Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Black Country UK

Holy Trinity, Amblecote, Warwickshire, England

If you have ancestors from Black Country in the United Kingdom or if you just like looking at photos of English parish churches and tombstones, you simply must check out the following web sites:





The Black Country gained its name in the mid nineteenth century due to the smoke from the many thousands of ironworking foundries and forges plus also the working of the shallow and 30ft thick coal seams.  The area is in the West-Midlands surrounding Birmingham which became the seat of the Industrial Revolution including West Bromwich, Oldbury, Blackheath, Cradley Heath, Old Hill, Bilston, Dudley, Tipton, Wednesfield, Halesowen, Walsall and others.

I hope you enjoy browsing these family history web sites as much as I have!


Travelin'Oma said...

I didn't know it was called the Black Country, but I do have ancestors from there. Or at least I did until my dad's cousin and his brother got DNA testing and found out we're not related to the line we thought we were.

I'm so terribly sad about it. I feel like an orphan, because I loved those 17th century ancestors in Warwichshire so much. Now I'm researching, hoping we're connected from a different direction.

Olive's Granddaughter said...

Marty, "Black Country" is like a nickname. It's not on the map. I hadn't heard it called that either until I stumbled upon the web sites.

VickiC said...

I spent far too much time (and not nearly enough)viewing the Black Country websites this morning.
Although my mother's family did not live in the area ('tho the town Tipton sounds very familiar), Penkridge and Wolverhampton are quite close and look so similar.

Loved the photos, too, of families,schools, etc. Felt like a trip back in time to visit my mom.

Thanks for that.