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Next Bromsgrove Branch Meeting: 14 Nov 2017

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The Quarter Sessions, speaker Mike Sharpe

QSessions

The courts of Quarter Sessions were bodies with a wide range of functions, from hearing legal cases to various aspects of local administration.

Probably every family appeared at the Quarter Sessions at one time or another. Their records are therefore a key, though often underutilised, resource for the family historian.

Tea and coffee will be available.

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For our December meeting on the 12th we have An Object YOU Have & Its Story, plus festive refreshments. Note the date in your diary.

 

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.

http://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-world-Records/worcestershire-probate-index-1660-1858.

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.

 

Midland Ancestors DNA Special Interest Group

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An online Facebook group has been set up for members who have DNA tested or are thinking of DNA testing to ask questions about and discuss DNA, DNA tests, your results and your cousin matches.

You can find the Group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MidlandAncestorsDNA/

 

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 October 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. Click here to download.

You can read previous newsletters in our archive.

 

WWI 100 Exhibition

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The Worcestershire World War 100 project, being run by Worcestershire Archives, is planning an exhibition for 2018.

The exhibition will be displayed at various locations around the county and will be made up of objects donated by local people specifically for it.

If you have articles to contribute, or to find out more, contact:

Claire Cheshire, The People's Collection: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Or see the website: www.ww1worcestershire.co.uk

 

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The Quarter Sessions

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Ida's War

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