Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Monday, Aug. 22, 2016
CONTACT:       Roy L. Williams                                  
                        Director of Public Relations              
                        Birmingham Public Library                           
                        Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                          
Beyond the Basics of Genealogy workshops slated for Aug. 27 at North Birmingham Regional Library, Oct. 1 at the Central Library
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama-Nearly daily, a TV commercial airs about DNA and genetic genealogy, or someone desiring to get his or her DNA tested to help unravel the mysteries of their family tree. Many people have questions about the terminology, the types of tests, and what you can learn about your ancestors from DNA testing. The Birmingham Public Library (BPL)’s Southern History Department may have the answers many seek with its two Beyond the Basics of Genealogy workshops this fall.
The first takes place this Saturday, Aug. 27, at 10 a.m. as the Southern History Department will offer Jump Into the Gene Pool: Genetics and Your Family History at the North Birmingham Regional Library, 2501 31st Ave. North. In this workshop, discover how genetic research can help you explore your family history and find out what a gene sample can tell you about which parts of the world your ancestors came from, and more.
Workshops are free of charge, but registration in advance is requested. Call the Southern History Department at (205) 226-3665 or e-mail
"DNA research is one of the hottest trends in genealogy as science has made it possible to learn what parts of the world your people come from,” said Southern History’s Librarian, Mary Anne Ellis.  “You might learn that you could be part Native American or your ancestors hailed from Asia."

The Southern History Department will be going even deeper with its next Beyond the Basics of Genealogy workshop, Genetic Genealogy Strategies for African American and Native American Research, on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. in Central Library’s Arrington Auditorium.  Southern History Department staff highly recommends those interested in the Oct. 1 workshop attend this Saturday’s Aug. 27 Jump Into the Gene Pool: Genetics and Your Family History if they do not  have immediate knowledge of genetic genealogy in order to get the most out of the workshop on African American and Native American DNA.  For more information, contact the Southern History Department at (205) 226-3665 or e-mail us at

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