BGS Meeting — January 25, 2014 — Union Hill Cemetery

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, January 25th at 2 p.m.;Board Meeting at 1:00 p.m.

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

Speaker: Scott Martin, BGS Director and Editor

Program Topic: Union Hill Cemetery

Please join us as Scott Martin, former BGS President and current director, presents a program on Union Hill Cemetery (located in Homewood AL). Union Hill Cemetery is the burial ground of many pioneers and early settlers of the Shades Valley area. Descendants of these settlers helped mold the cities of Mountain Brook and Homewood. Union Hill Cemetery was established in the 1870s but includes gravestones dating back to the early 1850s due to the relocation of two earlier, smaller cemeteries to Union Hill – the Daniel Watkins Cemetery in 1946 and the Enoch Watkins Cemetery in 2004. Scott is also a former President and current director of the Families & Friends of Union Hill Cemetery, a non-profit corporation organized in 1988 for the purpose of the care and maintenance of Union Hill Cemetery. Please join us!


Alabama Genealogical Society Spring Seminar 5 April 2014

From Our Friends at the Alabama Genealogical Society:

To download form to register click here    
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Judy G. Russell, JD


 Saturday 5 April 2014, 8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama

Beeson Business Building/Brock Forum Auditorium

The lecture topics will be: (1) ABC’s of DNA; (2) Beyond X and Y: The Promise and Pitfalls of Autosomal DNA Testing; (3) From the White Lion to the Emancipation Proclamation-Slavery and the Law Before the Civil War; (4) The Ethical Genealogist.

*Lunch on your own. The campus cafeteria and a food court are located next to the Beeson Business Building. Coffee, water, juice and light morning snacks available.

Seminar Fee: $40.00 for non-members and $35.00 for members.

Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree, a lecturer, educator, and writer. She has a blog, The Legal Genealogist, where she posts information about DNA, Copyright, the SSDI, and many other topics of interest to researchers. Ms. Russell has attended the National Institute on Genealogical Research at the National Archives in Washington, DC and completed Elizabeth Shown Mills’ course work in Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis. She attended the Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford Institute and now teaches classes there. If you have not read her Blog you have missed out on an interesting and informative resource. 

Yvonne Crumpler

Alabama Genealogical Society

Free Webinar Monday, November 18, 2013 — Google Earth for Genealogy

When:  Monday, November 18, 2013 @ 8pm EST/7pm CST
What: Webinar, Google Earth for Genealogy
Who:  Lisa Louise Cooke

Google Earth for Genealogy – Google Earth is a 360 degree three dimensional way to view your ancestor’s world! In this class you will learn how to identify old photos, plot and virtually visit your ancestor’s homestead, and incorporate historic maps. Google Earth has the power to geographically document your ancestor’s lives, and lends itself very well to collaboration with other researchers. It’s one of the best online genealogical tools available, and best of all, Google Earth is FREE!

Lisa Louise Cooke is the owner of Genealogy Gems, a multi-media production company, and host of The Genealogy Gems Podcast at She’s the author of four books including Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse and The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, producer of the video series Google Earth for Genealogy, an international speaker, and a regular contributor to Family Tree Magazine.

The Webinar is free, but you must register to get your personal sign-in code. Visit the GGS website to sign up (click on “register and view our schedule”). If you cannot attend the webinar at the 8PM time, many of the webinars are archived in the members-only section of the website.

Applications for the Jean Thomason Scholarship for IGHR are due by December 1, 2013,

From our Friends at IGHR:

Applications for the Jean Thomason Scholarship for IGHR are due by December 1, 2013, and will be reviewed by a Samford University Library committee. The winner will be announced in January.

Please include the following in your application:

* Name * Address * Email * Phone * The name of the Library where you are employed * The length of time you have worked in a library * The average number of hours (monthly) spent working with patrons * The name of the course you plan to attend (2014 Course offerings available at * In 500 words or less (1 printed page), a description of how participation in this course will benefit your patrons * A letter of support from a supervisor or colleague

Please send your application:

Via email to:

Via regular mail to: Thomason Scholarship Samford University Library 800 Lakeshore Drive Birmingham, AL 35229

For more information or to submit your application via email, visit the IGHR website at

Alabama Genealogical Society Fall Seminar, October 12, 2013

From Our Friends at the Alabama Genealogical Society:

Alabama Genealogical Society Fall Seminar 2013

Sat. 12 October 2013, 9:00 A.M.- 2:00 P.M. Alabama Department of Archives and History 624 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36130

Susan Sloan presents: NCIS: Names, Clues, and Indirect Sources…Chasing Ancestors Lecture Topics: Genealogical Proof Standard: Harnessing the Power of Indirect Evidence, 2 hours, and Using Pre-1850 Censuses in Genealogical Research: A Case Study
$40.00 for non-members and $35.00 for members. For additional information please go to ags-seminar
Susan Sloan is a professional genealogist whose areas of concentration are teaching family history classes, conducting private lineage research, and preparing lineage applications. She has authored articles in several genealogical publications in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina. Ms. Sloan holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Georgia State University.

BGS “Lock-In” at BPL Southern History, Friday, September 20th

The Birmingham Genealogical Society  is sponsoring a “Lock-In” at the Birmingham Public Library Southern History Department.

Date:  Friday, September 20th, 2013 from 6pm to 10pm

Location: BPL Southern History Department

Have you been wishing you had “just a little more time” at the library? Or maybe you need some help learning how to use the library’s fabulous collection and research tools and don’t know who to ask?  Please join us Friday, September 20th for some fellowship and research assistance! We will have the Research library to ourselves!!  (Library closes at 6pm on Friday’s.)

There is a limit of 50 registrations.  Food and drinks will be provided. The cost is $5 for members/$15 for non-members.  Please complete the registration form attached and mail to the address below.  You can also register in person at the BGS General Meetings on July 27th and August 17th.

BGS Lock In Registration form Sept 2013

Send registration and payment (checks payable to BGS) to:
Suzanna Rawlins, President, BGS
108 Willow Creek South Lane
Alabaster, AL 35007
Questions? Email:

BGS Meeting — July 27, 2013 — Cemetery Preservation

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 27th at 2 p.m.;Board Meeting at 1:00 p.m.

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

Speaker: Gene Gravlee, ACPA – Walker County

Program Topic: Cemetery Preservation

Please join us as Gene Gravlee presents a program on Cemetery Preservation.   Gene is the Walker County Representative for Alabama Cemetery Preservation Alliance.  He retired from the Alabama Department of Public Safety and the Air Force Reserves with over 28 years of service.   He has published county cemetery maps for Walker, Winston and Lamar counties while working as a volunteer for Craig Remington at the University of Alabama.  He has over fifty years conducting family research member SAR, MOSB, Alabama Genealogical Society, Walker Genealogical and other organizations.