Book review - The Industrious Child Worker

The University of Hertfordshire Press have provided inforation about a new publication which may be of interest to SFHS members but is not currently avaliable from our bookstall..

The Industrious Child Worker

Child labour and childhood in Birmingham and the West Midlands, 1750–1900

Author: Mary Nejedly

At the moment the price is £13.59 (free p&p), ordered direct from   Full price will be £16.99.

This book deals with the child workers in the industries in Birmingham and the West Midlands from the mid eighteenth century to the end of the nineteenth century.  Children made a valuable contribution to the family finances and families were encouraged to move from rural areas so that their children could work from an early age.  Mary Nejedly's book also emphasises the important role played by child workers in industrialisation itself.  Both children's education and health could and did suffer.  Her research sheds fresh light on the life of working children and increases our knowledge of an important aspect of social and economic history.



AGM - Executive Committee nomination form

Our Annual General Meeting will take place using Zoom on Tuesday 18/01/22. Further details, including the annual reports and accounts are available in the December journal which is in the post at the time of writing.

Last year we were joined by some new members on the committee who have already provided some fresh ideas which will help us take the Society forward but as ever there are still a couple of vacancies available for more members to join us. 

Please see the note attached from our Secretary, Dave Morris which includes a blank nomination form for use by members. Please consider if you are able to express an interest on behalf of yourself or submit a nomination form for another member or an existing committee member who has expressed a willingness to stand again. 

Full details are included on the attachment but further information can be provided by Dave who can be contacted at secretary @ (remove spaces to use).



2022 Nomination Form (Executive Committee).pdf232.83 KB

Members - do we have your current email address?

In response to the request in the September journal for email addresses to be checked and updated, if out of date, many updates have been received. 

The experience gained whilst setting up the meetings on Zoom has demonstrated how important it is that we are able to keep in touch with members by email. 

If you are happy to be contacted by email and have recently changed your email address or think there is a chance we don't hold the most up to date address please could you email our Secretary, Dave Morris at secretary @ (remove spaces to use) so we have your up to date details. 

Please include your name and membership number (if possible) so that Dave can update our membership records and hopefully ensure that future distribution of information by email will get to as many members as possible. 


Journal index to September 2021 now available

Due to technical issues it is not currently possible to update the Journal Index that is available from the Online Databases link. 

The latest version which includes the September 2021 journal is available here.

SFHS Journal Index as at Sept 2021.pdf285.67 KB

New Zealand cheques can't be processed

Please note that we have recently been notified by our bank that they are no longer able to process cheques from New Zealand and so we will need to enable payments by another method for new applications and for renewals at the end of September. 

Alternative methods to pay for subscriptions are under consideration and will be publicised as soon as possible. Details will be included in the September journal. 

Shropshire Burials Index Edition 5 - DVD-ROM

Whilst considering the future of the Shropshire Marriages Index the SFHS committee felt it would be helpful to publicise the availability of the above for anyone who missed the launch in April 2020. 

It is the 5th and final edition of the Burials Index which covers over 630,000 burial records giving almost 100% full coverage of the 1813 and 1837 period and includes details from the original registers for some 218 parishes dating back, in some cases, to the 16th Century. Each record includes names, parish, date of burial and, where shown in the registers, occupation, names of parents and other details. 

Full details of how to order and the prices for the full or upgrade versions are available on this website; choose the “SFHS Publications Catalogue – CDs Spring 2019” which is in the “Shop” drop down list.

Exciting news about the journal editor role

The committee are pleased to announce we have a new Editor.  Karen Hunter has kindly agreed to take on the role for the June 21 journal onwards.

Karen will introduce herself at the next speaker meeting, but in the meantime she writes:

‘I have been a member of SFHS for about 5 years, joining around the time I retired, when I thought I’d have a bit more time to indulge my interest in genealogy and family history. I live in Worcestershire with my links to Shropshire being through my father: his direct ancestors over a number of generations came from the county and he himself grew up in Shrewsbury. 

I have previously edited a parish magazine and written and produced a large number of documents, reports and papers during my working life. However editing a journal is a new venture for me. No doubt it will be a learning curve and I hope to reach the standards which Nigel set over the past few years. 

However, I will only be able to do this with the help of other members! I look forward to receiving items and articles for inclusion in future editions. Thanks in advance for any contributions - please email them to me at editor @ (remove spaces to use). 

Karen Hunter

If you are a member and have been thinking of submitting an article please do so as soon as possible to help Karen get off to a flying start. 

The committee would like to thank Karen for taking on this key role for the Society and wish her well for the future.  



Changes to Members Interests

Following a review of how we are complying with the latest Data Protection regulations the committee have concluded that it is no longer appropriate to display email addresses for members who have provided their research interests without first seeking permission.

Instead, if after a search you would be interested in making contact please provide details of the surname of interest, the membership number you would like to contact, your name and telephone number to our secretary,

Dave Morris at   secretary @ (remove spaces to use). 

Where we hold up to date contact information Dave will seek permission before sharing it or will notify that up to date details aren’t available.  

GOONS - widening horizons webinar series

The Guild of One Name Studies has recently collaborated with the Local Population Studies Society to produce a series of webinars which can be found at

The talk titles are:

Mortality and Morbidity: a study of National Registration death certificates for two families 1837 to 2009 – Elizabeth E Green
One-Place Studies – thinking laterally:  how a one-place study can support surname and population studies – Paul Carter and Pam Smith (Co-founders of ‘Name and Place’)
Creating a publicly-available common format database of parish register data on baptisms, marriages and burials! – Dr Andy Hinde (University of Southampton)
The Ruby One-Name Collaborative Study: how it worked and what I learned – Dr Nikki Brown
Looking at single trees and whole orchards: how genealogists and demographers can work together – Dr Eilidh Garrett (University of Cambridge)
Identifying business proprietors from the census: and using the online Atlas on entrepreneurship – Professor Bob Bennett (University of Cambridge)

The first webinar, Mortality and Morbidity, will only be available to non-members for a short time, but the other five are on the GOONS YouTube channel for non-Guild members to watch.

SFHS Annual General Meeting postponed

Although the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Shropshire Family History Society is normally held in January at The Chapel Community Centre, Cross Houses, Shrewsbury, it has been decided, in the present circumstances, that it cannot be carried out in the usual manner.

The Committee have decided therefore to defer the AGM to a later date, yet to be determined.

When it has been possible to determine how we can proceed with the AGM further information will be given on this website and in the March 2021 journal.