December 10, 2011 – Annual Christmas Tea

The Birmingham Genealogical Society meets the fourth Saturday of each month (ex. Nov. & Dec.) in the Arrington Auditorium at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are always welcome!

Next meeting: Saturday, December 10th at 1 p.m.

Program Topic: No Speaker, Christmas Tea

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

Another year has passed by very quickly.  It is time for the annual BGS Christmas Tea.  All are invited to attend.  We will install officers for 2012 and there will be a lot of good food and fellowship.  If you are not a current member of the society or a recent new member, this is your chance to get to know “us”.

The Christmas Tea is our last official get together until January 2012.  Please join us!

BAAGSG Class — November 13, 2011 — Planning Meeting for the 2012 Black Heritage Fair

The Birmingham African-American Genealogy Study Group (BAAGSG), a special interest group of the Birmingham Genealogical Society, meets the second Sunday of each month in the Arrington Auditorium at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are welcome!

Next meeting:  Sunday, November 13th at 3 p.m.

Meeting Room: Third Floor Auditorium (Arrington), Linn-Henley Building

Topic:  Planning meeting for the 2012 Black Heritage Fair

Please plan to attend this very important meeting.  We need your participation and ideas to make the 2012 Black Heritage Fair a success!

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.

Thanks!

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/btbsurvey

And the Winners are…

We had some great entries yesterday (Oct 22th) in the 45th Annual BGS October Family History Fair. All of the participants put a lot of time and research into their projects.

1st Place – Mary Lu Johnson
“Nelson Family Coal Mining Display”

 

2nd Place – Earl Massey
“Howe Sewing Machine”

3rd Place – Gary Gerlach
“Loose Records – Locked Out”


 

 

 

 

 

BGS Meeting — October 22, 2011 – 45th Annual October Family History Project Fair

The Birmingham Genealogical Society meets the fourth Saturday of each month (ex. Nov. & Dec.) in the Arrington Auditorium at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are always welcome!

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

Program Topic: The 45th Annual October Family History Project Fair

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

It’s time for the 45th Annual October Family History Project Fair and you are invited! It’s time to plan for your exhibit – some ideas to consider for an exhibit are old family photos, clothing worn by an ancestor, family histories, articles owned by an ancestor or articles made by an ancestor. You may begin setting up your display at 1:00 p.m. You must be a BGS member to enter your project.  Think of the October Fair as a “Show & Tell” for genealogists.  Ribbons awarded to the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners. Silver bowl awarded to 1st place winner!

Also, if you do not plan to participate in the fair, your attendance is vital!  We will be presenting the nominations for the 2012 slate of officers.

We will also have a used book and magazine sale.

Note:  Please remember to bring a “dish” or drink for our refreshments table!

BAAGSG Class — October 9, 2011 — Bring Your Family Genealogy Project

The Birmingham African-American Genealogy Study Group (BAAGSG), a special interest group of the Birmingham Genealogical Society, meets the second Sunday of each month (ex. May and November) in the Arrington Auditorium at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are welcome!

Next meeting:  Sunday, October 9th at 3 p.m.

Meeting Room: Third Floor Auditorium (Arrington), Linn-Henley Building

Instructor:  Donald Debrow

Topic:  Bring Your Family Genealogy Project

Please bring a genealogical project about a family or a person of interest which should include:

  • a 3 -5 minute presentation about a person researched
  • Include the person’s name,
  • why they were selected
  • when and where they lived
  • their relationship to you
  • include any new information about your family revealed through research
  • bring a photo or sketch of the person being researched
  • list sources used in your investigation (ex: oral interviews, government records church records, etc.)

BGS Meeting — September 24, 2011 — Do You Have an Ancestor Who Served in the Great War?

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, September 24th at 2 p.m.; Board Meeting at 1:30 p.m.

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

Speaker:  Yvonne Crumpler

Program Topic: Do You Have an Ancestor Who Served in the Great War?

World War I (WWI), which was predominantly called the World War or the Great War from its occurrence until 1939, and the First World War or World War I thereafter, was a major war centered in Europe that began on 28 July 1914 and lasted until 11 November 1918.  It involved all the world’s great powers, which were assembled in two opposing alliances: the Allies (centered around the Triple Entente) and the Central Powers (originally centered around the Triple Alliance). More than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, were mobilized in one of the largest wars in history. More than 9 million combatants were killed, largely because of great technological advances in firepower without corresponding advances in mobility. It was the sixth deadliest conflict in world history.  Please join us as Yvonne Crumpler presents “Do You Have An Ancestor Who Served In The Great War?”

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

BAAGSG Class — September 11, 2011 — What You Can Do With Familysearch.org for Free

The Birmingham African-American Genealogy Study Group (BAAGSG), a special interest group of the Birmingham Genealogical Society, meets the second Sunday of each month (ex. May and November) in the Arrington Auditorium at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are welcome!

Next meeting:  Sunday, September 11th at 3 p.m.

Meeting Room: Third Floor Auditorium (Arrington), Linn-Henley Building

Topic:  What You Can Do With Familysearch.org for Free

Speaker:  Pat Coleman

Member Spotlight of the Month:  Chester Summerville & Family

BGS Meeting — August 27, 2011 — “Why They Do What They Do for Genealogy”

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 27th at 2 p.m.; Board Meeting at 1:30 p.m.

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

Panel Discussion: Susan Moore, Mary Lu J0hnson, Carrol Massey, & Earl Massey

Program Topic: “Why They Do What They Do for Genealogy”

Many of our members and many other genealogists research and publish genealogical information that does not involve any of their ancestors but is done for the good of genealogists that they have never met, and may never meet. On August 27 we will have a panel to discuss the topic of  “Why they do what they do for genealogy”.

The panel will be discussing cemetery transcriptions, findagrave.com, transcribing & indexing records, teaching others, publishing, writing and …

Please join us!

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

BAAGSG Class — August 14, 2011 — Using Topographic Maps

The Birmingham African-American Genealogy Study Group (BAAGSG), a special interest group of the Birmingham Genealogical Society, meets the second Sunday of each month (ex. May and November) in the Arrington Auditorium at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are welcome!

Next meeting:  Sunday, August 14th at 3 p.m.

Meeting Room: Third Floor Auditorium (Arrington), Linn-Henley Building

Topic:  Using Topographic Maps

Speaker:  John Lanier

Items covered include:

  • A short introduction of the use of GPS (Global Position Satellite System) & how you can use this system for  locating  and documenting address in your research.
  • Using a GPS as a form for documenting research for your work.