Handsworth St Mary, Staffordshire Genealogy

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Parish History

Handsworth St Mary is an Ancient Parish in the county of Staffordshire. Other places in the parish include: Handsworth with Soho, Perry Barr, and Oscott.

(St. Mary the Virgin), a parish, in the union of West Bromwich, S. division of the hundred of Offlow and of the county of Stafford, 2½ miles (N. W.) from Birmingham.  There is a place of worship for Independents in the Village. [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

Handsworth St Mary is an Ancient parish Birmingham City Archives hold Bishop's transcripts

Bap 1805-1865 Mar 1813-1837 Bur 1805-1889

The following parishes were formed from this parish

Handsworth St James formed in 1854 from part of Handsworth St Mary Birmingham City Archives hold BT's Bap and Bur 1849-1856  no Mar records

Handsworth St Michael formed 1861 from part of Handsworth St Mary Birmingham City Archives hold Bt's Bap 1861-1864 only

Handsworth St Andrew formed 1914 from parts of Handsworth St Mary & Handsworth St James EP Birmingham City Archives hold no records for this parish

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

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

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

Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A., [ http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=51003 A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848)], pp. 396-401. Date accessed: 29 October 2012.