Legacy Family Tree FREE Webinar — Building a Family Tree from Circumstantial Evidence — 29 August 2012

Legacy Family Tree Webinars are offered by Millenia Corporation, makers of the family tree software, Legacy Family Tree.  The next FREE webinar is August 29, 2012 given by Judy G. Russell, CG, on “Building a Family Tree from Circumstantial Evidence.”  You can register for the webinar here.  I recommend registering even if the time is not convenient as the webinars are available as FREE recorded sessions after the live event for several days.

Other upcoming and previously recorded webinars can be found here.

1940 U.S. Census Community Project Complete!!

Our friends at FamilySearch announced last night that the indexing and arbitration of the 1940 U.S. Census is now complete!  It will take a few weeks for all the remaining states to come online, but when it is done we will have (2) independent indexes for the 1940 Census– Ancestry.com and the Familysearch.org (shared by many other sites).  (Maybe when the all states come online from the FamilySearch indexing project  I will finally find my grandfather’s brothers!)

Don’t despair if you are sad that there are no records to index.  Familysearch.org is starting another “Community Project” — the US Immigration & Naturalization Community Project. This project will index passenger lists from all the major US ports, so there will be something in this project for everyone. Just look for the “US (Community Project)” label on all record sets belonging to this new project.

Read the full news release here from FamilySearch.org.

I would personally like to say “THANK YOU” to all the contributors who supported the Birmingham Genealogical Society in the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project.  I hope we can continue to index as a group supporting the other “Community Projects.”  I will post the “final” statistics of the records indexed and arbitrated for the group during the 1940 Census project later on the BGS Facebook page.  If you would like to join the group and index other Community Projects, you can find details on how to join and get started here.

1940 Census Index Complete at Ancestry.com

From Ancestry.com:

It’s DONE!!!!

Last night, we added the final states and territories to our 1940 U.S. Census index. Now you can search for anyone in the United States by name in the 1940 U.S. Census on Ancestry.com—regardless of which state or territory they lived in.

More census news

While we were busy adding our 1940 Census index, we also added a new feature to certain census records on Ancestry.com—highlighted fields complete with transcriptions making it easier than ever to see exactly who you’re looking at and follow answers across a page. Currently, this feature is available only on the 1940 and 1930 U.S. Censuses and the 1911 UK census but look for it elsewhere on the site in the not-too-distant future.

Up next…

We’ll have more census news for you coming soon as well as details about other soon-to-launch historical records and features on Ancestry.com. But for now, stop reading. And start searching!

BPL Event — June 25, 2012 — Birmingham Public Library Explores Michelle Obama’s Inspiring Family History

From Our Friends at the Birmingham Public Library:

Press Release

Birmingham Public Library Explores Michelle Obama’s Inspiring Family History

Birmingham, Alabama—Birmingham Bound presents author Rachel L. Swarns discussing her book American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama. The event will be held on Monday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Richard Arrington, Jr. Auditorium at the Central Library located at 2100 Park Place. A remarkable history of First Lady Michelle Obama’s mixed ancestry, American Tapestry by Rachel L. Swarns is nothing less than a breathtaking and expansive portrait of America itself. In this extraordinary feat of genealogical research—in the tradition of The Hemmingses of Monticello and Slaves in the Family—author Swarns, a respected Washington-based reporter for the New York Times, tells the fascinating and hitherto untold story of Ms. Obama’s black, white, and multiracial ancestors; a history that the First Lady herself did not know.  At once epic, provocative, and inspiring, American Tapestry is more than a true family saga; it is an illuminating mirror in which we may all see ourselves.

The Birmingham Public Library will be one of the first stops on Rachel Swarns’ national book tour, which includes signings at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center, Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C., and the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

Rachel L. Swarns has been a reporter for the New York Times since 1995. She has written about domestic policy and national politics, reporting on immigration, the presidential campaigns of 2004 and 2008, and First Lady Michelle Obama and her role in the Obama White House. She has also worked overseas for the New York Times, reporting from Russia, Cuba, and southern Africa, where she served as the Johannesburg bureau chief. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two children.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

The Birmingham Bound lecture series highlights authors who researched their books in the Birmingham Public Library Archives.

The Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference August 29 – September 1, 2012 in Birmingham, Alabama

The next Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists takes place in Birmingham, Alabama from August 29 – September 1, 2012. Indians, Squatters, Settlers and Soldiers in the ‘Old Southwestis the conference theme and it is hosted by the Alabama Genealogical Society (AGS).

This year’s FGS conference offers an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in researching their family history. Over 175 educational sessions and 13 luncheons are designed to balance the needs of genealogists at all levels, exploring a variety of records, strategies, and other tools available to those interested in researching their family history. Special sessions include a wide variety targeting members and leaders of genealogical and historical societies. In addition, special events, such as the Alabama Genealogical Society Opening Social at the Alabama Theater, the FGS Evening Social at the historic Sloss Furnaces, Spotlight on Societies, and daily sponsored lectures provide an excellent environment to meet and network with others interested in family history and genealogy.

Registration for the FGS Conference is open.  If one registers prior to July 2, 2012 the registration fee is $195.00 for the full conference.   For registrations July 2, 2012 and later, the registration fee will be $245.00 for the full conference. People can register for one or two days if they wish to do so.  See http://www.algensoc.org/fgs/FGS-AGS.html for more information.   You can also stay “up to date” on conference news at the FGS conference blog:  http://www.fgsconferenceblog.org/.

AGS is still looking for volunteers to help with registration, technology troubleshooting, room monitors, exhibit hall and other conference activities.  Volunteering may also save you money on your registration.  You can find out more information here or sign up here.

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

BGS Meeting — May 26, 2012 — The Era of Patent Medicines

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, May 26th at 2 p.m.; Board Meeting at 1:15 p.m.

Meeting Room: Arrington Auditorium, 4th Floor, Linn-Henley Building

Speaker:  Michael A. Flannery, Associate Director of Historical Collections at UAB

Program Topic: The Era of Patent Medicines

It is hard for most of us to imagine a world without the Food & Drug Administration, no knowledge of bacteria and germs, and lack of qualified medical practitioners, but that was the case 100-150 years ago.  Mr. Flannery will discuss both the myths and the facts of the era of patent medicines in the United States.

Michael Flannery is the author of 8 books, most recently Alfred Russel Wallace: A Rediscovered Life (2011). Most of his research and published work has been in the history of pharmacy. In 2007 he edited and reissued Nicholas Culpeper’s English Physician, which he published with the University of Alabama Press. He is professor and Associate Director for Historical Collections at UAB. Although a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, since 1999 he has been happy to call Alabama his home, where he lives with his wife and three mischievous cats in Shelby County.

BPL Survey for Beyond the Basics of Genealogy 2012

The following was received from our friends in the Southern History Department at the Birmingham Public Library. Please help them by taking the survey.

We had a great first year with our Beyond the Basics of Genealogy series of workshops. We’re looking at developing our classes for next year, and we need your input. Please take a few minutes of your time to fill out our survey, and be sure to be on the lookout for our classes in 2012.



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!