West Midlands, England Public Record Office
The West Midlands contains several shires with many offices and libraries containing archives. Due to this, all of them cannot be discussed in the space provided here. Only three will be discussed in detail. To access a list of the various archives, please click here.
Worchestershire Archive and Archaeology Service
The Hive Sawmill Walk The Butts Worcester WR1 3PB
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:30am-5:30pm
The archive also offers research guides on how to begin researching various topics. These include family history, local history, community archives, and oral history. The oral history archives have recordings of people discussing their lives and things that have happened over the course of their lives. The staff at the archive can also help direct researchers to information that is pertinent to their topic.
Wednesday and Friday: 10am-5pm
This archive also provides various sources to aid researchers. These include online catalogues to help researchers find information pertinent to their topic. They also included guides on family history, local history, sources, guides detailing what records survive for the various parishes in Shropshire, and guides geared toward students.
There are also services at the archives to aid researchers. Even though it is free to visit the archives and get general research advice, there is a charge for some of the staff services. One of these services is called research service. A researcher will conduct a search and produce a report of his/her findings. This report will include copies of documents if necessary.
Herefordshire Record Office
Note: Due to a move of this archive planned in 2014, it is only going to be open for one week per month for most of 2013. Click here to access a schedule of the weeks it will be open.
This archive has over 7,000 collections. Some of these are stored off-site and have to be requested in advance. These items are divided into five classes and some might have restricted access. The five classes are Diocesan, Parish, Local Government, Private, and Public. Some of the documents from the Dioceses of Herefordshire are located in Shropshire and Worcestershire because the parishes are located there.