Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service is running a workshop on searching parish records at The Hive.
For hundreds of years parishes were a key component of local administration and their records contain vital information about Worcestershire people's lives.
Family historians regularly use parish records as the registers contain details about the baptisms, marriages and burials of our ancestors, dating back over 400 years.
As part of the Exploring Archives series, the workshop will explain the background of parish records and how they were created, as well searching them and showing examples of the stories that can be found.
The records help build a picture of the community throughout the last four centuries, as they contain details about poor law, movement of people and upkeep of roads, as well as news cuttings and photos.
Paul Hudson, Learning & Outreach Manager, said: "Parish Records contain many stories which help people find out about their family or local history and this is a great opportunity for people to find out more about them. It is also a chance to see some of our original archives, find out what is available and hear some of the strange stories."
Already uncovered in the parish records are stories of earthquakes, selling wives and feuds.
The workshop will be held on Wednesday, 18 April 2-4.30pm at The Hive.
Places cost £8 and need to be booked in advance http://www.thehiveworcester.org/explore-the-past-events