Publications and Talks
Michael writes and lectures on genealogy and family history and gives talks to both specialist groups and general audiences.
Mike's latest book, Tracing Your Birmingham Ancestors, is a self-help guide to family history research in Birmingham and the surrounding counties of Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. It is published by Pen & Sword.
He has a special interest in the history of the family history field itself and has published two books on the subject:
- Family Matters: A History of Genealogy covers 200 years of the development of family history, telling the story of how genealogy evolved from a genteel pursuit of the landed and professional classes to a popular activity enjoyed by millions. (Pen & Sword, 2011. Further details on the Family Matters pages).
- The Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry: A 50th Anniversary History tells the story of the first local family history society, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. (BMSGH, 2013)
He is available to do talks, lectures and articles based on his research. These range from a quick gallop through the whole history of genealogy and family history, to more focused presentations on specific aspects or periods such as:
- The Heralds' Visitations
- Victorian Genealogy
- History of the Public Records
- The History of County Record Offices and Municipal Archives
- Family History and the Media
- The Family History Society Movement
- Computers in Family History
- Commercialisation of Genealogy and the Rise of Internet Businesses.
He also presents on practical aspects of genealogy and on stories from his own family history:
- Starting Your Family Tree
- Writing Your Family History
- Researching Your Birmingham Ancestors
- The History of Feckenham Forest
- The Girl Who Was Counted Twice (A Census Story)