In Memoriam ~ Martha Rogers Burchfield

Martha Rogers Burchfield, long-time active BGS member, passed away January 18, 2011. Her obituary is in the Friday edition (21 January 2011) of the Birmingham News. Please remember her family in your prayers.


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BGS Meeting — October 23, 2010 – 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 23rd at 2 p.m.; Refreshments at 1:30 p.m.

Program Topic: The 44th 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 44th 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. We will also have a used book and magazine sale!

Take the BPL Southern History Department’s Survey

The Birmingham Public Library’s Southern History Department is planning a series of advanced genealogy classes for the public. Classes will focus on specific areas of research (land records, census records, etc.) and will be taught by the library staff. Since this project is still in the early stages, they have asked for our help. A survey is up and ready to go at

The survey is short (10 questions). Please help Ben Petersen and the Southern History staff by taking this survey.

BGS included in the “50 Best Blogs for Genealogy Geeks” published by

BGS received an email from on May 20th:

We wanted to let you know that we featured your blog in one of our recent articles on our own blog. (50 Best Blogs for Genealogy Geeks) is linked below and could be a fun way to share this announcement with your readers.

Thanks again for your time, and keep up the good work!

We are listed under the “NEWS” section. Thanks to for including our little blog with the “heavyweights” of genealogy blogs.

Have you updated your e-mail address with BGS lately?

All Members,

About six months ago due to rising publication/mailing costs, we began to send our monthly newsletter via e-mail to those members who had provided us with an e-mail address. We still do not have e-mail addresses for many members. I know that some of our members do not have e-mail addresses, but there are several on the list that I believe do.

Please help us reduce our costs as we are still mailing the newsletters to those who have not provided an e-mail address. You will still receive the monthly newsletter – just via e-mail.

Please send your name and e-mail address to us at the following address:

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Also we have not received dues for 2010 for many members.  We will be mailing the magazine (Pioneer Trails) shortly to all who have renewed in 2010.  If you are unsure if we have received your 2010 dues, contact us and we can check for you.

Thank you,

Melissa Hogan
BGS President