Dudley St John, Worcestershire Genealogy

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Dudley St John

Guide to Dudley St John, Worcestershire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Parish History

Dudley St John was created in 1844 from Dudley St Thomas Ancient Parish. It has an extensive graveyard approaching two and a half acres. Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction: Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester until 1921, Archdeaconry of Dudley & Diocese of Worcester (1921 - *).[1]


Civil Registration

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.

See West Midlands BMD

Church records

Dudley St John (Kates Hill) parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

FREG = FreeREG - free[2]


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FREG 1856-1908

To find the names of the neighbouring parishes, use Jurisdictions 1851. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.Many Dudley district churches, mission churches were created in the period beyond the reach of extracted index for the area and primary source research is advised.

Many of Dudley Parish Register entries have been transcribed in full by Staffordshire and can be searched for free. To search for the Dudley records inputted by Staffordshire FreeReg - select County as Staffordshire and for Place select Dudley Staffs. Although most of Dudley is within Worcestershire - many of it's records are for people living in the surrounding Staffordshire Parishes. The Parish itself was always completely surrounded by Staffordshire and has been incorporated with other Staffordshire Parishes for Civil Registration purposes since 1837.

Dudley St John Kate's Hill, for earlier years refer to registers of the mother parish Dudley St Thomas, Worcestershire There appears to be a missing register for Baptisms 1953-1957 in the deposited material.

Dudley Archives has deposited Parish registers Bap 1844-1992 (with missing 1953-1957 gap in records) Marr 1844-1981 Bur 1844-1989 Microfilming covers Bap 1844-1940 Marr 1844-1933 Bur 1844-1931

Census records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Worcestershire 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

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Worcester Branch of the Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry
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  1. http://www.worcesterbmsgh.co.uk/parish/dudley-st-john Date accessed and adapted: 26 December 2013.
  2. 'Staffordshire Coverage', FreeREG, accessed 26 May 2014.