Applications for the Jean Thomason Scholarship for IGHR are due by December 1, 2013,

From our Friends at IGHR:

Applications for the Jean Thomason Scholarship for IGHR are due by December 1, 2013, and will be reviewed by a Samford University Library committee. The winner will be announced in January.

Please include the following in your application:

* Name * Address * Email * Phone * The name of the Library where you are employed * The length of time you have worked in a library * The average number of hours (monthly) spent working with patrons * The name of the course you plan to attend (2014 Course offerings available at http://www4.samford.edu/schools/ighr/IGHR_courses.html) * In 500 words or less (1 printed page), a description of how participation in this course will benefit your patrons * A letter of support from a supervisor or colleague

Please send your application:

Via email to: jszurek@samford.edu

Via regular mail to: Thomason Scholarship Samford University Library 800 Lakeshore Drive Birmingham, AL 35229

For more information or to submit your application via email, visit the IGHR website at http://www4.samford.edu/schools/ighr/IGHR_scholarship.html.

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 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.

BGS Meeting — March 23, 2013 — How to Research Your American Revolutionary War Ancestor

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 23rd at 2 p.m.;Board Meeting at 1:00 p.m.

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

Speaker: William “Bill” Clement

Program Topic: How to Research You American Revolutionary War Ancestor

Please join us as Bill Clement, current President of the Birmingham Chapter, Alabama Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (and BGS member) presents “How to Research Your American Revolutionary War Ancestor.” Bill is a graduate of the Marion Military Institute, Marion, AL and received a BS in Industrial Management from Clemson University and a Masters in Business from the University of South Carolina. Finding and documenting a Revolutionary War patriot ancestor for membership eligibility in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) or the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) is not as difficult as many people believe. This program will benefit those seeking to join the DAR or SAR. Hope to see you at the meeting!

Symposium “Know Who You Are Through DNA” — February 9, 2013

From our friends at the Birmingham African American Genealogy Study Group:

Please join us on Saturday, February 9th for a presentation titled, “Know Who You Are Through DNA” featuring the renowned DNA scientist Dr. Rick Kittles. Dr. Kittles has appeared on the PBS series ‘African American Lives’ and ‘Finding Your Roots’. He is the co-founder of African Ancestry.com (http//www.africanancestry.com) and is the leading scientist in the development of the DNA database which connects us to our African tribal roots.

Please support this special event and bring a friend. The event will take place this Saturday at the Rosa Parks Museum Auditorium, 252 Montgomery Street, Montgomery, AL 36104. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Bill Foster 334-322-0824 (Montgomery) or Josephine Martin (Birmingham) 205 901-6387

Hosted by AAGS and the Birmingham African American Genealogy Study Group.

BGS Meeting — January 26, 2013 — Mundane and Macabre, 19th Century Letters and Diaries

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, January 26 at 2 p.m.;Board Meeting at 1:00 p.m.

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

Speaker: Jim Baggett, Birmingham Public Library Archives Dept. Head

Program Topic: Mundane and Macabre, 19th Century Letters and Diaries

From matters of love, death and politics to the price of shoes, nineteenth century Alabamaians recorded their experiences in letters and diaries. This talk explores life in the 1800s through personal writings now preserved in the Birmingham Public Library Archives.

Jim Baggett is Head of the Department of Archives and Manuscripts at the Birmingham Public Library and Archivist for the City of Birmingham. He has served as president of the Society of Alabama Archivists and Chair of the Jefferson County Historical Commission. Jim has lectured throughout the U.S. and Europe and has been featured on Alabama Public Television, National Public Radio and CSPAN. He has authored or edited five books on Birmingham and Alabama history, including A Woman of the Town: Louise Wooster, Birmingham’s Magdalen and Alabama Illustrated: Engravings from 19th Century Newspapers. Jim has written more than fifty articles on archival preservation and Alabama history for Alabama Librarian magazine, Alabama Heritage, Birmingham magazine and other publications.

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.”