Birmingham Public Library
2100 Park Place
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
General Information
Books for Sale
How to Request Copies by Mail

The staff of the Southern History Department will normally respond within 48 hours to written requests for information. Requests must be specific (i.e. please send me a copy of pages 119-121 from The Georgia Black Book by Robert Scott Davis). Unfortunately, our level of staffing does not allow us to provide more extensive research nor to search microfilmed materials such as censuses and military records. For assistance with more in-depth requests you might wish to contact persons on a list of independent researchers.

The charge for photocopies we send by mail is $5.00 plus 30¢ per page.

No more than 20 pages will be copied. Requests should be mailed to:

Southern History Department
Birmingham Public Library
2100 Park Place
Birmingham, AL 35203

or submit request online via Ask A Librarian
(include mailing address with your request)

Requests for newspaper articles and obituaries:

Requests for copies of newspaper articles and obituaries are handled by our Microforms Center and should be submitted via Ask A Librarian. You will be contacted regarding the availability, cost, and procedure for mailing pre-payment and requests for these items. Copies from microfilmed census records and microfilmed military records are not done by our staff but should be directed to persons on our list of independent researchers.

Tips on Genealogical Research
Birmingham Public Library Genealogical Resources

Introduction to Genealogy
Want to learn how to do genealogical research? Come to this introductory class that will help get you started on your genealogical journey. The staff in the Southern History Department covers such topics as vital records, courthouse and church records, and the Federal Census. You can browse the handout to determine if this class is right for you. No registration is required. The same content will be covered in each of the classes that are offered on one Tuesday morning and one Sunday afternoon each month. Classes are conducted in the Southern History Department, Birmingham Public Library, First Floor, Linn-Henley Research Library. For more information, call (205) 226-3665.

Beyond the Basics of Genealogy
The Beyond the Basics of Genealogy (BtB) workshops cover various topics of genealogical research and build upon the content covered in our Introduction to Genealogy class. These workshops are offered throughout the year and are taught by the staff of the Southern History Department. The 2015 topics are:

  • Piles of Paper and Digital Dilemmas: Organizing Your Genealogy Research
  • “All Your Base Are Belong to Us": Getting the Best from BPL's Databases
  • Census and Sensibility: Using and Interpreting U.S. Census Records
  • What Time is it? Putting Your Ancestors in Historical Context
  • The Ties That Bind: Connecting to Your Alabama Slave and Slaveholder Ancestors
All workshops are free, but registration is requested. To register or for more information, call (205)226-3665.

Other Genealogical Resources

Soundex Converter
The Soundex system is a method of indexing names in the 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920 US Census. Soundex can also aid genealogists by identifying spelling variations for a given surname. This form will return the soundex code for the entered surname, plus other surnames/spellings sharing the same soundex code.

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