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

Legacy Family Tree “Free” Webinars

Legacy Family Tree genealogy software began offering free webinars last year. Even if you cannot attend “live”, you can view/listen for a certain period of time at your convenience after the webinar event; some are even free to view/listen for an unlimited period of time.

Current offerings includes:

Best Internet Resources for African-American Genealogy (free until Sept. 12)
Organizing for Success (Available indefinitely)
The Power of DNA for Unlocking Family Relationships

and many more…

http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/webinars.asp

BAAGSG Class — August 14, 2011 — Using Topographic Maps

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 14th at 3 p.m.

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

Topic:  Using Topographic Maps

Speaker:  John Lanier

Items covered include:

  • A short introduction of the use of GPS (Global Position Satellite System) & how you can use this system for  locating  and documenting address in your research.
  • Using a GPS as a form for documenting research for your work.

PBS Series – Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on “Black in Latin America”

Henry Louis Gates’ PBS TV Series Black in Latin America Runs April 19 to May 10, 2011

Henry Louis Gates’ PBS TV Series Black in Latin America

Runs April 19 to May 10, 2011

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/black-in-latin-america/?gclid=CLyH4r6xqKgCFawQNAodQGn6lA

April 19, 2011-Black in Latin America | Haiti & The Dominican Republic: An Island Divided in the Dominican Republic, Professor Gates explores how race has been socially constructed in a society whose people reflect centuries of inter-marriage, and how the country’s troubled history with Haiti informs notions about racial classification. In Haiti, Professor Gates tells the story of the birth of the first-ever black republic, and finds out how the enslaved people’s hard fought liberation over Napoleon Bonaparte’s French Empire became a double-edged sword.

Check your local PBS listings for series episodes and showtimes at:

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/black-in-latin-america/?gclid=CLyH4r6xqKgCFawQNAodQGn6lA

March 13, 2011 — BAAGSG Meeting — The Search for Information On Your Family

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, March 13, 2011, 3 p.m.

Program Topic: The Search for Information On Your Family

Special Guest: Ms. Annette Lanier

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

The program will discuss some sources you many use when searching for information on your family of interest:

1.  Family Stories/Family Documents, etc.

2.  U.S. Census’

3.  State Census’

4.  City/County Census’ and Directories

5. Death Records