Burton & District
Family History Society

A disbanded branch of Midland Ancestors
from 1st January 2018


Listed are a small range of resources available to Family Historians

There will also be some new material, relevant to Burton Family Historians, added to the Staffordshire Name Indexes before the end of March 2018. Check here again in March.


Getting Started

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Local Studies Centre at Burton Library

The Burton Family and Local History Centre on the ground floor of the Burton Library has the following resources available to study:


Anglican Parish Registers
Microfiche copies of Staffordshire parish registers in the former registration district of Burton upon Trent are available on microfiche. These include: Anslow; Barton under Needwood; Burton-upon Trent, All Saints, Christ Church, Holy Trinity, St Aidan, St Margaret, St Modwen, St Paul; Dunstall; Hanbury; Horninglow; Rolleston; Stretton with Claymills; Tatenhill; Tutbury; Wychnor; and Yoxall.


Bishop's transcripts
Microfiche copies of bishops transcripts of Derbyshire parish registers in the former registration district of Burton are available as follows: Church Gresley; Rosliston; Stapenhill.


Nonconformist Registers
Microfiche copies of nonconformist registers for a large number of chapels within the Burton-upon-Trent Methodist circuits and for other nonconformist chapels are available.


Census Returns and Indexes
Census returns are available on microfilm for parishes in the former registration district of Burton-upon-Trent, 1841-1891. The 1901 census returns are accessible online. The census returns for Staffordshire and Derbyshire for 1861 are available on CD ROM. The surname index to the 1851 census index for Burton is available on microfiche.


International Genealogical Index
Available on microfiche for the whole of the British Isles.


Monumental inscriptions
Monumental inscriptions on microfiche are available for the following parishes: Anslow; Dunstall; Rangemore; Rolleston; Tatenhill; Wychnor


Electoral registers
Microfiche copies of electoral registers for Offlow North are available for the years 1832-1836. This is a large geographical area and covers: Alrewas, Alrewas Hay, Anslow, Barton-under- Needwood, Branston, Bromley Regis (Kings Bromley), Burton-on-Trent, Burton Extra, Clifton Campville and Haunton, Curborough and Elmhust, Draycott, Dunstall, Edingale, Fisherwick, Fradley, Hamstall Ridware, Hanbury, Harlaston, Haselour, Horninglow, Marchington, Marchington Woodlands, Mavesyn Ridware, Newborough, Oakley, Orgreave, Pipe Ridware, Rolleston, Streetly, Stretton, Syerscote, Thorpe Constantine, Tatenhill, Tutbury, Wychnor, Whittington and Yoxall.
Microfiche copies of electoral registers for East Staffordshire constituency
are available for the years 1868-1891.


Workhouse registers
Burton upon Trent Union Poor Law Institution (Workhouse) :
The register of births and deaths, 1837-1879, and the admission and
discharge register, c1879-1900, are available on microfilm.


School records
Burton school log books which begin in 1889 or earlier are available on microfiche.
These give a daily account of school life and contain references to individual pupils and teachers.


The following local newspapers are available for consultation on microfilm:
Burton Times 1855-1890
Burton Weekly News 1856-1890
Burton Evening Gazette 1881-1887
Burton & Derby Gazette 1881-1887
Burton Observer 1898-1963
Burton Mail 1898-2008


Stafford Record Office

The Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service holds a vast range of records relating to the history of the county of Staffordshire. There is an online catalogue "Gateway to the Past" of all the Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent archives.

The most important group of records for Family Historians is the Parish collections, 16th-21st centuries. These collections include records of baptism, marriage and burial; the building and maintenance of parish churches; community organisations and local charities; and the relief of poverty.


Lichfield Record Office

The Lichfield Record Office forms part of the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service. It was established in 1959 under a joint scheme between Staffordshire County Council, the Diocese of Lichfield and Lichfield City Council, initially to act as the repository for the probate records of Lichfield Diocese, which date from the 16"' century to 1858. Following the transfer of probate jurisdiction to the civil courts in 1858, the probate records remained in Lichfield until 1928, when they were transferred to the Birmingham District Probate Registry. The decision, taken in the late 1950s, to move these records back to the administrative centre of the diocese, was made only after prolonged discussions. It acted as a catalyst for the establishment of the Record Office and brought into public custody one of the most outstanding resources for the study of family, social and economic history in the Midlands.

In 1990, the Record Office moved with Lichfield Library to The Friary, where new purpose built archive storage was provided, as well as a much larger search room to meet growing public demand for access to the diocesan records.

Closure of Lichfield Record Office

Lichfield Record Office will close to the public on 1 January 2018. In January and February the archive collections will be prepared for transfer to Stafford, and the move will take place in March. Work will continue in Stafford in April to locate the collections and to update the online catalogue. Some collections will be held at the Service’s outstore in Stafford. Where this is the case the catalogue will show that 48 hours’ notice is required. This is also currently the case for some collections held by Staffordshire Record Office. Staff will also receive training about the collections, so that they can provide appropriate advice to enquirers. The collections will be fully available for consultation in May 2018 at Stafford Record Office.


Memorial Inscriptions

There is an index of recorded MIs for the following Churchyards:

St Modwen, Burton on Trent 1714-1918

Holy Trinity, Burton on Trent 1827-1864

St James, Barton-under-Needwood 1731-1969