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PRESS RELEASE
For immediate release Friday, Sept.  9, 2016
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              
 
Southern History Department hosting several genealogy workshops in September
 
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama—The Birmingham Public Library (BPL)’s Southern History Department has resumed teaching hands-on computer genealogy classes with Ancestry.com this September, and is debuting its Fold3 class. The department also will be making genealogy presentations at libraries in Irondale and Homewood in coming weeks.
 
In addition, Southern History Department in the Linn-Henley Research Building, 2100 Park Place next Tuesday, Sept. 13 will get a chance to see and learn about Birmingham Public Library's rare and antique maps with the Spanish Treasure, Maps From the Era of Exploration lecture in Arrington AuditoriumLastly, don't forget to sign up for BPL’s last 2016 Beyond the Basics of Genealogy workshop, Genetic Genealogy Strategies for African American and Native American Research, that will take place on Saturday, October 1st at 10 a.m.
 
See details on Southern History upcoming workshops below. You can also find out more about Birmingham Public Library free workshops and classes by clicking on the calendar listings at www.bplonline.org.
 
Sunday, Sept. 11, 2:30-3:30 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. 
Monday, Sept. 12, 6 p.m., Irondale Public Library 
  • The Bases Are Loaded! Genealogical Research with BPL’s Databases- Don’t be left sitting in the dugout. Make use of all our resources in your game plan for family history research. Learn how to locate BPL’s databases and discover the wealth of genealogical information they have to offer. Let us help you knock one out of the park. This class will be held at Irondale Public Library.  For more information and directions, please call 205-951-1415.
Tuesday, Sept. 13, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Spanish Treasure, Maps From the Era of Exploration- Learn about the Birmingham Public Library's rare and antique maps that highlight the age of Spanish exploration to the New World. The Birmingham Public Library and the Alys Stephens Center present this program in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Original maps will be on display for this fun and exciting lecture presented by George Stewart in the Arrington Auditorium.  
Tuesday, Sept. 20, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Two simultaneous locations the Southern History Department and Homewood Public Library)
  • 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. The first location is the first floor of the Linn-Henley building in the Southern History Department and will include a tour of the department. The second location is the Homewood Public Library, Room 101 on the lower level.  This is the first session in the Genealogy 101 series the Southern History Department will be doing at Homewood Library over the next several months.  
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 9:15-10:15 a.m.
  • Ancestry.com Library EditionParticipants will be introduced to Ancestry.com Library Edition database in which you can research your family history as well as learn how to search this database to locate your ancestors.  This class will be held in the Computer Lab, 4th floor, Linn-Henley building, and space is limited.  To register, please call 205-226-3680.  
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 9:15-10:15 a.m.
  • Fold3- This hands-on class will introduce researchers to Fold3, the premiere genealogy database for U.S. military records. We will cover the different records which are included in Fold3 (military and non-military), how to do a basic search, and how to interpret your results. This class will be held in the Computer Lab, 4th floor, Linn-Henley building, and space is limited.  To register, please call 205-226-3680.  
Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. (the final Beyond the Basics of Genealogy workshop for 2016)
  • 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. Workshops are free of charge, but registration is requested. To register, contact the Southern History Department of the Birmingham Public Library at 205-226-3665 or e-mail askgenlocal@bham.lib.al.us.
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