Staffordshire Family History Resources

Just a quick side step from the usual stuff.  Anyone researching their family history in Staffordshire should check out the Staffordshire Names Index from the Archives Service – http://www.staffsnameindexes.org.uk/
I’m working on the Wills project and it is an absolutely fascinating resource.  I thought that only well to do people would have left wills, but the archivist said this isn’t the case at all.  In fact, in the few weeks I’ve been doing it, I’ve seen people leave anything from the money in their pocket to diamond earring and gold rings! I’ve come across wills for weavers, labourers, innkeepers and nailers. If you can find one for your ancestors you may hit the family history jackpot, as it can provide you with details of other family members, occupations, place of residence, property and goods owned. 
Happy hunting!

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2 thoughts on “Staffordshire Family History Resources

  1. could you tell me when the Anglesy Arms was built in Courbourgh road lichfield,you may know that the pub has been demolished 24/25 october this year

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    • According to John Shaw’s book the licence wad transfered from the old Anglesey pub on the Birmingham Rd to the new premisrs on Curborough Rd in 1953. So it was 60 years old this year. Knew it was closed but hadn’t realised it had already gone. C

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