BGS Meeting — June 23, 2012 — In Your Backyard: Secrets to Wallace State’s Famed Genealogy Collection

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 23rd at 2 p.m.; Board Meeting at 1:15 p.m.

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

Speaker:  Robert Scott Davis, Director of the Genealogy Department at Wallace State Community College – Hanceville

Program Topic: In Your Backyard: Secrets to Wallace State’s Famed Genealogy Collection

Robert Scott Davis is the director of the Genealogy Program of Wallace State Community College, Hanceville, Alabama. His duties include organizing field trips for his classes to libraries throughout the country; helping to build one of the South’s most extensive genealogical collections; operating a microfilming facility; and teaching genealogy in one of the first colleges to offer genealogy as a college level course.

In 2006, this program that he built received the Award for Outstanding Leadership in History from the American Association for State and Local History. Professor Davis also teaches survey courses in geography and history. In Alabama and Georgia, Bob has worked to raise public awareness on saving local government records and has been a member of the Alabama governor’s historical records commission. He has been the guest speaker at hundreds of meetings of civic, genealogical, and historical organizations.

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

BGS Meeting — May 26, 2012 — The Era of Patent Medicines

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, May 26th at 2 p.m.; Board Meeting at 1:15 p.m.

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

Speaker:  Michael A. Flannery, Associate Director of Historical Collections at UAB

Program Topic: The Era of Patent Medicines

It is hard for most of us to imagine a world without the Food & Drug Administration, no knowledge of bacteria and germs, and lack of qualified medical practitioners, but that was the case 100-150 years ago.  Mr. Flannery will discuss both the myths and the facts of the era of patent medicines in the United States.

Michael Flannery is the author of 8 books, most recently Alfred Russel Wallace: A Rediscovered Life (2011). Most of his research and published work has been in the history of pharmacy. In 2007 he edited and reissued Nicholas Culpeper’s English Physician, which he published with the University of Alabama Press. He is professor and Associate Director for Historical Collections at UAB. Although a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, since 1999 he has been happy to call Alabama his home, where he lives with his wife and three mischievous cats in Shelby County.

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 Meeting — March 24, 2012 — Counterfeiters in 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, March 24th at 2 p.m.; Board Meeting at 1:15 p.m.

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

Speaker:  Miriam Fowler

Program Topic: Counterfeiters in Alabama

Many early Alabama settlers were running from something in a checkered past looking for a new start. When Tom Davis arrived in Alabama he was not looking to change his ways but he was running from the law in Georgia. He had broken jail in 1816 in Warren County after being arrested for passing counterfeit money and found refuge in Brown’s Valley in Blount County among the renegade Creeks, Cherokees and white outlaws hiding from the law. From newspaper accounts giving warnings of the circulation of bogus money, it is believed that Davis worked his counterfeit gang all up and down the East Coast in the early 1800s. By his own words, “he had been 38 years engaged in that business during which time he had made from $600,000 to $1,000,000.” Some of the men associated with him and Alabama may have been involved in other places as well, but maybe seem to have been a personal charisma that drew to him all that had a bent for larceny. So it was not difficult to find men to help him operate his counterfeiting ring in Alabama. Please join us as Miriam Fowler presents “Counterfeiters in Alabama.”

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

March 11, 2012 — BAAGSG Meeting — Researching African American Genealogy in Alabama

The Birmingham African-American Genealogy Study Group (BAAGSG) meets the second Sunday of each month (ex. May and November) in the Arrington Auditorium at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are welcome!

Next meeting: Sunday, March 11, 2012, 3 p.m.

Program Topic: Researching African American Genealogy in Alabama

Instructor: Donald Debrow

Details: Josephine Martin (205-901-6387) or contact us via e-mail

The program will be an introduction and analysis of the resource guide by Frazine Taylor.

Please come and bring interested historian or genealogist with you. This will be our first official class this year. Come with your list of un-answered questions, be ready to take notes and have you pedigree charts on hand.   If you do not have one, we will be happy to provide one for you.

BGS Meeting — February 25, 2012 — Compiling Your Family History for Publication

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 25th at 2 p.m.; Board Meeting at 1:15 p.m.

Meeting Room: Arrington Auditorium, 3rd Floor, Linn-Henley Building

Speaker:  Mary Taylor, Past-President of BGS

Program Topic: Compiling Your Family History for Publication

Whether you have researched your family tree for 1 month or 10 years, we all face the same challenge: what to do with all the information we have collected.  Mary’s rich background experience in genealogical research will enable her to share valuable tips on how to organize and publish all the work you have gathered.

NOTE:  Please note with this month’s meeting, we resume meeting in the Arrington Auditorium.

February 11, 2012 — BAAGSG Bi-Annual Genealogy Exposition — Discovering Our African American Heritage: The Alabama Connection

The Birmingham African American Genealogy Study Group (BAAGSG), a special interest group of the Birmingham Genealogical Society, regularly meets the second Sunday of each month (ex. May and November) in the Arrington Auditorium at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are welcome!

Next meeting: Saturday, February 11, 2012, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Program Theme: Discovering our African American Heritage:  The Alabama Connection

Guest Speakers:  Mrs. Carol McKinstry, 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing Survivor, and Dr. Robert Davis, Director of Genealogy Department, Wallace State Community College

Additional Information: Wanda Looney, Tel: 205-317-7557 / e-mail  or Chester Summerville, Tel:  205-821-3358 / email

The Expo is FREE and open to the public.  Come join us for food, fun and family history!