Have you updated your e-mail address with BGS lately?

All Members,

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:

Contact Us

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.

Thank you,

Melissa Hogan
BGS President

BGS’ Oldest Member Celebrates 100th Birthday

Mary Cochran, long time member and supporter of BGS, turned 100 last weekend. Many relatives and friends helped Mary celebrate the big day. Locally, she is known as the “Historian of Pinson”.

The front page of the Friday edition of “The Pinson News” carried her photo and an article about her birthday celebration. The article indicates that photos and video from the party with later be placed on the website in the “PinsonTV” section.

Click here to see the front page (subscribers can enlarge the image).

Click here to go to the “PinsonTV” portion of the website.

Happy Birthday, Mary!  All of your friends at BGS wish you many, many more.

BGS celebrates 50th Anniversary

The Birmingham Genealogical Society was organized on March 15, 1959. It was organized exclusively for educational and research purposes, and to foster preservation of genealogical and historical material.

This year we celebrate our 50th anniversary. The celebration will take place on March 21, 2009 at the Birmingham Public Library, Linn-Henley Building . All members and friends are invited to help us celebrate this occasion at 1:00 pm in the Arrington Auditorium on the third floor. Refreshments will be served.

Please mark your calendars now and join us March 21st.

Shelby County Reporter Added to BPL Obituary Indexing Project

Okay, this one will be brief. I checked today to see if BPL had updated the obituary indexes lately (they have been back to January 1939 for several weeks) and I saw that they had added a NEW newspaper to the indexing project.

Shelby County Reporter
* Current coverage
* January 1938 – December 1938
* 82 entries

The Shelby County Reporter was published in Columbiana, Shelby County, Alabama. This a much welcome addition to the project.

You can search the index at:

BPL Obituary Index

Also don’t forget that BGS’s 50th birthday is in March!  We will celebrate with friends new and old on March 21st.  More information is to come!

Billy Gamble, WW2 veteran, Gets Honor Flight

Long-time BGS member, Billy Gamble, was honored for his WW2 service last month (October 2008) with a honor flight to the World War 2 Memorial in Washington D. C.  Read the article in Monday’s Birmingham News (November 10, 2008) about Mr. Gamble’s service here.

See the FOX6 news story video about the Honor Flight from Blount County here – Mr. Gamble is very prominent in the story.

To view the World War 2 stories of other Alabama veterans or to suggest someone to be interviewed, check out this website. Continue reading

Until We Meet Again, Dr. Tom Caldwell (updated)

Dr. Tom Caldwell
Dr. Tom Caldwell

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of the passing of Dr. Tom Caldwell and his daughter, Cathryn Caldwell, on October 20th.  Dr. Tom was “one in a million”.  A shining star in our midst that cannot be easily replaced.  Dr. Tom was a long-time member of BGS, serving as Curator for the past several years.

Dr. Tom will be missed by all.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

UPDATE:  Article in today’s (10/22/2008) Birmingham New’s regarding Dr. Tom and the accident.  Click here to read.

UPDATE#2 10/22/2008:  There will be a memorial service for Dr. Tom and Cathy on Saturday, October 25th at 11 a.m. Canterberry Methodist Church, 350 Overbrook Road, Birmingham, AL 35213.

Visitation is Friday 5-7 p.m. at Canterberry Methodist Church in the Social Hall.

UPDATE #3 10/24/2008:  Dr. Tom and Cathy’s obituaries are online in today’s Birmingham News.  Click here to view Dr. Tom’s obituary and click here to view Cathy’s obituary.