Worcestershire Look-up Exchange

The following is a list of reference works on Worcestershire which volunteers are willing to search for information and details of some online information and searchable databases.

Before you start!
New to The Look-up Exchange? Just starting out with your Family Tree? Don't know what resources are available? Then why not visit the help page which gives lots of information which might help you.

How to contact a volunteer
Click on the name beside the reference. This will open an email box already filled in with the email address and subject. All you have to do is type your message. If you change the subject title, your email might get missed by the volunteer, or may be treated as spam email.

What you should ask for
Please be kind to our volunteers and help them to help you! Your request should be specific and give as much information as you can (for instance names, dates, places). If you send a "blanket" request (eg any baptisms in the name of Smith!) your email will probably not be answered. Some volunteers may be happy to provide copies of relevant pages for you. If so, they will let you know what the cost will be. Volunteers only have the resources given by their name, so they cannot give help on other resources or general advice.

!!Volunteers Needed!!
Can you help?

This web page is maintained by Isabel Easter. Please email if you are willing to include
your name on this list.

Give the full titles of any reference you are prepared to check. Examples of suitable items would include tax lists,
electoral rolls, directories, census indexes, indexed parish registers etc



Title

Volunteer

On line information & free searchable databases
GENUKI Worcestershire County & Parish Pages
FreeCEN - partial database of the 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881 Censuses
1881 British Census on line

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FreeBMD - partial database of births deaths and marriages 1837-1983
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) - a searchable database (Debt of Honour Register) of over one million casualties commemorated at military and civil sites in some 150 countries
FamilySearch - Mormon Church International Genealogical Index (IGI) including some parish records
Worcestershire Records Office online searchable indexes
Worcestershire Record Office website
Midlands Historical Data - searchable local history books and directories
Ordnance Survey Maps by British History Online
Historical Directories - Searchable Digital Library - A University of Leicester Project
Record Search - Pilot Site (ongoing)
Old Maps - search old maps to see where your ancestors lived in the late 1800s
British History Online - searchable digital library
Victoria County History
Worcestershire Regiment website
National Archives documents online

Malcolm Platt-Grigg's website of UK Transcriptions

Cradley Links - two web sites dedicated to the history of Cradley
Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry (BMSGH)
Bromsgrove Branch of BMSGH, with an index to the 17th C wills of Bromsgrove, Parish boundary map of Worcester 1839, Surname Interests and a Forum Board for queries
Worcester Branch of BMSGH
Genealogy and Worcestershire website
Census Information
1881 British Census online

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FreeCEN - partial database of the 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881 Censuses
1901 Census (partial) Includes Dudley,Halesowen,Rowley Regis,West Bromwich & Wolverhampton
1901 Census (partial) Oldbury
Kings Norton Union Workhouse 1871 Census Transcription & Census Images
1861 Census (partial) for Dudley and Stourbridge
1881 Union Workhouses (Evesham, Martley, Pershore, Shipston on Stour, Worcester)
Bromsgrove Branch of BMSGH Transcriptions of Bromsgrove 1811 & 1821 census, 1841 Worcestershire Institutions
Parish Registers, Baptisms, Burials, Marriages, etc
Malcolm Platt-Grigg's website of UK Transcriptions including:
- St. Andrew's, Netherton Partial Transcriptions of Baptisms,Marriages & Burials
- St. Edmond's, Dudley Marriages 1870-1879
- St. John's, Halesowen Parish Registers 1717-1728
- St. Kenelm's, Romsley Baptisms & Marriages
- St. Luke's, Cradley Heath Partial transcriptions of Baptisms, Marriages & Burials
- St. Paul's, Blackheath Marriages 1919-1927.
- St. Thomas, Dudley Partial Transcriptions of Baptisms, Marriages & Burials
The Worcestershire Marriages Index 1660-1837 - SPECIFIC NAME REQUESTS ONLY
Marriage Licence Applications approx 1660-1837 - SPECIFIC NAME REQUESTS ONLY
Monumental Inscriptions
St.Thomas, Dudley Monumental Inscriptions (complete) - online
Wishful Thinkings Worcestershire Memorial Inscriptions page
Reference Books
Historical Directories - Searchable Digital Library - A University of Leicester Project
British History Online - searchable digital library
Victoria County History
Midlands Historical Data - searchable local history books and directories
Miscellaneous Resources
Index of Wills proved in the Worcester Diocesan Court 1550[ish]-1857 - SPECIFIC NAME REQUESTS ONLY
Index of Wills proved in the Worcester Probate Court 1858-1928 - SPECIFIC NAME REQUESTS ONLY
VCH for Blackenhurst Hundred - SPECIFIC NAME REQUESTS ONLY
Wishful Thinkings Worcestershire Photograph Index
Malcolm Platt-Grigg's website of UK Transcriptions including:
- Black Country Nailers Riots 1842 Includes those arrested, Police Officers,
- Soldiers Killed in First World War from St.John's, Worcs.
Bradley UK Database - contains thousands of references for this surname in the UK. This is a quid pro quo look up - all John asks in return is details of any Bradleys you have in your own data to add to his own. All emails to have a subject line containing BRADLEY (NAME OF LOCATION OR LOCATIONS).

 

Many of the sources used for these lookups are the result of the dedication and hard work of a family history society. Many Family History Societies produce and sell publications related to their county. Family History Societies which include Worcestershire are the

Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry (BMSHG)
Bromsgrove Branch of BMSHG
Worcester Branch of BMSHG

Their web sites give details of how to become a member and lists of publications available for you to buy.

 

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This page last updated 25-Sep-2010