So far the stories on this blog take us back only to the start of registration of births, marriages and deaths in 1836 and the first nationwide census of 1841. Before that we are reliant on parish records which are usually held on film at county record offices. So far we have found it difficult to spend any amount of time there. Julia and I have made brief visits to the National Archives at Kew and the Worcestershire Family History Centre in Worcester, but not spent nearly enough time there. Parish records will be our next major push, and we shall see how much further back we can get.