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Wolverhampton City Archives
Molineux Hotel Building, Whitmore Hill
Wolverhampton
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Family History Research

Wolverhampton City Archives holds a wealth of information that can aid family historians in their search to find their Wolverhampton ancestors, including:

Births, Marriages & Deaths

  • the General Register Office Index (GRO) of Births, Marriages and Deaths registered in England and Wales 1837-2004, on microfiche (this gives the information you need to purchase a copy birth, marriage or death certificate)

Census returns

  • Censuses 1841-1901 for Wolverhampton and some South Staffordshire villages, on microfilm (all have a street index, and all but the 1901 also have a name index)

 Directories

Many trade and other directories from the late eighteeth century onwards, including:

  • Staffordshire Directories 1770 – 1940
  • Wolverhampton Red Books 1892-1959/60
  • Kelly’s Directories up to 1976
  • Telephone Directories for Wolverhampton area 1901 to date

Business Records

  • Many business records, though few personnel records

Electoral Registers, Rate Books and Poll Books

  • Electoral Registers for the Wolverhampton area, 1833-1880 and 1910-1930 (with gaps), and 1933 to date, on microfilm and in the original
  • Rate Books
  • Poll Books for West Staffordshire, 1868

Newspapers

Periodicals

Photographs and Maps

  • Around 30,000  photographs and other images of the Wolverhampton area, including Bilston
  • Several thousand maps of Wolverhampton and Bilston areas, including:
    • mid-ninteenth century tithe maps and Ordnance Survey maps from the late 1880s to date
    • street plans 1750 to date
    • geological maps
    • Goad plans (showing named shops in Wolverhampton town centre) 1967 to date
    • Staffordshire maps

Parish and Municipal Cemetery Registers, and Monumental Inscriptions

  • Microfilm and microfiche copies of registers for most Wolverhampton parishes. The date-ranges covered vary from church to church, beginning when the churches opened and in most cases ending in the late nineteenth or early twentieth centuries. In addition to the copies of the original registers, published transcripts of many other Staffordshire parishes up to around 1812 are available. Some original registers are held for the Wolverhampton Methodist Circuit.
  • The burial registers for several local municipal cemeteries are also held, on microfilm: Bilston, Bushbury, Beacon Hill (Sedgley), Danescourt and Merridale (Jeffcock Road). Please note that we hold no records for either Penn Cemetery or Hall Green Cemetery (Bilston)
  • Monumental inscriptions from several local churchyards.

Wills and other Probate Documents

  • Many Wolverhampton wills and other probate documents, dating from the eighteenth to the twentieth century
  • National Probate Calendars 1858-1943, on microfiche
  • Index to Wills and Admons (Letters of Administration) of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1853-1857, on microfiche