Millions of Staffordshire Historical Records Go Online

An 18th century Admiral, a freed Jamaican slave and the founder of the Wedgwood pottery company are all included in records to be published online for the first time. The Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service and Findmypast website will make 2.8 million documents available.

The baptism, marriage and burial records span 1538 to 1900. Accounts of floods, riots and an earthquake are also included.

You can read more in an article in BBC News at


So, even if I purchase a subscription to FindMyPast, I will only get a transcription? The BBC site states that viewing an image cost 11 pence……. not a huge amount I would guess, but perhaps a bit of a hoop to jump through. I have many relatives and ancestors in those communities that BBC mentions.


    Alas you are right. It is only a transcription. will give you in many cases the digital image of the document. For one piece of research I did, involving a 1770 wedding, the digital image was critical as it showed where the groom came from. Findmypast’s transcription did not.



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