Expand your English Midland family history through the Shropshire baptisms: Bishop’s transcripts from 1630 to 1685. Through your search you may be able to discover the date of baptism for your ancestral relatives from the county of Shropshire (historically known as Salop).

The records are transcripts of the original bishop’s transcripts. The details in each record can differ, but most transcripts will include:

  • Name of person being baptised
  • Birth date
  • Baptism date
  • Relationship
  • Residence
  • Parish and county
  • Mother’s and father’s names

Discover more about the Shropshire, Kinnerley & West Felton Bishop's Transcripts, Baptisms 1630-1685

The county of Shropshire was formerly known as Salop. The county’s name was changed to Shropshire after a special council meeting in March 1980. West Felton and Kinnerley are both villages located within Shropshire. West Felton was mentioned in the Domesday Book as ‘Feltone’ and ‘Felton by le Knokyn.���

Bishop's Transcripts

In 1597, a constitution of the Convocation of the Province of Canterbury was approved by Elizabeth I. It required that each parish send annual reports to the bishop. These were known as bishop’s transcripts. This new practice is significant for the genealogist because it meant that two records were being kept of baptisms, marriages and burials, doubling the chance that the records would survive.