Welcome to the Midland Ancestors group covering Bromsgrove and surrounding areas of north Worcestershire from Kidderminster to Kings Norton and Redditch. This site also co-hosts the Stourbridge Branch of Midland Ancestors (formerly BMSGH).

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We're here to help you delve into your family history. Whether expert or beginner we've something for everyone!


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.

These names are extracted from David's book 'The Nokes of Bromsgrove and their links with families of Crawford, Gaskin, Godwin, Parry, Sealey, Siddons, Tranter and Wakeman', printed and bound by Biddles Books in 2016. The book itself has a full name index.

It is a private publication and not available for purchase. Copies within the English Midlands are held by the Birmingham and Midland Society of Genealogy and Heraldry in their library in the Birmingham and Midland Institute at Birmingham, Bromsgrove Public Library, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-on Avon, The Library of Birmingham in Centenary Square, Warwickshire County Record Office in Warwick, Worcestershire Archives at The Hive, Worcester.


BMSGH is now Midland Ancestors

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BMSGH has been restyled as Midland Ancestors. The new name reflects the changing needs in the family history market and is part of a wide-ranging revamp to create a family history society for the 21st century. See the new Midland Ancestors website, www.midland-ancestors.uk for further information.

Bromsgrove Branch will now be known as the Bromsgrove Family History Group within Midland Ancestors. It will continue to cover the ancient market town of Bromsgrove and surrounding areas of north Worcestershire, from Kidderminster to Kings Norton and Redditch. The web address remains unchanged for the time being as www.bromsgrovebmsgh.co.uk. The site will also continue to co-host the Midland Ancestors' Stourbridge Family History Group.


Next Bromsgrove Group Meeting: 12 Dec 2017

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An Object You Have & Its Story


Our final meeting of the year is an opportunity to share your heirlooms and memorabilia and the stories behind them. This may be a war medal, a family bible, a piece of clothing, or a personal item such as a coin, pipe or walking stick. Bring it along and briefly share its story with the group.

Plus there will be Bob and Joyce's legendary Christmas treats!

Tea and coffee will be available.




Midland Ancestors DNA Special Interest Group

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An online Facebook group has been set up for members who have DNA tested or are thinking of DNA testing to ask questions about and discuss DNA, DNA tests, your results and your cousin matches.

You can find the Group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MidlandAncestorsDNA/


Latest Bromsgrove Briefing

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The November 2017 issue of Bromsgrove Briefing is now available. Mike Fisher previews this month's meeting and presents a round-up of the latest genealogy news. Click here to download.

You can read previous newsletters in our archive.


More Worcestershire Records Available Online

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The Worcestershire Probate Index is now available on FindMyPast. Containing over 51,000 records, it covers four varieties of probate documents: grants of administration, administrations with will annexed, limited (where the entire estate of the deceased is not covered), and wills. Each record includes a transcript that reveals when the person died, their occupation and how their estate was handled.

The index has been digitised from a typewritten copy held at Worcestershire Archives at The Hive. Andrew Harris undertook the work and corrected some errors in the process.


Meanwhile, further parish register entries for Worcestershire parishes have been released at The Genealogist website.

Also, the records of Powick Hospital, otherwise known as Worcester City and County Pauper Lunatic Asylum, have been moved to a new website managed by the Worcester Medical Museums.


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Forthcoming Events

Ida's War


Ida's War. Speaker Jean Weston

Your Objects and Their Stories


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