Shropshire Family History

Whether you are just beginning the quest for your Shropshire ancestry, or if you are already an experienced researcher, I can help you track your ancestors down and put the jigsaw pieces of your family tree together.

To assist the research I carry out, I have built up an extensive personal archive of transcribed documents, registers, wills and specialist indexes from across Shropshire, Herefordshire, and Worcestershire as well as a large collection of published sources and reference books. Living in the historic market town of Ludlow in south Shropshire, I am within easy reach of 'Shropshire Archives' at Shrewsbury, as well as the nearby County Record Offices at Hereford and Worcester. I also travel to Lichfield regularly for the Archives there.

Of particular use are the Probate Index of Wills and Administration, over 28,000,  complete for the Shropshire, north-west Worcestershire and the Montgomeryshire part of the Hereford Diocese from 1647 until 1858.    I now also have a virtually complete data-base of over 31,000 Wills and Admons of the Lichfield Diocese, which covered much  of the northern part of Shropshire, from 1637-1858.

I have also compiled a marriage data-base for the area of south Shropshire covered by the Probate index of nearly 60,000 marriages from 1538-1837.  It incorporates information from the Gwynne index of Shropshire marriages from 1813-1837, particularly covering those parishes not on the IGI.  Some information from a card index of Shropshire marriages from 1754-1812, compiled by Maurice Lewis has also been added.  The resulting Marriage Index has been published as a CD-Rom by the Shropshire Family History Society, and is available via the Society's website 

Please follow the links below to find  further information about my genealogical collections and the services which I can provide. 

If you are interested in finding more out about your ancestors from Shropshire, or elsewhere in the Welsh Marches, then I look forward to hearing from you.  My email address is 

I charge 17 an hour for each of the first three hours, and 15 an hour for each subsequent hour.  Print-outs are extra at cost, normally 30 or 50 pence.  I normally expect to work to a monetary and/or time limit.

Chris Potter

Updated December 2009

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