FamilySearch, the genealogy organisation sponsored by the LDS preserves and maintains collections of records, resources, and services designed to help people learn more about their family history. It offers free access to billions of the world’s genealogical records, which have been filmed and made available to Researchers via the LDS Research Centres around the world.
Since 2017 FamilySearch have been digitalising their collection of microfilm for online access – over 1.5 billion images so far. These images can be seen on the Internet, either via the FamilySearch website, www.familysearch.org, or via an affiliate library.
In order to view the images that relate to the films, you need to either be a member of the Latter Day Saints church or to visit a designated affiliated library.
A new UK FamilySearch affiliate library
The Midland Ancestors Family History Centre, housed at the Birmingham & Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham are proud to be designated as an Affiliate Library allowing access to the films and the images that accompany the films.
These films can be viewed for free in the Society’s Family History Centre and library housed in the Birmingham & Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham. The library is open each weekday, 10.30am until 3pm and is fully staffed.
Phil Lamb, Chairman of the Society, said: “This is excellent news for the Society. FamilySearch provides access to records from across the world including births marriage and death records, censuses, land records, wills and probates and so much more.
“As well as the films, there is also a copy of the Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration made in the Principal Registry and in the several district registries of Her Majesty's Court of Probate 1858-1957 and known as the Red Wills Book, which can also be viewed at the Family History Centre. This book is the only printed copy outside the London Family History Centre and our grateful thanks go to FamilySearch and the London Family History Centre for giving us permission to use this book.
“We would recommend that if people are travelling from a distance, they should contact the library first. Contact details for the library can be found on Midland Ancestors website, www.midland-ancestors.uk”.
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