Birmingham Family History Center Family History Fair Saturday, July 21, 2012

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.)

1940 Census for Alabama (and other states) now indexed and searchable at


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.

Birmingham Member Day July 21, 2012

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.

Last Day for FGS Conference Early Bird registration … prices goes up July 1st

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 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.

Where is Clayton’s Cove?

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 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 for more information.   You can also stay “up to date” on conference news at the FGS conference blog:

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

South Carolina Genealogical Society 40th Annual Summer Workshop

From Our Friends at the South Carolina Genealogical Society:

South Carolina Genealogical Society 40th Annual Summer Workshop

Dear Family Historian,

Tony Burroughs, internationally known genealogist, and Jan Alpert, past president of the National Genealogical Society, will deliver lectures at the South Carolina Genealogical Society’s 40th Annual Summer Workshop.

The event takes place July 13 and 14 at the South Carolina Archives and History Center, 8301 Parklane Road, Columbia. More than fifteen sessions to enable genealogists at all experience levels to conduct more successful
research are scheduled.

The workshop fee is $30 for members, $35 non-members, until July 1, when each increases by $5. A catered buffet lunch, which is optional, costs an additional $10.50.

Please inform your members and others interested in genealogy about this event. For more information about SCGS or to print a registration form, please visit

Thank you,
Wevonneda Minis
SCGS Recording Secretary
Summer Workshop Publicity Chairperson