Birmingham Alabama Family History Center

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FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Center, a branch facility of the Family History Library.

 You have access to many wonderful resources for your research.

Center Contacts and Hours

Location & Map:

  • 2789 Altadena Road, Birmingham, Alabama, 35243
  • Corner of Altadena Road and Cahaba River Road in the Church.
  • Our door is nearest the Altadena Road entrance to parking.
Location on Map

Phone: (205) 967-7279


Current Planned Hours of Operation:

                Tuesday: 9am-4pm

                Wednesday: 9am-4pm;  by appointment between 4pm and 8pm

                Some Saturdays: 9am-2pm

Staff Training Meetings:    

       Fourth Sundays 3-4pm
       No training meeting in November or December


  • Wednesday February 13, 2013:  ""  New features.  Choose 1-2pm or 7-8pm  Feel free to bring your handheld or laptop.  Free WIFI . No charge for class
  • Wednesday February 27, 2013:  "Rootsmagic Essentials Workshop"  Choose 1-3pm or 6-8pm.  Free WIFI. No charge for workshop.  Limited to 4 participants.  Your laptop or our computers. 
  • Call to reserve your spot.  
  • This will be a monthly workshop. 
  • Fourth Wednesday.  February to October 2013
  • Wednesday March 13, 2013:  "Family Tree"  Workshop for the family tree feature coming to in 2013.  Choose 1-3pm or 6-8pm.  Feel free to bring your handheld or laptop.  Free WIFI.  No charge for class

Center Resources


  • Family History Library Catalog: This center can receive your on-line film or fiche order from the Family History Library Catalog.
  • Alabama Death Records for years 1908 to 1963, complete. 1964-1974, various.
  • Many microfilm for England, Ireland, Germany, Scotland, South Africa

Databases and Software

  • FHC Portal: This center has access to the Family History Center Portal page which gives free access in the center to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.
  • 19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive
  • Access Newspaper Archive
  • Alexander Street Press-The American Civil War
  • ArkivDigital
  • Find My Past
  • Fold3
  • The Genealogist
  • Heritage Quest
  • Historic Map Works
  • Paper Trail
  • World Vital Records.

Hardware and Equipment

  • Computers, microfilm readers, microfilm/fiche printer for paper or digital, fiche readers

Center Services

Staff Research Specialties

Irish Research:  Patricia Coleman

Resources in the Local Area

  • Alabama Genealogical Society
  • BAAGSG , Birmingham African American Genealogy Study Group,  (Meets on 2nd Sunday, 3rd Floor of Linn-Henley Building at Birmingham Public Library)
  • Birmingham Public Library: features extensive collection for Southern research
  • Samford University:  Outstanding seminars for genealogists, Is Reposistory Alabama Baptist Church Records, large Ireland collection, many other records 
  • Birmingham Southern University:  Has Archives for Methodist Church


Alabama Department of History and Archives

Alabama Genealogical Society Website

Birmingham African American Genealogy Study Group

Birmingham Genealogical Society Blog

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Archives

Birmingham News Archives (1993-Present)

Oak Hill Cemetery 

Samford Genealogy Website

Wallace State Genealogy Website

Volunteer at the Center

We need volunteers to work at the Center during regular hours. Contact Director for more information.