Alabama Genealogical Society Fall Seminar

From our friends at the Alabama Genealogical Society:

AGS Fall Seminar 2012
The Alabama Genealogical Society Fall Seminar will be Saturday October 13, 2012, 9:00 A.M.- 1:45 P.M. at the Alabama Department of Archives and History, 624 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36130. The speaker is Robert Scott Davis, Jr. The title of the program is Three Anniversaries. The lecture topics will be: 1. War of 1812 Era Research, 2. The Basics of Researching a Civil War Ancestor, 3. World War I Research and Other Military Records After the St. Louis Fire.

Seminar Fee: $40.00 for non-members and $35.00 for members.
Lunch is available for those who register by October 11, 2012.

For addition information please go to
or e-mail Yvonne Crumpler at

Yvonne Crumpler
1st Vice President
Alabama Genealogical Society

FGS Conferences Continues Today in Birmingham

Please come by and see us in the Exhibit Hall (East Exhibit Hall at the BJCC).  You do not have to be a registered conference participant to access the Exhibit Hall.  The vendors and societies participating are numerous… and LOTS of special “conference only” deals from the vendors (book vendors, software vendors, genealogical websites).  This is the last day of FGS 2012 and the Exhibit Hall will be open until 3pm.

Hope to see you there!

In Memoriam ~ Billy Thomas Gamble ~ Update

Billy Gamble (center) greeting Birmingham’s final Honor Flight, June 2012
Photo from the Birmingham News,

Article accompanying above photo can be found online here.

Mr. Billy Thomas Gamble passed away Friday, August 24, 2012. His obituary is in the Sunday edition (26 August 2012) of the Birmingham News.   Mr. Gamble and his wife, Stella, have been long-time active members of BGS.  Mr. Gamble was a veteran of World War II and had the opportunity to participate in an “Honor Flight” to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. in 2008.  Services will be held Monday the 27th at Currie-Jefferson Funeral Home in Hoover with burial in the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo following.


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BGS Meeting — August 25, 2012 — Baseball and Steel: Industrial League Baseball

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, August 25th at 2 p.m.; Board Meeting at 1:15 p.m.

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

Speaker:  Joe Holley,  Industrial League Baseball enthusiast and historian

Program Topic: Baseball and Steel:  Industrial League Baseball

Joe Holley is a native of Walker County and retired after a lengthy career with the Alabama Department of Transportation. While in college, Mr. Holley took a history course on techniques of research including conducting oral histories.  Because of longtime family involvement, he chose local industrial league baseball as the subject of his research project.  He initially interviewed old timers who dated back to the turn of the 20th Century.  In the intervening years, he has continued his research and has become an “expert”  on the local industrial league teams and players.

Sloss Furnance National Landmark (original)

Stockham Baseball Team, Late 1930’s

1940 U.S. Census Community Project Complete!!

Our friends at FamilySearch announced last night that the indexing and arbitration of the 1940 U.S. Census is now complete!  It will take a few weeks for all the remaining states to come online, but when it is done we will have (2) independent indexes for the 1940 Census– and the (shared by many other sites).  (Maybe when the all states come online from the FamilySearch indexing project  I will finally find my grandfather’s brothers!)

Don’t despair if you are sad that there are no records to index. is starting another “Community Project” — the US Immigration & Naturalization Community Project. This project will index passenger lists from all the major US ports, so there will be something in this project for everyone. Just look for the “US (Community Project)” label on all record sets belonging to this new project.

Read the full news release here from

I would personally like to say “THANK YOU” to all the contributors who supported the Birmingham Genealogical Society in the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project.  I hope we can continue to index as a group supporting the other “Community Projects.”  I will post the “final” statistics of the records indexed and arbitrated for the group during the 1940 Census project later on the BGS Facebook page.  If you would like to join the group and index other Community Projects, you can find details on how to join and get started here.