Wednesbury St James, Staffordshire Genealogy

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Guide to Wednesbury St James, Staffordshire family history and genealogy: parish register transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Parish History

WEDNESBURY (St. Bartholomew), a markettown and parish, in the union of West Bromwich, S. division of the hundred of Offlow and of the county of Stafford, 19 miles (S. S. E.) from Stafford, and 117 (N. W.) from London. Two new ecclesiastical parishes have been formed under the act 6th and 7th Victoria, cap. 37; called, respectively, St. John's and St. James'.[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.

Church records

Wednesbury St James was formed in 1843 from part of Wednesbury St Bartholomew, Staffordshire

In 1980 it united with Wednesbury St John, Staffordshire when that church closed.

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

FREG = FreeREG - free[2]


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Deposited parish registers at Staffordshire Record Office Bap 1845-1955 Mar 1848-1961 Bur 1849-1936
Lichfield Record Office holdings of Bishop's Transcripts Bap 1848-1850 Mar none Bur none

Burials for St James 1849-1936 have been transcribed by Staffordshire FreeREG and can be searched for free.

Contributor: 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. The first film number is 474618.

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., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 494-498. Date accessed: 06 November 2012.
  2. 'Staffordshire Coverage', FreeREG, accessed 16 September 2013.
Contributor: add any relevant sites that aren’t mentioned above.