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.”

Beyond the Basics of Genealogy 2013 Class Schedules

From our Friends in the Southern History Department of the Birmingham Public Library:

Beyond the Basics of Genealogy
Workshop Series at the Birmingham Public Library

Beyond the Basics of Genealogy (BtB) workshops, a series of classes
covering various topics on genealogical research will be conducted in the
Birmingham Public Library (BPL) beginning in April 2013. Workshops will
run from one to two hours, and be conducted by members of the Southern
History Department staff.

Participants will gain in-depth knowledge on specialized areas of
researching genealogy. The BtB classes are designed to expand on
information provided in the “Introduction to Genealogy” classes, which are
offered throughout the year by the Southern History Department.
Registration is limited to the first 18 respondents. Classes will be held
at 10:00 a.m. in the Board Room of the Central Library.

The subjects being taught and dates are as follows:
• What’s Up Doc?: Government Documents in Genealogical Research –
Saturday, April 13th

• The Bases Are Loaded: BPL’s Catalog, Worldcat, and Other Databases –
Saturday, May 18th

• Loving the LDS: An In-Depth Guide to Using Familysearch.org – Saturday,
June 15th

• Getting the Good Dirt: Using Land Records in Genealogical Research –
Saturday, July 27th

• Bring Out Your Dead: Cemeteries in Genealogical Research – Saturday,
August 17th

Registration for the workshop costs $5.00, which includes the class
handout. To register, contact the Southern History Department of the
Birmingham Public Library at 205-226-3665 or askgenlocal.
Seating is limited to the first 18 to register.

Southern History Department
Birmingham Public Library

BGS Meeting — September 22, 2012 — Shopping in Yesteryear Birmingham

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, September 22nd at 2 p.m.; Board Meeting at 1:15 p.m.

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

Speaker:  Tim Hollis,  Author

Program Topic: Shopping in Yesteryear Birmingham

Mr. Hollis is a historian and curator of all things Birmingham. He is the curator of the Birmingham Rewound website and has written several books about the Magic City’s past, from its old movie theaters to its vintage advertising signs. His latest Birmingham history book is entitled “Lovemans: Meet Me Under The Clock.”

BGS Meeting — August 25, 2012 — Baseball and Steel: Industrial League Baseball

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.

Sloss Furnance National Landmark (original)

Stockham Baseball Team, Late 1930’s

AGS Starts Blog for Sharing Inquires & Personal Experiences about the April 27th tornadoes

The Alabama Genealogical Society (AGS) has started a blog for sharing inquiries and personal experiences about the April 27th tornadoes.

In a letter to the members:

As most of you know Alabama was raked by numerous deadly tornados yesterday leaving an historic amount of damage, displacement and loss of communications and power to many in our state. Some of your friends and families may have been affected. Several of us at AGS have had inquiries about our members, or information that some wish us to get out to others.

In an effort to do that we have set up a blog for sharing inquiries and personal experiences with each other. The blog is temporary and will remain up only as long as there is a use for it. And, since we are new at blogging, it may undergo changes as we assess it’s operation.

Please visit http://tornado-info.blogspot.com/