Interested in finding your family's past? We are a family history group covering the Bromsgrove and Stourbridge areas, with links to many local and family history researchers in Worcestershire and across the Midlands.
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.
The Age of Penda with possible links to the Staffordshire Hoard by Ray Aspden
Before King Penda there was no kingdom of Mercia. When he died in battle in AD655, Mercia was a major Saxon kingdom and became the "find spot" of the Staffordshire Hoard.
Tea and coffee will be available.
For our meeting on 14th March we have the AGM & Members Evening "What is YOUR problem – Can we help?". Note the date in your diary.
The January 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.
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:
Or see the website: www.ww1worcestershire.co.uk
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.