Gazette and the Belfast Gazette.


Staffordshire/Black Country – Website of the Black Country Museum – Walsall Leather Museum – Ironbridge Gorge Museums. Not Staffordshire, but well worth a visit – Birmingham’s last surviving court of back to back houses – former home of the Mander family – former home of the Bantock family


Staffordshire/Black Country – the NEWSPLAN database, giving details of some 1100 newspaper titles published in the counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, together with the repositories in which they may be found.

PLEASE NOTE: this is a finding aid only.


General – an amazing collection of published books, worth exploring.  – parish registers, family histories and more.


Staffordshire/Black Country – over 110, 000 names of Black Country families

PARISH REGISTERS (see also ‘Archive Catalogues’ above)

General   Over 1000 parish registers, few (if any) of which are any later than 1812.  Searchable only by volume.

Staffordshire/Black Country–heritage/archive-and-local-history/guide-to-sources-held/church-of-england–anglican-parish-records – list of parish registers held at Dudley Archives

Holy Trinity Heath Town, Old Ground burials, 1909 – 1931 (from Parish Registers)


General – for photographs and more. A wonderful website to which we all can contribute

Staffordshire/Black Country – for photographs and more – over 600 photographs of Staffordshire – old photographs of West Bromwich



Local and trade directories:


Staffordshire/Black Country – transcriptions of some parish registers and other indices held by Wolverhampton Archive. Always worth looking at first if you have ancestors from this area. – transcripts of registers from a variety of Staffordshire parishes – transcription of records and information on individuals buried in the seven cemeteries that are under the control of Dudley Council – subscription site with a wealth of information for Midlands counties – parish registers and more for the village of Hollinsclough – a variety of records for the parish of Hints with Canwell – variety of sources for the village of Betley


General  – a useful site for identifying cap badges, etc

Staffordshire/Black Country  – a useful site for identifying cap badges, etc


Australian Newspapers – free access to Australian newspapers from 1803 – 1954.

The Irish Connection

Wolverhampton itself was home to a large number of Irish immigrants: an interesting blog on Irish genealogy can be found at  – website of the National Archive of Ireland, which promises free access to a wide variety of records


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