Harborne & Edgbaston

Family History

Contact Family history

Coordinator Liz Fossey

A lively group of 8 members, we meet the second Wednesday of each month to share our discoveries. Periodically we hold day long workshops where we are able to delve deeper into our family histories, supporting and advising each other. Occasionally a project is set; recently we each looked at the lives of our great aunts.

In November to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War1, will be investigating our ancestors’ military histories.

Amongst our discoveries this year:
· One member has traced an ancestor who was a brewer and she has been fortunate to purchase, on line, an authentic stone ginger beer bottle from the brewery bearing the family name.
· Another has unearthed (what we would all love to discover) a Public Notice in a local newspaper suggesting she may find something to her advantage. She certainly did; unfortunately so did 76 other people!
· Perhaps our saddest was when we heard about a young lady who threw her baby out of a first floor window and after 3 suicide attempts, spent the rest of her life in Broadmoor. A tragic family; her grandma died in a house fire, her father spent time in prison with hard labour and her brother, after a successful career as a balloonist, died in an accident whilst attempting to parachute from his balloon. At the inquest two women purported to be his widow.

Some things however, make us smile, for instance a recently purchased death certificate from the 1800’s gave the cause of death as ‘a visitation from God’.

The class is currently full.

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