Applications for the Jean Thomason Scholarship for IGHR are due by December 1, 2013,

From our Friends at IGHR:

Applications for the Jean Thomason Scholarship for IGHR are due by December 1, 2013, and will be reviewed by a Samford University Library committee. The winner will be announced in January.

Please include the following in your application:

* Name * Address * Email * Phone * The name of the Library where you are employed * The length of time you have worked in a library * The average number of hours (monthly) spent working with patrons * The name of the course you plan to attend (2014 Course offerings available at http://www4.samford.edu/schools/ighr/IGHR_courses.html) * In 500 words or less (1 printed page), a description of how participation in this course will benefit your patrons * A letter of support from a supervisor or colleague

Please send your application:

Via email to: jszurek@samford.edu

Via regular mail to: Thomason Scholarship Samford University Library 800 Lakeshore Drive Birmingham, AL 35229

For more information or to submit your application via email, visit the IGHR website at http://www4.samford.edu/schools/ighr/IGHR_scholarship.html.

Upcoming BPL Program — “Getting the Most Out of the Census: Finding Ancestry Clues in Census Records, 1790 – 1940″

From our friends at the BPL Southern History Department:

Getting the Most Out of the Census: Finding Ancestry Clues in Census Records, 1790 – 1940

The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) Southern History Department is hosting a workshop presented by Frazine Taylor on digging deeper into the information found in the censuses that even seasoned researchers overlook.

Ms. Taylor is the retired Head of Reference for the Alabama Department of Archives and History with over twenty years of experience as a librarian, archivist, lecturer, and writer. She is the author of “Researching Your African American Ancestor: A Resource Guide.” One among Taylor’s many honors is working on Tom Joyner’s and Linda Johnson Rice’s segments in the PBS series, “African American Lives 2.”

This workshop does not require registration. Contact the Southern History Department of BPL at 205-226-3665 for more information.

Event:  “Getting the Most Out of the Census: Finding Ancestry Clues in Census Records, 1790 – 1940”
Presenter:  Frazine Taylor
Date:  Saturday, June 30, 2012
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Place:  Central Library, Arrington Auditorium
Cost:  Free
Registration:  Not required

Ancestry.com Celebrates 15th Anniversary with Contest Giveaway

Ancestry.com is celebrating its 15th year online with a contest giveaway, “15 Days of Discovery.”  Each day between now and October 15th you can enter to win a daily prize (see terms and conditions of contest for each daily prize until Oct 14th).  The October 15th prize will be cumulative all your entries and some lucky person will win the Grand Prize to go “behind the scenes” with Lisa Kudrow from “Who Do You Think You Are?”

You can read more about the contest, view a timeline and read profiles of long-time Ancestry.com employees by clicking the link below.

Contest Link

Good Luck!

Upcoming BPL Program — “Researching Your Family’s Roots: Family History Resources on the Internet”

Researching Your Family’s Roots: Family History Resources on the Internet

The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) is hosting a workshop presented by Frazine Taylor on how to use the Internet to find family history resources. Taylor is the retired Head of Reference for the Alabama Department of Archives and History with over twenty years of experience as a librarian, archivist, lecturer, and writer. She is the author of “Researching Your African American Ancestor: A Resource Guide.” One among Taylor’s many honors is working on Tom Joyner’s and Linda Johnson Rice’s segments in the PBS series, “African American Lives 2.”

This workshop focuses on the Internet as a tool or research technique that could save any researcher time, or prevent wasted efforts when searching the World Wide Web. The workshop will cover:

* Introduction to several search engines with uses for family history
* How to use search operators to fine tune search results
* How to use social media for family history
* Other aspects of online sources for family research

This workshop does not require registration. Contact the Southern History Department of BPL at 205-226-3665 or askgenlocal for more information.

Event: **“Researching Your Family’s Roots: Family History Resources on the Internet”**
Presenter: Frazine Taylor
Date: **Saturday, June 4, 2011*
Time: **9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.*
Place: Central Library, Arrington Auditorium
Cost: Free
Registration: Not required*