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Next Bromsgrove Branch Meeting: 12 Sep 2017

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So your DNA test results are in: What happens now? by Society Member, Michael Fisher


After the long wait your results are in and you've looked at your ethnicity and it's not what you expected. What can you do next?

Michael will deal with Ancestry DNA, Family tree DNA & My Heritage tests showing what can be discovered.

7.45pm Bromsgrove Methodist Centre, 19 Stratford Road, Bromsgrove, B60 1AS. Tea and coffee will be available.


For our October meeting on the 10th we have A Girl called "Jim" by Mrs Margaret Roy. 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.


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.


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 June 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.


Local Newsletters

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rousler 2016

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.


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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