BGS Meeting — July 26, 2014 — Overview of the 2014 NGS Family History Conference

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, July 26th @ 2pm/ Board of Directors meet @ 1pm

Speaker: Mary Taylor, BGS 1st Vice-President

Program Topic: Overview of the 2014 NGS Family History Conference

Please join us as Mary Taylor, BGS member and current 1st Vice-President, presents an overview of the 2014 NGS Family Conference held in Richmond VA. The theme for this year’s National Genealogical Society’s Annual Conference, held in May, was “Virginia: The First Frontier.” Please join us!

BGS Meeting — April 26, 2014 — American Land Records

The Birmingham Genealogical Society meets the fourth Saturday of each month (excl. Nov. & Dec.) at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are always welcome!

Next Meeting: Saturday, April 26th at 2pm; Board Meeting at 1pm

Meeting Room: Arrington Auditorium, 4th Floor, Linn-Henley Building

Speaker:  Yvonne Crumpler, retired department head of the Southern History Department

Program Topic:  American Land Records

Please join us as Yvonne Crumpler, former President of the Birmingham Genealogical Society and the Alabama Genealogical Society and former head of the Southern History Department of the Birmingham Public Library, will give us a presentation on American Land Records. Yvonne will provide a power point program discussing the history of land records with information on public land states and state land states, with a brief explanation of the different type land surveys. Please join us and bring a friend!

BGS Meeting — February 22, 2014 — From Kitchen Gardens to Flora of the Civil War

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, February 22nd at 2 p.m.;Board Meeting at 1:00 p.m.

Meeting Room: Arrington Auditorium, 4th Floor, Linn-Henley Building

Speaker:  Jason Kirby, Former BGS President and current Archivist at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens Library

Program Topic:  From Kitchen Gardens to Flora of the Civil War

Please join us as Jason Kirby, former BGS President and current archivist at the Archives and Rare Book Room (Birmingham Botanical Gardens), presents “From Kitchen Gardens to Flora of the Civil War.” This presentation covers the different types of southern historic gardens with a focus on kitchen gardens during the Civil War time period. Jason will discuss flora from herbs to common cure-alls, to sweet herbs for hearth and health, to teas and vinegars. See what our ancestors did back in the old days!

Founded in 2008, the Archives and Rare Book Room is located in the library at Birmingham Botanical Gardens on the first floor of the Garden Center. The collection is open to the public Monday-Friday from 9-4 p.m. and on weekends by appointment-only. The Archives and Rare Book Room consist of materials generated by Friends of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, the City of Birmingham, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, various plant groups, garden clubs and societies. The collection consists of scrapbooks, rare books, works progress administration (WPA) records, seed catalogs, garden manuals, manuscripts, Japanese tea ceremony items, plant fossils, Japanese woodblock prints, photographs, minute books, post cards, botanical prints, water color paintings, thesis papers, maps, personal herbarium (plant press book), and garden and botanical ephemera.

BGS Meeting — July 27, 2013 — Cemetery Preservation

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 27th at 2 p.m.;Board Meeting at 1:00 p.m.

Meeting Room: Arrington Auditorium, 4th Floor, Linn-Henley Building

Speaker: Gene Gravlee, ACPA – Walker County

Program Topic: Cemetery Preservation

Please join us as Gene Gravlee presents a program on Cemetery Preservation.   Gene is the Walker County Representative for Alabama Cemetery Preservation Alliance.  He retired from the Alabama Department of Public Safety and the Air Force Reserves with over 28 years of service.   He has published county cemetery maps for Walker, Winston and Lamar counties while working as a volunteer for Craig Remington at the University of Alabama.  He has over fifty years conducting family research member SAR, MOSB, Alabama Genealogical Society, Walker Genealogical and other organizations.

BGS Meeting — June 22, 2013 — Hellenic Heartbeat in the Deep South: A History of the Greek Community in Birmingham, Alabama

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, June 22nd at 2 p.m.;Board Meeting at 1:00 p.m.

Meeting Room: Arrington Auditorium, 4th Floor, Linn-Henley Building

Speaker: Niki Sepsas

Program Topic: Hellenic Heartbeat in the Deep South: A History of the Greek Community in Birmingham, Alabama

Please join us as local writer, Niki Sepsas, presents a slideshow based on his book Hellenic Heartbeat in the Deep South: A History of the Greek Community in Birmingham, Alabama.  The book chronicles the founding of the Greek church in Birmingham in 1907 and its growth over the past century into Cathedral status.  The story also focuses on the Greek immigrants who arrived on these shores more than a century ago possessing little more than their dreams of a better life and left us their legacy of faith and an abiding love of their patrida, their homeland.

In addition, the book and slideshow contain numerous images and stories on the founding and growth of many of the best known restaurants in the Birmingham area today – The Bright Star, Niki’s West, Fish Market, John’s, Fife’s, Costa’s Mediterranean Restaurant, Nabeel’s, Smokehouse Restaurant, etc. – many of which are still owned and operated by the children and grandchildren of those early immigrants and family members who followed them.  The work was a particular labor of love for Niki as his grandparents were among the earliest immigrants from Greece to settle in Birmingham.

Father Paul Costopoulos, the Dean of the Birmingham cathedral, reviewed the book and wrote:   “Niki successfully captures the unique history of the Greeks in Birmingham.  It is a story that is both fresh and engaging.”

BGS Walking Tour — May 18, 2013 — Tour of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing Archives

The Birmingham Genealogical Society usually 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, May 18th @ 1pm

Location: University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing Archives

Program Topic: Walking Tour of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing Archives

Please join us as we tour the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing Archives! The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, chartered as the University of Alabama School of Nursing in 1950. The Alabama Legislature authorized a collegiate school of nursing at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 1949 and provided funds for its support. With establishment of the School of Nursing on the Tuscaloosa campus in 1950, collegiate nursing was inaugurated to include: a traditional baccalaureate, an RN to BSN for registered nurses, and a centralized program of teaching social and biological sciences for diploma student in seven hospital program. In 1967, the school moved from the Tuscaloosa campus to Birmingham and became a part of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Today, the school continues to build on the vision laid in its pioneering and entrepreneurial spirit. The school’s graduate program, began in 1955 and is now ranked in the top ten percent, twenty-sixth among nursing schools nationwide. Multiple specialty options at the master’s-level include preparation for the role of nurse practitioner, nursing administration and informatics, nurse educator and clinical nurse specialist.

We will meet at 1:00 pm at the front door of the UAB School of Nursing. It is on 1701 University Blvd, across from the Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital (at 1720 University Blvd). Please look for the big sign that reads School of Nursing. You may park on the street. Hope to see you there!

BGS Meeting — April 27, 2013 — Using the Alabama State Loose Records Database/Index on the Web

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, April 27th at 2 p.m.;Board Meeting at 1:00 p.m.

Meeting Room: Arrington Auditorium, 4th Floor, Linn-Henley Building

Speaker: Jim Anderson

Program Topic: Using the Alabama State Loose Records Database/Index on the Web

Please join us as Jim Anderson, current Webmaster and Treasurer, Alabama Genealogical Society(and BGS member) presents “Using the Alabama State Loose Records Database/Index on the Web.”

Jim is the database architect for the AGS Loose Records web index that gives searchable access to over fifty thousand names culled from archival records of Alabama probate courts – the subject of which is his presentation today. With a degree in Film and TV production his early career was producing programs for the military, and later, the Alabama ETV (now APTV) network.  Following work in medical television at UAB, Jim moved into sales of AV and video equipment, and computers.  After owning and managing an Apple dealership for fourteen years Jim retired to pursue his family history research while working in a theatre troupe bringing performances to seniors in retirement homes throughout Jefferson County.

Jim has previously made two extremely interesting presentations to BGS: First, the recounting of a murder in Shelby County and it’s connection with a prominent Birmingham business man, and second,  an analysis of the question of who is buried on the Birmingham Country Club golf course.