BPL Survey for Beyond the Basics of Genealogy 2012

The following was received from our friends in the Southern History Department at the Birmingham Public Library. Please help them by taking the survey.

We had a great first year with our Beyond the Basics of Genealogy series of workshops. We’re looking at developing our classes for next year, and we need your input. Please take a few minutes of your time to fill out our survey, and be sure to be on the lookout for our classes in 2012.




Request for 2012 Conference Presentations – Black Belt Genealogy Conference

The following was received from our friends at the Black Belt African American Genealogical and Historical Society. Please contact them with any questions.

Request for 2012 Conference Presentations

The Black Belt African American Genealogical and Historical Society is accepting proposals for presentations at our 6th annual conference and family history fair, February 17 & 18, 2012 in Historic Selma Alabama. The conference location is the Hank Sanders Technology Center at Wallace Community College Selma. The conference format includes a Friday evening pre-conference meet and greet event and Saturday morning and afternoon concurrent sessions with a keynote speaker and awards luncheon and an afternoon plenary session featuring a panel discussion exploring the dynamics of the great migration from the Black Belt and the motivations and consequences for those who left and for those who chose to stay.
Proposed presentations should support the following conference goals:

  • Promote the mission of BBAAGHS and stimulate thought, reflection and dialogue on the inspiration and wisdom to be gained from the knowledge of our heritage and genealogy in terms of present and future action for individuals and/or communities.
  • Explore the proposition that: (1) there are positive and negative remnants of our heritage still impacting the African American community in significant ways; (2) knowledge of the collective African American heritage (as related through individual family histories) can be of benefit for the African American community to overcome the negative remnants and maximize the positive remnants; (3) strategies must be identified and implemented to maximize the positive remnants and overcome the negative remnants of our heritage in order to build a legacy for future generations.

Specific areas of focus for presentations include but are not limited to:
The Black Belt as a Collage of Cultures – the intersection of African American, European and Native American peoples and their contributions, accomplishments and cultural influence on the region
The Black Belt as a Repository of Resources – the wealth of natural, physical, genealogical and historical resources, well –known and little-known;
The Black Belt as a Hallmark of History – the historically significant events of the region that shape past, present and future generations
Proposals must include the following information:

  • Title and brief abstract for a 60-minute presentation including a 10-minute question and answer session
  • Format (PowerPoint, overhead, other )
  • Description of target audience
  • Audio-visual requirements
  • Brief resume of your expertise and experience with presenting the topic you have selected
  • Brief bio and photo for conference brochure (150 word limit)
  • Complete contact information including email address, home and cell number

Presenters receive an honorarium and conference registration. In-state presenter honorarium is $50. Out-of-state presenter honorarium is $100. Travel and lodging expenses are the responsibility of the presenter.
Submit proposals electronically by November 30, 2011 to bbaaghs@bbaaghs.org or mail to the Black Belt African American Genealogical and Historical Society, Inc. at:
P.O. Box 971
Selma AL 36702
ATTN: 2012 Conference RFP Committee

AGS Adds Walker County Records to Loose Records Project Index Online

The following was received from our friends at the Alabama Genealogical Society.
October 20, 2011

From eleven microfilm reels, AGS member Caroline Horton has finished transcribing a twenty-five page index of 556 Walker County Probate Court estate case files. Her computer file included 1,009 primary key names of decedents and estate administrators, and numerous heirs and legatees. They have been added to the LRPW database that now has 57,322 searchable names culled from loose court papers of twenty-four Alabama counties.

Supplemental index-keys are included to cover variations in spelling and to enhance the use of wild-card searches. As with other entries in the LRPW database, a found record will also report the probate date-range of each case and the reference number of the film reel available at the Alabama Dept. of Archives & History in Montgomery and FamilySearch Centers worldwide.

To read more about the LRPW project and to search the database visit http://www.lrp.algensoc.org.

For an example of a record, click on the Search Index button in the banner at the top of the LRPW home page.

On the search page enter the surname Hutto (in SEARCH ALL COUNTIES).
From the list of “hits” click on Hutto,, E. S. in Walker County.

Shelby County Historical Society Quarterly Meeting — August 7, 2011

Organization:  Shelby County Historical Society, www.schsociety.org

Quarterly Meeting:   Sunday, August 7, 2011 ~ 2:00pm

Location:    Held at the 1854 Old Courthouse in Columbiana, Alabama

Speaker:  Nancy Dupree, Senior Archivist, Alabama Department of Archives & History

Topic:  Want to know more about Family History Research?  Nancy will introduce you to the records and resources available and provide tips on how to use them to learn about your family history.

Reception & Refreshments Following the Meeting


Showcase your community, family, school, church or cemetery with a display.Set-up display space is available for only six tables … reserve your space quickly!  Showcase Reservation Deadline is August 2, 2011. Call the Shelby County Historical Society office at (205) 669-3912 between 9am – 3 pm Monday thru Friday for additional information and to reserve your display table. Exhibitors may begin set-up of their table at 1:00pm and no later than 1:30pm on the day of the meeting. Bring your own tablecloth [tables are 2′ wide x 4′ long].Exhibitors may park between the curb and yellow-street-line at side of building to unload, but must then park their vehicle in the parking lot after they are finished unloading.


Shelby County Historical Society, Inc. | P.O. Box 457 | 1854 Old Courthouse | Columbiana, AL 35051 | (205) 669-3912

AGS Starts Blog for Sharing Inquires & Personal Experiences about the April 27th tornadoes

The Alabama Genealogical Society (AGS) has started a blog for sharing inquiries and personal experiences about the April 27th tornadoes.

In a letter to the members:

As most of you know Alabama was raked by numerous deadly tornados yesterday leaving an historic amount of damage, displacement and loss of communications and power to many in our state. Some of your friends and families may have been affected. Several of us at AGS have had inquiries about our members, or information that some wish us to get out to others.

In an effort to do that we have set up a blog for sharing inquiries and personal experiences with each other. The blog is temporary and will remain up only as long as there is a use for it. And, since we are new at blogging, it may undergo changes as we assess it’s operation.

Please visit http://tornado-info.blogspot.com/

Upcoming Genealogy Classes Offered by BPL Southern History Department

Late last year the Southern History Department at the Birmingham Public Library posted a survey asking library patrons what kinds of programs they would like to attend in 2011. The survey was well responded and Southern History has (4) great programs scheduled this year. Class size is limited to 12 and is filled on a first come, first serve basis. For details on the programs and how to register, see the link below:

Beyond the Basics of Genealogy—A Workshop Series at the Birmingham Public Library