Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Birmingham Public Library Genealogy Workshops Schedule for March, April, May 2018


In addition to taking the Introduction to Genealogy workshop on the road to Adamsville Public Library on March 22, the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) has added a class on how to use the Ancestry.com Library Edition database, a workshop on how to do research using newspapers, plus classes on how to understand DNA ethnicity test results and tips on using military records in family research.

These 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 register online through the BPL events calendar. For more information about BPL’s Southern History Department, visit their web page and like them on Facebook.

The workshops are as follows:
Ancestry.com Library Edition, Monday, March 19, 2:15-3:15 p.m., Central Library, Regional Library Computer Center (RLCC)
Participants will be introduced to the Ancestry.com Library Edition database. Learn the ins and outs of this database and how to search like a librarian in order to locate your ancestors.

Introduction to Genealogy, Thursday, March 22, 10:00 a.m., Adamsville Public Library
Want to learn how to do genealogical research? Come to this introductory class that will help get you started on your genealogical journey.

Nosing Around in Newspapers, Sunday, March 25, 2:30 p.m., Central Library, RLCC
Newspapers can be a genealogist’s best friend found with the wealth of information found within their pages. They can also be a frustrating source. Learn how to locate the newspapers you need and how to efficiently search them to discover everything from an obituary to a scandalous news story involving your ancestor.

Understanding DNA Ethnicity Test Results, Sunday, April 15, 2:30 p.m., Central Library,  Arrington Auditorium
Discover how DNA testing companies determine ethnicity percentages and what these estimates mean in terms of your genealogy.

“Johnny Has Gone For a Soldier”: Military Records in Family History Research, Sunday, May 20, 2:30 p.m., Central Library, Arrington Auditorium
Did one of your ancestors go to war? Explore the major repositories and databases for military records and discover how they can contribute vital information for your family history research.

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