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The Staffordshire Probate Lists

Co-ordinator: Mr Tony Bowers, Lluest, Llanbedr, Gwynnedd. LL45 2HL


Fees £4.00 non-returnable search fee per surname for up to three entries from the Index. Additional entries 25p each. Cheques should be made payable to BMSGH and a stamped, addressed envelope included for your reply.


The STAFFORDSHIRE PROBATE LISTS are indexes of the wills and administrations held by the Lichfield Joint Record Office, for all the ancient parishes of Staffordshire. There is one main exception, this is the parish of ROWLEY REGIS, the records of this parish are held by the Worcestershire Record Office. (We do index about 20 records, which are strays held by the LJRO, all post 1830.) In order to assist members with their search for an ancestors will, the lists were compiled in parishes and in date sections.


The earliest wills date from the early part of the 16th Century and the lists finish in 1857. Wills after this date are held by the Principal Registry Office. Postal searches for wills after this date should be addressed to The Postal Searches and Copies Department, The Probate Registry, Duncombe Place, York YO1 7EA UK, for which there is a fee £5-00. It should be remembered that earlier wills may have been proved in a higher court and therefore sources such as the Prerogative Court of Canterbury should also be searched. These can be found at the Public Record Office (PRO) at Kew.


If you are fortunate and obtain dates of probate, then copies of the documents can be obtained from the Lichfield Record Office, the Friary, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6OG. They will require you to supply the name, the date of probate and the parish. The costs depend on the number of pages in the document involved. They will also require you to complete one of their copyright forms, which they will supply.


The Society's search charge of £4.00 includes up to three individual extracted entries. HOWEVER, the Staffordshire Probate lists can still only be searched by parish, therefore during the immediate future our charge will be £4.00 per surname per parish for a search of the probate lists. For this you will get all instances of the surname in the parish, up to a maximum of thirty entries, if there are any!!.


If there are none, then at least you will know that your ancestors from that parish did not leave wills to be proved in local courts or require an administration when they died, or if they did, these have not survived.


There are some 180 ancient parishes and with about ten sections to each parish this means that it is far too time consuming to search all these lists, so until such time as they are all transferred to computer we are unable to undertake any county searches.


Staffordshire Probate Lists

Parishes




Abbots Bromley

Codsall

Kingswinford

Acton Trussell

Colton

Kings Bromley

Adbaston

Colwich

Kinver

Aldridge

Coppenhall  see Penkridge

Lapley

Alrewas

Coseley  see Sedgley

Leek

Alstonfield

Cresswell

Leigh

Alton

Croxden - no entries

Lichfield

Areley (now Worcs)

Darlaston

Longdon

Armitage

Dilhorne

Longnor  see Alstonfield

Ashley

Draycott in the Moors

Longton

Audley

Drayton Bassett

Madeley

Bagnall  see  Bucknall

Eccleshall

Maer

Barlaston

Edingale

Marchington  see Hanbury

Barton u. Needwood

Elford

Marston  see Tutbury

Bednall

Elkestone

Mayfield

Berkswich  / Baswich

Ellaston

Merbrook  see Leek

Betley

Ellenhall

Milwich

Biddulph

Endon with Stanley see Leek

Mavesyn Ridware

Bilston

Enville

Mucclestone

Blithfield

Farewell

Needwood 

Blore

Forton

See Hanbury or Rolleston

Bloxwich see  Walsall

Fradswell  see Sedgley

Newborough  see Hanbury

Blurton

Fulford  see Stone

Newcastle under Lyme

Blymhill

Gayton

Newchapel  see Wolstanton

Bobbington

Gnosall

Norbury

Bradeley

Gornal Lower  see Sedgley

Norton Canes

Bradley in the Moors

Gratwich

Norton in the Moors

Bramshall

Great Barr  see Aldridge

Oakamoor see Alton or Cheadle

Brewood

Grindon

Okeover

Brierley Hill  see Kingswinford

Hammerwich

Onecote  see Leek

Bucknall  see Stoke on Trent

Hamstall Ridware

Patshull

Burntwood see Lichfield

Hanbury

Pattingham

Burslem

Handsworth

Pelsall  see Wolverhampton

Burton on Trent

Hanley

Penkridge

Bushbury

Harborne

Penn

Butterton see  Mayfield

Harlston  see Clifton Campville

Pipe Ridware

Calton see  Blore

Haughton

Quarnford see Alstonfield

Cannock

High Offley

Ranton

Canwell

Hilderstone  see Stone

Rocester

Cauldon

Himley

Rolleston

Caverswell

Hints

Rugeley

Chapel  Chorlton  see Eccleshall

Horton

Rushall

Cheadle

Ilam

Rushton Spencer  see Leek

Chebsey

Ingestre

Sandon

Checkley

Ipstone

Sedgley

Cheddleton

Keele

Seighford

Church Eaton

Kingsley

Shareshill  see Penkridge

Clifton Campville

Kingstone

Sheen

Shelton see Hanley

Tatenhill

Wednesfield see Wolverhampton

Shenstone

Tettenhall

Weeford

Smethwick see Harborne

Thorpe Constantine

West Bromwich

Stafford,  Castle Church

Tipton

Weston on Trent

Stafford,  St. Chad

Tixall

Weston under Lizard

Stafford,  St.  Mary

Trentham

Wetton

Standon

Trysull

Whitmore

Stoke on Trent

Tunstall  see Wolstanton

Whittington

Stone

Tutbury

Wigginton  see Tamworth

Stonnall  see Shenstone

Uttoxeter

Willenhall

Stowe

Walsall

Wolstanton

Stretton  see Penkridge

Walsall Wood  see Walsall

Wolverhampton

Swynnerton

Warslow  see Alstonfield

Wombourne

Talke O’th’Hill  see Audley

Waterfall

Wychnor  see Tatenhill

Tamworth

Wednesbury

Yoxall 





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