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RHHS Commended at Worcestershire Local History Forum Awards

This year the Society submitted two pieces of research in response to an invitation by the WLHF and I am pleased to report that at their Annual General Meeting both of these were 'Highly Commended for Promoting the History of Worcestershire 2012'.

One was our Wills and Inventories project and the other was the recording of the Register of Burials in the Parish of St. Kenelms in Romsley in the County of Worcester. Both of these projects may now be found on our website. The Wills and Inventories project is still ongoing and the Burial Registers are complete up to 1972.

Regarding the Wills and Inventories, led by Julian Hunt, President of the Romsley and Hunnington History Society, a group of volunteers have been meeting regularly to transcribe documents relating to the estates of people living in the vicinity of Romsley and Hunnington during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Many of the surnames have been familiar to us because they are the names of ancestors of some of the people who are living locally today. We have not found the documents easy to read and spelling was not important to our ancestors, but some of the phrasing has been familiar as it is still used in legal documents today. We now have a number of these documents on our website and we hope that these will prove useful to people working on their family trees.

Regarding the Register of Burials, this project has taken me a number of years to complete and it covers the burials from 14th September 1857 until 9th December 1972. At the time permission was given, the District Church Council members did not wish me to record the details any later than that date. There are 1,226 names recorded in both alphabetical and date order and over the years these have proved very useful to me in responding to requests from people in the various English speaking countries who were researching their family trees. One thing I noticed was that a number of people were at the same address in Bromsgrove when they died and I discovered that this address had at one time been the workhouse and later became a residential home for elderly people.

You read more about the awards in the Worcestershire Local History Forum's latest newsletter.

June Humphreys

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