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.

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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


Open Hours:

Tuesday: 10am-4pm
Wednesday: 10am-8pm
Some Saturdays: 10am-2pm

Holiday Schedule:

Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events

FAMILY HISTORY FAIR...Saturday 21 July 2012...from 10am until of charge...

                                     Registration opening soon

Find Your Family...additional time to use the center one Sunday per month. 

May 27 2012...4-7pm

June 24, 2012...4-7pm

July 22, 2012...4-7pm

August 26, 2012...4-7pm

September 23, 2012...4-7pm

October 28, 2012...4-7pm...Please note this will be the last for 2012.

Staff Training Meetings:    

       Fourth Sundays 3-4pm...although cancelled for May 2012

Center Resources


  • Family History Library Catalog: This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through 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.

Hardware and Equipment

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

Center Services

Staff Research Specialties

Irish Research:  Patricia Coleman

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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

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