Monday, February 01, 2016

Celebrate Black History Month and Discover Your Family Heritage!

February is Black History Month, and the Southern History Department is bringing to you The Ties That Bind: Connecting to Your Alabama Slave and Slaveholder Ancestors. This workshop will be held on Saturday, February 6th at 10:00 am in the Arrington Auditorium located on the 4th floor of the Linn- Henley building at the Central branch of The Birmingham Public Library. This is part of our popular topical genealogy workshop series, Beyond the Basics of Genealogy.

Many African Americans become stumped in their genealogical research when they approach slavery and the Civil War. In this workshop, we will go over a number of readily available sources from 1860 to 1870 that can help you to find and to follow your slave ancestor within that critical period of transition. If you had slaveholding ancestors, this workshop will help you discover untapped sources and create a fuller picture of the life of your ancestor. This 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

Another opportunity to celebrate Black History Month is the Black Heritage Expo sponsored by the Birmingham African American Genealogy Group (BAAGG). You can experience Black history displays, African dance, Black music, youth in genealogy, and various vendors. The expo will be held on Saturday, February 13th from 10 am to 3:30 pm in the Arrington Auditorium located on the 4th floor of the Linn-Henley building. For more information, contact BAAGG at 

Southern History Department
Central Branch 
Birmingham Public Library

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