Legacy Family Tree “Free” Webinars

Legacy Family Tree genealogy software began offering free webinars last year. Even if you cannot attend “live”, you can view/listen for a certain period of time at your convenience after the webinar event; some are even free to view/listen for an unlimited period of time.

Current offerings includes:

Best Internet Resources for African-American Genealogy (free until Sept. 12)
Organizing for Success (Available indefinitely)
The Power of DNA for Unlocking Family Relationships

and many more…



Upcoming BPL Program — “Researching Your Family’s Roots: Family History Resources on the Internet”

Researching Your Family’s Roots: Family History Resources on the Internet

The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) is hosting a workshop presented by Frazine Taylor on how to use the Internet to find family history resources. 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 focuses on the Internet as a tool or research technique that could save any researcher time, or prevent wasted efforts when searching the World Wide Web. The workshop will cover:

* Introduction to several search engines with uses for family history
* How to use search operators to fine tune search results
* How to use social media for family history
* Other aspects of online sources for family research

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

Event: **“Researching Your Family’s Roots: Family History Resources on the Internet”**
Presenter: Frazine Taylor
Date: **Saturday, June 4, 2011*
Time: **9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.*
Place: Central Library, Arrington Auditorium
Cost: Free
Registration: Not required*

“Clue Wagon” blog posting

Note: The article below is for entertainment only, but unfortunately is a true perspective of how many of us (including me) research online!

Kerry Scott, who writes the blog, “Clue Wagon”, wrote a hilarious article titled “Breaking News: Scientists Pinpoint the Origins of Piles of Genea-Crap” that is a must read.



News Release

ArchiTreats: Food for Thought begins another year of informative talks on Alabama History at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Join us at noon on Thursday, January 20, 2011 as Robert B. Bradley presents The Road To War: January – April 1861. This presentation is in conjunction with the Becoming Alabama statewide initiative.

The Road to War will examine the period from January 11, 1861, when Alabama became the fourth state to secede from the Union, until April 12, 1861 when the firing on Ft. Sumter, in Charleston, South Carolina, inaugurated the Civil War. During this period the Confederate States of America was formed with Montgomery as its capital and Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as the 16th President of the United States. The most pressing issue inherited by the opposing powers was the Federal occupation of two forts: one on the Atlantic, the other on the Gulf of Mexico. The program will examine how the stubborn defiance of two US Army officers who refused to surrender their commands led to the flash point that would ignite a horrible and costly war.

Robert (Bob) Bradley is currently the Chief Curator at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. From 1974-1986, he was a historian with the National Park Service, specializing in the management, preservation, and interpretation of 18th -to mid 20th-century fortifications and military sites. Of his several assignments, his position as Chief Historian at Fort Sumter National Monument in Charleston, South Carolina was his favorite. From 1986-1988, Bradley was Historic Sites Administrator for the Alabama Historical Commission. Since coming to the Archives in 1988 he has been responsible for the preservation, documentation, and conservation of the Department’s collection of nearly a half-million artifacts. He is the author of Documenting the Civil War Period Flag Collection at the Alabama Department of Archives and History, which is available on the Department’s web-site, and he has contributed to a wide variety of Civil War publications. He is also very active in Civil War battlefield preservation.

This ArchiTreats presentation is made possible by the Friends of the Alabama Archives and a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The public is invited to bring a sack lunch and enjoy a bit of Alabama history. Coffee and tea will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives. For more information, call (334) 353-4712.