Interested in finding your family's past? We are a family history group covering the Bromsgrove and Stourbridge areas, with links to many local and family history researchers in Worcestershire and across the Midlands.
The History of Bromsgrove by popular local speaker Julian Hunt.
With over 11,000 acres spread over the town and a hinterland of 10 agricultural hamlets, Bromsgrove was large enough to support a weekly market and two annual fairs. Its long High Street had several maltings, tanneries, clothiers' workshops, dyehouses and linen manufactories.
During the 17th and 18th centuries these trades were overtaken by the manufacture of wrought nails, with many nailers building cottages and workshops on former common land like Bournheath and the Lickeys.
Julian will introduce the leading families of the town and concentrate on particular entrepreneurs like John Adams, whose monument in the Cemetery has recently been restored.
For our June meeting on 10th we have Worcestershire Murders and Retribution by Don Cochrane. Note the date in your diary!
The April 2014 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.
Bromsgrove BMSGH is now on Twitter, at hashtag @BromsBMSGH.
We'll be using this to keep you informed about family history news and events in and around Bromsgrove. We look forward to connecting.
A live feed will be integrated at this site soon.
As part of the commemorations for the First World War, in 2014 Bromsgrove Branch will be relaying information from Remember the Fallen, a project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to catalogue Worcestershire soldiers from WWI.
The project covers both casualties and those who served and returned, whose names are commemorated primarily on war memorials and rolls of honour in Worcestershire and some in surrounding counties. You can search the memorials here: http://www.rememberthefallen.co.uk/Memorials/ListMemorials
Bromsgrove Member, and Webmaster, Mike Sharpe has been awarded the BMSGH's Fred Markwell Memorial Award for 2013. The award is presented each year to a member, not on the Executive Committee, who has made an outstanding contribution to the Society.