BAAGSG Class — April 14, 2013 — Analyzing Census Entries

The Birmingham African-American Genealogy Study Group (BAAGSG), a special interest group of the Birmingham Genealogical Society, meets the second Sunday of each month (ex. May and November) in the Arrington Auditorium at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are welcome!

Next meeting:  Sunday, April 14th at 3 p.m.

Meeting PlaceBirmingham Central Library, Arrington Auditorium

Topic:  Analyzing Census Entries

Instructor:  Donald Debrow

 

Symposium “Know Who You Are Through DNA” — February 9, 2013

From our friends at the Birmingham African American Genealogy Study Group:

Please join us on Saturday, February 9th for a presentation titled, “Know Who You Are Through DNA” featuring the renowned DNA scientist Dr. Rick Kittles. Dr. Kittles has appeared on the PBS series ‘African American Lives’ and ‘Finding Your Roots’. He is the co-founder of African Ancestry.com (http//www.africanancestry.com) and is the leading scientist in the development of the DNA database which connects us to our African tribal roots.

Please support this special event and bring a friend. The event will take place this Saturday at the Rosa Parks Museum Auditorium, 252 Montgomery Street, Montgomery, AL 36104. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Bill Foster 334-322-0824 (Montgomery) or Josephine Martin (Birmingham) 205 901-6387

Hosted by AAGS and the Birmingham African American Genealogy Study Group.

BAAGSG Class — September 9, 2012 — Using Process of Elimination in Your Search for Ancestors

The Birmingham African-American Genealogy Study Group (BAAGSG), a special interest group of the Birmingham Genealogical Society, meets the second Sunday of each month (ex. May and November) in the Arrington Auditorium at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are welcome!

Next meeting:  Sunday, September 9th at 3 p.m.

Meeting PlaceBirmingham Central Library, Arrington Auditorium

Topic:  Using Process of Elimination in Your Search for Ancestors

Instructor:  Donald Debrow

 

BAAGSG Class — August 12, 2012 — Using FamilySearch

The Birmingham African-American Genealogy Study Group (BAAGSG), a special interest group of the Birmingham Genealogical Society, meets the second Sunday of each month (ex. May and November) in the Arrington Auditorium at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are welcome!

Next meeting:  Sunday, August 12th at 3 p.m.

Meeting Place: LDS Family History Center

Topic:  Using FamilySearch

Speaker:  Pat Coleman

Note:  This month’s meeting will be held at the LDS Family History Center on Altadena Road.  Click the link above for the full address and directions.

July 28, 2012 Program Summary

Our speaker for the July 28th meeting was Karen Utz, Curator/Historian at the Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark.  Mrs. Utz presentation was titled “A Sense of Place: The African-American Women of Sloss Quarters.” (Note:  Ms. Utz updated the title.)  If you missed out on a monograph of the topic at the meeting, you will be happy to know that you can read the full research paper on which the program by downloading the document here from the Sloss Furnaces website.

If you were unable to attend, you missed a great presentation.  We are still confirming the August speaker.  We will update the blog as soon as it is confirmed.

BGS Meeting — July 28, 2012 — Goin’ North, the African-American Women of Sloss Quarters

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, July 28th at 2 p.m.; Board Meeting at 1:15 p.m.

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

Speaker:  Karen Utz,  Curator/Historian at the Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark

Program Topic: Goin’ North, the African-American Women of Sloss Quarters

Karen Utz is the Curator/Historian at the Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark.    Goin’ North: The African American Women of Sloss Quarters will focus on the traditions
and customs the mothers, wives and daughters of ex-sharecroppers brought with them to the urban industrial landscape of Sloss Furnaces and its company housing, Sloss Quarters.   A 30 page monograph (plus 10 pages of citations) will be provided to those in attendance.

BPL Event — June 25, 2012 — Birmingham Public Library Explores Michelle Obama’s Inspiring Family History

From Our Friends at the Birmingham Public Library:

Press Release

Birmingham Public Library Explores Michelle Obama’s Inspiring Family History

Birmingham, Alabama—Birmingham Bound presents author Rachel L. Swarns discussing her book American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama. The event will be held on Monday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Richard Arrington, Jr. Auditorium at the Central Library located at 2100 Park Place. A remarkable history of First Lady Michelle Obama’s mixed ancestry, American Tapestry by Rachel L. Swarns is nothing less than a breathtaking and expansive portrait of America itself. In this extraordinary feat of genealogical research—in the tradition of The Hemmingses of Monticello and Slaves in the Family—author Swarns, a respected Washington-based reporter for the New York Times, tells the fascinating and hitherto untold story of Ms. Obama’s black, white, and multiracial ancestors; a history that the First Lady herself did not know.  At once epic, provocative, and inspiring, American Tapestry is more than a true family saga; it is an illuminating mirror in which we may all see ourselves.

The Birmingham Public Library will be one of the first stops on Rachel Swarns’ national book tour, which includes signings at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center, Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C., and the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

Rachel L. Swarns has been a reporter for the New York Times since 1995. She has written about domestic policy and national politics, reporting on immigration, the presidential campaigns of 2004 and 2008, and First Lady Michelle Obama and her role in the Obama White House. She has also worked overseas for the New York Times, reporting from Russia, Cuba, and southern Africa, where she served as the Johannesburg bureau chief. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two children.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

The Birmingham Bound lecture series highlights authors who researched their books in the Birmingham Public Library Archives.