Friday, March 04, 2011

Beyond the Basics of Genealogy—A Workshop Series at the Birmingham Public Library

Picture from BPL Digital Collection
BPL Digital Collections

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
-T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets 4: Little Gidding

Beyond the Basics of Genealogy (BtB) workshops, a series of classes covering various topics on genealogical research, will be conducted in the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) beginning in April 2011 in the Southern History Department. Workshops will run from one to two hours, and be conducted by members of the Southern History Department staff.

Participants will gain in-depth knowledge on specialized areas of researching genealogy. The BtB classes are designed to expand on information provided in the “Introduction to Genealogy” classes, which are offered throughout the year by the Southern History Department. Registration is limited to the first 12 respondents. Classes will be held at 10:00 a.m. in the East Room of the Southern History Department.

Subject areas and workshop dates are as follows:

• Finding the Promised Land: Research in Church Records – Saturday, April 9
• Cards to Computers: Getting the most out of the Library’s Catalog – Saturday, May 21
• In the Heart of Dixie: Researching Alabama Ancestors – Saturday, August 13
• Getting the Good Dirt: Using Land Records – Saturday, September 17

Registration for each workshop is $5.00, which includes the class handout. To register, contact the Southern History Department of the Birmingham Public Library at 205-226-3665 or askgenlocal@bham.lib.al.us. Seating is limited to the first 12 to register.

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