Shropshire, England Genealogy

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  • The world's first bridge to be made out of cast iron was built across the River Severn at Ironbridge in 1779.
  • Charles Darwin, the eminent naturalist, was born in Shrewsbury in 1809.
  • Cadfael (or Cadfael ap Meilyr ap Dafydd), in Ellis Peters' mediaeval novels, was a Benedictine monk and herbalist at the abbey at Shrewsbury.
Shropshire, or Salop, is an inland county in the lower western part of England.

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Ironbridge in the Severn Valley
Shropshire, or Salop, is an inland county of England 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.

Motto: Floreat Salopia

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Civil Registration Districts

When civil registration of births, marriages and deaths began in 1837, Shropshire was divided into a number of registration districts, each containing several parishes.  The index to the civil records gives the name of the district where an event took place.  Click here to see a list of the civil districts in Shropshire and the parishes covered by each.  Read more about England Civil Registration.


See a list of parishes of Shropshire with links to articles.

Probate Jurisdictions

Before 1858, every town and parish in Shropshire was under the probate jurisdiction of several ecclesiastical courts.  To read more about probate records and see a list of Shropshire towns and parishes and the probate courts that had jurisdiction over them, go to Shropshire Probate Records.

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