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Samuel Johnson’s baptism in Lichfield features as parish records are published online

The baptism of Samuel Johnson is among more than a million parish records released online.

Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson

They have been published by the FindMyPast website as part of a partnership with the Staffordshire Archive Service.

The scanned page featuring Samuel Johnson's baptism which has been published online

The scanned page featuring Samuel Johnson’s baptism which has been published online

Among those featured in the documents is Dr Johnson, whose baptism was registered at St Mary’s in 1709.

Cllr Mike Lawrence, Cabinet member for Children and Community Safety at Staffordshire County Council said: “We are incredibly proud of our heritage here in Staffordshire and it’s great news that people will be able to search through even more of our fascinating historical records.

“We want many more people to be able to enjoy our archives and getting them online means that people from all over the world will get the chance to delve into the county’s rich history.”

The parish records cover the years 1538 to 1900 and include all Staffordshire Anglican parish registers deposited with the Archive Service.

Other notable figures featured include The Earl of Uxbridge, Henry Paget, who was buried at Lichfield Cathedral in 1854.

Debra Chatfield, family historian at FindMyPast said: “These really are fascinating parish records, full of colourful insights.”

To search the records, visit the FindMyPast website.

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