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 http://goo.gl/jMvD2q.