Shropshire is a county in the UK situated east north east of Birmingham, England. It is now largely a rural community but in and around the 18th century it was the cradle of the industrial revolution in England (and the world) and there was extensive mining of both coal and iron ore. More background information about the county can be found by clicking here. From the genealogical aspect researchers should be aware that Shropshire  is often refered to as 'Salop'.

The county is situated on the border with Wales and has contiguous counties of Denbighshire, Flintshire, Montgomery, Radnorshire, (all in Wales) and Cheshire Staffordshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire all in England


It has it's own family history society and a record office located in Shrewsbury. Information on Shropshire is held at the Berkshire Family History Society's research centre in Reading. Examples of what it held includes:

Various census indexes and some transcripts for 1841, 1851 and 1881 all in hardcopy form
Monumental inscriptions in hardcopy form.
Musters of Shropshire Militia for 1781-1782
Some Shropshire Wills, Admons and Probates
HO27 Criminal register indexes on Fiche
Various books relating to Shropshire and its inhabitants.
A few directories

A full list can be found in the library catalogue which can be accessed by clicking here.

Page last reviewed 7 April 2013


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