Past Events

Monthly talk - Graham Bradbury: The good, the bad and the spooky

Tue, 05/07/2022 - 14:00

Graham will join us at Cross Houses to talk through his experiences whilst researching his family history. 

He will cover resources, methods and tips that make family history come alive such as old maps, quarter session records, police and criminal records, divorce and rail records to name but a few. 

Please note this talk is part of an afternoon meeting at Cross Houses and will not be available on Zoom. 

Monthly talk - Nick Barrett: The future of Family History

Tue, 21/06/2022 - 19:15

Nick will join us to review the way research is changing as a result of technology and the media and will consider how this might provide opportunities for future activity. 

Monthly talk- Graham Hollox: John Doughty & son

Tue, 17/05/2022 - 19:15

In this talk Graham will follow the fortunes of three generations of the Doughty family. Faced with a decline in the need for river traffic, Theophilius Doughty took the challenging decision to start manufacturing bricks and roofing tiles. His son, John developed the business and the family became wealthy pillars and benefactors of the community. Competition, wars and recession led to the failure of the company in later generations, a fate to befall all other similar companies which had played a major part in the economy of Jackfield and Broseley for over a hundred years.  

Monthly talk - Gill Blanchard: Crimes on record - Prison and Criminal Court records

Tue, 19/04/2022 - 19:15

Gill will join us to talk about the wealth of documents which can be searched for details of our ancestors' misdemeanours, from Petty Sessions to Assize courts. 

Monthly talk - Dr John Baker: The place names of Shropshire - recent work

Tue, 15/03/2022 - 19:15

John will join us to talk about some of the things that may not always be apparent from some of the interesting place names to be found around Shropshire. 

Monthly talk - John Hanson: Census substitutes

Tue, 15/02/2022 - 19:15

John will join us to talk about where else it might be possible to find details of our ancestors if they can't be found in the Census records. 

Extra talk - Mary McKee: Findmypast and the 1921 census

Tue, 25/01/2022 - 19:15

Mary, who is Head of Content Publishing Operations for Findmypast will join us on Zoom to talk about the 1921 census. Following the release of the 1921 Census for England and Wales on the Findmypast website, scheduled for 6 January, Mary will be explaining all!

Monthly talk and AGM - Mary McKenzie: 30 years at Shropshire Archives

Tue, 18/01/2022 - 19:15

Preceding the talk by Mary our AGM will be held, further details will be available in the December journal.

Mary, the recently retired Archives Manager at Shropshire Archives will then join us to talk about her experiences over 30 years working in the archives. As well as reflecting on her own experiences Mary would also be interested to discuss the experiences of users of the Archives in Shropshire or elsewhere. 

Monthly talk - Martin Wood: Hollywood came to Shrewsbury

Tue, 21/12/2021 - 19:15

Martin, the Shrewsbury town crier, will join us to talk about the time Hollywood came to Shrewsbury. His talk entitled “God Bless Us Every One” will review the time that Hollywood came to Shrewsbury to film the Christmas classic, “a Christmas Carol” and his role in it.

Monthly talk - Ann Simcock: The 1939 Register

Tue, 16/11/2021 - 19:15

Ann will join us to talk about the 1939 Register. In this talk Ann will look at the background to the 1939 Register and how it was organised. Ann will also consider some of the problems associated with the Register and suggest ways that it can be a basis to broaden research into ancestors in the Second World War.