West Bromwich St James (formerlyHill Top), Staffordshire Genealogy

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Guide to West Bromwich St James (formerly Hill Top), Staffordshire family history and genealogy: parish registers, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Parish History

Hill Top was an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Staffordshire, created in 1844 from West Bromwich All Saints, Staffordshire Ancient Parish and referred to as West Bromwich St. James (see church records)

BROMWICH, WEST (All Saints), a town and parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Offlow South, S. division of the county of Stafford, situated about 6 miles (N. W.) from Birmingham, 4 miles (E.) from Dudley, and 4 (S.) from Walsall; adjoining the town of Wednesbury. There are many places of worship for dissenters of different denominations. The Wesleyans have five meeting-houses, the Independents have four meeting-houses, the Baptists two, the Roman Catholics one; and the Primitive Methodists, Ranters, and others, have four or five small places of meeting. [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.

See West Midlands BMD and Staffordshire BMD

Church records

West Bromwich St James was formed 1844 from  West Bromwich All Saints, Staffordshire EP

Deposited parish registers at Staffordshire Record Office Bap 1842-1979 Mar 1844-1978 Bur none no burial ground
Lichfield Record Office holdings of Bishop's Transcripts No Holdings

Many of Staffordshire's Parish Register entries have been transcribed in full by Staffordshire Freereg and can be searched for free.

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.

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. 400-405. Date accessed: 29 October 2012.