Oswestry, Shropshire Genealogy

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A guide to genealogy in Oswestry, with information on where to find birth, baptism, marriage, death and burial records; census records; wills; cemeteries; maps; etc.

Oswestry (Welsh: Croesoswallt) is a town of Shropshire, England. It is a former historic market town and stands on the border with Wales.

An historic image of Oswestry

Parish History

‎In 1887: "Oswestry.-- mun. bor., market town, and par., Shropshire, 18 miles NW. of Shrewsbury and 172 miles from London by rail - par., 16,234 ac., pop. 11,923; bor., 1888 ac., pop. 7847; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-days, Wednesday and Saturday. One of the chief towns on the Welsh border, Oswestry is a place of ancient British origin. ... Trade in Oswestry is mainly connected with malting and the exportation of agricultural produce".[1]

The town of Oswestry sits on the border between England and Wales and, at various times, been in both countries.

Historically the parish of Oswestry formed part of the Welsh Diocese of St. Asaph. However, following the disestablishment of the Anglican Church in Wales on 31 March 1920, it was transferred to the English Diocese of Lichfield.


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

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

BOYD = Boyd's Marriage Index (FindMyPast) - (£)
IARC = Internet Archive - free
JOIN = The Joiner Marriage Index - (£)[2]
MLOC = Mel Lockie website - free
PALL = Pallot's Marriage Index (Ancestry) - (£)[3]
OSWESTRY PARISH (1558) Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images

IARC 1558-1669
IARC 1669-1750

MLOC 1558-1669
MLOC 1669-1727
MLOC 1727-1812


Bishop's transcripts held at Lichfield Record Office Bap 1662-1860 Marr 1662-1837 Bur 1662-1860

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, non conformist 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. The first film number is 474586.

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Shropshire 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. John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles, 1887
  2. Shropshire Coverage, The Joiner Marriage Index, accessed 9 September 2013.
  3. Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online.