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For immediate release Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019
CONTACT:    Roy L. Williams                                
                        Director of Public Relations             
                        Birmingham Public Library                          
                        Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                        
                        E-mail: rlwilliams@bham.lib.al.us              

BPL Southern History Department hosting genealogy workshops in January, February

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to learn more about your family history in 2019? Then make plans to take advantage of six free genealogy workshops BPL's Southern History Department is hosting over the next five weeks beginning Saturday, Jan.  12, 2019.

Below is a listing of the workshops. Learn more about the resources the Southern History Department has to help research your family tree by following the Southern History Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SouthernHistoryBPL

Saturday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m. - Intro to Genealogy, Southern History Department, first floor of the Central Library's Linn-Henley Research Building.
Want to learn how to do genealogical research?  Come to this introductory class that will get you started on your genealogical journey. The staff in the Southern History Department covers such topics as vital records, courthouse and church records, and the Federal Census.

Monday, Jan. 14, 2:15 p.m. - Jump in the Gene Pool, Regional Library Computer Center, 4th Floor, Linn-Henley Research Building. 
Discover how genetic research can help explore your family history. This introductory workshop will help you determine what a gene sample can tell you about what parts of the world your ancestors come from and more.

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 10 a.m., Intro to Genealogy, Bessemer Public Library 
Want to learn how to do genealogical research?  Come to this introductory class that will get you started on your genealogical journey. The staff in the Southern History Department covers such topics as vital records, courthouse and church records, and the Federal Census.

Monday, Jan. 28, 2:15 p.m. - Mind Your Own Family Business, Regional Library Computer Center 
Did your ancestors own a pharmacy, furniture shop, or other 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. 

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 6 p.m. - An Emblem of Segregation: The 1926 Birmingham Zoning Map, Central Library's Arrington Auditorium, 4th Floor-
A scheme to segregate Birmingham's population by race existed both in theory and in practice long before the legislation that made it legal was passed in 1926. Paul Boncella of the Southern History Department examines the zoning map and other documents to demonstrate how the ordinance came into existence and why it was initially accepted by the population at large. 

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 3 p.m.  - Intro to Genealogy, Southern History Department
Want to learn how to do genealogical research?  Come to this introductory class that will get you started on your genealogical journey. The staff in the Southern History Department covers such topics as vital records, courthouse and church records, and the Federal Census.

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2:15 p.m., Finding African-American Records in Ancestry.com, Fold3.com, Newspapers.com, and FamilySearch, Regional Library Computer Center 
Learn how to use BPL's most popular genealogy databases to pinpoint African-American records. This workshop will show you some tips and tricks for quickly locating records specifically relating to African Americans and will be useful for historians and genealogists.

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the Southeast.
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