Kingswinford St Mary, Staffordshire Genealogy

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Guide to Kingswinford St Mary, Staffordshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Kingswinford St Mary, Staffordshire
Kingswinford St Mary Staffordshire.jpg
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred North Seisdon
County Staffordshire, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Stourbridge
Registration District Stourbridge
Records begin
Parish registers: 1832
Bishop's Transcripts: 1832
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Himley
Diocese Lichfield
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Staffordshire Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

SWINFORD, KING'S (Holy Trinity), a parish, in the union of Stourbridge, N. division of the hundred of Seisdon, S. division of the county of Stafford, 3 miles (W. by S.) from Dudley. This parish, which is situated on the roads from Dudley to Stourbridge, and from Wolverhampton to Worcester.

The church, erected in 1831, on a site at Wordsley and, by a special act of Parliament, has been made the mother church. The former parish church, dedicated to St. Mary, and now a chapel, is an ancient edifice. There are churches at BrierlyHill, Brockmoor, Pensnett, and Quarry-Bank. The Baptists, Independents, Primitive Methodists, and Wesleyans, have places of worship. [1].

When Wordsley Holy Trinity, Staffordshire Genealogy was built and formed as a parish in 1831 St Mary became a chapel of ease within that parish and the St Mary records were transferred to Holy Trinity. Subsequently the old St Mary building was rebuilt . Other places in the parish include: Stourbridge, Wollescott, Wollescote, and Upper Swinford. After the rebuilding of the church it became, in 1846, a separate parish.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

See West Midlands BMD and Staffordshire BMD

Church Records[edit | edit source]

For earlier registers refer to Wordsley Holy Trinity, Staffordshire Genealogy

Kingswinford St Mary parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

FREG = FreeREG - free[2]
FS = FamilySearch - free[3]


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FS 1832-1857

Dudley Archives has deposited Parish registers Bap 1832-1914 Marr 1837-1910 Bur 1832-1944

Many of Staffordshire's Parish Register entries have been transcribed in full by Staffordshire Freereg and can be searched for free.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

Stourbridge Poor Law Union, Worcestershire

Probate records
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Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Staffordshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers
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Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Reference[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 289-292. Date accessed: 27 September 2013
  2. 'Staffordshire Coverage', FreeREG, accessed 13 September 2013.
  3. 'IGI Batch Numbers for Stafford (A-M), England', IGI Batch Numbers - British Isles and North America, accessed 18 September 2013.