It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of the passing of our oldest member at age 102, Mary Johnson Cochran, on Wednesday, September 28th. Mrs. Cochran has been long time member and supporter of BGS during its 50+ years of existence.
Arrangements are still pending. We will update the blog when we have this information.
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.
BPL Southern History was featured this morning (3/23/2011) on “Good Day Alabama” on Fox6 in Birmingham. Ben Petersen, Head of the Collection, and Mary Beth Newbill gave information about the department’s collection. Ben invited BGS and BAAGSG to do a segment with Jeh Jeh from “Good Day Alabama” during the time allotted. If you saw it, both John Lanier (BAAGSG) and me (Melissa Hogan) will be signing autographs… just kidding!!
I would like to thank Ben Petersen and the folks at BPL for giving us a venue to promote both BGS and BAAGSG.
Link below is to one of the segments filmed this morning (3/23/2011).
A Good Day for Genealogy
Martha Rogers Burchfield, long-time active BGS member, passed away January 18, 2011. Her obituary is in the Friday edition (21 January 2011) of the Birmingham News. Please remember her family in your prayers.
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Ernest S. Hansberger Jr., long-time BGS member and past Treasurer of BGS, passed away December 6, 2010. His obituary is in the Wednesday edition (8 December 2010) of the Birmingham News. Please remember his family in your prayers.
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The Birmingham Public Library’s Southern History Department is planning a series of advanced genealogy classes for the public. Classes will focus on specific areas of research (land records, census records, etc.) and will be taught by the library staff. Since this project is still in the early stages, they have asked for our help. A survey is up and ready to go at
The survey is short (10 questions). Please help Ben Petersen and the Southern History staff by taking this survey.
BGS received an email from OnlineUniversities.com on May 20th:
We wanted to let you know that we featured your blog in one of our recent articles on our own blog. (50 Best Blogs for Genealogy Geeks) is linked below and could be a fun way to share this announcement with your readers.
Thanks again for your time, and keep up the good work!
We are listed under the “NEWS” section. Thanks to onlineuniversities.com for including our little blog with the “heavyweights” of genealogy blogs.
Did you know BGS had a Facebook page?
BGS Facebook Page
About six months ago due to rising publication/mailing costs, we began to send our monthly newsletter via e-mail to those members who had provided us with an e-mail address. We still do not have e-mail addresses for many members. I know that some of our members do not have e-mail addresses, but there are several on the list that I believe do.
Please help us reduce our costs as we are still mailing the newsletters to those who have not provided an e-mail address. You will still receive the monthly newsletter – just via e-mail.
Please send your name and e-mail address to us at the following address:
Also we have not received dues for 2010 for many members. We will be mailing the magazine (Pioneer Trails) shortly to all who have renewed in 2010. If you are unsure if we have received your 2010 dues, contact us and we can check for you.