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We are a family history group covering Bromsgrove and surrounding areas of north Worcestershire, from Kidderminster to Kings Norton and Redditch, and are part 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!

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Next Bromsgrove Group Meeting: 10 March

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An Accident Waiting to Happen: The Battle of Worcester 1651, by Malcom Atkin

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The Battle of Worcester on 3rd September 1651 is one of the most important events in the city's history and was of national importance, finally ending the series of civil wars that began in 1642. It became part of the myth of the 'faithful city' but this talk explains how the battle came to be at Worcester by accident and how the events of 3rd September took both sides by surprise. But as the battle unfolds it became a triumph of Oliver Cromwell's tactical skill as a general. It was known as Cromwell's 'Crowning Mercy' in that it was the pinnacle of his military career and also represented the mercy of the final end of the Civil Wars.

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Tea and coffee will be available. Note: The AGM has been postponed and will now take place in May.

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For our 14th April meeting we have Bromsgrove School by Philip Bowen. Note the date 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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Forthcoming Events

An Accident Waiting to Happen: The Battle of Worcester 1651

March
Tuesday
10

Speaker: Malcolm Atkin



Bromsgrove School

April
Tuesday
14

Speaker: Philip Bowen



Help Session - Are You Stuck

May
Tuesday
12

An opportunity for mutual help and advice.



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