Family History Societies -
Warwickshire (A-B)

This section lists county associations of Warwickshire providing details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry (Midland Ancestors):

Address:

Mrs Jackie Cotterill
c/o BAMSFGAG
5 Sanderling Court
Kidderminster
Worcestershire
DY10 4TS

E-Mail:

gensec@bmsgh.org

Information:

The association covers the counties of Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

They cover the modern metropolitan boroughs of Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton as well as areas of the old counties before the boundary changes of the 19th and 20th centuries.  

The combined boroughs of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton are sometimes known as 'The Black Country'.

Several branches are operated by the Society, which include those in Staffordshire:

North Staffs

Location:

The St John's Centre
Newcastle Road
Stoke-on-Trent
ST4 6QD



Email:

Mr Steve Stutcinskas

Free parking is available to the side of the centre, and should this be full, street parking is available in Harpfields Road and Flash Lane.  The Society asks that you do not park in Vicarage Lane.

The branch has an extensive library of books and other items, which can be borrowed by members.  These resources include:

  • Card Index of surnames currently being researched by members
  • Census Indexes
  • Court Rolls
  • Genealogy Local History and Immigration Source Records
  • Hearth Tax Returns
  • History Books
  • International Genealogical Index (IGI)
  • Local History Books
  • Maps: Handlist of pre 1840 Estate Maps in Stafford Record Office
  • Monumental Inscriptions
  • Nonconformist Registers
  • Parish Register Transcriptions
  • Poll Books
  • Railway Records in Stafford Record Office
  • Reference Books
  • Workhouse Register Transcripts

The Library is only available if a Research Evening has been scheduled.

Some fiches are also held by the organisation, which can be borrowed by members.  These fiches include Census Indexes and Monumental Inscriptions.

Branch Website:
http://www.bmsgh.org/branches/northstaffs/index.html


Wolverhampton

Location:

All Saints Church Hall
Vicar Street
Sedgley
Dudley
West Midlands
DY3 3SD



Contact:

Penny Smith
22 Broxwood Park
Tettenhall Wood
Wolverhampton
WV6 8LZ

Telephone:

01902 250929

Email:

PennyAnnSmith@aol.com

The Society also has branches in Warwickshire, which incorporate:

Birmingham

Location:

The Birmingham and Midland Institute
Margaret Street
Birmingham
B3 3BS



Contact (General Secretary):

Mrs Jackie Cotterill
5 Sanderling Court
Kidderminster
DY10 4TS

Email:

gensec@midanc.uk

Kenilworth

Location:

Senior Citizens Club
Abbey End
Kenilworth
CV8 1QJ

Email:

norman.madden@care4free.net

The Society also has branches in Worcestershire, which incorporate:

Bromsgrove

Location:

The Methodist Centre
19 Stratford Road
Bromsgrove
B60 1AS



Contact (Chairman):

chair@bromsgrovebmsgh.co.uk

Many databases are accessible through the branch's website, including:

  • Bromsgrove Lowne of 1723: First entry in Churchwardens Book 1723.  Lownes raised money for the parish by taxing landowners
  • Diseases through History
  • Enumerators for Bromsgrove 1841 Census
  • Evesham Index: Extracts from Census Returns, Directories, entries from local and national newspapers, GRO Birth, Death and Marriage entries, Medal Rolls and Memorial Inscriptions
  • Worcestershire Parish Boundaries 1839

Some databases are accessible to members only, which include:

  • Bromsgrove Wills
  • Census Transcriptions
  • Pigot's Directory of Worcestershire 1835
  • Times Digital Archive and Dictionary of National Biography
  • Universal British Directory 1793-98

Some microfiche can be loaned to Society members, including:

  • Census Indexes
  • International Genealogical Index
  • Monumental Inscriptions

A list of surnames currently being researched by members is also accessible.

Website:
http://www.bromsgrovebmsgh.co.uk/cms/index.php


Stourbridge

Location:

St Peter's Church Hall
Pedmore Lane
Pedmore
Stourbridge
DY9 0SW



Email:

stourbridgegroup@midanc.uk

The organisation also has a branch in the South of England in London:

Contact:

David Kerr
19 Riverside View
Milton Ernest
Bedford
MK44 1SG

Email:

chairmanlondonbranch@bmsgh.org

Many resources are accessible in the organisation's main Reference Library, which incorporate:

  • Cemetery Register Images
  • Census Returns
  • Family Histories
  • Monumental Inscriptions
  • Parish Registers
  • Reference Books
  • Trade Directories
  • Wills

The Society also operates a lending library, located at The Dickens Room, BMI, Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BS.  It is open where a Society meeting is taking place at the BMI.  Books can also be borrowed by post, but the Society asks that you pay the postage costs.

Members are also able to use the Genealogical and Heraldic section of the BMI if they produce a copy of the Society's Annual Programme.

A list of surnames currently being researched by members is available on the site.

Many publications are sold by the Society, which include:

  • Burial Records
  • Census Indexes
  • Maps
  • Monumental Inscriptions
  • Parish Register Images

Website:

http://www.bmsgh.org