Mr. Billy Thomas Gamble passed away Friday, August 24, 2012. His obituary is in the Sunday edition (26 August 2012) of the Birmingham News. Mr. Gamble and his wife, Stella, have been long-time active members of BGS. Mr. Gamble was a veteran of World War II and had the opportunity to participate in an “Honor Flight” to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. in 2008. Services will be held Monday the 27th at Currie-Jefferson Funeral Home in Hoover with burial in the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo following.
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, August 25th at 2 p.m.; Board Meeting at 1:15 p.m.
Meeting Room: Arrington Auditorium, 4th Floor, Linn-Henley Building
Speaker: Joe Holley, Industrial League Baseball enthusiast and historian
Program Topic: Baseball and Steel: Industrial League Baseball
Joe Holley is a native of Walker County and retired after a lengthy career with the Alabama Department of Transportation. While in college, Mr. Holley took a history course on techniques of research including conducting oral histories. Because of longtime family involvement, he chose local industrial league baseball as the subject of his research project. He initially interviewed old timers who dated back to the turn of the 20th Century. In the intervening years, he has continued his research and has become an “expert” on the local industrial league teams and players.
Our friends at FamilySearch announced last night that the indexing and arbitration of the 1940 U.S. Census is now complete! It will take a few weeks for all the remaining states to come online, but when it is done we will have (2) independent indexes for the 1940 Census– Ancestry.com and the Familysearch.org (shared by many other sites). (Maybe when the all states come online from the FamilySearch indexing project I will finally find my grandfather’s brothers!)
Don’t despair if you are sad that there are no records to index. Familysearch.org is starting another “Community Project” — the US Immigration & Naturalization Community Project. This project will index passenger lists from all the major US ports, so there will be something in this project for everyone. Just look for the “US (Community Project)” label on all record sets belonging to this new project.
Read the full news release here from FamilySearch.org.
I would personally like to say “THANK YOU” to all the contributors who supported the Birmingham Genealogical Society in the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project. I hope we can continue to index as a group supporting the other “Community Projects.” I will post the “final” statistics of the records indexed and arbitrated for the group during the 1940 Census project later on the BGS Facebook page. If you would like to join the group and index other Community Projects, you can find details on how to join and get started here.
The Birmingham African-American Genealogy Study Group (BAAGSG), a special interest group of the Birmingham Genealogical Society, 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, August 12th at 3 p.m.
Meeting Place: LDS Family History Center
Topic: Using FamilySearch
Speaker: Pat Coleman
Note: This month’s meeting will be held at the LDS Family History Center on Altadena Road. Click the link above for the full address and directions.
Last night, we added the final states and territories to our 1940 U.S. Census index. Now you can search for anyone in the United States by name in the 1940 U.S. Census on Ancestry.com—regardless of which state or territory they lived in.
More census news
While we were busy adding our 1940 Census index, we also added a new feature to certain census records on Ancestry.com—highlighted fields complete with transcriptions making it easier than ever to see exactly who you’re looking at and follow answers across a page. Currently, this feature is available only on the 1940 and 1930 U.S. Censuses and the 1911 UK census but look for it elsewhere on the site in the not-too-distant future.
We’ll have more census news for you coming soon as well as details about other soon-to-launch historical records and features on Ancestry.com. But for now, stop reading. And start searching!
From our friends at familysearch.org:
The 1940 US census index is now 99% complete! It’s hard to believe that we began just 4 months ago. Thank you for your help!
Keep reading to celebrate the “end” of the project and find out what that means, learn why it will take three to four weeks to publish all of the remaining state indexes, and find out how you can continue to make historical records searchable online as part of this amazing volunteer community.
Our speaker for the July 28th meeting was Karen Utz, Curator/Historian at the Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark. Mrs. Utz presentation was titled “A Sense of Place: The African-American Women of Sloss Quarters.” (Note: Ms. Utz updated the title.) If you missed out on a monograph of the topic at the meeting, you will be happy to know that you can read the full research paper on which the program by downloading the document here from the Sloss Furnaces website.
If you were unable to attend, you missed a great presentation. We are still confirming the August speaker. We will update the blog as soon as it is confirmed.