Halesowen, Worcestershire Genealogy

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Market-Town & Parish History

Halesowen St John is an Ancient Parish in the county of Worcestershire.  Frankley, Worcestershire is a chapelry of Halesowen.

Other places in the parish include: Cakemore, Warley Wigorn, Hawn, Hawne, Hill, Hunnington, Illey, Lapal, Lappall, Lutley, North Hill, Ridgacre, Romsley, The Hill, Warley Salop, Warley Wighorn, and Hasbury.

"HALES-OWEN (St. Mary and St. John the Evangelist), market-town and parish, in the unions of Bromsgrove, Stourbridge, and West Bromwich, partly in the Upper division of the hundred of Halfshire, Hales-Owen and E. divisions of Worcestershire, and partly in the Lower division of the same hundred, Stourbridge and Dudley, and E. divisions of the county, 7 miles (W. by S.) from Birmingham, 20 (N. by E.) from Worcester, 42 (S. E.) from Shrewsbury, and 120 (N. W.) from London; containing 17,376 inhabitants, of whom 2056 are in the town.  There are places of worship for Wesleyans and others."[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

Halesowen St John

Dudley Archives has deposited Parish registers Bap 1549-1948  Marr 1599-1966 Bur 1559-1949

From this parish were formed:


Dudley Archives has deposited Parish registers Bap 1908-1965 Marr 1957-1971  

Halesowen St Peter Lapal

Dudley Archives has deposited Parish registers Bap 1950-1986 Marr  1971-1985

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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

Stourbridge Poor Law Union, Worcestershire

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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  1. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 1-5. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=50741

Worcester Branch of the Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry
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