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For immediate release Monday, Feb. 4, 2019
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              

BPL Southern History Department’s February workshops include genealogy, black history  

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — If you want to learn more about genealogy, including how to research African American records online, then make plans to attend several free workshops being presented by the Birmingham Public Library’s Southern History Department during the month of February.

Below is a listing of the workshops. Learn more about the resources the Southern History Department has to help research your family tree by calling 205-226-3665, emailing askgenlocal@bham.lib.al.us or following the Southern History Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SouthernHistoryBPL) 

Tuesday, Feb. 12
An Emblem of Segregation: The 1926 Birmingham Zoning Map
6 p.m., Central Library, Arrington Auditorium, 4th Floor
A scheme to segregate the population of Birmingham 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, Feb. 13
Intro to Genealogy
3 p.m., Central Library Southern History Department, 1st Floor
Want to learn how to do genealogical research? Come to this introductory class that will help 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, Feb. 18
Intro to Genealogy
10 a.m., Adamsville Public Library
Want to learn how to do genealogical research? Come to this introductory class that will help 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, Feb. 19
Finding African American Records in Ancestry.com, Fold3.com, Newspapers.com, and FamilySearch
2:15 p.m., Central Library, Regional Library Computer Center
Learn how to use our 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.

Announcing Beyond the Basics of Genealogy for 2019
The Southern History Department has also announced a new series of genealogy workshops, all scheduled from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Arrington Auditorium on the dates below:

Sunday, April 7, 2019
Map Your DNA
Discover how to trace segments of your DNA to specific ancestors and how to use this information to identify unknown matches. You need only one known match to get started. 

Sunday, May 5, 2019
Exploring Archives.gov
The National Archives and Records Administration’s website contains many hidden treasures for genealogists. Take an in-depth look at the genealogy tools available and learn how to maximize the indexes, articles, catalog, and videos for your research.

Sunday, June 16, 2019
DNA and Family Secrets
What happens when your DNA tests reveal unexpected family relationships? Join us as we explore the many ways DNA can upend – and mend – your family tree.

Sunday, July 7, 2019
Mad about Magazines
If you’re not using periodicals in your family history research, you’re missing out. Magazine articles can contain anything from useful how-to information to the contents of a cemetery to a summary of what your ancestors were up to in the early history of this country. You might find a publication exclusively devoted to your surname. Even a simple newsletter can provide valuable tips. Come and learn more about this neglected genealogical resource.

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
For additional information about the programs and services of the Birmingham Public Library, visit our website at www.bplonline.org and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BPL. The mission of Birmingham Public Library is to provide the highest quality library experience to our community for life-long learning, cultural enrichment, and enjoyment. This system—with 19 locations and serving the community for over 130 years—is one of the largest library systems in the Southeast.
 
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