Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Monday, Feb. 6, 2017
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams
Director of Public Relations
Birmingham Public Library
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067
Southern History Department hosting several genealogy workshops in February
, Ala.—The Southern History Department, housed in the Linn-Henley Research Library in downtown Birmingham, is taking its popular genealogy workshops on the road during the month of February.
Upcoming programs on how to research your ancestry will take place this month at the Bessemer Public Library, Homewood Public Library, Leeds Public Library, and two Birmingham Public Library locations, North Avondale and Wylam.
If you desire to learn more about how to research your family tree, mark your calendar for the following programs below:
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 10-11 a.m., Bessemer Public Library
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 10-11 a.m., Wylam Branch Library, 4300 7th Ave. Wylam
- From Cards to Computers: Planning a Research Visit - Finding the resources you need is one of the most important parts of genealogy research. In this class, you will learn the best methods to locate resources quickly, narrow your search, and maximize your time in a library. For more information, directions, and to register, please call the Bessemer Public Library at 205-428-7882.
Saturday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Linn-Henley Research Library, Arrington Auditorium, 4th Floor
- Introduction to Genealogy- Want to learn how to do genealogical research? Come to this introductory class that will help get you started on your genealogical journey. For more information or directions, please call the Wylam Library at 205-785-0349.
Tuesday, Feb. 14, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Central Library
- 18th Annual Black Heritage and Genealogy Fair – This event encourages African Americans to research their family history and features presentations, displays, music, art, and dance. Jackie Smith of the Jefferson County Board of Education will be speaking on the crisis in black education. The free fair is sponsored by the Birmingham African American Genealogy Group, Inc., and will be held in the Arrington Auditorium, Linn-Henley building of Central Library. For more information, visit http://www.birmingham365.org/event/detail/442007501/18th_Annual_Black_Heritage_Fair.
Tuesday, Feb. 14, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Homewood Public Library
- Introduction to Genealogy- Want to learn how to do genealogical research? Come to this introductory class that will help get you started on your genealogical journey. This class meets on the first floor of the Linn-Henley Research Library in the Southern History Department.
Wednesday, February 15th, 10:30-11:30 a.m., North Avondale Branch Library, 501 43rd St. North
- Nonpopulation Schedules: A Sensible Guide to the Rest of the Census-Want to gather even more information from census records? This class will introduce you to nonpopulation schedules (agricultural census, mortality schedules, social schedules, and even state censuses) and allow you to create a more complete record of your ancestors and the times in which they lived. This class will meet at Homewood Public Library in Room 101 (Lower Level). For more information or directions, please call 205-332-6620.
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Linn-Henley Research Library, Southern History Department, First Floor
- Ancestry.com Library Edition-Participants will be introduced to Ancestry.com Library Edition database in which you can research your family history as well as learn how to search this database to locate your ancestors. To register, please call the Birmingham Public Library, North Avondale Branch at 205-592-2082 as space is limited.
Thursday, Feb. 23, Leeds Public Library
- FindMyPast-This hands-on class will introduce you to Findmypast, our newest genealogy database. Findmypast is an ever-expanding collection of over 2 billion historical records from around the world. We will cover some of the most popular record collections and tips on how to make your database searches more effective. This class will meet in the Computer Lab, 4th floor, Linn-Henley building. Please call 205-226-3680 to registers space is limited.
Sunday, Feb. 26, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
- Introduction to Genealogy- Want to learn how to do genealogical research? Come to this introductory class that will help get you started on your genealogical journey. For more information or directions, please call the Leeds Public Library at 205-699-5962.
Saturday, March 4, 10 a.m.
- Introduction to Genealogy- Want to learn how to do genealogical research? Come to this introductory class that will help get you started on your genealogical journey. This class meets on the first floor of the Linn-Henley building in the Southern History Department.
Sunday, March 5, 3-5 p.m., Central Library 4th Floor Gallery
- Digital Dixie 2- Do you have ancestors from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, or Texas? In this class, you will discover digital genealogy resources that you never knew existed from these Southern states and learn search strategies to find untapped information and locate your ancestor. This workshop will be held in the Arrington Auditorium, 4th floor, Linn-Henley building. To register, please contact the Southern History Department at 205-226-3665 or e-mail us at email@example.com.
Mark your calendars for the 2017 Beyond the Basics of Genealogy workshop schedule.
- Sweet Home: Alabama's History in Maps (March 1st-April 30, 2017)- Timed to coincide with Alabama’s upcoming bicentennial and using maps from the Birmingham Public Library’s world class collection, this exhibit will tell the history of our state by introducing patrons to maps that depict Alabama’s development from the earliest days of exploration through the present day. The public is invited to an opening reception taking place in the 4th Floor Gallery of the Central Library on Sunday, March 5 from 3-5 p.m.
- Digital Dixie 2-Saturday, March 4 @10 a.m. Do you have ancestors from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, or Texas? In this class, you will discover digital genealogy resources that you never knew existed from these Southern states and learn search strategies to find untapped information and locate your ancestor.
- Making Your Sweet Home among Maps: How to Read and Interpret Maps of the Southeastern United States- Saturday, April 8 10 a.m. - Do old maps enchant or intimidate you? Do the symbols intrigue or confuse you? This hands-on workshop explores the symbols and mapping conventions used on 19th and early 20th century maps to tell the story of the development of the Southeast. Students will learn how to interpret and analyze information contained on old maps as well as look for hidden meaning behind what was mapped and what was left off the map.
- One for the Record Books: The English Census- Saturday, June 24 10 a.m. - 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 will show you how to navigate this important information source.
Note: All of the workshops are free of charge, but registration is requested. To register, contact the Southern History Department of the Birmingham Public Library at 205-226-3665 or firstname.lastname@example.org
. Patrons may also register online on the BPL calendar at www.bplonline.org/calendar
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