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

E-mail: al_birmingham@ldsmail.net

Current Planned Hours of Operation:

                Tuesday: 10am-4pm

                Wednesday: 10am-4pm;  by appointment between 4pm and 8pm

                Some Saturdays: 10am-2pm

Beginning 2013

Tuesdays:  9am-4pm

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

Saturdays:  9am-4pm, except first Saturday each month


          Holiday Schedule:

     October 31, 2012...Closed at 3pm

     November 21-24...Closed for Thanksgiving

     Reopen November 27th

     December 13th, 2012 to Jan 1, 2013...Closed for Christmas

     Reopen January 2, 2013



Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events


Staff Training Meetings:    

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

2013 'Classes'

  • Wednesday January 9, 2013:  "RootsMagic Essentials"  An introduction to using this marvelous and free program for organizing your data.  Taught by Bell Woods. Chose 1-2 pm or 7-8pm. Free of charge
  • Wednesday February 13, 2013:  "familysearch.org"  New features.  Chose 1-2pm or 7-8pm  Feel free to bring your handheld or laptop.  Free WIFI . No charge for class
  • Wednesday March 13, 2013:  "Family Tree"  Workshop for the family tree feature coming to familysearch.org in 2013.  Choose 1-3pm or 6-8pm.  Feel free to bring your handheld or laptop.  Free WIFI.  No charge for class 

Each month will feature one class.


Center Resources

Collections

  • 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
  • Ancestry.com
  • 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

Links

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