Bilston, Staffordshire Genealogy

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Parish History

BILSTON, a market-town and chapelry, in the parish, borough, and union of Wolverhampton, N. division of the hundred of Seisdon, S. division of the county of Stafford, 3 miles (S. E.) from Wolverhampton, 19 (S. by E.) from Stafford, and 120 (N. W.) from London. There are places of worship for Baptists,Independents, Primitive and Wesleyan Methodists, Methodists of the New Connexion, and Roman Catholics;also a small Welsh chapel. [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 and Staffordshire BMD

Church records

Bilston St Leonard formerly a chapelry of  Wolverhampton St Peter Marriages for 1755-1841 were preformed at Wolverhampton St Peter and will be found in those registers.

Deposited parish registers at Staffordshire Record Office Bap 1684-1998 Mar 1747-1754, 1841-1993 Bur 1727-1955
Lichfield Record Office holdings of Bishop's Transcripts Bap 1799-1835 Mar none Bur 1799-1835

Many of Staffordshire's Parish Register entries have been transcribed in full by Staffordshire Freereg and can be searched for free.

Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection

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

Wolverhampton 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

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 241-244. Date accessed: 15 October 2012.