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For immediate release Thursday, July 27, 2017
CONTACT: 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  

 Birmingham Public Library genealogy workshop schedule for August 2017 released

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- The Birmingham Public Library’s Southern History Department has released a slate of workshops for August 2017, many aimed at helping patrons in the metro are learn how to research their family tree.

August marks the return of BPL’s popular Beyond the Basics of Genealogy workshop series with Mind Your Own (Family) Business on Saturday, Aug. 12. Did your ancestors own a pharmacy, furniture shop, or other business? Many genealogists know that their ancestors owned or started a business. This Beyond the Basics of Genealogy 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.
Below is a listing of upcoming workshops Southern History Department will be hosting in coming months over the last half of 2017:

Today( Thursday, July 27, 9:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.), Arrington Auditorium, 4th floor, Linn-Henley building
  • Ballard House's Community Conversations - Did you participate in Birmingham’s civil rights marches of the 1960s as a foot soldier? Have interesting stories to tell about a family business, church, or important dates in the city’s history? The Ballard House Project will be recording community conversations about Birmingham’s historic past. One-hour session topics will include community building, business, law, civil rights, women’s organizations, food/gardening, health, social & service clubs, fellowship, and faith. For more information, call 205-731-2000 or visit http://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2017/07/central-library-to-host-ballard-house.html.
Tuesday, August 8, 10-11 a.m., Bessemer Public Library
  • Piles of Paper and Digital Dilemmas: Organizing Your Genealogy Research Is your genealogy research out of control with piles of paper and scattered files on your computer? If you answered yes, come learn about different methods of organization and techniques for both paper and digital files and set yourself up for organizational success. For more information or directions, please contact The Bessemer Public Library at 205-428-7882.
Tuesday, August 8, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Computer Lab, 4th floor, Linn-Henley building
  • DNA Testing at 23andMe- Whether you just want to discover your ethnic composition or if you really want to do DNA genealogy, you will want to learn all you can about the website of this popular DNA testing company. Space ls limited. To register, please call 205-226-3680, or online.
Tuesday, August 8, 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.
Saturday, August 12, 10-11:30 a.m., Arrington Auditorium, 4th floor, Linn-Henley building
  • Mind Your Own (Family) Business- 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. Beyond the Basics of Genealogy 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, e-mail us at askgenlocal@bham.lib.al.us, or online.
Thursday, August 24, 2:15-3:15 p.m., Computer Lab, 4th floor, Linn-Henley building
  • Patents-Are you interested in inventing, or had an ancestor who was an inventor? In this class, participants will learn more patents, basic search methods, and will conduct searches in the U.S. Patent and Trademark databases. Space ls limited. To register, please call 205-226-3680.
Sunday, August 27, 2-3 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 2017 Beyond the Basics of Genealogy workshop schedule.
  • Mind Your Own (Family) Business- Saturday, August 12th @10 am
    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 am
    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 am
    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 am
    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.
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.

For more information about BPL’s Southern History Department, go to http://www.bplonline.org/locations/central/southern/ or like its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SouthernHistoryBPL

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