Wednesday, January 09, 2019

BPL Southern History Department Hosting Genealogy Workshops in January and February

Did you make a New Year's Resolution to learn more about your family history in 2019? Then make plans to take advantage of six free genealogy workshops BPL's Southern History Department is hosting over the next five weeks beginning Saturday, January 12, 2019.

Below is a listing of the workshops. Learn more  about the resources the Southern History Department has to help research your family tree by following the Southern History Facebook page.

Saturday, January 12, 10:00 a.m. – Intro to Genealogy, Central Library, Southern History Department, Linn-Henley Research Library, 1st floor Want to learn how to do genealogical research? Come to this introductory class that will get you started on your genealogical journey. The staff in the Southern History Department covers such topics as vital records, courthouse and church records, and the Federal Census.

Monday, January 14, 2:15 p.m. – Jump in the Gene PoolCentral Library, Regional Library Computer Center, Linn-Henley Research Library, 4th floor
Discover how genetic research can help explore your family history. This introductory workshop will help you determine what a gene sample can tell you about what parts of the world your ancestors come from and more.

Tuesday, January 22, 10:00 a.m. – Intro to Genealogy, Bessemer Public Library
Want to learn how to do genealogical research? Come to this introductory class that will get you started on your genealogical journey. The staff in the Southern History Department covers such topics as vital records, courthouse and church records, and the Federal Census.

Monday, January 28, 2:15 p.m. – Mind Your Own Family BusinessCentral Library, Arrington Auditorium, Linn-Henley Research Library, 4th floor 
Did your ancestors own a pharmacy, furniture shop, or other 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.

Tuesday, February 12, 6:00 p.m. – An Emblem of Segregation: The 1926 Birmingham Zoning Map, Central Library, Arrington Auditorium, Linn-Henley Research Library, 4th floor 
A scheme to segregate Birmingham's population by race existed both in theory and in practice long before the legislation that made it legal was passed in 1926. Paul Boncella of the Southern History Department examines the zoning map and other documents to demonstrate how the ordinance came into existence and why it was initially accepted by the population at large. 

Wednesday, February 13, 3:00 p.m. – Intro to GenealogyCentral Library, Southern History Department, Linn-Henley Research Library, 1st floor 
Want to learn how to do genealogical research? Come to this introductory class that will get you started on your genealogical journey. The staff in the Southern History Department covers such topics as vital records, courthouse and church records, and the Federal Census.

Tuesday, February 19, 2:15 p.m.,  Finding African-American Records in Ancestry.com, Fold3.com, Newspapers.com, and FamilySearch
Central Library, Regional Library Computer Center, Linn-Henley Research Library, 4th floor
Learn how to use BPL's most popular genealogy databases to pinpoint African-American records. This workshop will show you some tips and tricks for quickly locating records specifically relating to African Americans and will be useful for historians and genealogists.

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