Wednesbury St James, Staffordshire Genealogy

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Wednesbury St James

Guide to Wednesbury St James, Staffordshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish register transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Wednesbury St James, Staffordshire
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred South Offlow
County Staffordshire
Poor Law Union West Bromwich
Registration District West Bromwich
Records begin
Parish registers: 1845
Bishop's Transcripts: None
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Walsall
Diocese Lichfield
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Lichfield (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Staffordshire Record Office

Parish History

WEDNESBURY (St. Bartholomew), a market town and parish, in the union of West Bromwich, S. division of the hundred of Offlow and of the county of Stafford, 19 miles (S. S. E.) from Stafford, and 117 (N. W.) from London. Two new ecclesiastical parishes have been formed under the act 6th and 7th Victoria, cap. 37; called, respectively, St. John's and St. James'.[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.

Church records

Wednesbury St James was formed in 1843 from part of Wednesbury St Bartholomew, Staffordshire

In 1980 it united with Wednesbury St John, Staffordshire when that church closed.

Wednesbury St James parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

FREG = FreeREG - free[2]
WEDNESBURY ST JAMES (1845) Online Records


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FREG 1845-1862


Deposited parish registers at Staffordshire Record Office Bap 1845-1955 Mar 1848-1961 Bur 1849-1936
Lichfield Record Office holdings of Bishop's Transcripts Bap 1848-1850 Mar none Bur none

Burials for St James 1849-1936 have been transcribed by Staffordshire FreeREG and can be searched for free.

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.

Poor Law Unions

West Bromwich Poor Law Union,Staffordshire

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Staffordshire 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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  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 494-498. Date accessed: 06 November 2012.
  2. 'Staffordshire Coverage', FreeREG, accessed 17 August 2014.
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