Discover the secrets of your Parish records

Published Monday, 7th March 2016

As part of their Exploring Archives series, Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service are running a workshop about how to make the most of Parish records.

Parish records are one of the most popular sources in the archives, and in the registers contain details about thousands of baptisms, marriages and burials of our ancestors dating back over 400 years. These are valuable for tracing your family history, but they also help tell the story of a community, and give fascinating insights into the past.

In this workshop, WAAS staff will explain the background to the records, how they were created, how to search them, as well as using some original documents to show people examples and stories contained within. Earthquakes, wife sales and feuds are just some of the stories discovered within the pages.

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 themselves. It is also a chance to get to see some of our original archives to see what is available."

The workshop will run at The Hive on Wednesday 23 March, from 2-4.30pm.

Places cost £8 and need to be booked in advance via http://www.thehiveworcester.org/explore-the-past-events.html. Alternatively, email explorethepast@worcestershire.gov.uk or ring 01905 766 352.