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


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.