Alabama Genealogical Society Spring Seminar, Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Alabama Genealogical Society Spring Seminar: Sat. 16 Apr 2011, 8:30 A.M.- 3 P.M. will be at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. Dr. Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D, CG, CGL will lecture on “Disappearing Ancestors.”

Topics for the seminar will be: 1) Solving the Mystery of the Disappearing Ancestor, 2) Five Ways to Prove Who Your Ancestor Was, 3) Going Beyond the Bare Bones: Reconstructing Your Ancestor’s Lives, 4) Finding Unfindable Ancestors.

Fees: $40.00 for non-members and $35.00 for members. Lunch is on your own at the Samford University lunchroom or the food court in the same building.

For additional information please go to or e-mail Yvonne Crumpler at

February 05, 2011 – Old Federal Road Seminar sponsored by Monroe County Heritage Museum

Received via e-mail from the Monroe County Heritage Museum:

Date: February 05, 2011
Event: Old Federal Road Seminar sponsored by Monroe County Heritage Museum
Location: Old Monroe County Courthouse Courtroom in Monroeville , AL on the square

Please join us on Saturday, February 5th for the 10th annual workshop on history and genealogy beginning in the courtroom of the Old Monroe County Courthouse.


0800 a.m. –coffee, sign in roster and late registration, presenters get set up.

0830 a.m. – presentation of overview of activities for the day and introduction of all attendees and presenters.

0900 – 1200 – presentations will relate to researching settlers along the old Federal Road :

Gregory A. Waselkov, Professor of Anthropology, Director, Center for Archaeological Studies, University of South Alabama in Mobile : will discuss his current research on the old federal road and important historical sites related to this pioneer route through Southwest Alabama .

Elizabeth C. Wells , Special Collection Librarian, Samford University Library, Birmingham : will discuss sources to find the people: documenting Alabama ’s diverse settlement by Europeans and Native Americans using land, military, church, census and government records from territorial days to antebellum state status.

Craig Remington : Director of the Cartography Lab, Department of Geography, University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa : will present and display copies of early maps of Alabama , including parts of the old federal road, and early Claiborne and discuss them with us. He will also discuss the large collection of maps he was assembled and his production of the Alabama Historic Atlas series he has produced and is maintaining.

1200 noon, will carpool from the old Monroe County Courthouse via U.S.Highway 84 west to Perdue Hill to the old Masonic Lodge. Box lunches will be served there to all who have pre-registered. Following lunch, we will have time to tour the Masonic Lodge and the William Barrett Travis home nearby.

0100 p.m. If weather conditions are tolerable, we expect to drive to a nearby site in the vicinity of Claiborne to view an archaeological site evaluation by Dr. Waselkov and his students. If weather is unfavorable, we have alternate plans for a PowerPoint projection program on the War of 1812 at the Masonic Lodge, followed by a panel discussion by the presenters of the topics covered.

0300 p.m. workshop will end.

REGISTRATION: contact the Monroe County Heritage Museum ( or phone: 251/575-7433 to pre-register. Workshop fee is $30.00 which includes a box lunch. Call the museum if you have any questions.

Please help us publicize this informative and enjoyable workshop by sharing this information. Thanks, we look forward to seeing you.

The Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference September 2-5 in Little Rock, Arkansas

Press Release
For Immediate Release – Time Sensitive

1 August 2009

It’s just one month till family historians convene in Little Rock!

The Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference is set to take place this September 2-5 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Based at the Statehouse Convention Center in the exciting Rivermarket District, this event is drawing genealogists, historians, librarians, and archivists from all over the United States and beyond. You can still join them for four full days of learning more about genealogy, finding cousins, seeing how much is online, seeing how much is not online, figuring out how to get the most out of records, determining what archives or libraries have the answers, helping your genealogy society, and spending some money in the large Exhibit Hall. There will be almost 200 educational sessions. Don’t let this event pass you by.

The Arkansas Genealogical Society is the host for this event that has previously been in Boston, Seattle, Phoenix, Fort Wayne, Davenport, Orlando, Philadelphia, Austin, St. Louis, Dallas, Salt Lake City, Rochester, Cincinnati, Kansas City, and places in-between. You will be hearing about this event for years to come and will feel sad if you weren’t a part of it. It’s a place to meet authors, lecturers, librarians, archivists, and bloggers whose names you will recognize.

Registration Deadline
August 26 is the last day to pre-register for the conference online or by mail. It is also the deadline to reserve your spot at the luncheons, gala banquet, or the special Night at the Ballpark. There may be only a few extra tickets available at the conference registration on Tuesday, September 1st for these events.  <>

Onsite Registration
Tuesday, September 1st is the first day pre-registrants may visit the FGS/AGS registration booths on the lower level of the Statehouse Convention Center to pick up your name tag, tote bag, CD syllabus of lecture handouts, miscellaneous goodies, 20 door prize tickets, and begin the networking. Not pre-registered? No problem. There will be a line for just that task. You may register for one day or the full conference. Registration opens at 2:00 p.m. and runs until 6:00 p.m. on that day. It reopens at 7:00 a.m. on September 2d.

Exhibit Hall
What will you find in this hall on Thursday-Saturday? Aisle after aisle of booths featuring books old, new, and rare; genealogy software and hardware and demonstrations; preservation supplies; genealogical and historical societies; ethnic organizations; libraries; archives; maps; gifts; genealogy professional organizations; DNA companies; popular magazines; scholarly journals; databases; continuing education opportunities; author book signings; publishers; hotels from Salt Lake City; and places to sit, rest, and network with other registrants. The Hall is also open to non-registrants.

Door prizes
Many of the vendors in the Exhibit Hall will be giving away conference door prizes. Each registrant will receive 20 door prize tickets with your conference name tag and syllabus CD at the registration booth. The ticket will ask for your name, mailing and e-mail addresses and phone number. Bring along some of those address labels you have sitting around or print some up before you leave home to save some writing. Each participating vendor will have a box labeled for door prizes. Each attendee chooses which door prize box to drop their tickets in depending on the door prize being given. Some will have more than one door prize drawing during the three Exhibit Hall days. The names of the winners will be posted on a bulletin board in the Exhibit Hall. If you are a winner, all you need to do to claim your prize is to revisit the specific vendor’s booth.

Conference sessions to be recorded
Many of the conference sessions will be audio recorded and available for purchase on CD. Listings of those sessions being recorded will be available at the conference. Jamb-Inc. will be doing the recording and will have a booth where you can make your on-site purchases. The CDs will also be available after the conference from Jamb-Inc. but mailing fees will be charged.

Last minute Conference Information
Be sure to read the Conference News Blog during August and even during Conference Week to learn last minute details, reminders, suggested things to bring along, types of clothing to wear, and detail on special items. 
 Some exciting special announcements will be made in the next couple of weeks on the blog!

See you at the conference,

Paula Stuart-Warren
National Publicity Chair
2009 FGS/AGS Conference

Headstone Repair and Cleaning Workshop

The Chilton Cemetery Association in conjunction with the Alabama Cemetery Preservation Alliance is holding a headstone repair and cleaning workshop at the Rocky Mount Cemetery in Chilton County on June 27, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. This workshop is free and open to all.

From I-65, take the 219 Jemison/Thorsby exit and turn east onto County Rd 42 for half a mile. At the four-way intersection, turn left onto County Rd 51 for two miles at which time you’ll go back over the interstate. Continue on County Rd 51 for one mile to the Rocky Mount Cemetery on your right. Ample parking is available.

Contact Kat Reece via email if you have questions.

For additional information and map showing the directions, click here.