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.
 Come and enjoy access to many wonderful resources for your research.

Center Contacts and Hours

Location Map:


  • Corner of Altadena Road and Cahaba River Road and in the church.
  • Our door is nearest the Altadena Road entrance to parking.
  • List other languages guest will get help with when they come to the FHC center.


  • 1 205-967-7279



FHC Director:

  • Anne Norris

Open Hours:

  • Tues, Wed 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Sat 9:00am-4:00pm
  • We are all volunteers so we invite you to call to be sure we are open.

Special closing Tuesday 1 July, 2014

  • We occasionally close unexpectedly because of inclement weather or illness. Please call for information about unexpected alterations to our normal operation hours.

Staff Training Meetings:

Fourth Sunday     4:00pm-5:00pm
No meetings in November, December

Classes, Workshops, and Family History Fair

No charge for classes, workshops

Recommend calling to reserve seat for workshop so we can help you better.

Center Resources


  • FamilySearch Catalog: This center can receive your on-line film or fiche order from the FamilySearch Catalog.
  • We have more than 8800 microfilm and microfiche records on site.
  • Alabama Death Records for years 1908 to 1963, complete. 1964-1974, various.
  • Many microfilm for England, Ireland, Germany, Scotland, South Africa
  • Books:  More than 600 volumes including  "American State Papers", complete set.
  • Surnames:  Bass, Beasley, Bird, Beddingfield, Brocks Gap families, Crocker, Cain, Couplands, Dollins, Drowne, Dickerson, Eillis, Elder, Good, Hassinger, Corbitt, Children of Winged Spur, Killough, Lane, Lawrence, Lasher, McCullough, Martin, Murdock, Moser, Pendergrass, Pullen, Rasco, Rhoad, Richardson, Randolph, Snow, Southerland, Strange, Skinner, Sparks, Stump, Thomas,Veithch, Weaver, Wester, Wooten
  • Databases and Software
  • FHC Portal  Free access in the center to premium family history websites
  • 19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive
  • Access Newspaper Archive
  • Alexander Street Press-The American Civil War
  • ArkivDigital
  • Find My Past
  • Fold3
  • 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

Individual Help and Group Presentations at no charge

Staff Research Specialties

Irish Research:  Patricia Coleman

Swedish Research:  Linda Trusty

Eastern European:  David Crider

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 Central Library)
  • Birmingham Genealogical Group (Meets 4th Saturday at Birmingham Central Library, 2-4pm)
  • Birmingham Central 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.