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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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Autumn 2021 Programme

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We're Back!
From October 2021, our monthly meetings will resume at the Methodist Centre, Stratford Road.

We're really looking forward to welcoming everybody back and to sharing entertaining and informative talks on family and social history.

The first meetings in our new programme are:

  • 12 Oct: "Brandy for the Parson", speaker Graham Sutherland.
  • 09 Nov: "Old Occupations", speaker Richard Churchley.

As usual, meetings will commence at 7.45pm.

We look forward to seeing you!

 

The Bromsgrove Messenger

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Due to conditions relating to copyright and licensing, historic copies of the Bromsgrove Messenger are no longer available via this website.

As of December 2020, the Messenger can be accessed via the British Newspaper Archive and Findmypast, which are both subscription websites. The new, high-resolution digital scans are far superior to the images that were previously available here and are fully searchable. This project was undertaken by the Bromsgrove Society in partnership with the L.G. Harris Trust. Currently, editions from 1860 through to 1913 are available and further scanning is being considered.

The previous scans are no longer available, please do not contact us about them.

 

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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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).

 

Latest Bromsgrove Briefing

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The March 2020 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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Where's the Login?

Due to the volume of spoof registrations, the login facility has been suspended. All resources that previously required registration and login are now publicly accessible.

The North Worcestershire Family History Forum has also been suspended.

A new website for Midlands Ancestors' Bromsgrove Branch will be launched later this year. Please bear with us while we migrate to a new site.

Forthcoming Events

Brandy for the Parson

October
Tuesday
12

Brandy for the Parson. Speaker: Graham Sutherland



Old Occupations

November
Tuesday
09

Old Occupations. Speaker; Richard Churchley.