The WFHC Birth, Marriage & Death records


Section 1 - short general introduction

Section 2 - summary of contents & links

Section 3 - detailed explanations




This document is the gateway to accessing WFHC files of births, deaths and marriages.  It provides links to individual files, which (with one exception) are MS Excel spreadsheets. All files relate only to the WHITEHOUSE surname.


The series of files beginning “B BI SR 1837-1911.”, M BI SR 1837-1911..” and “D BI SR 1837-1911..” includes an extraction of Whitehouse births, marriages and deaths in the statutory register (SR) indexes for the British Isles (BI) from the start of registration up to the end of 1911.  These files are believed complete for England & Wales, Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.  All these indexes cover deviant spellings of the surname, shown in square brackets.


The births index contains mother's maiden surname (MMS) for 1837-1851 & 1866 and it is hoped to add more years during 2023.


The marriage index has been enhanced in three ways:

(a) it contains a high proportion of names of spouses, dates of marriage and the church or Register Office where the marriage took place;

(b) a high proportion of the marriages are marked with “f” , “p” or “s”  in the column "Det" (details).  These symbols indicate that the marriages have been extracted from church registers or certificates and details shown in the separate “M BI SR DETAILS" file.  Each marriage occupies at least two separate rows for groom )M), bride (F) and additional rows if there were more than 2 witnesses. The symbol "f" means full details except for the names of the clergyman and/or registrar and in some instances the number of the marriage in the register; "p" means partial details including the fathers of the parties and the date and place of the marriage; "s" means a smaller amount of detail than "p".  The details taken from church registers are in many ways more authentic than a GRO certificate (which is a mere clerical copy).  The details are downloadable here entirely free of charge and therefore a great way of avoiding paying for a marriage certificate.  Further, they enable searches to be made under the name of the father of either of the parties marrying; and

(c) it is referenced with WFHC tree numbers and so can be linked to census returns and probates which are also referenced; because they have been annotated with WFHC tree numbers, the marriages here are also an important means of finding whether your Whitehouse line is connected with that of a WFHC correspondent.


The deaths index contains ages at death and calculated birth year. For England & Wales,it contains a valuable feature, believed not to be found elsewhere, namely of showing the registered exact ages of infants under 2 years old ("z").  This enables the index entry to be matched with a burial in a church register.  After the new GRO deaths index was brought online, it became apparent that the ages of infants had been added as a mere number, without qualification as to years, months, weeks etc.  After queries from the public, all such ages were rounded to the age last birthday, i.e.0 or 1.  Before the rounding was uploaded, WFHC transcribers had been noting the original number.  It has been assumed that this "z" age is .months, but this is not guaranteed.  This index is put on the website in two different sorted formats, one by the year of death and age at death and the other by the calculated year of birth.  The calculation has been done by subtracting the age at death from the year of death, without any regard to the time of year and is therefore approximate.






B BI SR 1837-1911 221222.xls  (GRO England & Wales Births 1837 Q3 [starting 1st July] to 1911, Scotland 1855-1911, Ireland, Isle of Man, Channel Islands,various dates to 1911; 2.31 MB, 19489 rows of entry.

M BI SR 1837-1911 221222.xls  (GRO England & Wales Marriages 1837 Q3 [starting 1st July] to 1911, Scotland 1855-1911, Ireland, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, various dates from start to 1911; 1.90 MB, 8969 rows of entry.

M BI SR DETAILS 221222.xls (Marriage details extracted from church etc. registers for the above-stated time periods), 4.79 MB, 15452 rows of entry.

D BI SR 1837-1911 221222.xls (GRO England & Wales Deaths 1837 Q3 [starting 1st July] to 1911, Scotland 1855-1911, with ages at death and full forenames, sorted by age and year of death; 1.90 MB, 10884 rows of entry.

D BI SR 1837-1911 221222birthyr.xls (as above, sorted by calculated year of birth).

GRO REG DIST KEY 060402.xls (Key to abbreviations used in the names of registration districts); 24 kB.

DIVORCES 1858-1903 210313.xls (Divorces from the Matrimonial Causes list).  This is a small file containing just 9 entries.  Where possible the relevant marriages have been identified and the WFHC tree numbers provided.

Normalised Occs 140708.xls (List of the principal occupations that not been transcribed exactly as they stand in the certificate, but which have been brought into a standard form for better searching); 30  kB, 59 rows of entry.




AU BIRTHS 221021.xls (Births 1813-1911 extracted from the Australian Vital Records Index, from Official Indexes and other sources); 100 kB, 350 rows of entry.

AU DEATHS 171101.xls (Deaths 1832-1911 plus one in 1790 extracted from Official Indexes and other sources); 61 kB, 183 rows of entry.

AU MARRIAGES 210313.xls (Marriages 1799-1911 extracted from the Australian Vital Records Index and from Official Indexes, with WFHC tree numbers added); 58 kB, 158 rows of entry.

NZ MARRIAGES 210313.xls (Marriages 1852-1911 extracted from the New Zealand Government’s Births, Deaths & Marriages On-line database, with WFHC tree numbers added); 38 kB, 48 rows of entry.

M ONTARIO 210313.xls (Marriages 1862-1928, from the Archives of Ontario, Canada, relating to those born in the British Isles, with WFHC tree numbers added); 76 kB, 156 rows of entry.

D ONTARIO 210313.xls (Death certificates 1869-1938, from the Archives of Ontario, Canada, relating to those born in the British Isles, with WFHC tree numbers added); 32 kB, 44 rows of entry.

US & CANADA M REFS 221123.xls (Referencing file only for US & Canadian marriages from the trees of WFHC correspondents - all dates up to 1911);  110 kB, 440 rows of entry.


Civil registration of births, deaths and marriages in Australia began at various different times in the individual states, namely

Australian Capital Territory (ACT): 1930

New South Wales (NSW): 1856

Northern Territory (NT): 1870

Queensland (QLD): 1856

South Australia (SA): 1842

Tasmania (TAS): 1838

Victoria (VIC): 1853

Western Australia (WA): 1841


This index of Australian marriages runs from the earliest times up to 1911.  It incorporates data taken from the Australian Vital Records Index, published by the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, which covers New South Wales (1788–1888), Tasmania (1803–1899), Victoria (1837–1888), and Western Australia (1841–1905) only.  Although it is stated to contain about 4.5 million records of births, christenings, marriages, and deaths, it is reputedly only 70 to 80% complete.  The Tasmanian entries have ages and accurate dates.  The AVRI index was supplemented firstly by information supplied by correspondents and secondly by using the on-line records from the register offices.  For sorting purposes, the months and days missing from the data, have been entered as “mm-dd”.


Civil registration of marriages in New Zealand began in 1856.  This index of marriages is based on the New Zealand Government’s online BDM database, Historical Records section.  It includes two earlier marriages, in 1851 and 1852, which probably relate to the same event, despite the different years.  These appear in the Govt. database because it includes pre-1856 material from church records.  The index presented on this website includes some exact dates and places (some from certificates, some provided by correspondents from family or church records) and a “remarks” column in which official errors have been noted.  It is heavily referenced with WFHC reference numbers.  As with the other marriage indexes on this website, it runs up to 1911.  Later marriages, up to a limit set at 80 years before the current date, can be found in the Government database.  Historical births and deaths can also be found there.


The Ontario marriages are those of those born in England, Ireland or Scotland, from 1862 to 1928, the last date then available under the 85-year closure rule.  The practices of different counties varied considerably, so that the information supplied is far from uniform throughout the province.  While most of the details are derived from the original papers, the 3 earliest entries, which are pre-1870, depend on a transcript, which does not provide as much information as the original papers from 1870 onwards.

WFHC tree numbers have been added where findable.


The Ontario deaths are those of those born in England, Ireland or Scotland, from 1869 to 1938, the last date then available under the 75-year closure rule.  WFHC tree numbers have been added where findable.  Occ = Occupation; Inf = Informant.  In the “Cond” (Condition) column, M = married, S= single, W= Widow(er), while blanks mean that this information was not given in the certificate.




PRE-GRO M REFS 210313.xls (Referencing file for marriages from the trees of WFHC correspondents.  It shows WFHC tree numbers against church marriages in England & Wales before 1st July 1837, when civil registration began);  144kB, 751 rows of entry.




While most of these files contain details of baptisms (C), births, burials (I) and marriages (M) before 1st July 1837 when civil registration began in England & Wales, some of the baptism and all the burial files include post-1837 events, as indicated by the dates.  Many begin in 1813 when the registers were required to give more information than previously.



The WFHC transcripts are from the parish registers, i.e. the original record, except where otherwise stated.  The date range 1754-1837 shown means 25th March 1754 to 30th June 1837. “Full entry” means all the details except the number (if any) of the marriage in the register and the clergyman.


M W MIDS-SAL 1754-1837 180402.xls (Full entry, with a few exceptions, Shropshire, Staffs, Warwicks & Worcs marriages); 864 kB, 2660 rows of entry.


M Fleet 211231.xls (Clandestine marriages in the Fleet Prison Chapel and elsewhere in London, 1696 to Feb 1854) 35 kB, 30 rows of entry.



C B St Mtn 1813-52 120401.xls (Full entry baptisms at Birmingham St Martin); 78 kB, 316 rows of entry containing 169 baptisms.

C Cheslyn Hay Meth 1789-1837 120401 (Precise, new full entry transcript of baptisms of Whitehouses and Broughs at the Cheslyn Hay Methodist church, which in about 1819 affiliated to the Methodist New Connexion); 105 kB.

C DY Churches 1813-61 130804.xls (Full entry baptisms at all Dudley Anglican churches plus some non-conformist); 187kB, 931 rows of entry.

C DY Non-con 1746-1837 100702.xls (37 baptisms at Dudley’s non-conformist chapels 1747-1837 compiled from the Rollason transcript); 23 kB, 39 rows of entry.

C TP Churches 1813-61 130627.xls (Full entry baptisms at all Tipton Anglican churches [except that a few entries are incomplete or need checking], plus some non-conformist not yet full entry); 128 kB, 652 rows of entry.

C WB Churches 1813-61 180221.xls (Full entry baptisms at all West Bromwich Anglican churches; also includes a few births extracted from post-1837 certificates); 143 kB, 705 rows of entry.

C WY Meth 1805-36 130327.xls (9 baptisms in the Wednesbury Methodist Circuit book); 17.5 kB, 17 rows of entry.



I Black Country 1813-61 221201.xls (Full entry burials 1813-61 at many churches, chapels and one cemetery, in South Staffs, North Worcs and the greater Birmingham area); 571kB, 3178 rows of entry).  For more information, see Section 3.6 below.


I CK AREA 1761 onwds 120401.xls (Full entry burials at Cannock St Luke 1761-1876, Great Wyrley St Mark 1845-1887, Norton Canes St James 1813-1907 plus various transcripts made from the cemeteries at Cheslyn Hay and Great Wyrley up to 1996.  Cannock St Luke entries before 1813 are from Bishop’s Transcripts); 126 kB, 559 rows of entry.


DY CEMS 1887-1960 120101.xls (Burials in the Dudley, Brierley Hill, Gornal Wood, Halesowen, Lye/Wollescote

& Stourbridge cemeteries); 48kB, 183 rows of entry.


WB CEM 1863-76 230101.xls (Burials in West Bromwich Cemetery) 32 kB, 25 rows of entry



This is an extraction from an index that combines Boyd’s London Burials (over 240,000), completed in 1934, and Cliff Webb’s London City Burials (over 35,000).  The latter are nearly all from printed sources and nearly all in the range 1813-1854.
















Clerkenwell St James





London St Botolph without Billingsgate





Clerkenwell St James





London Bunhill Fields





London St Mary Magd: Old Fish St





London St Botolph without Billingsgate








Parishes were ordered by Thomas Cromwell to record baptisms, marriages and burials.


Entries in parish registers to be made in a parchment book and previous entries on sheets of paper to be copied into the book (often not done).


Lord Hardwicke’s Marriage Act came into force on 25th March and applied to England & Wales only.  Marriages had to take place in a Church of England church, except for Jewish & Quaker marriages.  Those under 21 needed parental consent.


Stamp Duty Act of 1783 levied a tax of 3d on baptisms, marriages and burials.  Only paupers were exempt.  Widely hated, the Act was repealed in 1794, but is believed the cause of many apparently missing or late baptisms.


Church registers were required to be kept in standard format.  Address and father’s occupation were required in baptismal registers.


The Marriage Act 1835 made void in law marriages between various closely related parties, which had previously been voidable (that is to say, capable of being declared void by legal action being brought), but not void, under church law.


Civil registration began on 1st July.  Marriages were permitted in non-conformist churches in the presence of a Registrar.  They were recorded officially in the Registrar’s Book.  Only a few such churches kept their own register as well.  Jewish synagogues and Quaker meeting houses were exempt from the requirement and kept their own registers.


GRO volume numbers for Registration Districts changed.


Age at death was recorded in GRO death indexes.  In this year also, the second and subsequent forenames were replaced by an initial, a practice that lasted only for this one year, until it was revived in 1910 (see below).


The 1898 Marriage Act came into force on 1st April, allowing marriages to be performed in non-conformist churches, without a registrar being present, if conducted by an “authorised person”.  Such authorised person marriages were recorded in the church’s own register.


The Deceased Wife’s Sister’s Marriage Act permitted a man to marry his deceased wife’s sister.


From 1st July, the second and subsequent forenames were replaced by initials in the GRO birth, marriage and death indexes.


From 1st July, the mother’s maiden name was recorded in the GRO birth indexes.


The GRO marriage index was cross-referenced with surname of spouse.


The Deceased Brother’s Widow’s Marriage Act permitted a woman to marry her deceased husband’s brother.


Adoption was made a legal process and registers of adopted children began on 1st January.


Registration of still births became compulsory on 1st July.


The Marriages (Prohibited Degrees) Relationship Act 1931 permitted marriages between uncle and niece or aunt and nephew.


New GRO Births & Deaths index, with full forenames, births with maiden surname of mother 1st July 1837-1916 and ages at death 1st July 1837-1957




This referencing file aims to list all US and Canadian marriages for which a date exists in the WFHC collection of trees.  State symbols are shown below.







North Carolina


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Rhode Island








South Carolina




Canada:  AB = Alberta; BC = British Columbia; MB = Manitoba; NB = New Brunswick; NL = Newfoundland;

NS = Nova Scotia; NT = Northwest Territories; ON = Ontario; PEI = Prince Edward Island; QC = Quebec;

SK = Saskatchewan.




The term “Pre-GRO marriages” means marriages in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland that took place before civil registration began.  In other words, they are marriages that can only be found in parish registers.


This referencing file has been established solely in order to provide an additional means of referencing correspondents’ trees.  It differs from most of the other files, in that it is not a complete record of all pre-GRO marriages of Whitehouses.  It covers only those marriages which are known or believed to belong to the tree of a WFHC correspondent.


A marriage is referenced when, on the balance of probabilities, it is correct.  The more rigorous requirement of “beyond reasonable doubt” has not been applied.  The more doubtful tree numbers have a question mark (query symbol) after them.  Normally, the question mark will apply to all the tree numbers, but where one is relatively certain and the other relatively doubtful, the latter will carry the question mark and they will be a separated by a semi-colon.




Whereas baptism and burial files (see below) have been established in separate files for each parish or church, West Midlands marriages have been combined into a single file that covers the whole of Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.  This file corrects many errors and rectifies many omissions in the IGI and Family Search, as well as containing witness and other useful information.  Nearly all the marriages are full entry, but this is still a work in progress, so there are some details missing.


Wherever possible, the parish register (PR) has been used, otherwise a Bishop’s Transcript (BT) or an unofficial transcript (Tr).  The source is shown in the column “Sce”.  However, for some entries at Handsworth St Mary and at Rowley Regis St Giles, the Bishop’s Transcript or an unofficial transcript had to be used.  Unfortunately, I did not annotate the entries to which this applies, so, for the time being, all indicate the Parish Register.  The problem with Handsworth St Mary was a poor quality film and with Rowley Regis St Giles fire damage to the original registers.  The source “Ind” means that an index was used and it has not yet been possible for me to extract the details from the parish register.


The policy in this marriage file has been to “normalise” forenames heavily.  Thus, abbreviations such as “Thos”, “Wm” etc. have been expanded to the full name.  To make the database easier to search, spellings of forenames have also been standardised as the name considered to be in majority use and the different name actually appearing in the register shown in the Notes column.  Thus, for example, all Annes are shown as Ann, Catharines as Catherines,  Phebes as Phoebe, Rebekahs as Rebecca.  At various times after 1812, a few churches have entered large numbers of marriages as taking place with consent of parents, even, sometimes, where the parties are widower and widow.  Possibly this practice arose from a misunderstanding of official instructions.  These consents have been annotated “(fe)”, meaning “frequent entry”, to indicate that it should not be inferred that the parties are minors (under 21).


The standard marriage entry in a parish register describes the parties as bachelor and spinster of this parish.  Sometimes, the marital status is omitted.  The transcript records only departures from the standard entry, for example mention that a party is from another parish or that one is a widower or widow.  Sometimes the register does not state the condition, but this transcript assumes bachelor and spinster unless otherwise stated.  A note of caution: I have encountered several instances in which a party has been entered as a bachelor or spinster, but he or she had married previously.


“M” (Male) refers to the groom,”F” (Female) to the bride and “w” to a witness.  Where there are 3 or more witnesses, they are shown as “3w”, “4w” etc.  If a third witness has signed, this is denoted by “s” at the end of his details, as in “3w: SMITH Samuel (s)”.  A frequent witness (parish clerk, church officer etc.) is shown by “(fw)” after his forename.


The Fleet marriages file shows 30 Whitehouses in the registers of the Fleet Prison Chapel and other Chapels in London where clandestine marriages took place.  They were conducted by an ordained priest, without banns or licence, an advantage to those who wished to hide their marriage from public view.  The registers, some of which were in notebook form, were kept by the officiating priest, but many are copies.  Where the details given differ, it is difficult to know which register to believe.  This WFHC transcript shows the major variations.  Such clandestine marriages led to the 1753 Hardwicke Act banning them from 25th March 1754 and prescribing the information that had to be given in parish registers.  Although the marriages took place in London, this was not necessarily the residence of the parties.  A feature of these marriages is that many give residence information of the parties, their marital condition and the man's occupation. Chapman code abbreviations for counties have been used in this transcript and many names have been normalised.




Forenames have been minimally “normalised” : for example “Wm” has been expanded to “William”.  Abodes have been normalised:  for example, “Darby Hand” and “Derby End” in Dudley have been converted to “Darby End”.  Mostly, occupations have also been minimally normalised in the same way as in the marriage details files.  These minor departures from the literal original have been made to help in searching.


The files are presented sorted by forename and then by OO (original order).  The original order is date order and where more than one Whitehouse baptism to the same parents has taken place on a particular day, the order in the register has been noted.  Births (b) and baptisms (c) are indexed and cross-referenced.


Dudley baptisms have been derived mainly by “trawling”, that is to say going through the registers page by page looking for Whitehouse entries.  The draft rough indexes, apparently prepared by church officials, are incomplete and so have been used only as a checking aid.  The IGI has also been used as a checking aid for baptisms.  Some of the entries for St John’s church (Kate’s Hill) have been taken from the index in the Dudley Archives search room and some from Bishop’s Transcripts (BTs).  They have been annotated accordingly.  Otherwise, the parish registers have been used.  The entries for St Andrew’s church (Netherton) and St John’s were not trawled: the Dudley Archives’ indexes were used to locate them.


The file of Dudley non-conformist baptisms is extracted from the transcript by Arthur A. Rollason, The Herald Press, Dudley 1899.  It covers Quaker baptisms at the Old Meeting House, Dudley from 1743 to 1772 and 1775 to 1837 (contains 33 Whitehouse entries from 1747 to 1771 plus one in 1791);  baptisms at the Independent or Congregational chapel in King Street from 1803-37 (contains 3 Whitehouse entries, from 1834-37); Wesleyan Methodist births & baptisms 1804-37 (no Whitehouses); Baptist births 1816-37 & deaths 1814-37 (no Whitehouses); and burials only (no baptisms) at the Methodist New Connexion chapel, Wolverhampton Street 1829-37 (contains 4 Whitehouse entries, all female, 1832-36).  The abbreviations used are , b = birth, c = baptism, i. = burial and, in a note, m. = marriage.  Whitehouses were extracted using the surname index printed in the book of the transcript and trawling the relevant pages, because the index does not state how many entries occur on any particular page.  The file is presented sorted by forename and then by OO (original order), which is the same as date order.


Tipton St Martin baptisms were provided by a kind helper, working from Bishop’s Transcripts, checked against the IGI, a trawl carried out many years ago by another kind helper and my own trawl from 1837 to 1851 in the Parish Register.  Tipton baptisms 1852 to 1861 in all Anglican churches were trawled by me in the parish register.  The period 1838-1861 for St Martin was checked against the relatively new Family Search index, which seems a good one.


West Bromwich All Saints baptisms were extracted by using the IGI as a guide, while those for other churches depend mainly on trawling the Parish Register.  There are 6 series of extracts, which can be separated by sorting by the OO reference number (1001 onwards = All Saints; 2001 onwards = Christ Church; 3001 onwards = St Peter; 9001; 4001 onwards = Holy Trinity; 5001 onwards = St James onwards; 9001 onwards = miscellaneous birth certificates).  The file is complete for all Anglican churches in West Bromwich for the period stated.  Notes have been made to show where “Lamberts End” has been adopted instead of “Lambeths End” and “Summer St” in place of “Somers Street”.  “Lyne” is an abbreviation of Lyndon, which was the centre of Old West Bromwich.  The centre of the town moved in a south westerly direction to the area around Moor Street, which was the old heath area known as “Lyng”, presumably because of heather there.  Lyng Lane still exists, running from Sams Lane northwards towards the High Street and the Metro Station.  For more information about the quaint names of the areas of West Bromwich, see the Victoria County History of Staffordshire.




List of churches, chapels etc. covered:


Alcester St Nich (none found)

Bromsgrove St John B

Great Barr St Mgt

Oldbury Ch Ch

Tipton St John (none found)

Aldridge St Mary (none found)

Burntwood Ch Ch (none found)

Gt Wyrley Cemetery

Oldbury Wes Meth Church St

Tipton St Mark

Alrewas All Sts

Burton-upon-Trent St Modwen

Gt Wyrley St Mark

Pedmore St Ptr

Tipton St Mtn

Amblecote Holy T

Bushbury St Mary

Hagley St Ptr (none found)

Pelsall St Michl & AA

Upper Gornal St Ptr

Armitage St John B (none found)

Cannock St Luke

Halesowen St John

Penkridge St Michl & AA

W Brom All Sts

Ashted St Jas the less

Clent St Leon (none found)

Handsworth St Jas

Penn St Bt

W Brom Ch Ch

Aston St P & P

Codsall St Nich (none found)

Handsworth St Mary

Pensnett St Mark

W Brom Holy T

Belbroughton Holy T (none found)

Coseley Ch Ch

Harborne St Ptr

Perry Barr St John (none found)

W Brom St Ptr

Bewdley Particular Baptists 1757-1836 (none found)

Coseley Old Mtg House

Heath Town Holy T (none found)

Quarry Bank Ch Ch

W Brom Wesleyan Methodist

Bewdley Presbyterian High St 1812-15 (none found)

Cradley Heath St Luke

Himley St Michl & AA (none found)

Quinton Ch Ch (none found)

Walsall St Mary RC

Bickenhill St Ptr (none found)

Cradley St Ptr

Kidderminster St Geo

Redditch St Ste

Walsall St Matt

Bilston St Leon

Darlaston St Geo

Kidderminster St Mary

Rowley Regis St Giles

Walsall St Ptr

Bilston St Mary

Darlaston St Lawr

Kings Norton St Nic

Rugeley St Augustine

Walsall Wood St John

Bilston Swan Bank Wesleyan Methodist

Droitwich St Andw (none found)

Kingswinford St Mary

Rushall St Michl

Wednesbury St Bt

Birmingham All Sts

Droitwich St Nicholas (none found)

Kinver St Ptr

Sedgley All Sts

Wednesbury St James

Birmingham St Bt

Droitwich St Peter de Witton (none found)

Langley Holy T

Shareshill St Mary (none found)

Wednesfield St Thos

Birmingham St Geo

Dudley Independent King St

Lichfield except St Michael (none found)

Sheldon St Giles

Willenhall St Giles

Birmingham St Mary

Dudley Methodist Wolverhampton St

Lichfield St Michl

Shenstone St John B (none found)

Wollaston St Jas (none found)

Birmingham St Mtn

Dudley St Andw

Lower Gornal St Jas

Short Heath Holy T

Wolverhampton St Geo

Birmingham St Paul

Dudley St Edmd

Lye Ch Ch (none found)

Smethwick Holy T

Wolverhampton St John

Birmingham St Phil

Dudley St Jas

Martley St Ptr 1813-37 only (none found)

Smethwick Old Church

Wolverhampton St Mary

Birmingham St Thos

Dudley St John

Moseley St Mary (none found)

Smethwick St Matt

Wolverhampton St Ptr

Bloxwich All Sts

Dudley St Thos

Moxley All Sts

Solihull St Alphege

Wombourn St Bendict Biscop

Bordesley Holy T

Enville St Mary

Northfield St Laurence

Stonnall St Ptr

Wordsley Holy T

Brewood St Mary

Essington St John (none found)

Norton Canes St Jas

Tamworth St Editha

Yardley St Edburgha (none found)

Brierley Hill St Michl

Fazeley St Paul (none found)

Ogley Hay St Jas (none found)

Tardebigg St Bt


Brockmoor St John

Frankley St Leon

Old Swinford St Mary

Tettenhall Regis St Michael & AA



The Black Country burials file covers Whitehouse burials in the churches tabulated, from 1813 or the start of the burials register, if later, until the end of 1861 (except in a few instances, as noted).  Many churches are not listed here because they did not have a burial ground before 1862.  Coverage of non-Anglican churches is highly incomplete and not all the Anglican churches are covered at present.  Some of the churches covered are not indexed in any online form and some not at all.  Sources used comprise parish registers (PR), other church registers (Reg), Bishop's Transcripts (BT), (Ts of BT), necessitated by the fire damage at Rowley Regis St Giles, other transcripts (Ts) and General Register Office Certificates (GRO), most of which are for Sarah Whitehouses.  The Coseley Old Meeting House entries include extracted burial forms covering the period of civil registration as far as 1861, taken from a visit to the chapel many years ago by the late Gerald Moorman (GM).  Bilston entries for 1832 have been supplemented from the cholera list for that parish. 


The forenames have been normalised and the actual names shown inserted in square brackets in the Notes column.  Other notes and comments not in the original document are also shown, mostly in square brackets.


The Cannock area burials file which covers a different date range has been retained (see above for link).



Whitehouse burials have been extracted from the Dudley Council’s online index.  It covers 6 cemeteries for the period 1887 to 1960, now under the control of Dudley Council.  The Halesowen cemetery was the first of these to open, in 1859, but no Whitehouse burial took place there until 1887.  In 1879, cemeteries were opened at Stourbridge and at Lye, in 1904 at Dudley (on the Stourbridge Road) and in 1926 at Brierley Hill.  The other cemetery covered is at Gornal Wood.  Two still births have been excluded.  The file is arranged in a similar manner to the GRO Deaths one, by forename of the Whitehouse deceased and then by calculated birth year.  The far left column, headed “OO” (Original Order) can be used to re-sort the burials into date order.  If searching yourself in the Dudley Council’s index, note that you have an option to select a range of  5 years.  Confusingly, this does not mean up to five years either side of the date entered, but up to five years after the date entered.



This is a file of unknown origin, probably emanating from a kind correspondent.