A township in Shropshire (Brimstree Hundred) and in Halesowen Ancient Parish, which was in Worcestershire and Shropshire until 1844 but entirely Worcestershire thereafter.
Oldbury transferred to Worcestershire (Halfshire Hundred) in 1844 for civil purposes. It was a separate Civil Parish in 1866 and a separate Ecclesiastical Parish in 1715. It was ecclesiastically refounded in 1841. Abolished civilly in 1966 part to West Bromwich County Borough (associated with Staffordshire) & Ancient Parish, part to help create Warley Civil Parish (associated with Worcestershire) & Civil Parish & part to Halesowen Municipal Borough & Ancient Parish [25]

From 1974 in Sandwell Metropolitan Borough, West Midlands.


O.S. Ref: SO990895
1 mile off junction 2 of the M5

Parish Church

Christ Church, Church Sq.,Birmingham St, Oldbury

In 1840 Christ Church was built to replace Oldbury Chapel (St Nicholas), which was very dilapidated and too small for a rapidly rising population. In 1992 two thirds of Christ Church was converted into offices and the worship area reduced but the church is still active within the Church of England. [“Old-Time Oldbury” published by Oldbury Local History Group and http://stmarkslondonderry.org.uk/page19/page11/page11.html - accessed 25th February 2008]

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Diocese of Hereford until 1841, Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester (1841-1905), Archdeaconry & Diocese Birmingham (1905 - *) [25]


Upper Halfshire [11]

Poor Law Union

West Bromwich [3]

Adjoining Parishes

West Bromwich (Staffordshire); Harborne (Staffordshire); Halesowen; Rowley Regis (Staffordshire) [1]

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

Coverage Source
Transcripts General G1714-1812 [27]

No Parish Registers held at Worcestershire Archives. Original registers are at Smethwick Library.

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1725 Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)

*Presbyterian (Old Dissenting Chapel)

Births / Christenings 1776-1837

*Wesleyan Methodist

Births / Christenings 1832-37

*Listed under Shropshire

Register Copies

Christ Church: Christenings & Burials & some Marriages 1714-1812

At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
Christ Church Baptisms and Burials and some Marriages 1714-1812

At Smethwick Library :-
Transcripts: Christenings 1714-1812 Marriages 1714-62 Burials 1714-1812
Microfrom: Christenings 1813-1963 Marriages 1838-1970 Burials 1813-1940
Originals: Christenings 1714-1963 Marriages 1714-62, 1838-1970 Burials 1714-1940

At Society of Genealogists [68] :-
OLDBURY : Christenings 1819-20, Burials 1820 (Bishops' Transcripts) [Microfilm.] Published Salt Lake City : Genealogical Society of Utah, 1998

OLDBURY (Christ Church) : Christenings 1813-1963, Marriages 1838-1970, Burials 1813-1940 [Microfiche.] Published Smethwick : Smethwick Library, 1996 Source S: R Dunning.

OLDBURY (Christ Church) : Births 1702-17 (extracts), Christenings & Burials 1714-1812, Marriages 1721-33, 1745-53 (extracts); briefs 1707-08, 1717; misc notes [Typescript.] Published , Nd. Author Beech, Mr. & Mrs. John (transcription).


At BMSGH Reference Library [7]
Presbyterian Chapel Baptisms 1776-1799
Presbyterian Chapel Baptisms 1800-1812

At Worcestershire Archives
Wesleyan: Births 1822-37 Christenings 1832-37 Burials 1823-37

At Smethwick Library :-

Church / Chapel Copies Originals
Brades Wesleyan Christenings 1850-1915, 1937-71 1850-1915, 1937-71
Causeway Green Wesleyan Christenings 1865-1945 1865-1945
Churchbridge Wesleyan Christenings 1841-71 1841-71
Oldbury Wesleyan Christenings 1854-1980 1832-1980
Marriages 1857-1909, 1912-76 1857-1909, 1912-76
Burials 1823-91 1823-91
Oldbury Green Primitive Christenings 1845-1958 1845-1958
Tabernacle New Connexion Christenings 1864-84 1864-1978
Marriages 1938-68 1938-68
Tat Bank (Zion) New Connexion Christenings 1879-1957
Old Dissenting Chapel (Presbyterian) Christenings 1715-45, 1759-1813

At Dudley Archives & Local History Service:-
Old Dissenting Chapel
Christenings 1715-1837

At Society of Genealogists:-
OLDBURY (Halesowen Presbyterian chapel) : Christenings 1812-37: Shropshire registers, vol. 1 IN: Shropshire registers, vol. 1 Published Shropshire FHS, Nd. Author Matthews, B et al. (transcription.) Source D: Shropshire FHS

OLDBURY (Halesowen Presbyterian chapel) Christenings 1776-99 & 1800-12 : Shropshire registers, vol. 2 [Typescript] IN: Shropshire registers, vol. 2 Published : Shropshire FHS, 1990 Author Shropshire FHS (transcription.) Source D: Shropshire F H S

OLDBURY (Old Dissenting chapel) : Christenings 1715-45, 1759-1813 Published : Shropshire Parish Register Society, 1903 Author Evans, George Eyre (transcription.)

Quaker digest registers of births, marriages & burials - Warws., Leics. & Rutland QM : Births 1623-1837, 1636-1815, 1646-1762, Marriages 1648-1837, 1659-1794, 1668-1711, Burials 1659-1837, 1661-1836, 1636-1781 (includes Quaker digest registers of births, marriages & burials - Warws., Leics. & Rutland QM : Births 1623-1837, 1636-1815, 1646-1762, Marriages 1648-1837, 1659-1794, 1668-1711, Burials 1659-1837, 1661-1836, 1636-1781 (includes Tamworth, Handsworth, West Bromwich, Rowley Regis, Lichfield, Wednesbury, Aldridge, Staffs.; Chipping Camden, Stow on the Wold, Sezincote, Glos.; Ratcliffe on Soar, Notts.; Warley, Oldbury, Salop; Shipston on Stour, Tredington, Old Swinford, Dudley, Stourbridge, Worcs.) [Microfilm.] Published London : World Microfilms Publications, 1989 Acc. no. 87577v Source S: Quaker FHS. Location Lower library Shelf mark Mf 3375

Census Records

All the censuses between 1841 and 1901 are now available on a number of fee-paying (Subscription or PayAsYouGo) sites including Ancestry.co.uk, FindMyPast.co.uk, thegenealogist.co.uk and genesreunited.co.uk. The 1911 census is available in full or in part on some of these sites. We are unable to advise on the choice of site since researchers' personal preferences will be influenced by the content and search facilities offered by each site. Some sites offer a free trial.

Access to the library edition of Ancestry.co.uk is widely available at most record offices, including Worcestershire Archives, and some libraries. You are advised to book time on their computers before making a visit.

A free-to-view site is being developed at freecen.org.uk for the 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871 and 1891 censuses. Coverage of Worcestershire parishes is rather sparse at this time.

Census returns can usually be viewed at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' Family History Centres.

Some repositories offer census details on microform, disc or printed copy. These include:
Oldbury, including Quinton, Warley, Warley Salop & Warley Wigorn; And Handsworth (inc Perry Barr) 1871 Census on CD-Rom Piece Nos. 2968 to 2974 ; Including Surname Index BMSGH Shop

1841 Shropshire Archives
1851 Worcestershire Archives [14]
1841-1901 Smethwick Library

Staffordshire 1891 census returns: West Bromwich registration district RG 12/2259-2278 [Microfilm.] - Published London Public Record Office 2003 Society of Genealogists

Search Services (Fee paying) - BMSGH and Independent

Burial 1714-1812 Worcestershire Burial Index
Marriage see Worcestershire Marriage Index

Other Sources

Oldbury & round about in the Worcestershire corner of the Black country Published Birmingham ; Wolverhampton : Cornish Brothers ; Whitehead Brothers Ltd, 1915 Author Hackwood, Frederick William Society of Genealogists

Last Updated: 22/07/2012