Today is my birthday! I won’t say how old I am, but my youngest granddaughter, aged 7, asks things like did we have YouTube or MacDonald’s when I was little. I suppose I should be grateful for small mercies, my mother used to get asked if they had electricity and running water when she was small!
FORTHCOMING GROUP MEETINGS
BIRMINGHAM – *Due to proposed rail strike – Rearranged*- 15 April 2pm
The Staffordshire Enclosure Award Maps Project – Presenter – Richard Totty
NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE – 3 April @ 7.30pm – Research Evening
WOLVERHAMPTON: 26 April @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Families of Charles Street, Wolverhampton, in the 1800’s – Speaker: Penny Smith
Kenilworth: Wed 12 April @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm (Live) –
Military Matters Speaker: Mick Rawle
BROMSGROVE – Tue 11 April – No meeting because of Easter
STOURBRIDGE: Tue 25th April @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
A ‘virtual’ tour of Dudley’s graveyards: Speaker: Craig Deniston
CHANGES TO PROGRAMME IN MAY
NORTH STAFFS – 8 MAY – Cancelled because of the Coronation.
The talk Shot at Dawn by David Bardell will now take place on July 3rd
KENILWORTH 10 MAY – 7.30 p.m. Wednesday 10th May: Annual Business Meeting plus
“The Last Letter I Ever Received; Epistles, Emotions and the Family Archive in Eighteenth Century England”
speaker: Dr Imogen Peck, FRHistS, FHEA; Assistant Professor in British History, Department of History, University of Birmingham (Our meeting on 8th March was cancelled due to the snow that day).
Following the success of our first Zoom self-help Workshops, these will now be held every month, except August, on the third Wednesday of every month starting at 2pm. Whatever is discussed will be decided by you, our members as long as it is family history related!
Trip to National Archives – 20 May 2023
Phil has asked me to remind you about the next trip down to National Archives in London, which is the final resting place of all files and documents produced by the various departments of H.M. Government and its predecessors. Your Ancestors could well be in there somewhere, if you haven’t found him or her then perhaps you are not using the search engine to best advantage. If there is enough interest, Phil will be running a Familiarisation Session beforehand in the BMI. Contact Phil for a booking form.
Anniversary Lunch – Sun 14 May 2023 12noon for 12.30pm £30 each
Interest in our lunch is coming along quite nicely, but we would, of course, like to get as many members as we can to attend. Details of the menu can be found in the March journal and once you have selected your menu choice, please send to me with either your cheque in payment, or you can pay via our online shop using your debit/credit card.
I am so looking forward to seeing you all and a Sunday meal that I don’t have to cook!
SOCIETY AGM – 13 May 2pm
The day before is the Society’s AGM and now is the time for members to put themselves forward to join the Executive Committee. If you would like to join, you can get a nomination form from me.
We are hopeful to use ZOOM for those members who cannot attend. See page 05 in the March journal for full details.
Afterwards Mike Sharpe will be talking about the Society’s first 50 years.
There’s an interesting article this month in the Lost Cousins Newsletter on Double Marriages, the causes of which are discussed. Sometimes this could be due to the groom being in the army and had to obtain permission from his commanding officer; or perhaps the Banns were incorrectly called or some of the information was incorrectly given, although nearly all the marriages that I have seen where this has happened, the Vicar has just made an amendment in the margin.
Clergy of the Church of England database
If you are looking for a particular Clergyman, there is the Clergy of the Church of England database. This database covers the period 1540-1835 and is free to use. Other Clergy records can be found in Crockford’s Clerical Directory and we do have some in our library for 1927, 1987-1988 and 1991-92. There are some earlier ones on Ancestry. I have also just noticed that in our library we also have Dentist Registers 1944-1984. (Thanks to Peter Calver for the information on the Clergy database.)
Talking about double registrations, I have two birth certificates for one of my ancestors. I can only assume that this was because the parents were not married so one has just his mother’s surname and the other his father’s name (no mother’s name) on the certificate. He also has two death certificates; 1. his death was registered by an aunt and 2. It was then re-registered by his father. It took me a while to sort that one out and find him, although to be honest I had a great deal of help from the Registrar in Birmingham.
Irish genealogy.ie have updated their online records:
- Birth register records – 1864 to 1922
- Marriage register records – 1845 to 1947
- Death register records – 1864 to 1972
Society of Genealogists Live online Events for April
The SoG have revamped their events booking system making it easier to browse all their events. Once again there are some interesting talks, etc. whether you are a member or not. Some of the talks are being recorded. They are also introducing a Wednesday Workshop for hands-on learning and talking to other course members.
Further information can be found on: http://www.sog.org.uk/events
I had to give a talk this week on starting your family history and came across some free websites that I have not seen before and thought these may be of interest.
Connected Histories https://www.connectedhistories.org/
Hunt for ancestors who were clergy, Londoners, transported convicts, witnesses at the Old Bailey and learn more about where they lived with the Victoria County History, Survey of London and Charles Booth Archive also on this website.
The Digital Panopticon https://www.digitalpanopticon.org/
This free genealogy website lets you search millions of records across several datasets covering London convicts in Britain and Australia from 1780 to 1925.
Unlike BillionGraves and Find a Grave, this website is a strange combination of headstones transcribed by volunteers and cemetery records provided by local authorities and private organisations. Although the site doesn’t include any images, it does have information not available elsewhere online.
The Internet Archive https://archive.org/
This giant library of a website is such a mish-mash of material that it often gets overlooked by family historians. It has some obviously genealogical material, such as old published parish records, but it also has unusual material from archives around the globe, such as The Gazettes of India. It helps if you know what you are looking for but you can also try random searches on topics or areas. (I use this one a lot).
Wellcome Collection https://wellcomecollection.org/
The website of this medical museum and library in Central London has plenty to offer family historians, although it is not the easiest website to navigate. As well as reports from local Medical Officers of Health that can give you a picture of the health of your forebear’s area, a number of mental-health institutions have had their records digitised and made available here including Crichton Royal Hospital in Dumfries, Gartnavel Royal Hospital in Glasgow, The Retreat in York and Ticehurst House Hospital in East Sussex
If you come across any more that you think our members would be interested in, please let me know.