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!

BGS Meeting — January 28, 2012 — Today’s DAR Including Research Resources and Membership Information

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 28th at 2 p.m.; Board Meeting at 1:30 p.m.

Meeting Room: Youth Department (Story Castle), 2nd Floor, Main Library building

Speaker:  Connie Grund

Program Topic: Today’s DAR Including Research Resources and Membership Information

Come join us and learn about the Daughter’s of the American Revolution (DAR) lineage society.  Connie will share resources available to both member and non-members of DAR and provide information on how to join the society.  She will be available after her program to discuss membership information one-on-one.

About the Speaker:  Connie Haynsworth Grund was born in Birmingham, baptized at the Cathedral Church of the Advent and spent most of her growing up years in Westchester County, New York.

Connie is a full time volunteer serving currently as the Vice Regent of the Alabama Society Daughters of the American Revolution and Vice Chairman of the KDS DAR School, Board of Trustees in Grant, AL. Connie serves the National Society DAR as National Chairman of Constitution Week. She is also a member of 18 other lineage groups and serves on the board of several.

Connie’s ancestor David Owen brought his family down the Tennessee River on a flatboat, disembarked in Guntersville and went by wagon to Jefferson County. That was back in 1816 and makes Connie the 8th generation of her family to live in Jefferson County. The Owen farm house, built in 1833 is still in Jefferson County owned by the West Jefferson County Historical Society and Connie serves on the Board of Director’s.

Connie has six other family lines that were in Alabama before statehood including Jefferson County pioneers Mortimer Jordan, John Smith and William Rose Sadler, Needham Lee of Shelby County and William Patton and John Brahan of Huntsville. William Patton’s son Robert went on to become the 20th governor of Alabama.

NOTE:  Please note the location change from our “regular” meeting room in the Arrington Auditorium to the meeting room located in the Youth Department.  We will resume meeting in the Arrington Auditorium in February.

August 22, 2009 – BGS Meeting – Revolutionary War Battle of King’s Mountain

The Birmingham Genealogical Society meets the fourth Saturday of each month (excluding Nov. & Dec.) in the Arrington Auditorium at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are encouraged to attend!

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

Speaker: Bill Clement

Program Topic: Revolutionary War Battle of King’s Mountain

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

Did you know that nearly half the men who fought at the Battle of King’s Mountain were Tennessee “Overmountain Men?” That the Battle of King’s Mountain is credited with having turned the tide of the Revolution? That without King’s Mountain, America might have had only ten colonies? That the battle was not Americans against the British, but Americans against Americans? That the American Whigs bested the American Tories in only one hour, took over 800 prisoners and then proceded to “lose” them? Or that hundreds of Whigs “deserted” right along with the hundreds of Tories they “lost?” The Battle of King’s Mountain is unique in America’s history: This battle—fought by 1,000 plus militiamen—without orders, formal military training, uniforms or provisions, and with no promise of pay—against the supposedly “superior forces” of noted English Col. Patrick Ferguson—is credited by most early historians with having changed the course of the Revolution in the South, and may have even insured that the original number of colonies in these United States of America would be thirteen, not ten.

Please join us as Bill Clement, a member and Director of the Birmingham Genealogical Society and a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, Birmingham Chapter, answers these questions and discusses this historic event!

New Hoover UDC Chapter Holds Organizational Meeting

Organizational meeting attendees

A new chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy for Hoover and the surrounding communities held its organizational meeting recently. It will be called Emma Sansom Chapter, after probably the most famous Confederate heroine in Alabama.

When Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest was pursuing Union Col. Abel Streight to deter him from his mission to destroy Rome, Georgia, Forrest found the bridge crossing Black Creek near Gadsden on fire and guarded by Union sentinels. Bravely Emma, a girl of 15, regardless of the fact that she and her family might suffer retaliation from invading troops, offered to show Forrest a ford where he might cross. Perched behind him on his horse with bullets whizzing all around, she guided him there and saw the Confederates safely across, waving her bonnet at the Federals whose musket volleys sent a bullet through her wide skirt.

A meeting has been scheduled for early January at which time the papers of all potential members will be completed, and the Charter will be signed.