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The Shropshire Collection comprises approximately 2.1 million fully searchable transcripts and 155,000 scanned colour images of registers from Shropshire parishes, spanning 1538 to 1900. These are published here online for the first time in association with Shropshire Archives.

There are 1,133,580 baptism records from around 320 parishes in the collection. A baptism record states the date and place an individual was baptised into a church. The information in each record depends on its date, but they typically list an individual’s name, the date and location of their baptism, and are an essential part of researching your family history.

The parents of the person baptised are often named, which can prove a crucial link to the previous generation. Some later records list date of birth, mother’s maiden name and the father’s occupation.