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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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Next Bromsgrove Group Meeting: 10 December 2019

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The English Civil War in Worcestershire

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How did the English Civil War between King and Parliament affect Bewdley, Kidderminster, Stourbridge and Worcester? Which royal figures appeared with armies of 5000 or more? What other armies appeared and what of the local people?

Popular local speaker Max Keen will explain all. Max appears dressed as an officer of the period.

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Tea and coffee will be available, as well as Festive Treats!

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For our 14th January meeting the topic is Prepare to Meet Thy God: Death Records by Sandra Taylor and on 11th February we have Extraordinary Lives of Ordinary People by Helen Lloyd. Note the dates in your diary!

 

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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Latest Bromsgrove Briefing

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The December 2019 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.

 

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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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).

 

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.

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