The Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference August 29 – September 1, 2012 in Birmingham, Alabama

The next Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists takes place in Birmingham, Alabama from August 29 – September 1, 2012. Indians, Squatters, Settlers and Soldiers in the ‘Old Southwestis the conference theme and it is hosted by the Alabama Genealogical Society (AGS).

This year’s FGS conference offers an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in researching their family history. Over 175 educational sessions and 13 luncheons are designed to balance the needs of genealogists at all levels, exploring a variety of records, strategies, and other tools available to those interested in researching their family history. Special sessions include a wide variety targeting members and leaders of genealogical and historical societies. In addition, special events, such as the Alabama Genealogical Society Opening Social at the Alabama Theater, the FGS Evening Social at the historic Sloss Furnaces, Spotlight on Societies, and daily sponsored lectures provide an excellent environment to meet and network with others interested in family history and genealogy.

Registration for the FGS Conference is open.  If one registers prior to July 2, 2012 the registration fee is $195.00 for the full conference.   For registrations July 2, 2012 and later, the registration fee will be $245.00 for the full conference. People can register for one or two days if they wish to do so.  See for more information.   You can also stay “up to date” on conference news at the FGS conference blog:

AGS is still looking for volunteers to help with registration, technology troubleshooting, room monitors, exhibit hall and other conference activities.  Volunteering may also save you money on your registration.  You can find out more information here or sign up here.


Upcoming BPL Program — “Getting the Most Out of the Census: Finding Ancestry Clues in Census Records, 1790 – 1940”

From our friends at the BPL Southern History Department:

Getting the Most Out of the Census: Finding Ancestry Clues in Census Records, 1790 – 1940

The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) Southern History Department is hosting a workshop presented by Frazine Taylor on digging deeper into the information found in the censuses that even seasoned researchers overlook.

Ms. Taylor is the retired Head of Reference for the Alabama Department of Archives and History with over twenty years of experience as a librarian, archivist, lecturer, and writer. She is the author of “Researching Your African American Ancestor: A Resource Guide.” One among Taylor’s many honors is working on Tom Joyner’s and Linda Johnson Rice’s segments in the PBS series, “African American Lives 2.”

This workshop does not require registration. Contact the Southern History Department of BPL at 205-226-3665 for more information.

Event:  “Getting the Most Out of the Census: Finding Ancestry Clues in Census Records, 1790 – 1940”
Presenter:  Frazine Taylor
Date:  Saturday, June 30, 2012
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Place:  Central Library, Arrington Auditorium
Cost:  Free
Registration:  Not required

BGS Meeting — May 26, 2012 — The Era of Patent Medicines

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, May 26th at 2 p.m.; Board Meeting at 1:15 p.m.

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

Speaker:  Michael A. Flannery, Associate Director of Historical Collections at UAB

Program Topic: The Era of Patent Medicines

It is hard for most of us to imagine a world without the Food & Drug Administration, no knowledge of bacteria and germs, and lack of qualified medical practitioners, but that was the case 100-150 years ago.  Mr. Flannery will discuss both the myths and the facts of the era of patent medicines in the United States.

Michael Flannery is the author of 8 books, most recently Alfred Russel Wallace: A Rediscovered Life (2011). Most of his research and published work has been in the history of pharmacy. In 2007 he edited and reissued Nicholas Culpeper’s English Physician, which he published with the University of Alabama Press. He is professor and Associate Director for Historical Collections at UAB. Although a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, since 1999 he has been happy to call Alabama his home, where he lives with his wife and three mischievous cats in Shelby County.

BPL Survey for Beyond the Basics of Genealogy 2012

The following was received from our friends in the Southern History Department at the Birmingham Public Library. Please help them by taking the survey.

We had a great first year with our Beyond the Basics of Genealogy series of workshops. We’re looking at developing our classes for next year, and we need your input. Please take a few minutes of your time to fill out our survey, and be sure to be on the lookout for our classes in 2012.

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