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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

Birmingham Public Library genealogy workshop schedule for November 2017 released

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- The Birmingham Public Library’s Southern History Department is hosting a variety of great genealogy classes during the month of November 2017, including  Ancestry.com and Family Tree DNA. Plus, the BPL Archives Department is hosting two great WWI programs on Sunday, Nov. 12 and Tuesday, Nov. 14.

Also, Southern History is making one major change to its 2018 Beyond the Basics of Genealogy workshop schedule, switching all workshops to Sunday afternoons. Two well-known genealogists, Donna Cox Baker and Frazine K. Taylor, will be special guests, sharing the Beyond Kin project. Beyond Kin is featured in the November issue of “Alabama Heritage.”

Below is a listing of upcoming workshops Southern History Department will be hosting. 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.

Thursday, Nov. 2, 6-7 p.m., Irondale Public Library
  • Ancestry.com-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. For more information or directions, please call the Irondale Public Library at 205-951-1415.
Monday, Nov. 6, 10-11 a.m., Vestavia Hills Library
  • Ancestry.com-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. For more information or directions, please call the Vestavia Hills Library at 205-978-0155.
Sunday, Nov. 12-3 p.m., Arrington Auditorium, 4th floor, Linn-Henley Building
  • World War I and the Making of the Modern Middle East with Dr. Annalise J.K. DeVries, Samford University
Tuesday, Nov. 14, 10-11 a.m., Bessemer Public Library
  • Family Tree DNA Services and Website-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. For more information or directions, please call the Bessemer Public Library at 205-428-7882.
Tuesday, Nov. 14, 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.
Tuesday, Nov. 14, 6 p.m., Arrington Auditorium, 4th floor, Linn-Henley building
  • "Hearing a Different Drummer: William March's Novel Company K" with Dr. Bert Hitchcock, Auburn University
Sunday, Nov. 19, 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.
Announcing our Beyond the Basics of Genealogy workshop schedule for 2018
The Beyond Kin Project: Making the Slave Connection- Feb. 25 at 2:30 p.m.
Project cofounders Donna Cox Baker and Frazine K. Taylor will teach a software method and research techniques for handling the unique complexities of plantation genealogy. Descendants of both slaveholders and enslaved persons will learn how to find and account for the under documented and often nameless plantation members using common genealogy tools.

Nosing Around in Newspapers- March 25 at 2:30 p.m.
Newspapers can be a genealogist’s best friend with the wealth of information found within its pages, but also 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- April 15 at 2:30 p.m.
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- May 20 at 2:30 p.m.
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.

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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