Genealogy at the moment are meeting on Zoom

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Genealogy is one of the original groups.  It meets at 10am on the first Thursday of the month at Chester Road Cricket club form September 2021. This will be also on Zoom.

Instruction, help and encouragement is given to members to find sources of information to create their family tree.

Access to free Wi-Fi is available so bring your Laptop or iPad, if possible.  Help can be given to people with no computer knowledge or computer.

If you would like to find out more, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Who knows what you may find out?

To get you started I have produced some helpful notes:

  1. Where to begin
  2. Organising research
  3. Using a computer
  4. Using Internet sites
  5. County Libraries and National Records
  6. Census Information
  7. BDM
  8. Parrish Records
  9. Wills and Probate
  10. Military records
  11. Relationships
  12. Photographs
  13. Heir Hunters
  14. Insititutions
  15. Brick Walls

To see whom members are researching please click here.


Dairy for 2021


No Meeting

14 Jan

How to use Findmypast

4th Feb

Filing systems and organising – Jackie.       RootsMagic, Ahnentafel system and using Word/Pages for recording biographies - Beryl

11 Feb

Gedmatch how to search DNA matches

4th March

Researching Immigrants - Anne (Italian) help with other countries needed

11 March

How to use Ancestry and its DNA matches

1st April

Multimedia including Wordpress and other ways of sharing our research

6th May

Group Discussions - Breaking Brick Walls

3rd June

Researching Scottish Records - Iain

1st July

Wills and probate records

5th August

Health, epidemics, and industrial illnesses

2nd September

Group discussion Success and failures (Group in put) Linda

7th October

Sharing experiences with DNA

4th November

Sharing Family Trees (Group in put)

2nd December

Review and programme planning (Group in put)


2nd January

No Meeting

6th February

Looking at Adoption (Ralph Bromley)

Ralph Brambley introduced us to the sensitive topic of Adoption over the centuries by examining Society’s attitudes and responses: The role of the wider family, the attitude to the “underserving” poor and illegitimacy.

We learnt about Hogarth’s 18th century Foundling Hospital in London, the conditions in the 19th century Workhouse, official secrecy around the Child Migration Schemes and abuse within the Irish Religious institutions, purposely making it almost impossible or the Children themselves to trace their parents, let alone family historians.

Ralph described his own journey, searching for blood relatives over decades and the repeated brick walls and obstacles he had to overcome before he was reunited with siblings, which reminds us that Family History is always Work in Progress.

5th March

Photographs – dating photos and photoshop (Mike Morris)

2nd April

Parish Records including Ireland

7th May

Censuses (Jackie)

4th June

Using web sites.  Findmypast, Ancestry (Suggestions for other sites used by members)

2nd July

Looking at Religious sites (Suggestions for sites used by members)

6th August

Breaking Brick walls (Jackie) (Group input)

3rd September

DNA using results

1st October

Success and failures (Group input)

5th November

Female line

3rd December

Review and programme planning (Group input)



3rd January

No Meeting

7th February

Family Histories (Group input)

Report: Stephanie Higgs explained how she had helped a researcher to produce an article on work by her Silversmith uncle. Iain Alexander described how he had traced the marriage of his 3 x gt grandparents in Leicestershire, and how their five orphaned  children were provided for when the wider family agreed to become their guardians, leading to a discussion on Poor Law certificates. James Dudley described the steps he took to unravel his forebears from Army records, discovering how the thrice married wife came to marry his forebear.

7th March

Maps, House Records, Looking at Deeds

4th April

Free Sites and the advantage of site sharing  Jackie Cotterill

2nd May

Topic - Writing up Your Family History - Speaker Michael Sharp

Guest speaker Michael Sharp, a genealogist and author addressed the topic. He started by suggesting ways to select different approaches to match target audience, how to apply consistent criteria to the task (balancing evidence, facts and commentary) and how to get started.  He outlined the type of content and language that can be used. He also brought along a range of books he has written (or collaborated with) to illustrate his points. After the enlightening presentation, he fielded questions from the floor on copyright issues as part of the wider discussion.

Jackie Cotterell reminded us of forthcoming Family History event at the NEC in September. 

6th June

Skeletons in the cupboard / Disproving stories

4th July

Criminal Records

After the opening notices, Beryl Buckley’s presentation provided a reminder of the origins of our legal systems, how crime was viewed in different eras and the types of punishment  meted out. With contributions from the group, we discussed the way this impacted on our own forebears and their families, and the sources available to family historians. With their consent, the group’s proceedings were captured on video by Ralph Bramley, to provide a digital contribution to the Wyre Forest U3A video to be shown this autumn.

1st August

Brick walls

5th September

DNA update (Group input)

3rd October

Looking at lives and trades in different periods (group input)

7th November

Success and failures in research (Group input)

5th December

Review and programme planning


2nd Jan No Meeting  
11th Jan Beginners Meeting (Contact Beryl for information)  
1st Feb Censuses and The 1939 Register Report
1st March Cancelled due to Weather  
5th April Military Records and planning presentation for November Report
3rd May Family Histories and Family Myths Report
7th June Speaker to be confirmed  
5th July Breaking Brick walls with Jackie Cotterill  
2nd August Alternative sources of information, Will, Wig Powder tax, School records, Trade directories, Hearth Tax  
6th Sept Illegitimacy, adoption, Foundling Hospital and apprenticeships Report
4th Oct DNA Report
1st Nov Review of World War 1 Project experience  



No Meeting at the Gainsbough Hotel

2nd February

  Getting the most from the National Archives - Speaker Phil Lamb

2nd March

Family Histories -  Caroline, Vincent, Jackie, Steph,

6th April

WDYTYA 6-8 April NEC    details to be arranged.  No meeting at the Gainsborough Hotel

4th May

 Wills and Probate - Jackie Coterill

1st June

Up dating Data sources – what’s new and useful

6th July

Enclosures, Deforestation, and Industrial Revolution

Speaker Richard Churchley

3rd August

Immigration   Linda, Brian, Caroline, Vincent

7th September


5th October

  Breaking Brick Walls.

2nd November

Weavers Cottages  - Caroline

7th December

Review and Programme planning


Thur 7th January

Subject: Family Histories

Thur 4th February 

Subject: Brickwalls and sharing Resources

Thur 3rd March

Subject: Newspapers and Publications

Thur 7th April

Subject:  Shops and Inns

Thur 5th May

Subjects: Book and Resource Sharing

Thur 2nd June

Subject: Apprentices, Freemen and Guilds

Thur 7th July

Subject: Immigration - Irish

Thur 4th August

Subject: Criminal Records and Prisons

Thur 1st September

 Subject: Rates Books

Thur 6st October

Problem Solving - Jackie Cotterill

Thur 3rd November

Visit to BMSGH  No meeting at Gainsborough Hotel

Thur 1st December

Review and programme planning



No Meeting

Thur 5th Feb 

Subject: Repairing photos

Thur 5th Mar

Subject: Researching Trades - Silversmiths in the Jewellery Quarter

Thur 2nd April

subject  Recording Information

Thur 7th May

Breaking Brick Walls - problem solving

Thur 4th June

Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry -

Speaker Jackie Cotterill

Thur 2nd July

1911 census

Thur 6th Aug

Searching Parish Registers and Wills

Thur 3rd Sept

Searching Censuses 

Thur 1st Oct

Workhouses and Institutions

Thur 5th Nov

Breaking Brickwalls and problem solving

Thur 3rd Dec

Review and programme planning


Thur 5th Jun

Subject: Military History - Dennis Plant

1910 - 1920 Project

Thur 3rd Jul

Subject: 1910 - 1920 Project

Thur 4th Sep:

Subject: Breaking Brick Walls

Thur 2nd Oct:

Subject: Display of Project.  Book swap.

Thur 6th Nov:

Subject: Scanning photos to be repaired

Thur 4th Dec:

Subject: Reaserch up date and problem solving