BGS Meeting — June 26, 2010 — Rammed Earth Houses: An American Vision in the New Deal

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

Meeting Room: Story Castle on the 2nd Floor

Speaker: Beth Hunter, Graduate Student, UAB

Program Topic: Rammed Earth Houses: An American Vision in the New Deal

This presentation will highlight the Rammed Earth Houses in the Gardendale/Mt. Olive colony. These seven houses are unique in that they are the only such houses built by the government during the New Deal. A brief overview of the colony, colony life and the societal roles men and women played in the colony will be presented. Slides will include the making of a Rammed Earth House and current photos of the houses. Mrs. Hunter will bring a scrapbook of articles for your perusal after her presentation.

Shelby County, Alabama, Celebrates 192nd Birthday, Sunday, February 7th

From the Shelby County Historical Society:

Celebrating the Past, Preparing for the Future
1818-2010

On Sunday, February 7, 2010 Shelby County will turn 192 years old, being named after Isaac Shelby.
The first county seat was located in Shelbyville [now known as Pelham]  and moved in 1826 to Columbia [now known as Columbiana].
The Shelby County Historical Society will host its next Quarterly Meeting on this date [February 7, 2010] beginning at 1:45 pm.with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

In October 1979 there was an election held in Columbiana to determine if the old courthouse would be torn down or restored. It won by one vote to not be destroyed; thus, the Shelby County Commission acquired back its ownership and today this old courthouse that was built in 1854 is the home of the Shelby County Museum & Archives. In 1980 the Shelby County Historical Society, along with the Shelby County Commission, undertook the project of restoring this building to its original structure.

A proud history challenges us to preserve the legacy of Shelby County Alabama. Within the past five years the Shelby County Historical Society acquired financial support through grants and have obtained many more artifacts for this “History Museum.”  With the support of the Shelby County Commission and the Probate Office the Archives have been updated and is now one of the best in the state of Alabama. The original old Shelby County courthouse records are maintained here.

… “A Genealogist and Historian Paradise” …

To celebrate our county’s birthday and the renovation of the Shelby County Museum & Archives many organizations and businesses have joined together to help make this a big event.  The Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and the South Shelby County Chamber of Commerce
will sponsor the ribbon cutting ceremony. The First Baptist Church of Pelham will furnish special music  and the keynote speaker will be our Shelby County Probate Judge Jim Fuhrmeister.

The people of Shelby County are encouraged to come and celebrate this occasion with us.

Refreshments furnished by several Shelby County businesses will be served at various locations. In addition, the birthday cake will be furnished by the City of Pelham and Bud’s Best Cookies will furnish free bags of cookies to the children and youth that are present. Thanks to the Shelby County Reporter and others for their support and advertising of this event.  There will be souvenirs and free tours of the museum.  A plaque will be displayed indicating the business in Shelby County that “custom built” the mahogany display cabinets as well as the names of those organizations that made this project possible through their financial support.

PLEASE COME AND BE A PART OF THIS HISTORIC CELEBRATION.

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.

Alabama Archives Completes Civil War Soldier Index

The wait is finally over! The Alabama Archives has now added the remaining names (surnames beginning with W, X, Y & Z) to the Civil War Soldier Index.

From the website:

This database was created from an 8 x 5 card file maintained by the Alabama Department of Archives and History from the early 1900s until 1982. As staff came across information related to Alabama individuals during the American Civil War, a card was created. Information on individuals exempted from military service, or who served in the militia or home guard, is included. Soldiers from other states that have some connection to Alabama are also included. If new information was discovered from another source, another card was created. Multiple cards for an individual often exist. Sources include muster rolls, governors’ correspondence, veterans’ censuses, manuscript collections, newspapers, and pension records. Names, places and events are often inconsistently spelled. This card file is in no way inclusive. Not every individual who served from Alabama is present in the card file. Every card contains empty fields. Because much of the documentation relating to the Army of Tennessee was lost, soldiers that served in that army tend to be poorly documented. The cards are arranged alphabetically by last name. Since all of this information is available online, the actual cards are closed.

You can search the complete database here.

Happy searching!

June 27, 2009 – BGS Meeting – History of Pinson, Alabama

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, June 27th at 2 p.m. Refreshments at 1:30 p.m.

Speaker: Stanley Moss, Teacher & Pinson Historian

Program Topic: The History of Pinson, Alabama

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

Come join us as we learn the history and development of the City of Pinson, Alabama.

Note:  The presentation by Kermit Dooley on the Gardendale Families has been reschedule to July 25th.

Headstone Repair and Cleaning Workshop

The Chilton Cemetery Association in conjunction with the Alabama Cemetery Preservation Alliance is holding a headstone repair and cleaning workshop at the Rocky Mount Cemetery in Chilton County on June 27, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. This workshop is free and open to all.

Directions:
From I-65, take the 219 Jemison/Thorsby exit and turn east onto County Rd 42 for half a mile. At the four-way intersection, turn left onto County Rd 51 for two miles at which time you’ll go back over the interstate. Continue on County Rd 51 for one mile to the Rocky Mount Cemetery on your right. Ample parking is available.

Contact Kat Reece via email if you have questions.

For additional information and map showing the directions, click here.

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