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, March 24th at 2 p.m.; Board Meeting at 1:15 p.m.
Meeting Room: Arrington Auditorium, 4th Floor, Linn-Henley Building
Speaker: Miriam Fowler
Program Topic: Counterfeiters in Alabama
Many early Alabama settlers were running from something in a checkered past looking for a new start. When Tom Davis arrived in Alabama he was not looking to change his ways but he was running from the law in Georgia. He had broken jail in 1816 in Warren County after being arrested for passing counterfeit money and found refuge in Brown’s Valley in Blount County among the renegade Creeks, Cherokees and white outlaws hiding from the law. From newspaper accounts giving warnings of the circulation of bogus money, it is believed that Davis worked his counterfeit gang all up and down the East Coast in the early 1800s. By his own words, “he had been 38 years engaged in that business during which time he had made from $600,000 to $1,000,000.” Some of the men associated with him and Alabama may have been involved in other places as well, but maybe seem to have been a personal charisma that drew to him all that had a bent for larceny. So it was not difficult to find men to help him operate his counterfeiting ring in Alabama. Please join us as Miriam Fowler presents “Counterfeiters in Alabama.”
While we were all busy celebrating the holidays with family and friends, the folks at Familysearch.org were busy posting new collections of data. You can see all the recent collections here:
One that will be of interest of most viewing this blog are the “Alabama, County Estate Records…” — not every county is represented at this time, but there are enough to allow you to spend days downloading and viewing estate records. The records in this collection seem to be from the microfilm of the “Loose Records Project” completed in all counties just a few years ago. The records are not fully searchable, but are organized by County and Last Name. I have noticed in more than one county that the papers imaged under a particular name, may not always be for that individual. Of course, there are the “mixing” of same names, but I have also seen a Robinson estate mixed in with the estate of a Williams. Additionally, check for records filmed under the name of the administrator/executor or even under the heirs.
Alabama, County Estate Records
Good luck and happy searching!
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 email@example.com or mail to the Black Belt African American Genealogical and Historical Society, Inc. at:
P.O. Box 971
Selma AL 36702
ATTN: 2012 Conference RFP Committee
The following was received from our friends at the Alabama Genealogical Society.
October 20, 2011
From eleven microfilm reels, AGS member Caroline Horton has finished transcribing a twenty-five page index of 556 Walker County Probate Court estate case files. Her computer file included 1,009 primary key names of decedents and estate administrators, and numerous heirs and legatees. They have been added to the LRPW database that now has 57,322 searchable names culled from loose court papers of twenty-four Alabama counties.
Supplemental index-keys are included to cover variations in spelling and to enhance the use of wild-card searches. As with other entries in the LRPW database, a found record will also report the probate date-range of each case and the reference number of the film reel available at the Alabama Dept. of Archives & History in Montgomery and FamilySearch Centers worldwide.
To read more about the LRPW project and to search the database visit http://www.lrp.algensoc.org.
For an example of a record, click on the Search Index button in the banner at the top of the LRPW home page.
On the search page enter the surname Hutto (in SEARCH ALL COUNTIES).
From the list of “hits” click on Hutto,, E. S. in Walker County.
The University of South Alabama is close to completing a survey of the 250 mile “Old Federal Road.”
Organization: Shelby County Historical Society, www.schsociety.org
Quarterly Meeting: Sunday, August 7, 2011 ~ 2:00pm
Location: Held at the 1854 Old Courthouse in Columbiana, Alabama
Speaker: Nancy Dupree, Senior Archivist, Alabama Department of Archives & History
Topic: Want to know more about Family History Research? Nancy will introduce you to the records and resources available and provide tips on how to use them to learn about your family history.
Reception & Refreshments Following the Meeting
IN ADDITION WILL BE THE FOURTH ANNUAL COMMUNITIES OF SHELBY COUNTY SHOWCASE
Showcase your community, family, school, church or cemetery with a display.Set-up display space is available for only six tables … reserve your space quickly! Showcase Reservation Deadline is August 2, 2011. Call the Shelby County Historical Society office at (205) 669-3912 between 9am – 3 pm Monday thru Friday for additional information and to reserve your display table. Exhibitors may begin set-up of their table at 1:00pm and no later than 1:30pm on the day of the meeting. Bring your own tablecloth [tables are 2' wide x 4' long].Exhibitors may park between the curb and yellow-street-line at side of building to unload, but must then park their vehicle in the parking lot after they are finished unloading.
Shelby County Historical Society, Inc. | P.O. Box 457 | 1854 Old Courthouse | Columbiana, AL 35051 | (205) 669-3912
The Alabama Genealogical Society (AGS) has started a blog for sharing inquiries and personal experiences about the April 27th tornadoes.
In a letter to the members:
As most of you know Alabama was raked by numerous deadly tornados yesterday leaving an historic amount of damage, displacement and loss of communications and power to many in our state. Some of your friends and families may have been affected. Several of us at AGS have had inquiries about our members, or information that some wish us to get out to others.
In an effort to do that we have set up a blog for sharing inquiries and personal experiences with each other. The blog is temporary and will remain up only as long as there is a use for it. And, since we are new at blogging, it may undergo changes as we assess it’s operation.
Please visit http://tornado-info.blogspot.com/
Due to conflicts with the AGS Seminar on April 16th and Easter the weekend of April 23rd, there will be no BGS meeting in the month of April. Our next meeting will be May 21, 2011. The May meeting will be our annual “Walking Tour”. This year’s tour will be to the Karl C. Harrison Museum of George Washington in Columbiana (Shelby County). Stay tuned for more details.
I hope to see everyone at the Alabama Genealogical Society Seminar at Samford University on April 16, 2011. For details on how to register, click here.
The Alabama Department of Archives & History (ADAH) is facing potential deep cuts in funding again. See the link below for details on the cuts:
Alabama History at Risk: Can You Help?
If you are a resident of the state of Alabama, please consider contacting your legislator about the proposed budget cuts.