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Birmingham City Council

Recommended Research Websites for Archives

This list is also available as text document attached to the bottom of this page. The links on this page may take you straight to the required web page.

Our Online Catalogues

Detailed lists for many of the City Archives Collections*


Archives of Soho

Online listings of the parts of the Matthew Boulton and James Watt papers which have been microfilmed by the Adam Matthews company*

www.ampltd.co.uk (then click on 'Collections A-Z' > 'I' for Industrial Revolution)

Other Online Catalogues

Detailed lists of nationwide collections*

Detailed lists of national collections

Detailed and basic lists of nationwide collections held at universities*

Basic lists of nationwide collections

Search Birmingham City Council Planning Applications

Search The Land Registry for details of ownership of a property

Search The Birmingham Grid for Learning for details of schools by name and by area


www.nationalarchives.gov.uk (then click on 'Search the Archives' > 'the Catalogue')



(then scroll down to 'Quick Links' section)


www.bgfl.org (then click on 'Schools and Centres' > 'Schools Index' or 'Schools Directory')

Visiting Us

Information about opening hours, reader tickets and our collections

Useful information on what to expect when visiting us for the first time (e.g. security arrangements).

(then click on 'Visiting Us' link)
www.birmingham.gov.uk/centrallibrary (for a location map and holiday closures)

www.connectinghistories.org.uk (then click on 'Guidance' > 'How to do Research' and scroll down)

Visiting Other Archives

Contact information, openings hours etc for other repositories



Read about new collections, events etc

(then click on 'Archives and Heritage Newsletters' link)

Education Projects

Information about the learning opportunities offered by the department Creative Learning Officer

(then click on 'Projects and Outreach'
> 'Creative Learning Officer' link)

Related Collections

Information about the Central Library Local Studies collections

Search the Central Library book stock

Information about the Central Library Special Collections including Barry Jackson papers

Information about the Central Library Photographic Collections



(listed with Photographic Collections)


Digitised Items From Our Collection

Website of items related to Handsworth and north Birmingham

Website of items related to Ladywood

Website of items related to the industrial revolution in the region

Information about the experiences and histories of Birmingham's different communities





Local History Information

The local edition of the Victoria county history. Search for information about the history of schools and churches or all denominations.

www.british-history.ac.uk (then search for 'The City of Birmingham')

Genealogy Advice

Guidance on your family history

Guidance from Nick Barratt on your family history

Guidance on your family history

Guidance on your family history


www.telegraph.co.uk (then search for 'When there's a will, there's a way'')


Genealogy Resources

Guidance on your family history and searchable databases of births, marriages and deaths, census etc.

Buy CD copies/transcriptions of various parish registers, parts of the census, photographs and various indexes from the Birmingham and Midland Society of Genealogy and Heraldry.

Search for information on a church or place of worship

Search for birth, marriage and death certificates

Known as the IGI (International Genealogical index) this site is useful for searching for pre 1837 baptisms, marriages and burials*

Search digitised trade directories for family business entries*

www.ancestry.com (this is a subscription site. The 'Library Edition' is made available free of charge in Birmingham Libraries)

New!1911 Census online now

www.bmsgh.org (then click on 'Publications' > 'Warwickshire Parishes' > 'B' for Birmingham)

www.genuki.org.uk (then click on 'Search' and enter the term 'Church Database')


(then click on the 'Search' tab > 'International Genealogical Index')


Places And Place Names

Search by town, village and even street name

Search for information about the county, region or district a place falls in.

Search digitised trade directories for description of a locality and its community




What Was It Worth Then?

Compare the value of money now back to 1264

www.measuringworth.com (then click on 'Purchasing Power - UK£ )

* not comprehensive

Please note We are not responsible for the content of other organisations' websites.

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