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Birmingham Public Library genealogy workshop schedule for remainder of 2017 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- The Birmingham Public Library’s Southern History Department has been busy this summer helping patrons across Jefferson County gain knowledge on how to research their family tree. Workshops have been held at the Central Library downtown, Powderly Branch Library, Pratt City Branch Library, and on Thursday, June 22 at the Gardendale Library, with more on the way.   

This Saturday, June 24, 2017, marks the return of one of its popular Beyond the Basics of Genealogy workshop series, One for the Record Books: The English Census. The workshop will begin at 10 a.m. in the Arrington Auditorium on the fourth floor of the Linn-Henley Research Building.  

Read more about the English Census workshop at this link:

Below is a listing of upcoming workshops Southern History Department will be hosting the rest of June 2017:

Saturday, June 24, 10-11:30 a.m., Arrington Auditorium, 4th floor, Linn-Henley Building
•    One for the Record Books: The English Census- 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. Beyond the Basics of Genealogy 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, register online, or

Sunday, June 25, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Southern History Department, 1st floor, Linn-Henley building 
•    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. 

Monday, June 26, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Computer Lab, 4th floor, Linn-Henley building
•    Fold3- This hands-on class will introduce researchers to Fold3, the premiere genealogy database for U.S. military records. We will cover the different records which are included in Fold3 (military and non-military), how to do a basic search, and how to interpret your results. To register, please call 205-226-3680.

Remaining 2017 Beyond the Basics of Genealogy workshop schedule:
•    Mind Your Own (Family) Business- Saturday, Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. 
Did your ancestors own a pharmacy, furniture shop, or other business? Many genealogists know that their ancestors owned or started a business. This workshop will show you how to use city directories, government websites, newspapers, and other sources to learn more about the history of the family business or the company your ancestors worked for.
•    Family Tree DNA Services and Website- Saturday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. 
Explore the offerings of Family Tree DNA, a company that offers hundreds of different DNA tests and that supports them with the most detailed website in the industry. 
• Saturday, September 23 at 10 a.m. 
Participants will be introduced to the Library Edition database in which you can research your family history as well as learn how to search this database to locate your ancestors.
•    Google Your Peeps-Saturday, October 28 at 10 a.m. 
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.

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

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