Now fully open post covid
You can grow your family tree with the help of the Midland Ancestors Family History Centre in the Kingsley Norris Room at The Birmingham & Midland Institute.
The Centre houses the group Reference Library and also has computers from which you can access the internet and all digital resources we hold. We are also a FamilySearch Affiliate Library. This latter allows access to an estimated 400 million + images of original records that you will not be able to see at home. The volunteer staff are experienced in family history research and will be able to guide you to appropriate resources, but we do not offer a research service. You can also access the library catalogue and most of the societies indexes and all resources, all at no cost.
We still have available hand gel and face masks for those who require them.
Midland Ancestors Reference Library
The Reference Library contains almost 10,000 books, microfiche, microfilm, maps, and computer-based resources. You will find parish registers, cemetery register images, monumental inscriptions, wills, censuses, trade directories and deposited family histories. (But we do not guarantee that you will find your ancestors amongst them ! )
Items in this Library are for reference only and must not be removed under any circumstances.
Usual Opening Hours and Volunteer Staff –
Monday to Friday 10:15 – 15:00
Monday – Steve & Liz
Tuesday – Gareth & Bernie
Wednesday – Linda & Sue
Thursday – Mark & Pat
Friday – Caroline
Changes to these opening days and times will happen when a bank holiday occurs, sometimes including even the Tuesday. Also please note that they are in any case, always subject to a volunteer librarian being available (they might be on leave) and the BMI also being open. Particularly if travelling from a distance you are advised to check first. You can do so by first clicking on the News button in the menu structure at top, you should see a post if the facility is closed. Or else by phoning 0121 236 8977. The line is only manned when a volunteer is present. If wanting to visit on a specific day, it is a good idea to speak with the volunteer who will be on duty that day. If you wanted to visit say on a Thursday, then ring on a Thursday. It could mean you phoning a week or more in advance.
Please note our volunteers are just that – volunteers.
The Groups Family History Centre is available to members and non-members alike. Entry is free of charge as is access to all society resources, although print cost must be met. We do also appreciate donations that along with our members’ subscriptions are the lifeblood of our Society.
See links at the bottom of this page to find where we are.
Further information about the Reference Library can be had by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or download Reference Library catalogue (3.1 Mb) Download
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Midland Ancestors Lending Library
The Groups lending library is temporarily unavailable while we are working on ideas for its future wider use. We are exploring its relocation to another part of the BMI building and a new style catalogue.
Where to Find Us
We can be found in the Kingsley Norris Room on the ground floor of The Birmingham & Midland Institute. For a Google location map (in a new tab) of the BMI Click Here or Google Street view (in a new tab) Click Here
Public transport links, buses, trains, trams, all within a short walking distance.
Birmingham & Midland Institute Library – Genealogical and Heraldic Section
Members of Midland Ancestors may be allowed the privilege of using this section of the BMI Library (which is housed in the basement of the BMI) on production of their copies of the Annual Programme.
Check their opening times before planning a visit, click Original Birmingham Library