Mike Sharpe is a professional genealogist, writer and lecturer specialising in the local and family history of Birmingham and the wider West Midlands. He runs Writing the Past, a family history research and writing service, and is a member of the Society of Genealogists and several family and local history societies. His recent book, Tracing Your Birmingham Ancestors is published by Pen & Sword. Mike was born in Birmingham and has traced his roots there back to 1750, long before the influxes of the Industrial Revolution, making him a true ‘Brummie’.