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Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Principal Public Libraries with family history resources
Research services
Registrar General's Index
Census records
Electoral registers
Poll books
International Genealogical Index
Unpublished indexes
Parish registers
Published transcripts
Other materials
Guides to collections
Record Office address
Other information

Library Services URL: http://www.dudley.gov.uk/council/library/frame.htm
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): STS, WOK (pre 1974), WMD (post 1974, parts only)

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Archives and Local History Service
Mount Pleasant Street
West Midlands
WV14 9JR
Tel/fax: 01384 812770
[email protected]
Contact: Mrs K.H. Atkins, Archivist

Opening hours:

Monday: closed
Tuesday: 0900-1700
Wednesday: 0900-1700
Thursday: 0900-1900 (from 1 July 1997: 0930-1900)
Friday: 0900-1700
Saturday: 0930-1230, 1st and 3rd Saturdays in the month, by appointment only

Other Libraries:

3. Research Service

Service available? Yes

Fee-based? Yes

Provided by local Record Office? N/A
4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.

Locations General Register Office Indexes, 1837-1950 (Births, Deaths and Marriages). Microfiche. Archives and Local History Service

5. Census returns

1841-1891 inclusive. Principally for the area of the present Metropolitan Borough. Archives and Local History Service
~see enclosed list$

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

~see enclosed list$

6(b) City and Town Directories

~see enclosed list$

6(c) Telephone Directories

~see enclosed list$

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

~see enclosed list$

7(b) Poll Books

No holdings of Poll Books

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

1992 edition England and Wales. Microfiche. Archives and Local History Service

9. Unpublished Indexes

Indexes to Archives (incomplete)
Newspaper Index (incomplete)
Street indexes to the Census holdings
Some Census surname indexes - 1851 (local area), 1881 Midland area (Federation of Family History Societies)

10. Parish Registers

Parish registers for parishes within the present Metropolitan Borough of Dudley. The Archives Service is recognized as a place of deposit under the Parochial Register and Records Measure, 1978 for records of parishes in the deaneries of Dudley and Stourbridge (formerly Worcestershire and the Diocese of Worcester) and Himley (formerly Staffordshire and the Diocese of Lichfield and since 1993 in the Diocese of Worcester) and is acting as a Diocesan Record Office for the area.
~see enclosed list$

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Various local periodicals. Following may be of interest to family historians:
Blackcountryman (Black Country Society) from 1968
Black Country Bugle from 1972
Midland Ancestor (Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry) from 1973
Also general periodicals e.g. Family Tree Magazine

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material


13. Other material

Holdings include most types of record found in Local Record Offices, e.g. Local Authority/Official records, records of local firms, organisations, etc., Nonconformist records especially (but not exclusively) Methodist records including Registers (~list enclosed$).
Major holdings: Dudley Estate Archive (records of the Earls of Dudley), 12th-20th centuries

14. Guides to Collections

Handlists of: Parish Registers, Nonconformist Registers
Sources for Genealogical Enquirers
Lists of holdings: directories, newspapers; census/Registers of Electors, local newspapers, list of principal accessions of records (revision needed).
All 50p each including postage.

15. Local Record Offices

Archives and Local History Service acts as Local Record Office for the area

Other information

Resources for family history are concentrated at the Archives and Local History Service. The principal district libraries have local history collections, especially Stourbridge (formerly Stourbridge M.B.D. Worcs.) and Brierley Hill (formerly Brierley Hill U.D.C., Staffs.) and Stourbridge Library has the census etc. for Stourbridge only.