2017 Monthly Meetings
Jan 28th : Ann Gilbert, Former BGS President, will speak about the 1866 Alabama State Census. While most state census were designed for the preparation of statehood, the 1866 Alabama census was designed to take an enumeration of the population after the Civil War. This would be the first census that would include African Americans as head of household and all of the members of their families. It would be taken in separate schedules (White and Colored) but would include everyone. There would be some additional information that would not be taken in the federal census, and not all counties would include this information. Please join us and find out what this information was and how it could help in your research.
Feb 25th : ”Why can’t I view Great Grandpa’s will? – the Good, Bad and Ugly of the Loose Records Project” presented by Jim Anderson. Some of the most valuable records for our research are the archived papers in our counties’ Probate Offices. Anderson updates us on the statewide project to make images of these records available. He will name counties where we know these images exist but we can’t easily search for or view them. An obscure national initiative will be revealed that raises questions on how free is access to these images.
Mar 25th : THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO ALABAMA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY’S SEMINAR ON THE SAME DAY AT SAMFORD UNIVERSITY. Follow this link for more information http://algensoc.org/main/seminars.html
April 22nd : Round Table Discussion. THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO A LACK OF MEMBER PARTICIPATION.
May 20th : The BGS May meeting will be held on the third Saturday of May (as the fourth Saturday falls on Memorial Day weekend). Put on your walking shoes because it’s time for the Annual BGS Walking Tour! The Birmingham Genealogical Society will meet at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 20th at Union Hill Cemetery, located in Homewood (on Hollywood Boulevard, near Highway 280)! Please note there will not be a Board of Directors meeting. Please join us as Scott Martin, former BGS President, presents a program on Union Hill Cemetery. 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 1870’s but includes gravestones dating back to the early 1850’s 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. Scott will also provide a demonstration on grave dowsing. Please join us!
June 24th : The Birmingham Genealogical Society will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 24th on the fourth floor of the Birmingham Public Library (in the Arrington Auditorium). The Board of Directors will meet following the general meeting.
Please join us for “One for the Record Books: The English Census Workshop”: Searching for English ancestors? Genealogists know that census records are crucial to family history research, but there are some important differences between the U.S. Federal Census and its English cousin. This workshop (led by Mary Anne Ellis of the Linn-Henley Research Library) will show you how to navigate this important information source. Please note registration is free but you must register by calling 205-226-3665. Please join us!
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN TIME AND MEETING PLACE!
July 22nd : Please join us as for a Round Table Discussion! It is an opportunity to hear different ways to research your family as well as share your story or brick wall ancestors! Come and share!
Aug 26th : Jim Baggett will give a tour of the Department of Archives and Manuscripts. Please join us as for a Walking Tour of the Department of Archives and Manuscripts at the Birmingham Public Library. 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 four 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.
Sept 23rd : General Meeting for September: The Birmingham Genealogical Society will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 23rd on the fourth floor (Arrington Auditorium) of the Birmingham Public Library in the Southern History Department. The Board of Directors will meet at 11:30 a.m. immediately following the general meeting.
Please join us for the Ancestry.com Library Edition Workshop! Participants will be introduced to the Ancestry.com Library Edition databases in which you can research your family history as well as learn how to search the databases to locate your ancestors. You may register by calling 205-226-3665 or emailing email@example.com. The workshop be will be 10:00 am — 11:30 a.m.
Oct 28th : The time of the General meeting was changed for October to accommodate the genealogy class given by the Birmingham Public Library. General meeting was held at 10:00 a.m. The Birmingham Genealogical Society met at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 28th on the fourth floor (Arrington Auditorium) of the Birmingham Public Library in the Southern History Department. The Board of Directors will meet at 11:30 a.m. immediately following the general meeting.
Please join us for Beyond the Basics of Genealogy: Google your Peeps! What do you want to know about your ancestors? Everything. The Internet is a great tool for genealogy, but are you using it to its full potential? This workshop will teach you how to create a research template and look for details that will help you discover more about your ancestors using search engines, genealogy databases, and a few other, perhaps surprising websites. The workshop will be held in the Arrington Auditorium on the fourth floor of the Linn-Henley building. You may register by calling 205-226-3665 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The workshop be will be 10:00 am – 11:30 a.m.
Nov 18th : General Meeting will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 18th on the fourth floor of the Birmingham Public Library (in the Computer Lab next to the Arrington Auditorium). Please join us as for a CPR Class! Why a CPR Class? We will discuss as a group How to Revive a Once Vibrant Genealogical Society: The Birmingham Genealogical Society. Your input will be greatly needed!
Dec : No Meeting — Merry Christmas