Shropshire, England Genealogy
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Featured ContentEngland along its border with Wales. Traditionally the county was bounded by the English counties of Cheshire; Staffordshire; Worcestershire and Herefordshire; and the historic Welsh counties of Denbighshire; Flintshire; Montgomeryshire and Radnorshire.
Shropshire is one of England's most rural and sparsely populated counties, although it also played an important role in the Industrial Revolution.
The county town is the history town of Shrewsbury, although the new town of Telford, built around the towns of Wellington, Dawley and Madeley, is the largest town in the county.
Much of Shropshire was previously within Wales, and formed the eastern part of the ancient Kingdom of Powys. It was annexed to Saxon Mercia by King Offa in the eighth century.
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See a list of parishes of Shropshire with links to articles.
- Parish: an area of varying size under the responsibility of a clergyman of the Church of England
- Hundred: a group of two or more parishes
- Sub-district: comprised of more than one civil parish
- Registration District
- Poor Law Union
Things you can do
- Visit the Shropshire Archive in Shrewsbury.