News from our Friends in the Southern History Department:
I just wanted to let you know about some upcoming genealogy classes at the
Birmingham Public Library. This is another installment in our Beyond the
Basics of Genealogy series. The topics and dates/times are below:
• Just Another Brick in the Wall: How to overcome the dreaded “brick
wall”– Saturday, October 4th @ 9:30am
• Exploring Archives.gov: An in-depth look at the genealogy tools
available online at the National Archives and Records Administration –
Saturday, October 4th @ 11:00am
• Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier: Military Records in Family History
Research – Saturday, November 8th @ 9:30 am
• Some Civilized Conversation: the Five Civilized Tribes and Native
American Genealogy Research – Saturday, November 8th @ 11:00 am
All classes will be held in the Arrington Auditorium (4th floor of the
Linn Henley Library, aka the “Old Building”). Workshops are free of
charge, but registration is requested. To register, contact the Southern
History Department of the Birmingham Public Library at 205-226-3665 or
We hope to see you soon.
The Southern History Department
Birmingham Public Library
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, July 26th @ 2pm/ Board of Directors meet @ 1pm
Speaker: Mary Taylor, BGS 1st Vice-President
Program Topic: Overview of the 2014 NGS Family History Conference
Please join us as Mary Taylor, BGS member and current 1st Vice-President, presents an overview of the 2014 NGS Family Conference held in Richmond VA. The theme for this year’s National Genealogical Society’s Annual Conference, held in May, was “Virginia: The First Frontier.” Please join us!
The Birmingham Genealogical Society usually 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, May 17th @ 1pm
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Program Topic: Walking Tour of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Put on your walking shoes because it’s time for the Annual BGS Walking Tour! The Birmingham Genealogical Society will meet at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 17th at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens! Please note that there will not be a Board of Directors meeting.
The program for May: Please join us as Jason Kirby, former BGS President and current archivist at the Archives and Rare Book Room (Birmingham Botanical Gardens), serves as our guide for a walking tour of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens! The Birmingham Botanical Gardens is 67.5-acre botanical gardens located adjacent to Lane Park at the southern foot of Red Mountain in Birmingham, Alabama. The gardens are home to over 12,000 different types of plants, 25 unique gardens, more than 30 works of original outdoor sculpture, and several miles of walking paths. With more than 350,000 annual visitors, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens qualify as one of Alabama’s top free-admittance tourist attractions. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens began as an idea prior to 1960. The Birmingham mayor of that time, James W. Morgan, led an effort to establish the gardens on a 69-acre portion of unused city property east of the Birmingham Zoo on the side of Red Mountain. The garden officially opened in 1963. The Birmingham Botanical Society, now known as the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens, was established in 1964 with a mission of helping the city to support and improve the gardens. For directions please visit the official website at
Due to unforeseen circumstances (there is no air conditioning in the downtown library) the meeting Saturday, April 26th has been cancelled.
We will reschedule the program on American Land Records at a later date.
The Birmingham Public Library – Central (Downtown) has announced reduced hours of operation for the next 6 to 8 weeks due to a broken air conditioning unit.
Effective Monday, April 28, the downtown location at 2100 Park Place will open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. It will be closed on Sundays.
Read more on the BPL blog.
The Birmingham Genealogical Society meets the fourth Saturday of each month (excl. Nov. & Dec.) at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are always welcome!
Next Meeting: Saturday, April 26th at 2pm; Board Meeting at 1pm
Meeting Room: Arrington Auditorium, 4th Floor, Linn-Henley Building
Speaker: Yvonne Crumpler, retired department head of the Southern History Department
Program Topic: American Land Records
Please join us as Yvonne Crumpler, former President of the Birmingham Genealogical Society and the Alabama Genealogical Society and former head of the Southern History Department of the Birmingham Public Library, will give us a presentation on American Land Records. Yvonne will provide a power point program discussing the history of land records with information on public land states and state land states, with a brief explanation of the different type land surveys. Please join us and bring a friend!
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 22nd at 2 p.m.;Board Meeting at 1:00 p.m.
Meeting Room: Arrington Auditorium, 4th Floor, Linn-Henley Building
Speaker: Suzanna Rawlins, current BGS President
Program Topic: Using the Legacy Stories Website to Organize and Store your Genealogical Research
Please join us as Suzanna Rawlins, current President of the Birmingham Genealogical Society, will give us a presentation on Legacy Stories – a cool way for us to store our genealogy research online. Legacy Stories was launched in 2011 as a new and innovative way for genealogists and family historians to gather family history and heritage information and preserve it for future generations. There are no programs to download – this is totally done on line. This website leverages the social networking capabilities of Facebook in a safe and secure environment. It is a GREAT way to organize and store genealogical research, share information with whomever YOU choose to share it with and hopefully empower you to fill in those genealogical blanks by allowing other family members to share your research and add comments of their own. Another great tool – Talking Photos! The system easily lets you add your voice to photos you have uploaded. What a treasure for you to share with future generations – they will be able to hear your voice as you talk about the photos…. The URL for the site is www.leaveyourlegacy.org. Join us for a brand new approach to sharing genealogical information.