Join our society which has more than 2,000 members world-wide. We have broad interests in family history, and a particular interest in the places within the three Midland counties where our ancestors lived.
Annual Subscription Rates (1st January – 31st December)
*Air mail is an optional £6.00 if living outside of the UK
Although it is recommended to buy a membership online, if this is not possible, you can download and print the following forms and mail them to us:
The benefits of membership include :-
Local and Special Interest groups
We have Local Groups, where regular meetings take place, in :
- Staffordshire: Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton
- Warwickshire: Birmingham , Kenilworth
- Worcestershire: Bromsgrove, Stourbridge
We have Special Interest Groups :
- using DNA matching to find shared ancestors. This group ‘meets’ on Facebook to exchange experiences.
- the Heraldry Group meets monthly in Birmingham.
The Midland Ancestor journal
There are four issues each year, with articles covering a wide range of topics.
Keep up to date with what’s going on in family history at local, national and international level.
Learn about the latest resources. Read about other members’ research experiences.
Members’ Reference and Lending Libraries
Both our libraries are close to the excellent reference collections in the Library of Birmingham. They are based in the Birmingham and Midland Institute, Margaret Street , Birmingham. Directions here
The Reference Library is open on most weekdays. Books and other holdings may not be borrowed.
The Lending Library is open for borrowing before each of our monthly meetings held at the BMI. Alternatively, UK members may borrow books and journals by post.
We maintain and continue to build Baptism, Marriage and Burial Indexes for Birmingham, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. ( Birmingham is treated separately from Warwickshire in this context simply because it is so large). We have a variety of other specialist indexes, such as cemetery interment registers, monumental inscriptions, wills & probate, and poor law. These are shown on the Search Services pages.
The Link Scheme
Getting help for ‘look-ups’ at distant County Record Offices. This is a voluntary exchange service which depends upon the co-operative efforts of members who undertake to carry out simple research at record offices local to them in exchange for similar research being undertaken on their behalf at another record office. The exchange does not have to be direct. It is not unusual for A to research for B who researches for C who researches for A, and so on. Many of our overseas members have received help through this service. More details here
A full listing of the Society’s publications can be viewed via our online shop, together with a selection of more general publications. If there is any publication that is not listed, please contact our Bookshop Manager who may be able to obtain copies.
Are other people looking for the same ancestors as you ? You may be able to share your research for mutual progress in tracing your ancestors. Only members of Midland Ancestors may publish their interests on this system, but everyone is free to make contact. More details here
If living in or visiting our area you may also be able to take part in one of our Coach Trips to the National Archives at Kew.
Members’ Handbook and Programme
In case you should find yourself without access to a web browser, these booklets contain details of the Society and its services, the annual programme of meetings of all Local Groups and Special Interest Groups, and information about local record offices
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