BGS Participating in the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project

BGS has joined forces with genealogy societies and organizations around the country as part of the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project. The initiative aims to publish a free, online searchable name index of the 1940 U.S. Federal Census.   This online index will be free forever, offering family history researchers a rich genealogical data set for their ongoing use.

For complete details on how to participate and support BGS, see our 1940 U. S. Census Community Project page.


1893 Directory of Jefferson County Taxpayers

A report from a BGS member:

While researching at the W.S. Hoole Library, Special  Collections, at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, I found the Directory of Jefferson County tax payers, containing  names and post office addresses of all tax payers (resident and non-resident)  with values of real estate and personal property assessed to each, list of  county and precinct officers, names of teachers.

Call Number F332.J4  E44.  [Directory of Jefferson County tax payers, containing names and post  office addresses of all tax payers (resident and non-resident) with values of  real estate and personal property assessed to each, list of county and precinct  officers, names of teachers, etc. Compiled from the records of the county.   Birmingham, Ala., 1893.]

BGS Meeting — October 22, 2011 – 45th Annual October Family History Project Fair

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

Next meeting: Saturday, October 22nd at 2 p.m.; Refreshments at 1:30 p.m.

Program Topic: The 45th Annual October Family History Project Fair

Details: Contact us via email or BPL-Southern History Dept. at (205) 226-3665

It’s time for the 45th Annual October Family History Project Fair and you are invited! It’s time to plan for your exhibit – some ideas to consider for an exhibit are old family photos, clothing worn by an ancestor, family histories, articles owned by an ancestor or articles made by an ancestor. You may begin setting up your display at 1:00 p.m. You must be a BGS member to enter your project.  Think of the October Fair as a “Show & Tell” for genealogists.  Ribbons awarded to the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners. Silver bowl awarded to 1st place winner!

Also, if you do not plan to participate in the fair, your attendance is vital!  We will be presenting the nominations for the 2012 slate of officers.

We will also have a used book and magazine sale.

Note:  Please remember to bring a “dish” or drink for our refreshments table!

BGS Meeting — April 2011 — Meeting Canceled

Due to conflicts with the AGS Seminar on April 16th and Easter the weekend of April 23rd, there will be no BGS meeting in the month of April. Our next meeting will be May 21, 2011.  The May meeting will be our annual “Walking Tour”.  This year’s tour will be to the Karl C. Harrison Museum of George Washington in Columbiana (Shelby County). Stay tuned for more details.

I hope to see everyone at the Alabama Genealogical Society Seminar at Samford University on April 16, 2011. For details on how to register, click here.

BPL Southern History (and BGS) Featured on “Good Day Alabama”

BPL Southern History was featured this morning (3/23/2011) on “Good Day Alabama” on Fox6 in Birmingham.   Ben Petersen, Head of the Collection, and Mary Beth Newbill gave information about the department’s collection. Ben invited BGS and BAAGSG to do a segment with Jeh Jeh from “Good Day Alabama” during the time allotted.  If you saw it, both John Lanier (BAAGSG) and me (Melissa Hogan) will be signing autographs… just kidding!!

I would like to thank Ben Petersen and the folks at BPL for giving us a venue to promote both BGS and BAAGSG.

Link below is to one of the segments filmed this morning (3/23/2011).

A Good Day for Genealogy