Dunston Genealogical Records

Dunston Birth & Baptism Records

England & Wales Birth Index (1837-2006)

An index to births registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of birth certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Staffordshire Birth Index (1837-2007)

A growing index of births registered in the county. Records include a reference to the sub-registration district, making it easier to order the correct certificate.

Staffordshire Baptism Transcripts (1538-1812)

Covering around 70 Staffordshire parishes, these records provide proof of parentage and often list abodes and occupations.

FreeBMD Births (1837-1957)

An index to births registered at the central authority for England & Wales. The index provides the area where the birth was registered, mother's maiden name from September 1911 and a reference to order a birth certificate.

British Army Birth Index (1761-2005)

An index to births registered to British Army personal at home and abroad.

Dunston Marriage & Divorce Records

England & Wales Marriage Index (1837-2008)

An index to marriages registered throughout England & Wales. This is the only national marriage index that allows you to search by both spouse's names. Provides a reference to order copies of marriage certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Staffordshire Marriage Index (1837-2013)

A growing index of marriages registered in the county. Records include a reference to the sub-registration district, making it easier to order the correct certificate.

Vicar General’s Office Marriage Licences (1600-1679)

Abstracts of marriage licences granted by the Vicar-General in London. These licences could be used to marry in any church in the Province of Canterbury.

Staffordshire Marriage Transcripts (1538-1839)

Covering around 70 Staffordshire parishes, these records document marriages and often provide the parties' residence.

UK Divorce Records (1858-1911)

Digital images of documents from civil divorce cases. The cases cover both the cause of the case and the outcome, such as division of property and visitation rights. These records also contain details of illegitimate children. Cases can be searched by a name index.

Dunston Death & Burial Records

England & Wales Death Index (1837-2006)

An index to deaths registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of death certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Staffordshire Death Index (1837-2008)

A growing index of deaths registered in the county. Records include a reference to the sub-registration district, making it easier to order the correct certificate.

Staffordshire Burial Transcripts (1538-1812)

Covering around 70 Staffordshire parishes, these records essentially record deaths. The residence of the deceased is often given. Occasionally their age, occupation and names of relatives may be given.

Deceased Online (1629-Present)

Images of millions of pages from cemetery and crematoria registers, photographs of memorials, cemetery plans and more. Records can be search by a name index.

FreeBMD Deaths (1837-1964)

An index to deaths registered at the central authority for England and Wales. To 1866, only the locality the death was registered in was listed. Age was listed until 1969, when the deceased's date of birth was listed. Provides a reference to order a death certificate, which has further details.

Dunston Church Records

Lichfield Diocese Parish Clerk Nomiations (1691-1916)

An index to surviving nominations of parish clerks. The index may contain: parish, surname, forename, year, the reason for the appointment (e.g. death, ill-health, retirement or dismissal of predecessor), and occasionally further information, such as occupation or age.

Staffordshire Parish Registers (1860-1936)

The parish registers of Staffordshire are a collection of books essentially documenting births, marriages and deaths. Their records can assist tracing a family as far back as 1860.

Staffordshire Past Track (1300-Present)

A searchable collection of documents, photographs, paintings and other images relating to the county of Staffordshire.

Staffordshire Church Photographs (1905-2003)

Mostly modern photographs of churches of all denominations in Staffordshire.

Staffordshire Parish Register Transcripts (1538-1812)

Registers of baptisms, marriages and burials from around 70 parishes in Staffordshire.

Dunston Census & Population Lists

England, Wales, IoM & Channel Islands 1911 Census (1911)

The 1911 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

Staffordshire Lay Subsidy (1332-1333)

A tax on the county's wealthier residents, ordered by hundred and settlement.

Staffordshire Lay Subsidy (1327)

A tax on the county's wealthier residents, ordered by hundred and settlement.

1901 British Census (1901)

The 1901 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

1891 British Census (1891)

The 1891 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

Dunston Wills & Probate Records

England & Wales National Probate Calendar (1858-1966)

Searchable index and original images of over 12.5 million probates and administrations granted by civil registries. Entries usually include the testator's name, date of death, date of probate and registry. Names of relations may be given.

Lichfield and Coventry Diocese Probate Index (1650-1760)

An index to wills, administrations and inventories proved by the Diocese of Lichfield and Coventry. Copies of wills can be ordered or viewed at the record office in Lichfield.

Lichfield Diocese Probate & Administration Index (1516-1652)

A searchable database providing brief details of surviving probates and administrations granted by the Diocese of Lichfield, which covered parts of Derbyshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire. Contains a reference to order the original documents.

Derbyshire Will Index (1858-1928)

An index to wills, proved by the Derby Probate Registry. Index includes name, residence and year of probate. Contains entries for Yorkshire, Cheshire, Lancashire, Staffordshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and other counties.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Admon Index (1649-1660)

An index to estate administrations performed by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. The index covers the southern two thirds of England & Wales, but may also contain entries for northerners.

Newspapers Covering Dunston

Lichfield Mercury (1883-1965)

This fully searchable newspaper will provide a rich variety of information about the people and places of the Lichfield district. Includes family announcements.

Staffordshire Sentinel (1873-1912)

A regional newspaper including news from the Staffordshire district, business notices, family announcements, legal & governmental proceedings, advertisements and more.

Staffordshire Sentinel & General Advertiser (1854-1881)

A database allowing full text searches of a newspaper covering regional news, family announcements, obituaries, court proceedings, business notices and more in the Staffordshire area.

Staffordshire Sentinel (1854-1881)

A widely circulated county newspaper containing local news, family notices, adverts, sports etc.

Staffordshire Gazette and County Standard (1839-1842)

This fully searchable newspaper will provide a rich variety of information about the people and places of the Staffordshire district. Includes family announcements.

Dunston Obituaries

iAnnounce Obituaries (2006-Present)

The UKs largest repository of obituaries, containing millions of searchable notices.

United Kingdom and Ireland Obituary Collection (1882-Present)

A growing collection currently containing over 425,000 abstracts of obituaries with reference to the location of the full obituary.

Quakers Annual Monitor (1847-1848)

A collection of 364 obituaries of Quakers from the British Isles. The volume was published in 1849 and includes obituaries of those who died in late 1847 through 1848.

Musgrave's Obituaries (1421-1800)

This transcribed and searchable work by Sir William Musgrave contains 10,000s of brief obituaries. The work is a reference point for other works containing information on an individual.

British Medical Journal (1849-Present)

A text index and digital images of all editions of a journal containing medical articles and obituaries of medical practitioners.

Dunston Cemeteries

Staffordshire Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Staffordshire's most illustrious church monuments, often featuring effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

Deceased Online (1629-Present)

Images of millions of pages from cemetery and crematoria registers, photographs of memorials, cemetery plans and more. Records can be search by a name index.

Billion Graves (1200-Present)

Photographs and transcriptions of millions of gravestones from cemeteries around the world.

Mausolea and Monuments (1500-Present)

Profiles of several hundred mausolea found in the British Isles.

Maritime Memorials (1588-1950)

Several thousand transcribed memorials remembering those connected with the nautical occupations.

Dunston Directories & Gazetteers

Kelly's Directory of Staffordshire (1940)

An exhaustive gazetteer, containing details of settlement's history, governance, churches, postal services, public institutions and more. Also contains lists of residents with their occupation and address.

Kelly's Directory of Staffordshire (1936)

A directory of residents and businesses; with a description of each settlement, containing details on its history, public institutions, churches, postal services, governance and more.

Kelly's Directory of Staffordshire (1932)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key contemporary and historical facts. Each place has a list of residents and businesses. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions.

Kelly's Directory of Staffordshire (1928)

A directory of residents and businesses; with a description of each settlement, containing details on its history, public institutions, churches, postal services, governance and more.

Kelly's Directory of Staffordshire  (1924)

A directory of residents and businesses; with a description of each settlement, containing details on its history, public institutions, churches, postal services, governance and more.

Staffordshire Feet of Fines (1327-1547)

Abstracts of records that detail land conveyances.

Staffordshire Feet of Fines (1216-1272)

Abstracts of records that detail land conveyances.

Stafford Gaol Photograph Albums (1877-1916)

An name index to photographs of prisoners in Stafford Gaol photo albums.

Staffordshire Poor Law Admissions & Discharges (1836-1900)

An index to comings and going in Staffordshire's civil workhouses. The index contains: name, age or year of birth, occupation and original parish.

Staffordshire Quarter Sessions Jurors Lists Index (1811-1831)

An index to names occurring in quarter sessions' juror lists.

Dunston Taxation Records

Staffordshire Lay Subsidy (1332-1333)

A tax on the county's wealthier residents, ordered by hundred and settlement.

Staffordshire Lay Subsidy (1327)

A tax on the county's wealthier residents, ordered by hundred and settlement.

Land Tax Redemption (1798-1811)

This vital collection details almost 1.2 million properties eligible for land tax. Records include the name of the landowner, occupier, amount assessed and sometimes the name and/or description of the property. It is a useful starting point for locating relevant estate records and establishing the succession of tenancies and freehold. Most records cover 1798, but some extend up to 1811.

Duties Paid for Apprentices' Indentures (1710-1811)

An index linked to original images of registers recording apprenticeship indentures. Details are given on the trade and nature of apprenticeship. Many records list the parents of the apprentice.

Red Book of the Exchequer (1066-1230)

A compilation of records from the Court of the Exchequer primarily dealing with taxes and land. These records are in Latin.

Dunston Land & Property Records

Staffordshire Feet of Fines (1327-1547)

Abstracts of records that detail land conveyances.

Staffordshire Feet of Fines (1216-1272)

Abstracts of records that detail land conveyances.

Land Tax Redemption (1798-1811)

This vital collection details almost 1.2 million properties eligible for land tax. Records include the name of the landowner, occupier, amount assessed and sometimes the name and/or description of the property. It is a useful starting point for locating relevant estate records and establishing the succession of tenancies and freehold. Most records cover 1798, but some extend up to 1811.

UK Poll Books and Electoral Rolls (1538-1893)

Poll books record the names of voters and the direction of their vote. Until 1872 only landholders could vote, so not everyone will be listed. Useful for discerning an ancestor's political leanings and landholdings. The collection is supplemented with other records relating to the vote.

Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem (1236-1291)

Abstracts of records detailing the estates and families of deceased tenants from the reigns of Henry III and Edward I.

Dunston Occupation & Business Records

Staffordshire Past Track (1300-Present)

A searchable collection of documents, photographs, paintings and other images relating to the county of Staffordshire.

Staffordshire Police Force Registers (1842-1920)

An index to records detailing every member of Staffordshire's police force. Original records contain many details, such as physical description, age, date of birth, previous occupations and career.

Staffordshire Apprenticeship Records (1600-1900)

An index to a variety of records, particularly apprenticeship indentures issued by parish guardians. The index contains details on age, parish, occupation and master. Original documents will contain further details such as the name of the apprentice's father or guardian.

Staffordshire Photographers (1861-1940)

A directory of commercial photographers in Staffordshire.

Midlands Mines Index (1896)

Profiles of coal and metal mines in the Midlands region of England.

Dunston School & Education Records

Staffordshire Past Track (1300-Present)

A searchable collection of documents, photographs, paintings and other images relating to the county of Staffordshire.

Teacher's Registration Council Registers (1870-1948)

A name index linked to original images of registers recording the education and careers of teachers in England & Wales.

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge Alumni Database (1198-1910)

A searchable database containing over 90,000 note-form biographies for students of Cambridge University.

Pedigrees & Family Trees Covering Dunston

Victoria County History: Staffordshire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

FamilySearch Community Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A searchable database of linked genealogies compiled from thousands of reputable and not-so-reputable sources. Contains many details on European gentry & nobility, but covers many countries outside Europe and people from all walks of life.

Visitation of England and Wales (1700-1899)

Over 600 pedigrees for English and Welsh families who had a right to bear a coat of arms.

Ancestry Member Family Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A compilation of lineage-linked family trees submitted by Ancestry users. The database contains over 2 billion individuals and is searchable by numerous metrics.

Dunston Royalty, Nobility & Heraldry Records

Victoria County History: Staffordshire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

Staffordshire Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Staffordshire's most illustrious church monuments, often featuring effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

FamilySearch Community Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A searchable database of linked genealogies compiled from thousands of reputable and not-so-reputable sources. Contains many details on European gentry & nobility, but covers many countries outside Europe and people from all walks of life.

Visitation of England and Wales (1700-1899)

Over 600 pedigrees for English and Welsh families who had a right to bear a coat of arms.

Dunston Military Records

South Staffordshire Home Guard (1940-1944)

A detailed history of the home guard during World War II.

Staffordshire Past Track (1300-Present)

A searchable collection of documents, photographs, paintings and other images relating to the county of Staffordshire.

Prisoners of War of British Army (1939-1945)

A searchable list of over 100,000 British Army POWs. Records contains details on the captured, their military career and where they were held prisoner.

British Prisoners of World War II (1939-1945)

Details on around 165,000 men serving in the British Army, Navy and Air Force who were held as prisoners during WWII.

British Army WWI Medal Rolls (1914-1920)

Index and original images of over 5 million medal index cards for British soldiers It can be searched by individual's name, Coprs, Unit and Regiment. Due to the loss of many WWI service records, this is the most complete source for British WWI soldiers

Dunston Immigration & Travel Records

Passenger Lists Leaving UK (1890-1960)

A name index connected to original images of passenger lists recording people travelling from Britain to destinations outside Europe. Records may detail a passenger's age or date of birth, residence, occupation, destination and more.

UK Incoming Passenger Lists (1878-1960)

A full index of passenger lists for vessels arriving in the UK linked to original images. Does not include lists from vessels sailing from European ports. Early entries can be brief, but later entries may include dates of births, occupations, home addresses and more. Useful for documenting immigration.

Alien Arrivals in England (1810-1869)

Details on over 600,000 non-British citizens arriving in England. Often includes age and professions. Useful for discerning the origin of immigrants.

17th Century British Emigrants to the U.S. (1600-1700)

Details on thousands of 17th century British immigrants to the U.S., detailing their origins and nature of their immigration.

Migration from North America to Britain & Ireland (1858-1870)

A list of over 40,000 passengers traveling from North America to the British Isles. Details of passengers may include: occupation, nationality, gender, age, martial status, class, destination, and details of the vessel they sailed on.

Dunston Histories & Books

The Staffordshire Views Collection (1800-1850)

A collection of over 3,000 watercolours, drawings, sketches, engravings and lithographs depicting scenes in Staffordshire.

A Survey of Staffordshire (1593-1600)

A topographical and historical survey of the county and its settlements.

Staffordshire Past Track (1300-Present)

A searchable collection of documents, photographs, paintings and other images relating to the county of Staffordshire.

Victoria County History: Staffordshire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

Staffordshire Church Photographs (1905-2003)

Mostly modern photographs of churches of all denominations in Staffordshire.

Biographical Directories Covering Dunston

Who's Who in Staffordshire (1844-1930)

A searchable directory of biographies depicting the leading residents of Staffordshire. Contains details on family relations, education, careers, hobbies and associations.

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Crockford's Clerical Directories (1868-1914)

Brief biographies of Anglican clergy in the UK.

The Concise Dictionary of National Biography (1654-1930)

A directory containing lengthy biographies of noted British figures. The work took over two decades to compile. Biographies can be searched by name and are linked to images of the original publication.

Dunston Maps

Staffordshire & Stoke Maps (1670-2000)

A large collection of maps, primarily depicting Stoke and its environs.

Maps of Staffordshire (1602-1905)

Digital images of maps covering the county.

Ordnance Survey 1:10 Maps (1840-1890)

Maps showing settlements, features and some buildings in mainland Britain.

A Vision of Britain (1190-Present)

A sprawling website setting out and describing the historical divisions of Britain. Also contains countless maps of various sorts. Covers the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man & has fleeting details of other localities.

Ordnance Survey One-inch to the Mile Maps (1945-1947)

High-quality digital reproductions of maps plotting, settlements, roads, natural features and other features in England & Wales.

Dunston Reference Works

England Research Guide (1538-Present)

A beginner’s guide to researching ancestry in England.

Parish Register Abstract (1538-1812)

Compiled in 1831, this book details the coverage and condition of parish registers in England & Wales.

Building History Research Guide (1066-Present)

A comprehensive guide to researching the history of buildings in the British Isles.

Surname Origins (1790-1911)

A service that provides advanced and custom surname maps for the British Isles and the US.

British Family Mottoes (1189-Present)

A dictionary of around 9,000 mottoes for British families who had right to bear arms.

Dunston Information

Civil & Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction:

Historical Description

The village of Dunston, noted for an echo, in a field west of its chapel, which distinctly returns seven or eight syllables.

Topography of Great Britain, written: 1802-29 by George Alexander Cooke

DUNSTON is a township and parish, formed 1844 out of Penkridge, on the road from Penkridge to Stafford, and is bounded on the east by the river Penk, 2 ½ miles north from Penkridge station on the Wolverhampton and Stafford section of the London and North Western railway and 3 ½ south from Stafford, in the Western division of the county, East Cuttlestone hundred, Penkridge petty sessional division, Cannock union, Stafford county court district, rural deanery of Penkridge, archdeaconry of Stafford and diocese of Lichfield. The church of St. Leonard, rebuilt in 1876—8, at a cost of £5,000, by members of the Perry family, in memory of Thomas Perry esq. is a cruciform building of stone in the Early Decorated style, and consists of chancel, nave, transepts and an embattled western tower with pinnacles and spire, containing 8 bells: the east and several other windows are stained, and the church affords 200 sittings A burial ground was added to the churchyard in 1887; previous to this date interments took place at Penkridge. The register is partly included in that of Penkridge, which dates from the year 1572; but has a separate register of baptisms from 1853 and marriages from 1878, when the church was first licensed. The living is a vicarage (Dunston-with-Coppenhall), joint net yearly value £210, including 64 acres of glebe, with residence, in the gift of Lord Hatherton, and held since 1886 by the Rev. Assheton Weekes. The Earl of Lichfield, Lord Hatherton C.M.G. Lord Willoughby de Broke and Frederick Charles Perry esq. D.L., , J.P. are the principal landowners. The soil is a stiff loam; subsoil, marl with sand and gravel. The crops are wheat, barley, oats and turnips. The area is 1,420 acres; rateable value, £3,754; the population in 1891 was 257.

School (mixed), erected in 1866, for 50 children; average attendance, 46; the site was given by the Earl of Lichfield & the expense of the building defrayed by subscription.

Kelly's Directory of Staffordshire (1896)