September 12, 2010 — BAAGSG Meeting — Correcting Incorrect Conclusions

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 12, 2010, 3 p.m.

Program Topics: “Correcting Incorrect Conclusions” and “Methods of Informing Relatives of Incorrect History”

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

Save the date — More details to follow!

August 8, 2010 — BAAGSG Meeting — Tracing Slave 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, August 8, 2010, 3 p.m.

Speaker: Roland Barksdale-Hall, MLS, MLLS, MA

Program Topic: Tracing Slave Ancestors

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

Mr. Barksdale-Hall has performed his one-person act, “Wilson’s Ashes,” based upon the life of his enslaved ancestor across the country. He is president of Jah Kente International, Washington, DC. He is founder of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) and past executive director, has been researching the black family for more than 25 years.

Barksdale-Hall was a guest expert in Safe Harbor: the Underground Railroad and consulted for Donna Beasley’s book, Family Pride (Macmillan 1997). Chosen by the American Library Association as a top ten resource for Black History Month, the documentary was produced by Mainstreet Media and aired on PBS. He has taught history at Butler County Community College and is the author of African Americans in Mercer County (Arcadia Books, 2009). He is a national interactive storyteller and author of the children’s picture book Under African Skies (Nefu Books, 2010). He has also been interviewed on the news and many local broadcasts. He recently appeared on WKBN TV-27 First News Interview along with illustrator Bill Murray about his children’s picture book (for interview, visit: http://www.wkbn.com/content/features/interviews/story/First-News-this-Morning-Under-African-Skies/8oWgjHZb90eNkt-T0e0vuw.cspx).  The “Stories by Brother Barksdale” Series promote valuable life lessons.

Barksdale-Hall’s book, African-American Family’s Guide to Tracing Our Roots: Healing, Understanding & Restoring Our Families (Amber Books, 2005) was selected for the National Archives’ Ethnic Heritage Bibliography and is now in its second printing. His chapters, “The Black Family,” “Slave Status and Inheritance,” “Entrepreneurs: Nineteenth Century,” “Black Cartoonists,” and “Daisy Lampkin” are in the Encyclopedia of African American History (Oxford University Press, 2009). His chapter on esteemed Birmingham inventor and former slave, “Andrew Jackson Beard” is in The African American National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2008). His chapter, “Juneteenth” appears in Africa and the Americas (ABC-CLIO, 2008).

Barksdale-Hall has received many honors including Phi Alpha Theta National Honor Society, Lifetime Membership, and National History Award both from the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society. He has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Pan African Studies, Journal of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society and is the past editor of The Black Caucus of the American Library Association Newsletter. He is former vice president of The Buckeye Review. In 2009 he received the Blue, Gold and Black: Color of Achievement Award from the University of Pittsburgh for his research and efforts documenting the first African American graduate, which corrected the University’s official history.

At the National Conference of African American Librarian Mr. Barksdale-Hall also will present and be signing his children’s picture book Under African Skies at the Birmingham Convention Center on Friday, August 6 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

February 13, 2010 — BAAGSG Meeting – Black Heritage Genealogy 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 (ex. May and November) in the Arrington Auditorium at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are welcome!

Next meeting: Saturday, February 13, 2010,
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Exhibit), 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. (Program)

Program Topic: 10th Annual Black Heritage Genealogy Fair

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

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

New Genealogy “Reality” Series Coming to BYU TV

A new “reality” series is coming to BYU Television. The series starts on January 11, 2010 and is titled “The Generations Project.” The following description is from the website:

The Generations Project is a new reality series that helps those who have questions about their family history investigate their own identities by walking in the shoes of their ancestors. As they undertake these journeys, they often uncover the hidden identities in family pasts, and come to see that in many cases the best way to know who you are is to know who you came from.

See the promo for the show here.

A schedule of the upcoming shows is found here.

If you do not get BYU Television, you may be able to view online with a high-speed internet connection – see here.

“Faces of America” Coming in February to PBS

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. of African American Lives I & II fame returns again to PBS with a show that explores the history of 12 “renowned” and diverse Americans.  As we have come to expect, he uses the latest tools of genealogy and genetics with some surprising twists and turns.  (I can’t wait!)

The series premieres nationally Wednesdays, February 10 – March 3, 2010 from 8-9 p.m. ET [7-8 p.m. CST] on PBS.

See the trailer for the show on the PBS website:

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/facesofamerica/

December 13, 2009 — BAAGSG Meeting — How to Use Research & DNA to Unravel Your Family History

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 13, 2009, 3 p.m.

Guest Speaker: John F. Baker Jr., author of The Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation

Program Topic: How to Use Research & DNA to Unravel Your Family History

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

Genealogy Expert John F. Baker Jr., author of The Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation, unravels YOUR FAMILY history. In seventh grade Baker discovered the story of his ancestors by accident when he saw a photograph of four former slaves in social studies book. Now for more than thirty years, he has been using his vast knowledge and research techniques to conduct seminars, workshops, and presentations around the country to teach others how to unravel their family histories.

September 26, 2009 — BGS Meeting — Family of Thomas T. Hillman

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, September 26th at 2 p.m. Refreshments at 1:30 p.m.

Speaker: Mary Taylor, BGS 1st Vice-President

Program Topic: The Family of Thomas T. Hillman

Details: Contact us via email or BPL-Southern History Dept. at (205) 226-3665

Thomas T. Hillman was president of the Tennessee, Coal, Iron & Railroad Company. He  made a donation equivocal to $20,000 in the early years of what later became “Hillman Hospital” (now part of UAB) which allowed the hospital to remain open.  Read more about Hillman Hospital, TCI & see a photo of Thomas T. Hillman in the Encyclopedia of Alabama online.

May 17, 2009 – BAAGSG Meeting – Discovery of Slave Quarters at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park

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, May 17, 2009, 3 p.m.

Guest Speaker: Jack Bergstresser, Ph.D., Director of Iron & Steel Museum of Alabama, Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park

Program Topic: Discovery of Slave Quarters at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park

Details: BPL-Southern History Dept. at (205) 226-3665 or contact us via e-mail

For more inforrmation about the topic, please see:

Slave Quarters Dig at Tannehill

Iron and Steel Museum of Alabama

April 19, 2009 BAAGSG Meeting – Hunting for Your Cherokee Princess

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 19th, 3 p.m.

Guest Speaker: Robert Scott Davis, Professor of Genealogy, Geography, & History, Wallace State College, Hanceville, Alabama

Program Topic: Hunting for Your Cherokee Princess

Details: BPL-Southern History Dept. at (205) 226-3665 or contact us via e-mail

We will explore Myths and Realities of Native American Research.