Beyond the Basics of Genealogy 2013 Class Schedules

From our Friends in the Southern History Department of the Birmingham Public Library:

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

Beyond the Basics of Genealogy (BtB) workshops, a series of classes
covering various topics on genealogical research will be conducted in the
Birmingham Public Library (BPL) beginning in April 2013. Workshops will
run from one to two hours, and be conducted by members of the Southern
History Department staff.

Participants will gain in-depth knowledge on specialized areas of
researching genealogy. The BtB classes are designed to expand on
information provided in the “Introduction to Genealogy” classes, which are
offered throughout the year by the Southern History Department.
Registration is limited to the first 18 respondents. Classes will be held
at 10:00 a.m. in the Board Room of the Central Library.

The subjects being taught and dates are as follows:
• What’s Up Doc?: Government Documents in Genealogical Research –
Saturday, April 13th

• The Bases Are Loaded: BPL’s Catalog, Worldcat, and Other Databases –
Saturday, May 18th

• Loving the LDS: An In-Depth Guide to Using – Saturday,
June 15th

• Getting the Good Dirt: Using Land Records in Genealogical Research –
Saturday, July 27th

• Bring Out Your Dead: Cemeteries in Genealogical Research – Saturday,
August 17th

Registration for the workshop costs $5.00, which includes the class
handout. To register, contact the Southern History Department of the
Birmingham Public Library at 205-226-3665 or askgenlocal.
Seating is limited to the first 18 to register.

Southern History Department
Birmingham Public Library


Symposium “Know Who You Are Through DNA” — February 9, 2013

From our friends at the Birmingham African American Genealogy Study Group:

Please join us on Saturday, February 9th for a presentation titled, “Know Who You Are Through DNA” featuring the renowned DNA scientist Dr. Rick Kittles. Dr. Kittles has appeared on the PBS series ‘African American Lives’ and ‘Finding Your Roots’. He is the co-founder of African (http// and is the leading scientist in the development of the DNA database which connects us to our African tribal roots.

Please support this special event and bring a friend. The event will take place this Saturday at the Rosa Parks Museum Auditorium, 252 Montgomery Street, Montgomery, AL 36104. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Bill Foster 334-322-0824 (Montgomery) or Josephine Martin (Birmingham) 205 901-6387

Hosted by AAGS and the Birmingham African American Genealogy Study Group.

Tuesday Night History Programming on APT

Tomorrow night, January 8, Alabama Public Television will air programming for us history buffs.

First up at 7pm CST is the History Detectives. Click here for information on tomorrow night’s show.

At 8pm, APT kicks off a 3 part series, The Abolitionists: American Experience. The series tells the stories of Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimké, Harriet Beecher Stowe and John Brown. Click here for more information on this series.

BGS Meeting — January 26, 2013 — Mundane and Macabre, 19th Century Letters and Diaries

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 26 at 2 p.m.;Board Meeting at 1:00 p.m.

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

Speaker: Jim Baggett, Birmingham Public Library Archives Dept. Head

Program Topic: Mundane and Macabre, 19th Century Letters and Diaries

From matters of love, death and politics to the price of shoes, nineteenth century Alabamaians recorded their experiences in letters and diaries. This talk explores life in the 1800s through personal writings now preserved in the Birmingham Public Library Archives.

Jim Baggett is Head of the Department of Archives and Manuscripts at the Birmingham Public Library and Archivist for the City of Birmingham. He has served as president of the Society of Alabama Archivists and Chair of the Jefferson County Historical Commission. Jim has lectured throughout the U.S. and Europe and has been featured on Alabama Public Television, National Public Radio and CSPAN. He has authored or edited five books on Birmingham and Alabama history, including A Woman of the Town: Louise Wooster, Birmingham’s Magdalen and Alabama Illustrated: Engravings from 19th Century Newspapers. Jim has written more than fifty articles on archival preservation and Alabama history for Alabama Librarian magazine, Alabama Heritage, Birmingham magazine and other publications.

Let me introduce our BGS Officers for 2013


President Suzanna Rawlins
1st Vice President (Programs) Mary Taylor
2nd Vice President (Membership) Patricia Crim Dietlein
Treasurer Yvonne Brakefield
Recording Secretary Jyl Hardy
Corresponding Secretary Jyl Hardy
Chaplain Earl Massey
Historian Carl Dykes
Curator Yvonne Crumpler
Parliamentarian Gary Gerlach
Website/Social Media Melissa Hogan
Publicity A. C. Burttram, Jr.
Pioneer Trails/BGS Newsletter Editor Scott Martin

Board of Directors:

2013    Barbara Smith
2013    Gail Pugh
2014    David Hamilton
2014    Carol Massey
2015    Scott Martin
2015    Scott Hogan