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.

Birmingham Alabama Iowa Family History Center

Come and enjoy access to many wonderful resources for your research.


Center Contacts and Hours

  • Address: 2780 Altadena Rd Birmingham, AL 35243
  • Corner of Altadena Road and Cahaba River Road and in the church. Our door is nearest the Altadena Road entrance to parking.

Language: Help delivered in Spanish, most Tuesdays

  • Phone: 205-967-7279
  • FHC Director: Anne Norris
FHC Assistant Directors:
H. Jay Fox
Theresa Tuck

Open Hours:

  • Tuesday: 10:00am-3:00pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Saturday: 9:00am-4:00pm; except 1st and 5th Saturdays
  • We are all volunteers so we invite you to call to be sure we are open.

Staff Training Meetings

First Wednesday 7:00-8:00pm

Class Workshops

Second Wednesday 6:30pm-830pm


  • FamilySearch Catalog: This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the FamilySearch Catalog.
  • Patrons' Microfiche Collection -- a collection of fiche ordered by our patrons, assorted titles. Contain family histories, vital records, and other types of information.
  • Indefinite Film Collection -- a collection of films on a variety of subjects, to include vital records, county records, court records, etc.
  • Book Collection: -- More than 600 volumes including "American State Papers".
  • We have more than 8800 microfilm and microfiche records on site.
  • Alabama Death Records for years 1908 to 1966, complete. 1967-1974, various.
  • Many microfilm for England, Ireland, Germany, Scotland, South Africa
  • Hurst Tennesse Collection: Tennessee State Library and Archive: V202-0012; NARA M653-1252; NARA 593-1531; NARA T9-1258; NARA T623-1573; NARA 624-1501; NARA 624-1518. Includes counties: Claiborne, Grainger, Greene, Grundy, Hamblin ,Hancock, Sevier
  • Surnames: Bass, Beasley, Bird, Beddingfield, Brocks Gap families, Crocker, Cain, Couplands, Dollins, Drowne, Dickerson, Eillis, Elder, Good, Hassinger, Corbitt, Children of Winged Spur, Killough, Lane, Lawrence, Lasher, McCullough, Martin, Murdock, Moser, Pendergrass, Pullen, Rasco, Rhoad, Richardson, Randolph, Snow, Southerland, Strange, Skinner, Sparks, Stump, Thomas,Veithch, Weaver, Wester, Wooten

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:
  • 19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive
  • Access Newspaper Archive
  • Alexander Street Press-The American Civil War
  • ArkivDigital
  • Create your "Who Do You Think You Are?" story
  • Find My Past
  • - (formerly Footnote)
  • Kinpoint
  • MyHeritage
  • PaperTrail
  • ProQuest Obituary Listings
  • Puzzilla
  • World Vital Records.

Hardware and Equipment

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

Center Services

Individual Help and Group Presentations at no charge

Staff Research Specialties

  • Irish Research: Patricia Coleman
  • Swedish Research: Linda Trusty
  • Eastern European: David Crider

Resources in the Local Area


Volunteer at the Center

We need volunteers to work at the Center during regular hours. Contact Director for more information. Send an email to: