The Catholic Archdicese of Birmingham Archives

ResourcesResources to help you


Private Researchers


Unfortunately we are unable to undertake research on your behalf. The Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA) is the professional organisation promoting high professional standards in the field of genealogy and historical research in England and Wales.


A full list of researchers and their area of expertise can be found at


Please note that the archives cannot become involved in, or be held responsible for any arrangement between a user and private researchers.


Parish Registers


The sacramental registers for the archdiocese, which are held at the archive, and are outside of the 110 year closure period can be found on Find My Past

The following links provide an overview of the registers


The final resting place of a relative or loved one is often the most difficult piece of information to locate, as burial records are of often incomplete or non-existent.  Birmingham City Council is committed to digitising its records of burial and they can be searched here: or a more complete register can be accessed through Midland’s Ancestors (previously known as the Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry) website here:




Copies of birth, death or marriage certificates are issued by the General Register Office (GRO) and can be ordered here:

Copies of baptism certificates should be requested, in the first instance, from your Parish Priest. They may in turn contact the archives if the register which holds your entry has been deposited here, after they are satisfied that you have passed all the required identification checks.


Useful downloads


R1 Conditions of Access (version 1.0) - download

R2 Family History Advice for Archive Users (version 1.0) - download

R3 Information held in Sacramental Registers (version 1.0) - download

R4 Records of Schools and Children (version 1.0) - download