March 11, 2012 — BAAGSG Meeting — Researching African American Genealogy in Alabama

The Birmingham African-American Genealogy Study Group (BAAGSG) 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, March 11, 2012, 3 p.m.

Program Topic: Researching African American Genealogy in Alabama

Instructor: Donald Debrow

Details: Josephine Martin (205-901-6387) or contact us via e-mail

The program will be an introduction and analysis of the resource guide by Frazine Taylor.

Please come and bring interested historian or genealogist with you. This will be our first official class this year. Come with your list of un-answered questions, be ready to take notes and have you pedigree charts on hand.   If you do not have one, we will be happy to provide one for you.

February 11, 2012 — BAAGSG Bi-Annual Genealogy Exposition — Discovering Our African American Heritage: The Alabama Connection

The Birmingham African American Genealogy Study Group (BAAGSG), a special interest group of the Birmingham Genealogical Society, regularly 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: Saturday, February 11, 2012, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Program Theme: Discovering our African American Heritage:  The Alabama Connection

Guest Speakers:  Mrs. Carol McKinstry, 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing Survivor, and Dr. Robert Davis, Director of Genealogy Department, Wallace State Community College

Additional Information: Wanda Looney, Tel: 205-317-7557 / e-mail  or Chester Summerville, Tel:  205-821-3358 / email

The Expo is FREE and open to the public.  Come join us for food, fun and family history!

December 11, 2011 — BAAGSG Annual Holiday Social

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, December 11, 2011, 3 p.m.

Program Topic: Annual Holiday Social

Details: Josephine Martin (205-901-6387) or contact us via e-mail

Come join us as we celebrate the last class for the year.  This is also your chance to renew your membership. Please bring a dish, beverages, dessert, cups, napkins, or plastic ware. Just let us know what you are bringing by calling Eloise Wormely – 205.923.5551 or Josephine Martin – 205.901.6387.


BAAGSG Class — November 13, 2011 — Planning Meeting for the 2012 Black Heritage Fair

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

Next meeting:  Sunday, November 13th at 3 p.m.

Meeting Room: Third Floor Auditorium (Arrington), Linn-Henley Building

Topic:  Planning meeting for the 2012 Black Heritage Fair

Please plan to attend this very important meeting.  We need your participation and ideas to make the 2012 Black Heritage Fair a success!

Request for 2012 Conference Presentations – Black Belt Genealogy Conference

The following was received from our friends at the Black Belt African American Genealogical and Historical Society. Please contact them with any questions.

Request for 2012 Conference Presentations

The Black Belt African American Genealogical and Historical Society is accepting proposals for presentations at our 6th annual conference and family history fair, February 17 & 18, 2012 in Historic Selma Alabama. The conference location is the Hank Sanders Technology Center at Wallace Community College Selma. The conference format includes a Friday evening pre-conference meet and greet event and Saturday morning and afternoon concurrent sessions with a keynote speaker and awards luncheon and an afternoon plenary session featuring a panel discussion exploring the dynamics of the great migration from the Black Belt and the motivations and consequences for those who left and for those who chose to stay.
Proposed presentations should support the following conference goals:

  • Promote the mission of BBAAGHS and stimulate thought, reflection and dialogue on the inspiration and wisdom to be gained from the knowledge of our heritage and genealogy in terms of present and future action for individuals and/or communities.
  • Explore the proposition that: (1) there are positive and negative remnants of our heritage still impacting the African American community in significant ways; (2) knowledge of the collective African American heritage (as related through individual family histories) can be of benefit for the African American community to overcome the negative remnants and maximize the positive remnants; (3) strategies must be identified and implemented to maximize the positive remnants and overcome the negative remnants of our heritage in order to build a legacy for future generations.

Specific areas of focus for presentations include but are not limited to:
The Black Belt as a Collage of Cultures – the intersection of African American, European and Native American peoples and their contributions, accomplishments and cultural influence on the region
The Black Belt as a Repository of Resources – the wealth of natural, physical, genealogical and historical resources, well –known and little-known;
The Black Belt as a Hallmark of History – the historically significant events of the region that shape past, present and future generations
Proposals must include the following information:

  • Title and brief abstract for a 60-minute presentation including a 10-minute question and answer session
  • Format (PowerPoint, overhead, other )
  • Description of target audience
  • Audio-visual requirements
  • Brief resume of your expertise and experience with presenting the topic you have selected
  • Brief bio and photo for conference brochure (150 word limit)
  • Complete contact information including email address, home and cell number

Presenters receive an honorarium and conference registration. In-state presenter honorarium is $50. Out-of-state presenter honorarium is $100. Travel and lodging expenses are the responsibility of the presenter.
Submit proposals electronically by November 30, 2011 to bbaaghs@bbaaghs.org or mail to the Black Belt African American Genealogical and Historical Society, Inc. at:
BBAAGHS, Inc.
P.O. Box 971
Selma AL 36702
ATTN: 2012 Conference RFP Committee

BAAGSG Class — October 9, 2011 — Bring Your Family Genealogy Project

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, October 9th at 3 p.m.

Meeting Room: Third Floor Auditorium (Arrington), Linn-Henley Building

Instructor:  Donald Debrow

Topic:  Bring Your Family Genealogy Project

Please bring a genealogical project about a family or a person of interest which should include:

  • a 3 -5 minute presentation about a person researched
  • Include the person’s name,
  • why they were selected
  • when and where they lived
  • their relationship to you
  • include any new information about your family revealed through research
  • bring a photo or sketch of the person being researched
  • list sources used in your investigation (ex: oral interviews, government records church records, etc.)

BAAGSG Class — September 11, 2011 — What You Can Do With Familysearch.org for Free

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 11th at 3 p.m.

Meeting Room: Third Floor Auditorium (Arrington), Linn-Henley Building

Topic:  What You Can Do With Familysearch.org for Free

Speaker:  Pat Coleman

Member Spotlight of the Month:  Chester Summerville & Family