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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.


Next Bromsgrove Branch Meeting: 9 May 2017

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Workhouses & the Andover Union Scandal, by Andrew Harris


There will be NO MEETING in April due to spring cleaning of the Church.

On May 9th, Andrew Harris will be talking about workhouses. His presentation will describe the background to the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act; New Workhouses and creation of Poor Law Unions; and how things went wrong – the Andover Union Scandal.

Tea and coffee will be available.


For our June meeting on the 13th we have History of Malvern by Cora Weaver. Note the date in your diary!


Local Newsletters

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rousler 2016

The 2016 edition of The Bromsgrove Rousler, local history magazine, published by the Bromsgrove Society, contains articles on Bromsgrove history and is available via local outlets or online, priced £2.50.

Issue 4, 2017 edition of the Feckenham Forester, the annual magazine of the Feckenham Forest History Society, has also been published. Containing articles on the Redditch, Feckenham, Inkberrow and surrounding area, it is available from local outlets or from the Editor, Richard Churchley, rachurchley [at] totalise.co.uk.


Worcestershire Local History Forum

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Worcestershire Local History Forum is inviting submissions for its Photographic Competition. The theme for 2017 is Windows of Worcestershire. The competition is open to members, both individuals and societies, with cash prizes in each section. See www.photo2017.wlhf.org.uk for details and an application form.

The WLHF is also launching a Research Grant scheme to support research into the archaeology, history and architectural history of the modern and historic county of Worcestershire. Details and application form at http://www.wlhf.org.uk.


Latest Bromsgrove Briefing

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The March 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, including how DNA added a new branch to his family tree. Click here to download.

You can read previous newsletters in our archive.


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