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Roy L. Williams            
Director of Public Relations        
Birmingham Public Library             
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067            
E-mail: rlwilliams@bham.lib.al.us
 
Southern History Department hosting several genealogy workshops in May 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Southern History Department, housed in the Linn-Henley Research Library in downtown Birmingham, has announced its May 2017 class schedule. Staffers will take its popular genealogy workshops on the road to Homewood Public Library and Powderly Branch Library next week. Southern History will also host its Introduction to Genealogy workshop on the first floor of the Linn-Henley Research Library on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. 

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. Patrons may also register online on the BPL calendar at www.bplonline.org/calendar. Like Southern History Department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SouthernHistoryBPL.

If you desire to learn more about how to research your family tree, mark your calendar for the following programs below: 

Tuesday, May 9, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Homewood Public Library 
•    Your Tax Dollars at Work: Using Government Websites for Genealogy Research- Many government agencies offer resources for genealogical research. Learn how to look beyond census records and find genealogical information in some truly surprising places. You can search for service records and land grants, view web tutorials, and much more using free websites from the state and federal government. This class will meet at Homewood Public Library in Room 101 (Lower Level).  For more information or directions, please call 205-332-6620.

Tuesday, May 9, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Southern History Department, 1st floor, Linn-Henley building 
•    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.   

Thursday, May 11, 10-11 a.m., Birmingham Public Library, Powderly Branch
•    From Cards to Computers: Planning a Research Visit - Finding the resources you need is one of the most important parts of genealogy research.  In this class, you will learn the best methods to locate resources quickly, narrow your search, and maximize your time in a library. For more information or directions, please call the Powderly branch of the Birmingham Public Library at 205-925-6178. 

Sunday, May 21, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Southern History Department, 1st floor, Linn-Henley building 
•    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.  
Mark your calendars for the remaining 2017 Beyond the Basics of Genealogy workshop schedule.

•    One for the Record Books: The English Census- Saturday, June 24th @10 a.m. 
Searching for English ancestors? Genealogists know that census records are crucial to family history research, but there are some important differences between the U.S. Federal Census and its English cousin. This workshop will show you how to navigate this important information source.

•    Mind Your Own (Family) Business- Saturday, August 12th @10 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 9th @10 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. 

•    Ancestry.com- Saturday, September 23rd @10 a.m. 
Participants will be introduced to the Ancestry.com 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 28th @10 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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