The Society was formed in 1994 to fulfill a growing need and to promote and encourage the study of family history, genealogy and local history in relation to the City of Coventry and its environs.
Guild of One Name Studies
Family historians generally focus their efforts on researching their own family trees, collecting and analysing data in order to find as much detail as possible on every branch, twig or tiny leaf. Others compile surname studies, which seek all occurrences, past and present, of a single surname, anywhere in the world. The Representative for the West Midlands is Barbara Griffiths, see her page here: www.parryone-namestudy.org.uk/
The aim of this study is to collect all references to the Parry surname world-wide, for any date in time. The study developed out of my own family history research, after I’d reached a ‘brick wall’ with my 4xgreat grandfather, a Thomas Parry who was born about 1788 somewhere outside of Herefordshire, England. Unfortunately, he had died in January 1851 – just months before the census which would have told me where outside!
Malvern is a spa town in West Worcestershire nestled on the side of the Malvern Hills and with many famous past residents and visitors. The Malvern Family History society is a group of about 200 enthusiasts interested in our family history as well as that of Worcestershire. Our members are a mixture of people who are local to Malvern, whose roots can be local or spread far and wide, and those further afield with family links back to this area.
Midland Ancestor (BMSGH)
Covering the counties of Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Midland Ancestors is the concise name for The Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry (B M S G H).
Founded in 1963, B M S G H is an affiliated Society of The Birmingham & Midland Institute and of The Federation of Family History Societies.
Nuneaton & NW Warwickshire
The NNWFHS started life as the Nuneaton Family History Group. Because of our rapidly increasing membership and the family interests that many of our members have in North Warwickshire we expanded our area and changed our name to reflect this in April 1998. In 2009 we reviewed our working area again and included a few new parishes.
We originated from a family history class run in an Independent Adult Education Centre called The Percival Guildhouse, located adjacent to the Rugby Town Library, itself equipped with extensive facilities for reference and research. Having established ourselves, we were invited to become an affiliated group of the Guildhouse providing us with a place to meet on a permanent basis and also facilities for a library and readers. Family History introductory courses continue to be available for beginners in the Autumn and Spring Terms. We also run a helpdesk at Rugby Library on the third Thursday of every month.
The Shropshire Family History Society was founded in 1979 to provide a meeting place in Shropshire for all those interested in Family History. The Society is now a Registered Charity (No: 514014) with around two thousand members from all round the world.