Discover your ancestors in Staffordshire and Derbyshire Peak District, near Leek and Buxton from Troutsdale Farm
Discover your ancestors in Staffordshire and Derbyshire Peak District, near Leek and Buxton from Troutsdale Farm
Troutsdale Farm Luxury Barn Holiday Cottages... "a special place to stay"
Troutsdale Farm Luxury Barn Holiday Cottages... "a special place to stay"

Discover Your Roots

Ancestral Tourism - Discover your Roots

Tracing your ancestors in Staffordshire and Derbyshire Peak District, near Leek and Buxton from Troutsdale Farm Our Ancestors stained glass window in Onecote Church - others have been attributed to William Morris

Staffordshire and the Peak District are great places to look into your personal heritage and family history.


A great area where you are able to trace one's ancestry, visiting the birth places of these ancestors and sometimes getting to know distant family.  Most people have heard of the BBC programme 'Who Do You Think You Are?' where celebrities try and discover as much as they can of their ancestors. In Staffordshire you can take on a journey to discover who you are, where you came from and even to the extent of why you are like you are.


We have families to stay who are researching their family histories, and it is interesting to hear how they get on with their own 'Who do you think you are' programme!


We've had visitors from various parts of the UK, USA and Australia whose families originated here in the Staffordshire Peak District. 


Staffordshire County Council has a wealth of sources to start or continue your Ancestral search and at the same time enjoy all that Staffordshire and the Peak District has to offer.

The Archive and Heritage Team at Staffordshire County Council are experts on the county and excited to help.

Below is a list of key contacts and resources they have supplied which you can use to start your journey - they have parish records going back to 1530!  

*Remember - it is important to have proof of your identity and address when visiting the records office.


  • Staffordshire Places gives a potted history of a village/area and some extracts of documents relating to the village.  There are over 100 places on it with more being added and can be seen here.
  • The William Salt Library holds printed material about Staffordshire and also a fine graphic collection called the Staffordshire Views.  These are watercolours, pen and ink drawings and prints of historic views of the county.  They are on a website and copies of the Views can be ordered from the Library here
  • The Staffordshire Pasttrack website has been developed jointly by the Museum Service and Archive Service.  The county Museum (at Shugborough) holds the main photgraph collection for the county and the whole site has a large amount of digitised material about Staffordshire to browse.  It can be really useful if you want to find an image of a building no longer there which an ancestor may have lived or worked in.
  • There is dedicated site for the Sutherland Collection, the family estate archive held at Staffordshire Record Office.  Their family seat was Trentham Hall (now Trentham Gardens)


We are close to these Peak District villages already on Staffordshire Pasttrack













Discovering Ancestors ..... discovering Staffordshire - Enjoy!

Tracing your family history has never been easier and the short video will show you how to get started.


Thousands of people are going online these days to trace their ancestors and thanks to a new project with UK family history website you can join them.


Almost 3 million new Staffordshire parish records can now be accessed online giving family historians from all over the world the chance to uncover their ancestors and distant roots more easily than ever before.


From the roots of Josiah Wedgwood to the origins of Bass beer, the records cover over 360 years of Staffordshire’s history from 1538 to 1900. Now, with free access in Staffordshire libraries and Archive Service offices, you are being invited to discover the history of some of Staffordshire’s most significant families – and indeed your own.


The lives of many notable folk are recorded in the collection including captain of industry and prominent abolitionist Josiah Wedgwood, the man who industrialised pottery manufacturing through his Wedgwood company established in 1754, appears in a baptism register.


Joanna Terry, Head of Archives at Staffordshire County Council said: “This is a really exciting project that means anyone, wherever they are in the world, will be able to go online and discover whether they have Staffordshire roots. These fascinating parish records are full of colourful insights and you might even be able to get your family tree as far back as 1538, when Henry VIII was on the throne!“


Find out more at


Watch this short video and start your family history search today.

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Springbank Wood


Blackshaw Moor

Leek ST13 8TJ


Tel 01538 300101


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CHRISTMAS - We have just had a cancellation for Old Shire Stables Cottage - it will be decorated for Christmas including a real decorated Christmas tree, a basket of logs for a cosy log fire and freshly baked mince pies on arrival




Both Cottages available - sleeps 6/8 and 10 (total of 18).

Special Breaks throughout November & December .... ideal for family or friends get-together ... if you can't just manage it over the Christmas period - with our lovely large tables to all sit around. 

Include a little bit Christmas Shopping in the Peak District!  Buxton Spa Town, Leek's historic market town, Pottery bargins at Emma Bridgewater Factory,Chatsworth House Nativity, or medieval festivities at Haddon Hall, see Santa on a steam train ...... independent local shopping, farmers markets, festive events and fun ...... in the build up to Christmas in search of those special pressies..... combined with Peak District Walks, good local pubs and a cosy log fire to return to and wrap everything up! Make Shopping a pleasure in the Peaks this year .... make a weekend of it!

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