Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Friday, Sept.  23, 2016
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams                                
Director of Public Relations             
Birmingham Public Library                          
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                        
Central Library hosting genealogy workshop for African Americans-Native Americans on Oct. 1
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Anyone researching their family tree knows that DNA is the hottest trend in genealogy. The Birmingham Public Library (BPL)’s Southern History Department wants to help through its final Beyond the Basics of Genealogy workshop of the year on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016.
“Genetic Genealogy Strategies for African American and Native American Research” will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Arrington Auditorium on the fourth floor in the Linn-Henley Research Building, 2100 Park Place in downtown Birmingham.
Genetic genealogy can often break down brick walls or confirm suspicions that you found in your research. But it is a tough task for many African Americans and Native Americans. DNA does provide clues, but there is no magic in genetic genealogy and no special tests for African American and Native American research.  However, you can make choices that will make DNA testing an invaluable tool in your research. 
The Genetic Genealogy Strategies for African American and Native American Research workshop is free of charge, but registration is requested. To register, contact the Southern History Department of the Birmingham Public Library at 205-226-3665 or

Also on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, 9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m., the Southern History Department will debut a new class called Fold3. This hands-on class will introduce researchers to Fold3, the premiere genealogy database for U.S. military records. The class 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.  

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