Friday, April 29, 2016

Birmingham Public Library Taking Its Genealogy Workshops to Trussville, Shelby County Libraries

Younger Kids of 80th Place South
Birmingham, 1955, Cubert A. Wood
Birmingham Memory Project

The Birmingham Public Library’s Southern History Department is taking its popular genealogy workshops on the road to other libraries.

The Beyond the Basics of Genealogy workshop, Piles of Paper and Digital Dilemmas: Organizing Your Genealogy Research, will be going to the Trussville Public Library on May 4. The workshop will cover both paper and digital file organizational systems, and is designed for everyone from the beginner to the experienced genealogist. Staff from the Southern History Department at the Central Library will also be teaching Introduction to Genealogy for the first time in Shelby County at the Mt. Laurel Public Library.

Here is a listing of genealogy workshops BPL is offering during the month of May:

Sunday, May 1, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Luther Ray Watts and Friend across from AOH Church of God
Birmingham, 1975, Juliette Watts
Birmingham Memory Project
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 Central Library’s Linn-Henley building in the Southern History Department.

Wednesday, May 4, 1:00 p.m., at Trussville Public Library
Piles of Paper and Digital Dilemmas: Organizing Your Genealogy Research (Beyond the Basics of Genealogy encore presentation) – Is your genealogy research out of control with piles of paper and scattered files on your computer? If you answered yes, come learn about different methods of organization and techniques for both paper and digital files and set yourself up for organizational success. For more information or directions, please call 205-655-2022.

Thursday, May 12, 12:30-1:30 p.m., at Mt. Laurel 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. Bring your lunch! The library will supply coffee, lemonade, and dessert. For more information or directions, please call 205-991-1660.

Tuesday, May 17, 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.

Here is the remaining 2016 Beyond the Basics of Genealogy schedule:

Two Girls Sunbathing
Birmingham, 1933, Sara Coggin
Birmingham Memory Project
Saturday, July 16, 10:00 a.m.
Let's Talk about It: 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.

Saturday, August 27, 10:00 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 1, 10:00 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.

All Beyond the Basics of Genealogy 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 askgenlocal@bham.lib.al.us.

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