1940 Census Indexing Status Update

From our friends at familysearch.org:

The 1940 US census index is now 99% complete! It’s hard to believe that we began just 4 months ago. Thank you for your help!

Keep reading to celebrate the “end” of the project and find out what that means, learn why it will take three to four weeks to publish all of the remaining state indexes, and find out how you can continue to make historical records searchable online as part of this amazing volunteer community.

July 28, 2012 Program Summary

Our speaker for the July 28th meeting was Karen Utz, Curator/Historian at the Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark.  Mrs. Utz presentation was titled “A Sense of Place: The African-American Women of Sloss Quarters.” (Note:  Ms. Utz updated the title.)  If you missed out on a monograph of the topic at the meeting, you will be happy to know that you can read the full research paper on which the program by downloading the document here from the Sloss Furnaces website.

If you were unable to attend, you missed a great presentation.  We are still confirming the August speaker.  We will update the blog as soon as it is confirmed.

BPL Southern History — Beyond the Basics of Genealogy – Land Records Class

From our friends at BPL Southern History:

We just wanted to let you know that there are still spots available in our
upcoming class:

8/4/12: Getting the Good Dirt: Land Records in Genealogical Research

The class will start at 10am in the east room of the Southern History
Dept. and there is a $5 fee to attend. Call 226-3665 or email us back to

Southern History Department
Birmingham Public Library

BGS Meeting — July 28, 2012 — Goin’ North, the African-American Women of Sloss Quarters

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, July 28th at 2 p.m.; Board Meeting at 1:15 p.m.

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

Speaker:  Karen Utz,  Curator/Historian at the Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark

Program Topic: Goin’ North, the African-American Women of Sloss Quarters

Karen Utz is the Curator/Historian at the Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark.    Goin’ North: The African American Women of Sloss Quarters will focus on the traditions
and customs the mothers, wives and daughters of ex-sharecroppers brought with them to the urban industrial landscape of Sloss Furnaces and its company housing, Sloss Quarters.   A 30 page monograph (plus 10 pages of citations) will be provided to those in attendance.

Birmingham Family History Center Family History Fair Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Birmingham Family History Center will have a Family History Fair on Saturday, July 21st from 9am to 3pm.   The event is free, but pre-registration is encouraged. Check-in begins at 9am.  The classes are from 10am until 3pm, changing each hour, so you can attend up to 5 classes.  Lunch will be available between 11am and 1pm.

Some presenters include Lafe Peevler, Karl Seitz, Patricia Coleman, Yvonne Crumpler, Nancy Dupree, Donald Debrow, Ann Holloman, Ken Record,  Anne Norris, Dan Tindall, James Blackston, & John Patterson.
Topic include beginning your research, technology, organizing your research, specific location research and much more.  See the website for more information and to register.  (When I checked earlier this week 3 classes were already full.)

1940 Census for Alabama (and other states) now indexed and searchable at Ancestry.com

From Ancestry.com:

Looking for relatives in Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oregon, Washington or Wisconsin? We’ve just released fully-searchable indexes for all 15 states. And Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, plus Virginia are also ready to search.


Birmingham Member Day July 21, 2012

Do you have a membership with any of the many cultural attractions in Birmingham? If so, on July 21st you can use your membership in one organization to visit another for free.

Participants include the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, Alabama Ballet, Barber Motorsports Museum, Birmingham Children’s Theatre, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham Museum of Art, Scrollworks, Birmingham History Center, Sidewalk Film Festival, Birmingham Zoo, Embellishments Handbell Ensemble, McWane Science Center, Red Mountain Theatre, Birmingham Public Library, Southern Museum of Flight and Vulcan Museum. Get more details on the Birmingham Mom’s blog.

Last Day for FGS Conference Early Bird registration … prices goes up July 1st

If you plan to register for the conference, and have not done so… you should do so today. The is the last day of Early Bird Registration and the price for Early Bird is $195.00. After today the registration fee will go up to $245.00 for the conference.

The conference is scheduled for August 29 to September 1, 2012. Take advantage of the Early Registration Discount by registering at fgs.org/2012conference/registration.

FGS conferences provides a great opportunity to associate with others who are interested not only in genealogy and family history, but those with common interests in the same geographic or ethnic groups that interest you. NETWORKING is a valuable outcome of every conference and you will want to make as many new friends as possible. Numerous meal functions will give you an added opportunity to make new acquaintances.

The nation’s genealogical vendors will bring their goods and services to an overflowing free exhibit hall and you will be able to browse, network and learn from a variety of experts in their field of specialty.

Where is Clayton’s Cove?

Have you ever heard of Clayton’s Cove?  What about Ayres?   Or Taylor?  According to an article in the Trussville Tribune, these names are all associated with a once thriving town in east Jefferson County.  This area is now part of Clay.

Read about this place and the historic Mt. Cavalry Presbyterian cemetery in the online article here.