Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Monday, March 5, 2012
CONTACT: Charla Draper                                                    
Public Relations Department Head               
Birmingham Public Library                             
Phone: (205) 226-3746                                    

Genealogy Series Teaches Skills to Dig Deeper for Family History

Birmingham, Alabama—The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) has vast resources to help cultivate the family tree.  The library’s Tutwiler Collection of Southern History and Literature at the Central Library has been recognized by “Family Tree” magazine as one of the top ten public libraries for digging into your family roots.  There are several BPL programs designed to teach people how to begin their do-it-yourself journey of researching family history, including “Beyond the Basics Genealogy Workshops” for folks who have experience with genealogical research and familiarity with use of the computer and Internet.  This four-part series of Saturday morning workshops are an excellent value at $5.00 for each class.  Advance registration is required.

Ben Petersen, Department Head for Southern History acknowledges that popular television shows have generated great interest in genealogy, motivating more people to document the family tree.  “People think it is easy, and as simple as doing a key name search on an online database,” says Petersen. ‘Beyond the Basics’ gives patrons the tools to successfully navigate the bounty of information available online,” he continued.

The workshops are at 10:00 a.m. in the Southern History Department located in Linn-Henley Research Library downtown.  The dates and topics are:

4/21/2012        40 is the New 30: Using the 1940 Census

6/2/2012          Bring Out Your Dead: Cemeteries in Genealogical Research

8/4/2012          Getting the Good Dirt: Land Records in Genealogical Research

9/15/2012        It's a Big Web Out There: Sites & Strategies for Internet Genealogy

The mission of Birmingham Public Library is to provide the highest quality library service to our citizens for life-long learning, cultural enrichment and enjoyment.  This system—with 18 locations and serving the community for 125 years—is one of the largest library systems in the southeast. The Southern History collection housed in the Linn-Henley Research Library is one of the finest depositories of regional history, genealogy, archival records, and historic maps. For additional information, visit the website at or follow us on Twitter at
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