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Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Principal Public Libraries with family history resources
Research services
Registrar General's Index
Census records
Electoral registers
Poll books
International Genealogical Index
Unpublished indexes
Parish registers
Published transcripts
Other materials
Guides to collections
Record Office address
Other information

Library Services URL: http://www.solihull.gov.uk/
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): WMD, WAR

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Information and Local Studies Section (LS)
Central Library
Homer Road
West Midlands
B91 3RG
Tel: 0121 704 6977
Fax: 0121 704 6212

Opening hours:

Other Libraries:

Chelmsley Wood Library (CW)
Stephenson Drive
Chelmsley Wood
B37 5TA
Tel: 0121 770 5551
Opening hours: Monday, Thursday: 0930-1900; Tuesday, Friday, Saturday: 0930-1700; Wednesday: closed

3. Research Service

Service available? No

Fee-based? -

Provided by local Record Office? -
4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.

Locations -

5. Census returns

1841-1891 microfilm copies. Area of present Solihull Metropolitan Borough only (LS)

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

All at (LS):
Pigots Directory of Warwickshire 1822/3, 1828/9, 1835, 1842
West's History, Topography and Directory of Warwickshire 1830
Slater's Directory of Warwickshire 1851, 1862
P.O. Directory of Warwickshire 1860
White's Directory of South Warwickshire and District 1883
Kelly's Directory of Warwickshire 1900, 1908, 1912, 1916, 1921, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1940
Kelly's Directory of Worcestershire 1940
Kelly's Directory of Staffordshire 1940
Solihull & District Directory 1961, 1962

6(b) City and Town Directories

All at (LS):
Kelly's Directory of Birmingham 1896, 1928-30, 1938-40, 1942, 1945-47, 1951-52, 1954-56, 1960-64, 1966-74
P.O. Directory of Birmingham 1850, 1875

6(c) Telephone Directories

All at (LS):
Birmingham: 1968-73, 1975, 1977-78, 1980, 1982-84, 1986, 1988-89, 1991, 1993-94
Coventry: 1970-72, 1976-78, 1981-84, 1991-92

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

All at (LS):
Former Solihull County Borough 1963 to date
Present Solihull Metropolitan Borough 1975 to date

7(b) Poll Books


8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

1989 microfiche (CW)
1992 microfiche (LS)
'Family Search' CD-ROM (LS)

9. Unpublished Indexes

Card subject index to main LS collection. Arranged in preferred subject headings, but including headings relating to people, buildings, events, places, etc.

10. Parish Registers

All at (LS):
Solihull Parish Church (St Alphege): microfilm copies; printed transcript 1538-1668
Elmdon Parish Church: printed transcript 1742-1846

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

All at (LS):
Midland Ancestor 1971 to date
Family Tree Magazine 1984 to date
Catholic Ancestor 1983 to date
Computers in Genealogy 1982 to date
Family History News and Digest 1981 to date
Genealogists' Magazine

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material


13. Other material


14. Guides to Collections

Free brief guide to LS collection, available from Information and Local Studies Section, Central Library. Please send stamped, self-addressed A4 envelope.

15. Local Record Offices

Warwick County Record Office
Priory Park
Cape Road
CV34 4JS

Birmingham Record Office
Central Library
B3 3HQ

Other information

Please note: Solihull Library is not an archive repository.
Local newspapers are held at (LS) as follows:
Warwickshire Advertiser 1808-1945
Solihull News 1930 to date
Solihull Times 1981 to date