BGS Meeting — April 2011 — Meeting Canceled

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 (and BGS) Featured on “Good Day Alabama”

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

BGS Meeting — October 23, 2010 – Annual October Family History Project Fair

The Birmingham Genealogical Society meets the fourth Saturday of each month (ex. Nov. & Dec.) in the Arrington Auditorium at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are always welcome!

Next meeting: Saturday, October 23rd at 2 p.m.; Refreshments at 1:30 p.m.

Program Topic: The 44th Annual October Family History Project Fair

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

It’s time for the 44th Annual October Family History Project Fair and you are invited! It’s time to plan for your exhibit – some ideas to consider for an exhibit are old family photos, clothing worn by an ancestor, family histories, articles owned by an ancestor or articles made by an ancestor. You may begin setting up your display at 1:00 p.m. You must be a BGS member to enter your project. We will also have a used book and magazine sale!

Take the BPL Southern History Department’s Survey

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 included in the “50 Best Blogs for Genealogy Geeks” published by

BGS received an email from 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 for including our little blog with the “heavyweights” of genealogy blogs.