The Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry(also known as BMSGH) is a registered charity No. 505916
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You can now choose to receive your copies of the Midland Ancestor magazine as a downloadable pdf file rather than by post, downloads save us money on postage which means members can store their electronic magazines more conveniently on their PC's. When a magazine is available, we will email you a copy.
New 2016 Member Benefits, see below..Members only area of website and a Facebook group
Membership runs from 1st January to 31st December each year.
Charity Gift Aid Declaration
This applies to UK tax payers only.
Boost your donation by 25p of Gift Aid for every £1 you donate. Gift Aid is reclaimed by the charity from the tax you pay for the current tax year. Your address is needed to identify you as a current UK taxpayer. In order to Gift Aid your donation you must tick the appropriate boxes on the right:
You also declare: "I am a UK taxpayer and understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year it is my responsibility to pay any difference."
Please notify the charity if you:
want to cancel this declaration
change your name or home address
no longer pay sufficient tax on your income and/or capital gains
If you pay Income Tax at the higher or additional rate and want to receive the additional tax relief due to you, you must include all your Gift Aid donations on your Self-Assessment tax return or ask HM Revenue and Customs to adjust your tax code.
For joint applications(living at the same address), please add the name of the joint applicant in the "add comments about your order" area.
Gift vouchers and raffle prizes can be used for membership renewals, but we are sorry we cannot accept discount coupons
Also, if under 21, please add your date of birth.
For overseas members, please select whether you require Airmail.
Area of Interest
Our Society is the principal genealogical and heraldic society for the counties of Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. This includes the areas of ‘old’ counties, as they existed before the major boundary changes of the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as the areas brought into them by those changes. In particular the modern metropolitan boroughs of Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton (collectively known as the West Midlands) are within our area.
The society’s objects (more specifically stated in the Constitution) are to promote, maintain and encourage
· Good practice
· Preservation and transcription of records
· Publication and dissemination of good practice
· Collaboration with other interested bodies
in relation to genealogy and heraldry, especially within our area.
Our overall purpose is to help our members to carry out their own research into their family histories within our area.
CLASSES OF MEMBERSHIP
Individual membership, joint membership, associate membership (under 21 years).
Joint membership is for more than one person living at the same address.
Overseas members may opt to pay a supplement to have their journal delivered by airmail.
BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP
Being a member of a Society of approximately 2,500 members, worldwide, who have wide ranging interests in genealogy and heraldry, and particular interests in more of ‘our’ counties.
Offer you (on request) general advice and guidance on your searches in our area, and if necessary suggest names of local searchers who will carry out searches for you at reasonable fees.
New for 2016:
A members only area on the main website where you can download old copies of our quarterly magazine, download indexes and more
A closed Facebook group where members can communicate and help each other.
The Midland Ancestor (4 issues each year)
You may list your ‘Members Interests’ once free of charge in this journal when you join the Society, or at a later date if you prefer. After that you may submit brief advertisements of other interests for a small fee as often as you wish (subject to space limitations in each issue).
This contains details of the Society and its services and information about local record offices.
Annual Programme of meetings of all branches and special interest groups. We have branches in
Burton-on-Trent, Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton (Staffordshire)
Birmingham, Kenilworth (Warwickshire)
Bromsgrove, Stourbridge, Worcester (Worcestershire)
Our special interest group, The Heraldry Group, meet in Birmingham.
Lists all the Society’s publications (in print, microfiche and CD). Eventually all our publications will be available from this e-Shop. Meanwhile, they can be seen at our Bookshop
In addition our Publications Sales Officer can obtain for you any heraldic and genealogical publication on general release in the United Kingdom.
Depending on your interests and needs you may also be able to make use of
Link Service (Voluntary Exchange)
This is a service which depends entirely upon the voluntary efforts of members who undertake to carry out simple research at record offices local to them in exchange for similar research being undertaken on their behalf at another record office. The exchange does not have to be direct. It is not unusual for A to research for B who researches for C who researches for A, and so on. Many overseas members have received help through this service.
Marriage and Burial and other Indexes (Low cost service)
We maintain and continue to build Marriage and Burial Indexes for Birmingham, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. (Birmingham is treated separately from Warwickshire in this context simply because it is so large). We have a variety of other specialist indexes, which are listed in the members Handbook.
BMSGH Membership Renewal
- Brand: BMSGH
- Product Code: Renewal
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