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Being a member of a Society of over 4,000 members, world-wide, who have wide ranging interests in genealogy and heraldry, and particular interests in one or more of "our" counties.

The Midland Ancestor (4 issues each year)

You may list your "Members Interests" once free of charge in this journal when you join the Society, or at a later date if you prefer. After that you may submit brief advertisements of other interests for a small fee as often as you wish (subject to space limitations in each issue).

Members' Handbook

This contains details of the Society and its services, and information about local record offices. Much of the information contained in the handbook is available on this site, but printed copies are provided to each member.

Annual Programme of meetings of all Branches and Special Interest Group.

• We have branches in

Staffordshire: Burton-on-Trent , Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton .

Warwickshire: Birmingham , Kenilworth .

Worcestershire: Bromsgrove, Stourbridge, Worcester

and London

Our special interest group, which meets in Birmingham , is the Heraldry Group

Publications List

A full listing of the Society’s publications can be viewed via our online shop,, together with a selection of more general publications. If there is any publication that is not listed, please contact our Publications Sales Manager who may be able to obtain copies.

Search Services

Depending on your interests and needs you may also be able to make use of  

Link Service (Voluntary Exchange) .  

This is a service which depends entirely upon the voluntary efforts of members who undertake to carry out simple research at record offices local to them in exchange for similar research being undertaken on their behalf at another record office. The exchange does not have to be direct. It is not unusual for A to research for B who researches for C who researches for A, and so on. Many overseas members have received help through this service.

Marriage and Burial and Other Indexes

We maintain and continue to build Marriage and Burial Indexes (pre-1837) for Birmingham, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. ( Birmingham is treated separately from Warwickshire in this context simply because it is so large). We have a variety of other specialist indexes, which are listed in the Members Handbook.


Privately Owned Indexes

Relating to our area of interest are listed in the Members Handbook.

Members Lending and Reference Libraries

Are based in the Birmingham and Midland Institute, Margaret Street , Birmingham (close to the excellent reference collections in the Birmingham Central Library). The Lending Library is open for borrowing before each of our monthly meetings held at the BMI, or UK members may borrow books and journals by post. The Reference Library is open on most week days, but as its operation depends on the availability of volunteer librarians members should phone the Reference Librarian (see Members Handbook) to check that it will be open before travelling long distances.

Members Interests

Click Here to go to the Members Interests Section.  Members can submit their research details by downloading the Form (in PDF format) which can be found in the Members Only Area - (Link in Menu on lefthand side.)

Organised Visits.

If living in or visiting our area you may also be able to take part in one of our outings to the National Archives at Kew . Contact the Outings Secretary to make enquiries and/or to book tickets.

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