Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Roy L. Williams                                
Director of Public Relations             
Birmingham Public Library                          
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                        

Birmingham Public Library releases genealogy workshop schedule for March, April, May
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Birmingham Public Library’s Southern History Department has released its genealogy workshop schedule for March, April and May 2018.

In addition to taking the “Introduction to Genealogy” workshop on the road to Adamsville Public Library on March 22, BPL has added a class on how to use the Library Edition database, a workshop on how to do research using newspapers, plus classes on how to understand DNA ethnicity test results and tips on using military records in family research.

BPL’s 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 or For more information about BPL’s Southern History Department, go to or like its Facebook page at

 The workshops are as follows:
  • Library Edition, Monday, March 19, 2:15-3:15 pm, Central Library Regional Library Computer Center, 4th Floor Linn-Henley Building- Participants will be introduced to the Library Edition database. Learn the ins and outs of this database and how to search like a librarian in order to locate your ancestors.
  • Introduction to Genealogy, Thursday, March 22, 10 a.m., Adamsville Public Library, 4825 Main Street Adamsville, AL –Want to learn how to do genealogical research? Come to this introductory class that will help get you started on your genealogical journey. 
  • Nosing Around in Newspapers, Sunday, March 25, 2:30 p.m., Arrington Auditorium, Linn-Henley Research Building- Newspapers can be a genealogist’s best friend found with the wealth of information found within their pages. They can also be a frustrating source. Learn how to locate the newspapers you need and how to efficiently search them to discover everything from an obituary to a scandalous news story involving your ancestor.    
  • Understanding DNA Ethnicity Test Results, Sunday, April 15, 2:30 p.m. at Arrington Auditorium, Linn-Henley Research Building - Discover how DNA testing companies determine ethnicity percentages and what these estimates mean in terms of your genealogy.
  • “Johnny Has Gone For a Soldier”: Military Records in Family History Research, Sunday, May 25, 2:30 p.m., Arrington Auditorium, Linn-Henley Research Building -Did one of your ancestors go to war? Explore the major repositories and databases for military records and discover how they can contribute vital information for your family history research.
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