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For Sale / Wanted / Events / Wombourne Local History Exhibition: 29 October 2022
« on: Friday 07 October 22 10:23 BST (UK)  »
As part of Staffordshire Libraries' History Month, Wombourne History Group are holding a local history exhibition on 29 October 2022 in the Community Room, Wombourne Community Centre.

The exhibition will feature maps, photographs and other documents relating to Wombourne's past:  members of the History Group will be on hand all day to answer visitors' questions.

The exhibition will be open from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm:  entrance is free.

Census and Resource Discussion / 1939 Register: column headings
« on: Tuesday 30 June 20 20:45 BST (UK)  »
I've found Great Great Aunt Rose in an institution in the 1939 Register. 

Can anyone throw some light on the column headings?  Column 5 reads "O, V, S, P or I"  (Rose is recorded as I)


Census Lookup and Resource Requests / Josiah Hammond 1861 census
« on: Tuesday 02 June 20 16:05 BST (UK)  »
I'm having difficulty finding Josiah Hammond in the 1861 census.

Josiah was born in 1835 in Tuddenham, Suffolk, the son of William and Sophia Hammond.  I have found him in 1841 and 1851 and from 1871 - 1901. He died in 1902.

In 1841 and 1851, he is living with his parents in Tuddenham.

By 1871, Josiah is living in Quarry Bank, Dudley with his wife Mary Ann and children William (born 1868) George (born 1870) and Amy (born 1871).  Josiah and Mary were married on 2 June 1862 in the Dudley registration district, so it's possible that he was living in the area tin 1861, although as a policeman he seems to move around - in 1881 the family were living in Wombourne.

Can anyone help?


The Common Room / CARN cards to be phased out
« on: Wednesday 04 March 20 19:50 GMT (UK)  »
Apologies if this has already been posted.

CARN cards are to be phased out, and replaced with a new Archive Card.  Details here:


Warwickshire Lookup Requests / Archdiocese of Birmingham Archive: anyone visiting?
« on: Wednesday 15 January 20 15:33 GMT (UK)  »
Is there anyone visiting the Archdiocese Archive who could look up a file for me?

Ref: P206
Title:  Moseley (Staffordshire)

It's folder (g) I'm interested in: "Materials for Charles Billinge, apostate priest at Moseley"


Armed Forces / Cause of discharge (1997)
« on: Tuesday 31 July 18 22:38 BST (UK)  »
I have a Certificate of Discharge for a soldier who left the Scots Guards in 1997 after 3 years in the Colours and 6 years in the Reserve. Cause of discharge is RAIRR para 67 (6).

Can anyone enlighten me as to this?


For Sale / Wanted / Events / Wolverhampton: Penn Local History Fair 8 & 9 June
« on: Saturday 12 May 18 18:01 BST (UK)  »
The annual Penn Local History Fair takes place on Friday 8th June (10.00 am - 8.00 pm) and Saturday 9th June (9.00 am - 4 pm) at Penn URC Church, 333 Penn Road, Wolverhampton WV4 5QF

Displays include Penn, Wolverhampton, Wednesfield, Wombourne, the Black Country Living Museum, Wolverhampton Archeology Group, local hospitals, industry, vehicles  and fire brigades, and family history.

Free parking and admission.

Come and say hello - I'm the one with the coffee mills!


England / Voidable marriage?
« on: Wednesday 02 May 18 14:26 BST (UK)  »
I've come across a marriage in 1891 where the bride was aged 20 and married under the name of her foster-parents. In the report of a subsequent court case, she alleged that she was not legally married as (a) she was a minor and parental consent was not given (b) the surname she was married under was not her legal name - and that this made the children of the marriage illegitimate.

As far as I can recall, this would have rendered the marriage voidable, but not void and that therefore the marriage was legal and valid until such time as a decree of nullity was issued, and that the children were therefore legitimate.  (The report of the case seems to bear this out, as an order for judicial separation was made).

Can anyone confirm whether I'm right?


Can any kind soul find where Emily Beatrice MELTON was in 1881?  She was born in 1871 in West Ham to Arthur Mackenzie MELTON and his wife Caroline. She may have been living with her uncle and aunt, George and Emily HEAKER (or HEAKEN) - but I can't find them in 1891, either!

(I have Emily on the 1871 census, and her subsequent marriage to Arthur Wellesey RENDELL, and then on all censuses to 1911 - it's just the 1871 entry I can't find).


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