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).
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
Our special interest group, which meets in Birmingham , is the Heraldry Group
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.
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 can submit their research details by downloading the Form (in PDF format) which can be found in the Members Only Area.
If living in or visiting our area you may also be able to take part in one of our Coach Trips to the National Archives at Kew.
Annual Subscription Rates (1st January – 31st December)
*Air mail is an additional £6.00 if required
Although it is recommended to buy a membership online, if this is not possible, you can download and print the following forms and mail them to us: