Thursday, July 13, 2017

Birmingham Public Library Genealogy Workshop Schedule for Remainder of 2017

Wood-Fruitticher Grocery Company
Jefferson County Ala. Board of Equalization Appraisal Files, 1938-1977
Birmingham Public Library Digital Collections

The Birmingham Public Library’s Southern History Department has been busy this summer helping patrons across Jefferson County gain knowledge on how to research their family tree. Workshops have been held at the Central Library, Powderly Branch Library, Pratt City Branch Library, and Gardendale Library, with more on the way. Below is a list of the remaining genealogy workshops scheduled in 2017. Workshops are free of charge, but registration is requested. Click the links to register through the online event calendar, or contact the Southern History Department at 205-226-3665 or

Mind Your Own (Family) Business – Saturday, August 12, 10:00 a.m.
Did your ancestors own a pharmacy, furniture shop, or other business? Many genealogists know that their ancestors owned or started a business. This workshop will show you how to use city directories, government websites, newspapers, and other sources to learn more about the history of the family business or the company your ancestors worked for.

Family Tree DNA Services and Website – Saturday, September 9, 10:00 a.m.
Explore the offerings of Family Tree DNA, a company that offers hundreds of different DNA tests and that supports them with the most detailed website in the industry. – Saturday, September 23, 10:00 a.m.
Participants will be introduced to the Library Edition database in which you can research your family history as well as learn how to search this database to locate your ancestors.

Google Your Peeps – Saturday, October 28, 10:00 a.m.
What do you want to know about your ancestors? Everything. The Internet is a great tool for genealogy, but are you using it to its full potential? This workshop will teach you how to create a research template and look for details that will help you discover more about your ancestors using search engines, genealogy databases, and a few other, perhaps surprising websites.

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