Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Thursday, July 14, 2016
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams                                                 
Director of Public Relations                         
Birmingham Public Library                                               
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                                                        

Southern History Department hosting several genealogy workshops beginning Saturday, July 16

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama—July marks the return of the Birmingham Public Library (BPL)’s Southern History Department popular Beyond the Basics of Genealogy workshop series “Let's Talk About: Oral History.”

Relatives and family friends are important sources of information. In this introduction to oral history series, you will learn how to gather information from those who have difficulty remembering or are troubled by the past and reluctant to share it.

The workshop will be on Saturday, July 16 at 10 a.m. in the Central Library’s Linn-Henley Building inside the Arrington Auditorium, 2100 Park Place in downtown Birmingham. Register by emailing or calling (205) 226-3665. Workshops are free of charge, but registration in advance is requested.

Southern History staffers will be traveling to several locations to present its “Birmingham in 1916” program, and will be hosting its popular Introduction to Genealogy class at Springville Road Library as part of BPL's summer reading program.   "The Southern History Department is thrilled to be teaching genealogy and introducing patrons all around the county to our resources," said Mary Beth Newbill, head of BPL’s Southern History Department.

The Southern History Department’s upcoming workshop schedule is as follows:

Saturday, July 16th 10-11:30 a.m. at Central, Arrington Auditorium
•    Let's Talk About: Oral History- Relatives and family friends are important sources of information. Whom do you want to talk with (everyone) and what do you want to ask (everything). Join us in this introduction to oral history. Learn how to gather information from those who have difficulty remembering or are troubled by the past and reluctant to share it.  Join us on Saturday, July 16th at 10 am in the Arrington Auditorium, and you can register online, e-mail us at, or call us at 205-226-3665.  
Saturday, July 16th 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at AlaBenton Genealogical Society, Anniston-Calhoun County Public Library
•    Using the Census in your Research- BPL's Mary Beth Newbill will be the speaker, and please see the attached flyer for more information and to register. 

 Monday, July 18th 2 p.m. at North Avondale Library
•    Birmingham in 1916- Get a glimpse into the past as the Southern History Department takes you on a journey through the news, stories, and advertisements gleaned from Birmingham newspapers for the year 1916.

Tuesday, July 19th 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
•     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. No registration is required, and it will be held on the first floor of the Linn-Henley building in the Southern History Department.

Wednesday, July 20th 2 p.m. at Central, Computer Lab, 4th floor of Linn-Henley building
•    How to Patent an Invention- Did you have an ancestor who was an inventor? In this class, participants will learn more patents, basic search methods, and will conduct searches in the U.S. Patent and Trademark databases. To register, call the Computer Commons at 205-226-3680.

Saturday, July 30th 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Birmingham Family History Center (Altadena Rd.)
•     RootsTech Family Discovery Day- This free all-day workshop features the best local genealogy speakers.  Please see the attached flyer or visit for more information and to register.  
Saturday, August 27th 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. Jump in!

Saturday, October 1st 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 more information about the BPL Southern History Department, call (205) 226-3665 or email You can also find more information online at and follow us on Facebook at
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