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.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.

FGS 2012 Conference Discount Ends July 1st – Register Now

From our friends at the Federation of Genealogical Societies:

FGS 2012 Conference: Indians, Squatters, Settlers and Soldiers, In the ‘Old Southwest’

Don’t miss the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ 2012 annual conference, which will be making its first appearance in Birmingham, Alabama!  At FGS 2012, attendees will enjoy four terrific days of learning new tips and tricks to further their genealogy and family history. Genealogists and those interested in discovering more about their family history from across the nation are all welcome.

The Conference

The conference is scheduled for August 29 to September 1, 2012. Take advantage of the Early Registration Discount, which ends July 1, 2012, by registering at fgs.org/2012conference/.

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.

Register Today

For more information, or to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount today, visit fgs.org/2012conference/.

See you in there!

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.

AGS Spring Seminar March 31, 2012

From our friends at the Alabama Genealogical Society:

LAST CHANCE TO PRE-REGISTER

The Alabama Genealogical Society Spring 2012 Seminar

DATA MINING THE RECORDS
Using Tax Lists to Solve Genealogical Problems
U. S. Territorial Papers, 1789-1873
Estate Records: More Than Just Wills
More Than Land Descriptions: Treasures Among the Deeds

Presented by Linda Woodward Geiger

Saturday March 31, 2012
Brock Forum Auditorium Dwight Beeson Business Building
Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama

To reserve a seminar packet your registration must be received by March 24. Use the link below for more information and a registration form.

http://algensoc.org/main/seminarFlyer.pdf

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.

Thanks!

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/btbsurvey

Request for 2012 Conference Presentations – Black Belt Genealogy Conference

The following was received from our friends at the Black Belt African American Genealogical and Historical Society. Please contact them with any questions.

Request for 2012 Conference Presentations

The Black Belt African American Genealogical and Historical Society is accepting proposals for presentations at our 6th annual conference and family history fair, February 17 & 18, 2012 in Historic Selma Alabama. The conference location is the Hank Sanders Technology Center at Wallace Community College Selma. The conference format includes a Friday evening pre-conference meet and greet event and Saturday morning and afternoon concurrent sessions with a keynote speaker and awards luncheon and an afternoon plenary session featuring a panel discussion exploring the dynamics of the great migration from the Black Belt and the motivations and consequences for those who left and for those who chose to stay.
Proposed presentations should support the following conference goals:

  • Promote the mission of BBAAGHS and stimulate thought, reflection and dialogue on the inspiration and wisdom to be gained from the knowledge of our heritage and genealogy in terms of present and future action for individuals and/or communities.
  • Explore the proposition that: (1) there are positive and negative remnants of our heritage still impacting the African American community in significant ways; (2) knowledge of the collective African American heritage (as related through individual family histories) can be of benefit for the African American community to overcome the negative remnants and maximize the positive remnants; (3) strategies must be identified and implemented to maximize the positive remnants and overcome the negative remnants of our heritage in order to build a legacy for future generations.

Specific areas of focus for presentations include but are not limited to:
The Black Belt as a Collage of Cultures – the intersection of African American, European and Native American peoples and their contributions, accomplishments and cultural influence on the region
The Black Belt as a Repository of Resources – the wealth of natural, physical, genealogical and historical resources, well –known and little-known;
The Black Belt as a Hallmark of History – the historically significant events of the region that shape past, present and future generations
Proposals must include the following information:

  • Title and brief abstract for a 60-minute presentation including a 10-minute question and answer session
  • Format (PowerPoint, overhead, other )
  • Description of target audience
  • Audio-visual requirements
  • Brief resume of your expertise and experience with presenting the topic you have selected
  • Brief bio and photo for conference brochure (150 word limit)
  • Complete contact information including email address, home and cell number

Presenters receive an honorarium and conference registration. In-state presenter honorarium is $50. Out-of-state presenter honorarium is $100. Travel and lodging expenses are the responsibility of the presenter.
Submit proposals electronically by November 30, 2011 to bbaaghs@bbaaghs.org or mail to the Black Belt African American Genealogical and Historical Society, Inc. at:
BBAAGHS, Inc.
P.O. Box 971
Selma AL 36702
ATTN: 2012 Conference RFP Committee