BGS Meeting — March 22, 2014 — Using the Legacy Stories Website to Organize and Store your Genealogical Research

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, March 22nd at 2 p.m.;Board Meeting at 1:00 p.m.

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

Speaker:  Suzanna Rawlins, current BGS President

Program Topic:  Using the Legacy Stories Website to Organize and Store your Genealogical Research

Please join us as Suzanna Rawlins, current President of the Birmingham Genealogical Society, will give us a presentation on Legacy Stories – a cool way for us to store our genealogy research online.  Legacy Stories was launched in 2011 as a new and innovative way for genealogists and family historians to gather family history and heritage information and preserve it for future generations. There are no programs to download – this is totally done on line. This website leverages the social networking capabilities of Facebook in a safe and secure environment. It is a GREAT way to organize and store genealogical research, share information with whomever YOU choose to share it with and hopefully empower you to fill in those genealogical blanks by allowing other family members to share your research and add comments of their own.  Another great tool – Talking Photos!  The system easily lets you add your voice to photos you have uploaded.  What a treasure for you to share with future generations – they will be able to hear your voice as you talk about the photos…. The URL for the site is www.leaveyourlegacy.org. Join us for a brand new approach to sharing genealogical information.

BGS Meeting — February 22, 2014 — From Kitchen Gardens to Flora of the Civil War

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, February 22nd at 2 p.m.;Board Meeting at 1:00 p.m.

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

Speaker:  Jason Kirby, Former BGS President and current Archivist at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens Library

Program Topic:  From Kitchen Gardens to Flora of the Civil War

Please join us as Jason Kirby, former BGS President and current archivist at the Archives and Rare Book Room (Birmingham Botanical Gardens), presents “From Kitchen Gardens to Flora of the Civil War.” This presentation covers the different types of southern historic gardens with a focus on kitchen gardens during the Civil War time period. Jason will discuss flora from herbs to common cure-alls, to sweet herbs for hearth and health, to teas and vinegars. See what our ancestors did back in the old days!

Founded in 2008, the Archives and Rare Book Room is located in the library at Birmingham Botanical Gardens on the first floor of the Garden Center. The collection is open to the public Monday-Friday from 9-4 p.m. and on weekends by appointment-only. The Archives and Rare Book Room consist of materials generated by Friends of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, the City of Birmingham, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, various plant groups, garden clubs and societies. The collection consists of scrapbooks, rare books, works progress administration (WPA) records, seed catalogs, garden manuals, manuscripts, Japanese tea ceremony items, plant fossils, Japanese woodblock prints, photographs, minute books, post cards, botanical prints, water color paintings, thesis papers, maps, personal herbarium (plant press book), and garden and botanical ephemera.

BGS Meeting — January 25, 2014 — Union Hill Cemetery

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, January 25th at 2 p.m.;Board Meeting at 1:00 p.m.

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

Speaker: Scott Martin, BGS Director and Editor

Program Topic: Union Hill Cemetery

Please join us as Scott Martin, former BGS President and current director, presents a program on Union Hill Cemetery (located in Homewood AL). Union Hill Cemetery is the burial ground of many pioneers and early settlers of the Shades Valley area. Descendants of these settlers helped mold the cities of Mountain Brook and Homewood. Union Hill Cemetery was established in the 1870s but includes gravestones dating back to the early 1850s due to the relocation of two earlier, smaller cemeteries to Union Hill – the Daniel Watkins Cemetery in 1946 and the Enoch Watkins Cemetery in 2004. Scott is also a former President and current director of the Families & Friends of Union Hill Cemetery, a non-profit corporation organized in 1988 for the purpose of the care and maintenance of Union Hill Cemetery. Please join us!

Alabama Genealogical Society Spring Seminar 5 April 2014

From Our Friends at the Alabama Genealogical Society:

To download form to register click here    
http://algensoc.org/main/seminarFlyer.pdf    
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ALABAMA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY SPRING SEMINAR 2014
 
Judy G. Russell, JD

GENETICS, ETHICS & ANTEBELLUM LAW

 Saturday 5 April 2014, 8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama

Beeson Business Building/Brock Forum Auditorium

The lecture topics will be: (1) ABC’s of DNA; (2) Beyond X and Y: The Promise and Pitfalls of Autosomal DNA Testing; (3) From the White Lion to the Emancipation Proclamation-Slavery and the Law Before the Civil War; (4) The Ethical Genealogist.

*Lunch on your own. The campus cafeteria and a food court are located next to the Beeson Business Building. Coffee, water, juice and light morning snacks available.

Seminar Fee: $40.00 for non-members and $35.00 for members.

Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree, a lecturer, educator, and writer. She has a blog, The Legal Genealogist, where she posts information about DNA, Copyright, the SSDI, and many other topics of interest to researchers. Ms. Russell has attended the National Institute on Genealogical Research at the National Archives in Washington, DC and completed Elizabeth Shown Mills’ course work in Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis. She attended the Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford Institute and now teaches classes there. If you have not read her Blog you have missed out on an interesting and informative resource. 

Yvonne Crumpler

Alabama Genealogical Society

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.

Alabama Genealogical Society Fall Seminar, October 12, 2013

From Our Friends at the Alabama Genealogical Society:

Alabama Genealogical Society Fall Seminar 2013

Sat. 12 October 2013, 9:00 A.M.- 2:00 P.M. Alabama Department of Archives and History 624 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36130

Susan Sloan presents: NCIS: Names, Clues, and Indirect Sources…Chasing Ancestors Lecture Topics: Genealogical Proof Standard: Harnessing the Power of Indirect Evidence, 2 hours, and Using Pre-1850 Censuses in Genealogical Research: A Case Study
$40.00 for non-members and $35.00 for members. For additional information please go to ags-seminar
Susan Sloan is a professional genealogist whose areas of concentration are teaching family history classes, conducting private lineage research, and preparing lineage applications. She has authored articles in several genealogical publications in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina. Ms. Sloan holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Georgia State University.

BGS “Lock-In” at BPL Southern History, Friday, September 20th

The Birmingham Genealogical Society  is sponsoring a “Lock-In” at the Birmingham Public Library Southern History Department.

Date:  Friday, September 20th, 2013 from 6pm to 10pm

Location: BPL Southern History Department

Have you been wishing you had “just a little more time” at the library? Or maybe you need some help learning how to use the library’s fabulous collection and research tools and don’t know who to ask?  Please join us Friday, September 20th for some fellowship and research assistance! We will have the Research library to ourselves!!  (Library closes at 6pm on Friday’s.)

There is a limit of 50 registrations.  Food and drinks will be provided. The cost is $5 for members/$15 for non-members.  Please complete the registration form attached and mail to the address below.  You can also register in person at the BGS General Meetings on July 27th and August 17th.

BGS Lock In Registration form Sept 2013

Send registration and payment (checks payable to BGS) to:
Suzanna Rawlins, President, BGS
108 Willow Creek South Lane
Alabaster, AL 35007
Questions? Email: shareyourstory@earthlink.net

BGS Meeting — July 27, 2013 — Cemetery Preservation

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, July 27th at 2 p.m.;Board Meeting at 1:00 p.m.

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

Speaker: Gene Gravlee, ACPA – Walker County

Program Topic: Cemetery Preservation

Please join us as Gene Gravlee presents a program on Cemetery Preservation.   Gene is the Walker County Representative for Alabama Cemetery Preservation Alliance.  He retired from the Alabama Department of Public Safety and the Air Force Reserves with over 28 years of service.   He has published county cemetery maps for Walker, Winston and Lamar counties while working as a volunteer for Craig Remington at the University of Alabama.  He has over fifty years conducting family research member SAR, MOSB, Alabama Genealogical Society, Walker Genealogical and other organizations.

BGS Sponsoring “Lock-In” at BPL Southern History, Friday, June 28th

The Birmingham Genealogical Society  is sponsoring a “Lock-In” at the Birmingham Public Library Southern History Department.

Date:  Friday, June 28, 2013 from 6pm to 10pm

Location: BPL Southern History Department

Have you been wishing you had “just a little more time” at the library? Or maybe you need some help learning how to use the library’s fabulous collection and research tools and don’t know who to ask?  Please join us Friday, June 28th for some fellowship and research assistance! We will have the Research library to ourselves!!  (Library closes at 6pm on Friday’s.)

There is a limit of 50 registrations.  Food and drinks will be provided. The cost is $5 for members/$15 for non-members.  Please complete the registration form attached.  Last day for mail applications is June 21. You can also register in person at the BGS General Meeting on June 22, 2013.

BGS Lock In Registration Form

Send registration and payment (checks payable to BGS) to:
Suzanna Rawlins President, BGS
108 Willow Creek South Lane
Alabaster, AL 35007
Questions? Email: shareyourstory@earthlink.net

BGS Meeting — June 22, 2013 — Hellenic Heartbeat in the Deep South: A History of the Greek Community in Birmingham, Alabama

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, June 22nd at 2 p.m.;Board Meeting at 1:00 p.m.

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

Speaker: Niki Sepsas

Program Topic: Hellenic Heartbeat in the Deep South: A History of the Greek Community in Birmingham, Alabama

Please join us as local writer, Niki Sepsas, presents a slideshow based on his book Hellenic Heartbeat in the Deep South: A History of the Greek Community in Birmingham, Alabama.  The book chronicles the founding of the Greek church in Birmingham in 1907 and its growth over the past century into Cathedral status.  The story also focuses on the Greek immigrants who arrived on these shores more than a century ago possessing little more than their dreams of a better life and left us their legacy of faith and an abiding love of their patrida, their homeland.

In addition, the book and slideshow contain numerous images and stories on the founding and growth of many of the best known restaurants in the Birmingham area today – The Bright Star, Niki’s West, Fish Market, John’s, Fife’s, Costa’s Mediterranean Restaurant, Nabeel’s, Smokehouse Restaurant, etc. – many of which are still owned and operated by the children and grandchildren of those early immigrants and family members who followed them.  The work was a particular labor of love for Niki as his grandparents were among the earliest immigrants from Greece to settle in Birmingham.

Father Paul Costopoulos, the Dean of the Birmingham cathedral, reviewed the book and wrote:   “Niki successfully captures the unique history of the Greeks in Birmingham.  It is a story that is both fresh and engaging.”