Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Thursday, June 9, 2016
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams, Director of Public Relations    
Birmingham Public Library                                               
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                                                        
Southern History Department  hosting Summer Reading  workshops on genealogy, Life in 1916
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama—The Birmingham Public Library (BPL)’s Southern History Department is hosting a variety of programs as part of the 2016 Summer Reading activities, including programs on genealogy and a look back via old newspaper clippings of what life was like in Birmingham a century ago during the year 1916. 
The Southern History Department, located on the First Floor of the Linn-Henley Research Building, 2100 Park Place in downtown Birmingham, has one of the world’s largest databases of genealogy records in the country. The department gets visitors from across the globe doing research.
More than 500 activities and workshops - from books to exercising, from engineering camps to coloring and knitting for adults - are being offered at  19 libraries across the city of Birmingham between now and the end of July. Registration forms are available in any of the 19 BPL locations or online at
You can view the entire event calendar of programs taking place in June and July at the link below:
Here is a listing of Southern History Department activities planned as part of Summer Reading, along with other programs taking place later this year:
“Life in 1916” 
This Southern History Department program will allow library patrons to journey back to what life was like in Birmingham 100 years ago in 1916. Besides the June 6 program, other dates for this program will be:
Monday, June 20 at 2 p.m., West End Branch Library
Monday, July 11 at 2:15 p.m., Southside Branch Library
Wednesday, July 13 at 2 p.m., Central Library, Arrington Auditorium, Linn-Henley Bldg.
Monday, July 18 at 2 p.m., North Avondale Branch Library
“Introduction to Genealogy”
Tuesday, June 21, 11::30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Central Library, Southern History Dept., Linn-Henley Bldg.
Sunday, July 10, 2:30 p.m., Central Library, Southern History Department, 1st floor Linn-Henley Bldg.
Tuesday, July 12, 2-3 p.m., Springville Road Regional Library
Tuesday, July 19, 11:30 a.m., Central Library, Southern History Department, 1st floor Linn-Henley Bldg.
 Want to learn how to do genealogical research? This introduction class will help you get started. No registration is required. 
Upcoming Beyond the Basics of Genealogy programs:

 Saturday, July 16 at 10 a.m. “Let's Talk about It: Oral History” 
Relatives and family friends are important sources of information. Learn how to gather information from those who have difficulty remembering or are troubled by the past and are reluctant to share it.

 Saturday, Aug. 27 at 10 a.m. – “Jump Into the Gene Pool: Genetics and Your Family History”
Discover how genetic research can help you explore your family history. Find out what a gene sample can tell you about what parts of the world your ancestors came from and more.
Saturday, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. – “Genetic Genealogy Strategies for African-American and Native American Research” 
There is no magic in genetic genealogy and no special tests for African American and Native American research, but there are choices you can make that may enable you to confirm and to go beyond the evidence of the paper trail.
For additional information about the programs and services of the Birmingham Public Library, visit our website at and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BPL. 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 19 locations and serving the community for 129 years—is one of the largest library systems in the southeast.
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