BGS Meeting — January 23, 2010 — Who is Buried at the Birmingham Country Club?

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

Next meeting: Saturday, January 23rd at 2 p.m.; Refreshments at 1:30 p.m.

Speakers:  Jim Anderson & Charlie Harris

Program Topic: Who is Buried at the Birmingham Country Club?

Details: www.birminghamgenealogy.org or BPL-Southern History Dept. at (205) 226-3665

Proving a local doctor’s claim started a search for the identity of graves in a mysterious small cemetery plot.  Research by Jim Anderson and Charlie Harris has led to discoveries connecting presumed slave descendants to property on which now sits Health South’s corporate headquarters.  Along the way a picture of life in Shades Valley during the turn of the century comes into focus.  Such notable family names as Tannehill, Blach, Bearden, and McElwain crop up in the findings along with lesser known families of Johnson, Cammack, and Raburn.  The search involved plotting property boundaries, identifying long-lost travelways and reconstructing chains-of-title from modern-day maps back to the original land patent deed grants.

Come see how the dots connect, and help us with dots that don’t.

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