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

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 www.scgen.org.

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

April 28, 2012 – BGS Walking Tour & Introduction to Genealogy Class – Tannehill Iron & Steel Museum

The Birmingham Genealogical Society meets the fourth Saturday of each month (excluding Nov. & Dec.) in the Arrington Auditorium at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are encouraged to attend!

Next meeting: Saturday, April 28th @ 1pm

Location: Tannehill Iron & Steel Museum

Program Topic: Introduction to Genealogy Class  at 1pm and Walking Tour of the Tannehill Iron & Steel Museum at 2:30pm

Details: Contact us via email

Pre – registration is required for the Introduction to Genealogy class. Ann Gilbert & Jason Kirby will be the instructors.  To register please email your name, address, and phone number to tannehillmuseum@bellsouth.net or call 205-477-5711 to register by phone.

The Walking Tour will begin following the Introduction to Genealogy Class.

Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park is 12 miles southwest of Bessemer. Off I-59/20 take exit 100 or off of I-459 take exit 1 and follow the signs to the park.

BGS Participating in the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project

BGS has joined forces with genealogy societies and organizations around the country as part of the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project. The initiative aims to publish a free, online searchable name index of the 1940 U.S. Federal Census.   This online index will be free forever, offering family history researchers a rich genealogical data set for their ongoing use.

For complete details on how to participate and support BGS, see our 1940 U. S. Census Community Project page.

Free Genealogy Class at the Iron and Steel Museum of Alabama

From our friends at the Iron and Steel Museum of Alabama:

Birmingham Genealogical Society offers free genealogy class at Iron and Steel Museum of Alabama

Beginning and aspiring genealogists are invited to attend a free genealogy class at the Iron and Steel Museum of Alabama (located in Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park) on April 28, from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. The class will be presented by the Birmingham Genealogical Society.

Space is limited, so pre – registration is required. To register please email your name, address, and phone number to tannehillmuseum@bellsouth.netor call 205-477-5711 to register by phone.

Admission to the class is free but visitors must pay Tannehill State Park’s gate fee of $3 for adults, $2 for seniors (62+) and $1 for children (6-11). Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park is 12 miles southwest of Bessemer. Off I-59/20 take exit 100 or off of I-459 take exit 1 and follow the signs to the park. For more information call 205-477-5711.

BPL Southern History — Beyond the Basics of Genealogy 2012 Class Schedule

From our friends in Southern History at the Birmingham Public Library:

There’s still time for you to sign up for our Beyond the Basics of
Genealogy classes. Call us at 226-3665 to register.

4/21/12: 40 is the New 30: Using the 1940 Census

6/2/12: Bring Out Your Dead: Cemeteries in Genealogical Research

8/4/12: Getting the Good Dirt: Land Records in Genealogical Research

9/15/12: It’s a Big Web Out There: Sites & Strategies for Internet Genealogy

All classes will begin at 10am in the east room of the Southern History
Dept.

Southern History Department
Birmingham Public Library

Family Tree Magazine article: “How to Find Your Ancestors in the 1940 Census”

I haven’t been able to access any images at the “official” site (1940census.archive.gov). Needless to say it has been overloaded with people trying to access all of the states. Ancestry.com has done a great job of putting states on-line rapidly (for free I might add). I am bit disappointed that thus far the only southern state uploaded at Ancestry.com is Virginia. I was able to search Indiana and Pennsylvania on my husband’s line though.

Family Tree Magazine has a good article with links to several resources to get “up to speed” on the 1940 census.

http://familytreemagazine.com/info/1940census?et_mid=547367&rid=2653190

Enjoy!

Melissa
President, Birmingham Genealogical Society