I’m afraid this is rather a short newsletter. It has not been a good week for our family following a bereavement, so this has been a bit rushed.
However, to start I would like to qualify a couple of statements I made in my last newsletter. I referred to the Latter Day Saints finishing digitisation of their films and these should be soon available. Sharon Hintze, who was the London Director of the LDS told me that, as far as she knows the following could apply.
“First, the fact that they have ‘finished’ the digitisation does not mean that every film is now available to be seen online at this very moment.
Also, not every film is accessible even when it has been loaded for viewing, since some archives choose to restrict where it can be seen. An example is Scottish census images, which were filmed long ago and have long since been digitised. But as you know, Scotland’s People doesn’t allow other organisations to show the images. They have kept that for themselves. Similarly, people with Jewish ancestry are frustrated by the Polish archive restrictions. So sometimes you will get a message that an image can’t be displayed. These restrictions are by the record holder, and FamilySearch has no authority to overturn them”
David Pullar also sent me a comment about the Romsley parish registers. He said:
The burial register begins in 1857. Looking at some listings I have burials seem to be included in Halesowen. Also registers prior to I think 1728 were destroyed. It May be worth checking BTs.
We do tend to forget about BTs, but again these are always worth checking. Normally they don’t go as far back as the PRs, but they could fill in gaps.
Details of Birmingham parish can be found on our website https://midland-ancestors.uk/resources/birmingham/tyai-birmingham
Details of Warwickshire parishes can be found on https://midland-ancestors.uk/resources/_warwickshire/tyai-warwickshire/
Details of Worcestershire parish can be found on https://www.worcesterbmsgh.co.uk/
Unfortunately we don’t have a link to Staffordshire parishes, but you can find details of each one on the Genuki pages https://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/STS
Now that some of our Groups are now planning to open in person, they need your support (and attendance). If you are going along, why not take a friend?
This is a list of the November meetings:
Birmingham – Saturday 13 November at 2.30pm. Shirley Thompson, entitled ’65 Brunswick Road – The Musical’. UNFORTUNATELY THIS WILL NOT BE ON ZOOM due to the complexity of setting up the equipment and Phil needs about 10 pairs of hands to get it in place. The talk will take place in the Peake Room at the BMI, Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BS.
17th November @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm via Zoom ‘Why Pay For Information From the Internet ?’ Presenter – John Hanson. Registration open now.
More details on – https://midland-ancestors.uk/event/online-event-why-pay-for/
Bromsgrove: 9 November 2021 – 7.30pm. – Richard Churchley will be talking about ‘Old Occupations’. Methodist Church Hall, Bromsgrove. B60 1AS
North Staffs: December 6th 7.30pm – Steve Booth will be giving a talk on “Clarice Cliff ceramic artist and the young girls she trained.
Cancelled due to Bereavement – Kenilworth: 10 November @7.30pm – 9pm via Zoom ‘Family Networks in Elizabethan England’ This talk is given by Cathryn Enis, Honorary Research Fellow at the College of Arts and Law, University of Birmingham.
Wolverhampton: 24 November, 2pm – 4pm. Research Afternoon. Perton Civic Centre, Perton WV6 7PD
Stourbridge, Tuesday 16 November 7 for 7.30pm. – My Family Heirloom – Members are asked to bring along a family heirloom, photograph, or interesting article. Meeting at St Peter’s Church Centre, Pedmore DY9 0SW
DATE FOR YOUR DIARIES
As you may have read in the press, the 1921 census is being released on 6 January 2022 via FindmyPast. Even if you have a subscription to FMP, there will be a charge involved to view the schedules. It will cost you £3.50 to view each household schedule and an additional £2.50 for a transcript. This type of charging is not new, we did the same for the 1939 register pages and the 1911 census schedules. I think we must be ‘very picky’ on what we want to view.
Phil has arranged with Myko Clelland of FMP to give a virtual presentation on Wednesday, 26 January to introduce us to the 1921 census. Time 2.00pm.
Something else you might like to put in your diary for next year. Kenilworth Group have invited Dr Nick Barratt to do a Zoom talk on 9th November 2022. The talk will be on Family History & the Media – Behind the Scenes at WDYTYA?
FHF REALLY USEFUL Family History Show on Friday 12 November 6pm-10pm and Saturday 13 November 10am-6pm. For further information and tickets go to https://www.fhf-reallyuseful.com/. There seems to be about 50 different organisations attending.
Finally, can I remind members that the password to the members area can be found in the current edition of TMA. It is changed each March but is always in the current journal under Member Benefits.