16:15 - 17:00

Birmingham expanded tremendously during the 19th century. ‘True Brummies’ can trace their roots in the town well before this time. Professional researcher Mike Sharpe (a True Brummie) will outline Birmingham’s development during the Georgian and early Victorian periods, explaining how it was one of the finest Regency towns in Britain. He will look at key sources available to help break down brickwalls in your Birmingham research before 1837. Sources covered will include: parish registers, Non-conformist records, newspapers, trade directories, apprenticeships, wills, and quarter sessions. Many of these are also relevant for research in other Midlands localities during this period.

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 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’.