Images of more than two million Shropshire baptism, marriage and burial records have now been made available online.
The UK family history website findmypast.co.uk has published online for the first time parish records held by the Shropshire Archives as the latest instalment of their 100 in 100 promise to launch 100 record sets in 100 days.
Spanning 1538 to 1900, the Shropshire Collection comprises approximately 2.1 million fully searchable transcripts and 155,000 scanned colour images of the parish registers. A selection of Anglican, Methodist and Non-Conformist registers from well over 200 Shropshire parishes from Abdon to Yockleton are included in the collection.
Many notable Shropshire lads and lasses can be found within these records, including Charles Darwin, Wilfred Owen, and Clive of India. A number of early industrialists such as Tom Farnolls Pritchard can also be found, reflecting the important role the county played in establishing Britain as an industrial powerhouse.
The new Shropshire records at findmypast.co.uk join an ever growing resource of official parish records from local archives, including Cheshire Archives & Local Studies, Manchester City Council, Welsh Archives, Plymouth and West Devon Records Office, Hertfordshire Archives and the Westminster Archives, with many more in the pipeline, due to go live in the coming months. In addition, over 40 million parish records from family history societies can be found at findmypast.co.uk in partnership with the Federation of Family History Societies.
The 2.1 million Shropshire parish records are made up of:
- 1,130,000 baptisms
- 190,000 marriages
- 20,000 banns
- 790,000 burials
And contain 720,000 unique names.