12:15 - 13:00

Birmingham, the cradle of the industrial revolution and the world’s first manufacturing town, is an important focus for many family historians who will find that their trail leads through it. Local researcher Mike Sharpe will look at the challenges of researching in Birmingham and present some of the key archives and sources for genealogical records. He will also show how key themes in the city’s history, such as migration, strong Roman Catholic and non-conformist traditions, and the rise of manufacturing, are reflected in genealogical records. Sources covered include legal and ecclesiastical archives, local government, employers, institutions, societies and schools.

Mike Sharpe

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 writing service, and is a member of the Society of Genealogists and several other family and local history societies. His latest 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'.

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