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 28th at 2 p.m.; Board Meeting at 1:15 p.m.
Meeting Room: Arrington Auditorium, 4th Floor, Linn-Henley Building
Speaker: Karen Utz, Curator/Historian at the Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark
Program Topic: Goin’ North, the African-American Women of Sloss Quarters
Karen Utz is the Curator/Historian at the Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark. Goin’ North: The African American Women of Sloss Quarters will focus on the traditions
and customs the mothers, wives and daughters of ex-sharecroppers brought with them to the urban industrial landscape of Sloss Furnaces and its company housing, Sloss Quarters. A 30 page monograph (plus 10 pages of citations) will be provided to those in attendance.
The Birmingham Family History Center will have a Family History Fair on Saturday, July 21st from 9am to 3pm. The event is free, but pre-registration is encouraged. Check-in begins at 9am. The classes are from 10am until 3pm, changing each hour, so you can attend up to 5 classes. Lunch will be available between 11am and 1pm.
Some presenters include Lafe Peevler, Karl Seitz, Patricia Coleman, Yvonne Crumpler, Nancy Dupree, Donald Debrow, Ann Holloman, Ken Record, Anne Norris, Dan Tindall, James Blackston, & John Patterson.
Topic include beginning your research, technology, organizing your research, specific location research and much more. See the website for more information and to register. (When I checked earlier this week 3 classes were already full.)
Looking for relatives in Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oregon, Washington or Wisconsin? We’ve just released fully-searchable indexes for all 15 states. And Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, plus Virginia are also ready to search.
Do you have a membership with any of the many cultural attractions in Birmingham? If so, on July 21st you can use your membership in one organization to visit another for free.
Participants include the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, Alabama Ballet, Barber Motorsports Museum, Birmingham Children’s Theatre, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham Museum of Art, Scrollworks, Birmingham History Center, Sidewalk Film Festival, Birmingham Zoo, Embellishments Handbell Ensemble, McWane Science Center, Red Mountain Theatre, Birmingham Public Library, Southern Museum of Flight and Vulcan Museum. Get more details on the Birmingham Mom’s blog.
If you plan to register for the conference, and have not done so… you should do so today. The is the last day of Early Bird Registration and the price for Early Bird is $195.00. After today the registration fee will go up to $245.00 for the conference.
The conference is scheduled for August 29 to September 1, 2012. Take advantage of the Early Registration Discount by registering at fgs.org/2012conference/registration.
FGS conferences provides a great opportunity to associate with others who are interested not only in genealogy and family history, but those with common interests in the same geographic or ethnic groups that interest you. NETWORKING is a valuable outcome of every conference and you will want to make as many new friends as possible. Numerous meal functions will give you an added opportunity to make new acquaintances.
The nation’s genealogical vendors will bring their goods and services to an overflowing free exhibit hall and you will be able to browse, network and learn from a variety of experts in their field of specialty.
Have you ever heard of Clayton’s Cove? What about Ayres? Or Taylor? According to an article in the Trussville Tribune, these names are all associated with a once thriving town in east Jefferson County. This area is now part of Clay.
Read about this place and the historic Mt. Cavalry Presbyterian cemetery in the online article here.
The 1940 Census for Alabama is now indexed and searchable online at familysearch.org.
Click here to search.
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 Southwest‘ is 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.
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
Registration: Not required