Family history is one of the most popular hobbies of recent years, with many looking into their roots and finding out about their past. In this book you will learn how to find dates and events in your ancestors’ lives, and it will help put flesh on the skeletons too, giving clear instructions of how to start researching your family history in Birmingham. You will then begin to learn the full story of how Birmingham grew and how our ‘Brummie’ ancestors lived, played and worked.
This book is not just a ‘how to’ book, but also tells the story of how Birmingham expanded during the nineteenth century, as our ancestors moved here to find work in the new industries. Some lived in the cramped conditions of back-to-back housing, whilst others prospered and joined the ranks of the more well-to-do. Not just the wealthy, but the poor, too, all played their part in the development of this now-sprawling city.
About the author
Born and brought up in Worcestershire, Vanessa has always had an interest in history and for the last thirty years worked as a professional genealogist. After writing numerous articles for family history magazines she was approached by The History Press to write a family history book based in Worcestershire. Through her family history research it was often necessary to read old newspapers and this brought various murder stories to her attention – which led her to delve deeper into local murders which had taken place in the nineteenth century. She is also a local speaker and gives numerous talks which include genealogy and local murders. Her interest in the First World War started on the 100th anniversary when she began looking through old magazines which had belonged to her grandfather.
Find Vanessa on Facebook @Vanessa Morgan – Speaker and Writer
Vanessa has also dabbled in writing fiction under the pen-name of Temmia Harris (the name of her great-great grandmother). See Temmia’s author’s page at the following link – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Temmia-Harris/e/B07BM59PW4/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1524304352&sr=1-1
‘A Brummie in the Family‘ is a fascinating read and very informative. I bought it as a gift for a relative who lives in Birmingham but couldn’t resist taking a look first.
I love the photos; absolutely fascinating. Also, the way it’s written provides a handy guide on how to do your own family history research, where to go to find things out and how to write your own family guide.
I also think it’s great how the author has broken down the areas of Birmingham, giving the history of each. Brilliant book. I’d definitely recommend it!
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