Birmingham City Council

Ancestry and how to use it

Ancestry is available FREE on computers in Birmingham Libraries.

Trace your family history using Ancestry. This is a special version of the well-known Ancestry.com subscription web site made available free on computers in Birmingham libraries.

It's simple to use. Just type in your ancestor's name and any other details you know, such as when and where they were born, when they got married . . .

You can search censuses for England, Wales, Scotland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands from 1841 to 1911, England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes for births, deaths and marriages, plus UK and Ireland parish and probate records from the 1500s to the 1800s and even earlier. There are also a few military, immigration/emigration, court and probate records. The site now includes British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index cards 1914 - 1920.

New ! You can now search the National Index of Wills and Letters of Administration (Probate Calendar) from 1861 to 1941. Find out how much your ancestors left in their wills and to whom.


How to print from Ancestry

Besides printing pages showing details of births, marriages and deaths, you can also print digitised copies of the original census returns.

Printouts cost 10p each. Please ask a member of staff for help if required.

Other free sites

You can go to www.birmingham.gov.uk/websubs to find lots more web sites which the library pays for so that you can use them free.


Genealogy and Family History
Basic Information for Family History
FAQs for Family History
Websites for Family History

Black Family History - African & African-Caribbean
Local History Menu