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On completion, The Staffordshire Collection will comprise approximately 6 million fully searchable transcripts and scanned images of registers from Staffordshire parishes, spanning 1538 to 1900. This first instalment is published here online for the first time in association with Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service.

1,273,932 baptism records from around 200 Staffordshire parishes have gone live today. 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, religious denomination, 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 previous generations. Some of the more recent records list the date of birth, mother’s maiden name, the father’s occupation and the name of the officiating minister.