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Exploring Your Worcestershire Ancestors

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WAAS Guide

Whether you're a newcomer to family history or an experienced researcher, we all need to understand the range and types of records available to us. Every county is different, so it helps to have a well written guidebook to call on that describes the resources available. Explore the Past, Worcestershire's award-winning Archive and Archaeology Service, has produced such a guide, which provides a go-to reference for those tracing their ancestors in Worcestershire.

The downloadable 70-page research guide is the ideal starting point to discovering your family's history, wherever you are in the world. It explains how to get hold of the information you need, whether it's held in the Worcestershire collections or from other sources.

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The Builders of Bromsgrove

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Local historian Jenny Townshend has made a study of the building trades in Bromsgrove from the 17th to 19th centuries. This short, name-rich article summarizes her findings. You can download it here (as pdf file).

 

Next Bromsgrove Group Meeting: 13 Nov 2018

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Wills and Family History

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Wills are important source documents for family historians. They can tell us where our ancestors lived, their family relationships, how wealthy they were, whether they owned property, and details of their business activities and personal possessions.

It is a myth that only wealthy people made wills. They were important for farmers, craftsmen, merchants and anyone who owned property, and became increasingly common from the mid-19th century.

The presentation will explore the value of wills in family history; explain the probate process and terminology; and look at how to find wills both online and offline. Various examples will be examined.

Tea and coffee will be available.

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A Bromsgrove Name List

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We are publishing here a list of names provided by the author and researcher David Nokes. The list covers persons who lived in Bromsgrove or its immediate environs or persons from elsewhere who have a link with Bromsgrove, for example through marriage. No living persons are listed.

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