BGS Meeting — July 26, 2014 — Overview of the 2014 NGS Family History Conference

The Birmingham Genealogical Society meets the fourth Saturday of each month (excluding Nov. & Dec.) in the Arrington Auditorium at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are encouraged to attend!

Next meeting: Saturday, July 26th @ 2pm/ Board of Directors meet @ 1pm

Speaker: Mary Taylor, BGS 1st Vice-President

Program Topic: Overview of the 2014 NGS Family History Conference

Please join us as Mary Taylor, BGS member and current 1st Vice-President, presents an overview of the 2014 NGS Family Conference held in Richmond VA. The theme for this year’s National Genealogical Society’s Annual Conference, held in May, was “Virginia: The First Frontier.” Please join us!

BGS Walking Tour — May 17, 2014 — Walking Tour of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens

The Birmingham Genealogical Society usually meets the fourth Saturday of each month (excluding Nov. & Dec.) in the Arrington Auditorium at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are encouraged to attend!

Next meeting: Saturday, May 17th @ 1pm

Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Program Topic: Walking Tour of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Put on your walking shoes because it’s time for the Annual BGS Walking Tour! The Birmingham Genealogical Society will meet at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 17th at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens! Please note that there will not be a Board of Directors meeting.

The program for May: Please join us as Jason Kirby, former BGS President and current archivist at the Archives and Rare Book Room (Birmingham Botanical Gardens), serves as our guide for a walking tour of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens! The Birmingham Botanical Gardens is 67.5-acre botanical gardens located adjacent to Lane Park at the southern foot of Red Mountain in Birmingham, Alabama. The gardens are home to over 12,000 different types of plants, 25 unique gardens, more than 30 works of original outdoor sculpture, and several miles of walking paths. With more than 350,000 annual visitors, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens qualify as one of Alabama’s top free-admittance tourist attractions. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens began as an idea prior to 1960. The Birmingham mayor of that time, James W. Morgan, led an effort to establish the gardens on a 69-acre portion of unused city property east of the Birmingham Zoo on the side of Red Mountain. The garden officially opened in 1963. The Birmingham Botanical Society, now known as the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens, was established in 1964 with a mission of helping the city to support and improve the gardens. For directions please visit the official website at

http://www.bbgardens.org/index2.php

BGS Meeting — April 26, 2014 — American Land Records

The Birmingham Genealogical Society meets the fourth Saturday of each month (excl. Nov. & Dec.) at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are always welcome!

Next Meeting: Saturday, April 26th at 2pm; Board Meeting at 1pm

Meeting Room: Arrington Auditorium, 4th Floor, Linn-Henley Building

Speaker:  Yvonne Crumpler, retired department head of the Southern History Department

Program Topic:  American Land Records

Please join us as Yvonne Crumpler, former President of the Birmingham Genealogical Society and the Alabama Genealogical Society and former head of the Southern History Department of the Birmingham Public Library, will give us a presentation on American Land Records. Yvonne will provide a power point program discussing the history of land records with information on public land states and state land states, with a brief explanation of the different type land surveys. Please join us and bring a friend!

BGS Meeting — March 22, 2014 — Using the Legacy Stories Website to Organize and Store your Genealogical Research

The Birmingham Genealogical Society meets the fourth Saturday of each month (ex. Nov. & Dec.) at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are always welcome!

Next meeting: Saturday, March 22nd at 2 p.m.;Board Meeting at 1:00 p.m.

Meeting Room: Arrington Auditorium, 4th Floor, Linn-Henley Building

Speaker:  Suzanna Rawlins, current BGS President

Program Topic:  Using the Legacy Stories Website to Organize and Store your Genealogical Research

Please join us as Suzanna Rawlins, current President of the Birmingham Genealogical Society, will give us a presentation on Legacy Stories – a cool way for us to store our genealogy research online.  Legacy Stories was launched in 2011 as a new and innovative way for genealogists and family historians to gather family history and heritage information and preserve it for future generations. There are no programs to download – this is totally done on line. This website leverages the social networking capabilities of Facebook in a safe and secure environment. It is a GREAT way to organize and store genealogical research, share information with whomever YOU choose to share it with and hopefully empower you to fill in those genealogical blanks by allowing other family members to share your research and add comments of their own.  Another great tool – Talking Photos!  The system easily lets you add your voice to photos you have uploaded.  What a treasure for you to share with future generations – they will be able to hear your voice as you talk about the photos…. The URL for the site is www.leaveyourlegacy.org. Join us for a brand new approach to sharing genealogical information.

BGS Meeting — February 22, 2014 — From Kitchen Gardens to Flora of the Civil War

The Birmingham Genealogical Society meets the fourth Saturday of each month (ex. Nov. & Dec.) at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are always welcome!

Next meeting: Saturday, February 22nd at 2 p.m.;Board Meeting at 1:00 p.m.

Meeting Room: Arrington Auditorium, 4th Floor, Linn-Henley Building

Speaker:  Jason Kirby, Former BGS President and current Archivist at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens Library

Program Topic:  From Kitchen Gardens to Flora of the Civil War

Please join us as Jason Kirby, former BGS President and current archivist at the Archives and Rare Book Room (Birmingham Botanical Gardens), presents “From Kitchen Gardens to Flora of the Civil War.” This presentation covers the different types of southern historic gardens with a focus on kitchen gardens during the Civil War time period. Jason will discuss flora from herbs to common cure-alls, to sweet herbs for hearth and health, to teas and vinegars. See what our ancestors did back in the old days!

Founded in 2008, the Archives and Rare Book Room is located in the library at Birmingham Botanical Gardens on the first floor of the Garden Center. The collection is open to the public Monday-Friday from 9-4 p.m. and on weekends by appointment-only. The Archives and Rare Book Room consist of materials generated by Friends of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, the City of Birmingham, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, various plant groups, garden clubs and societies. The collection consists of scrapbooks, rare books, works progress administration (WPA) records, seed catalogs, garden manuals, manuscripts, Japanese tea ceremony items, plant fossils, Japanese woodblock prints, photographs, minute books, post cards, botanical prints, water color paintings, thesis papers, maps, personal herbarium (plant press book), and garden and botanical ephemera.