Market Drayton, Shropshire Genealogy

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Guide to Market Drayton, Shropshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Market Drayton, Shropshire
Market Drayton St Mary Shropshire.jpg
Type England Jurisdictions
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred North Bradford
County Staffordshire, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Market Drayton
Registration District Market Drayton
Records begin
Parish registers: 1558
Bishop's Transcripts: 1682
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Market Drayton
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]

DRAYTON-IN-HALES, or Market-Drayton (St.Mary), a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, chiefly in the Drayton division of the hundred of North Bradford, N. division of the county of Shropshire, but partly in the N. division of the hundred of Pirehilland of the county of Stafford; comprising the townships of Betton, Drayton Magna and Parva, Longslow,Sutton, and Woodeaves, in Shropshire; and Almington, and Bloore-in-Tyrley with Hales, in Stafford. [1]

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.

Church records[edit | edit source]

Drayton in Hales St Mary Ancient parish includes Tyrley township in Staffordshire 

Market Drayton parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

BIVRI = British Isles Vital Records Index (Ancestry) - (£)[2]
FMP = Shropshire Records (findmypast) - (£)[3][4][5]
FREG = FreeREG - free[6]
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[7]


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
BIVRI 1681-1742

FMP Undefined Undefined Undefined Undefined Undefined Undefined
FREG 1813-1815

IGI 1742-1779, 1792-1872 1681-1837, 1855-1858

Staffordshire Record Office has no holdings for the parish.

Hales Bishop's transcripts held at Lichfield Record Office Bap 1857-1865, 1867 Marr none Bur 1857-1862  Earlier years may be found in Market Drayton Bishop's transcripts held at Lichfield Record Office Bap 1681-1872 Marr 1681-1858 Bur  1681-1876

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.

Probate records[edit | edit source]

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Shropshire 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[edit | edit source]

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

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 88-91. Date accessed: 30 June 2012.
  2. 'British Isles Vital Records Index - 2nd Ed. Breakdown of Records', Genoot, accessed 22 April 2014.
  3. 'Shropshire Baptisms 1538-1900,' findmypast, accessed 28 April 2014.
  4. 'Shropshire Marriages 1538-1900,' findmypast, accessed 28 April 2014.
  5. 'Shropshire Burials 1538-1900,' findmypast, accessed 28 April 2014. Described as 'Drayton in Hales.'
  6. 'Staffordshire Coverage', FreeREG, accessed 13 September 2013.
  7. Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Shropshire, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 24 April 2014.