From the President's Desk

Genes and Genealogy

posted Jun 26, 2014, 3:59 PM by Gene Alogy

Saturday, July 12th, 2014, our own Dr. Donald Culberson, Ph.D, will present “Genes and Genealogy” discussing DNA analysis and genealogy research, covering how it is done, what is studied, and how it may advance your own efforts to build your family tree. 

Don’s paternal haplogroup is R1b and his maternal haplogroup is H. For the explanation of this and much more, be sure to join us July 12th.

Don Culberson is on the faculty at Spring Hill College, where he teaches Genetics and, occasionally, Molecular Biology. 


Programs and meetings are held the second Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m. in the Vitale Room, located immediately behind Holy Family Catholic Church, 1400 Joyce Road, off of Overlook Road, east of University Blvd. Parking is close to building. 

Visitors are always welcome!


call (251) 414-1995 

or contact us on facebook

Nazi Genocide and the Legacy of Hélène Berr

posted Jun 1, 2014, 10:03 AM by Gene Alogy   [ updated Jun 1, 2014, 10:04 AM ]

Be sure to attend this month's presentation Nazi Genocide and the Legacy of Helene Berr” on Saturday, June 14th, 10:30 a.m.presented by Dr. Donald Berry, Director, Gulf Coast Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education. Hélène Berr’s story offers details of accomplishments and service that any genealogist would be proud to discover. Additionally, a traveling exhibit, “Hélène Berr: A Stolen Life,” is on display at the Spring Hill College library through August 10. 

Read more about this month's program, and Dr. Donald Berry, in our June newsletter.

Hope to see you Saturday, June 14th!

God Save The King!

posted May 4, 2014, 12:19 PM by Gene Alogy

Saturday, May 10, 2014, Dean DeBolt, University of West Florida Archivist, shares the story of British Mobile, its people and research resources that exist for the historian and genealogist. 

God Save the King!  It is 1764! Mobile is an English town. The British flag flies proudly from Fort Charlotte. It is a short-lived English rule for a city hidden in the western end of England’s 14th American colony, West Florida. While one treaty - the Peace of Paris, 1763 - brings Mobile into the English dominion, another treaty - the Treaty of Paris, 1783 - rips the city from the arms of the King and back into the bosom of Spain.

Programs and meetings are held the second Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m. in the Vitale Room, located immediately behind Holy Family Catholic Church, 1400 Joyce Road, off of Overlook Road, east of University Blvd. Parking is close to building. 

Visitors are always welcome!


call (251) 414-1995 

or contact us on facebook

Researching Your Creek War and Civil War Ancestors

posted Mar 27, 2014, 4:21 PM by Gene Alogy   [ updated Apr 5, 2014, 5:59 AM ]

Saturday, April 12th, at 10:30 am., southern writer and historian Dale Cox will discuss techniques for learning more about our Creek War and Civil War ancestors. A key focus of the discussion will be the wide array of genealogical and historical information that has become available to the general public on the Internet within the past two years.

Oh William, Where Art Thou?

posted Mar 3, 2014, 2:02 PM by Gene Alogy

O William, Where Art Thou?”, presented by Dr. Jeffrey W. Krause, this  Saturday, March 8th. A multi-media adventure in a program certain to appeal to all generations. Dr. Krause is a “30-something” who likens searching for ancestors to the epic journey of Odysseus. Armed with zeal and a scientist’s acumen, he launched a search for his ancestor, William Krause. He not only found William, but many of his other lines as well, including names, photos, recollections and videos.

Putting Down New Roots: An Immigrant Family’s Journey

posted Jan 7, 2014, 12:25 PM by Gene Alogy

Dolores Hydock, a member of the Alabama Humanities Foundation’s Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, is presenting “Putting Down New Roots: An Immigrant Family’s Journey,” putting a human face to the experiences of early 20th-century European immigration to America and on Depression-era family life, through the detailed story of one Polish-American family.

Ms. Hydock's presentation discusses the Ellis Island experience for many immigrants who passed through that entryway in the early 1900’s. Details about the Ellis Island facility then and as it is today, as well as stories about language difficulties, luggage, foreign aid societies, medical examinations and other individual experiences, translate immigration data and raw numbers into a moving, human-scale story. The presentation then follows one immigrant family as it settles into a new life in a small, industrial city in Pennsylvania during the 1920’s and 1930’s. Stories of the small neighborhood grocery store they ran during the Depression, their family life, the children’s games and toys and other aspects of daily life create a personal portrait of what it was like to “put down new roots” in unfamiliar soil.

Ms. Hydock’s work has been featured at conferences and special events throughout the Southeast, and her four CD’s of original stories have all received awards from Storytelling World Magazine for excellence in storytelling. Originally from Reading, Pennsylvania, she moved to Birmingham in 1974 after completing her studies in American Folklore at Yale University. She is a founding member of ACME, Birmingham’s Association of Cajun Music Enthusiasts, and has taught Cajun and Zydeco dancing through the Vestavia Hills Parks and Recreation Board.

The Alabama Humanities Foundation (AHF) is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The AHF brings scholars and the public together to explore human values and meaning through the study of history, literature, religion, philosophy, and other humanities disciplines.

Genealogy enthusiasts are welcome!

Program is in the Vitale Room, located immediately behind Holy Family Catholic Church.
1400 Joyce Road, Mobile, Alabama 36618.

Annual Christmas Party - Dec. 14

posted Dec 4, 2013, 1:06 PM by Gene Alogy

The Mobile Genealogical Society will hold its annual Christmas party following the General Membership meeting on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. December is also the month for election and installation of new officers. Mrs. Janie L. Daugherty, who is a librarian associate with the Local History and Genealogy Division of the Mobile Public Library, will join us to conduct the installation ceremony for the newly-elected 2014 officers. She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and a Master’s in Counseling from the University of South Alabama. At the Library, Ms. Daugherty teaches classes in genealogy methods and Scottish heritage, and she helps library patrons with family history research. She is a member of DAR and the Scottish Society of Mobile.

After the installation ceremony, President Kathy Richardson will share with us some of the accomplishments of the Society in 2013 and a vision for the future of MGS.

For the Christmas party, you are always faithful to bring wonderful holiday foods to share with everyone. This year, you are also asked to bring a friend or relative to the party with you, someone who might have some interest in their family history.   

JANUARY PROGRAM - Be sure to look for your January News to arrive. We hope to have a special program in January, which will be announced in it.

Exploring The New Family Search Family Tree

posted Nov 3, 2013, 12:29 PM by Gene Alogy

Program for Saturday, November 9th, 10:30 a.m.

Presented by Michelle Woodham


At the November 9th General Meeting, MGS Director Michelle Woodham will again share her knowledge of the new This time she is presenting what you asked for – how to use FamilySearch’s new Family Tree, a program for creating a family tree for the whole world.

Michelle will show how to navigate the Family Tree and work with other researchers to fill in missing information and correct errors. Learn how to add family members and to upload photos and stories of your ancestors, creating a richer story of your family.

Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University.  She has been a serious genealogical researcher for the past 17 years and is fortunate to spend one week each February doing research at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah ( ). For many years, Michelle has volunteered a great deal of her time in schools, libraries and genealogical organizations.

The meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Vitale Room behind Holy Family Catholic Church, For more information, contact the Society at or 251-414-1995.

Programs and meetings are held at 10:30 a.m. in the Vitale Room, located immediately behind Holy Family Catholic Church, 1400 Joyce Road, off of Overlook Road, east of University Blvd. Parking is close to building. Visitors are always welcome!Email, call (251) 414-1995 or contact us on facebook

Researching Military Records

posted Oct 4, 2013, 11:58 AM by Gene Alogy   [ updated Oct 4, 2013, 12:00 PM ]

Mr. Bert Blackmon will be the guest speaker for the October General Membership Meeting to be held on Saturday, October 12th at 10:30 a.m. Mr. Blackmon’s presentation will be “Researching Military Records” and will focus on the many kinds of records available for persons who served in the military and where to look for these records.

Mr. Blackmon is retired from the Baldwin County School System, the United States Army and the Alabama National Guard. He is an avid re-enactor of the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the War Between the States, and he belongs to numerous heritage and genealogical groups, such as the Sons of the American Revolution, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and the 15th Confederate Cavalry/1st Louisiana Union Cavalry (a reenactor group), plus many others. 

Mr. Blackmon enjoys research and visiting historical sites, libraries and courthouses. Among his favorite pastimes are walking and surveying old semi-abandoned cemeteries and plowing through ancient, forgotten legal forms, Bibles and letters. He has done a good bit of genealogical research and has traced some of his family back to Virginia in the early 1600s and Salem, Massachusetts in 1629. From time to time, he gives talks on various historic and genealogical topics. and occasionally writes articles for the publications of some of the groups to which he belongs.

Creek Crossroads: Historical and Genealogical Connections

posted Aug 9, 2013, 9:13 AM by Gene Alogy

This Saturday, August 10th, at 10:30 a.m., Dr. Deidra Suwanee Dees, Ed.D., Cultural Director and Tribal Archivist for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Atmore, Alabama, will be the presenter for our August 10th general meeting. During her presentation, Dr. Dees will cover Creek history, give us information on genealogical records available for research (the same ones used for research at the Tribal location) and share other resources for Creek research. 

Dr. Dees oversees the newly opened Museum, called Kerretv Cuko - Building of Learning, which showcases a treasure trove of evidentiary artifacts on Creek history from pre-European contact to present day.  She also teaches a class at the University of South Alabama titled “Native Americans in Alabama: History and Culture.” Dr. Dees earned her doctoral degree from Harvard University and is the author of Vision Lines: Native American Decolonizing Literature.

Accompanying Dr. Dees will be Ms. Margaret Baggett, Traditional Arts Demonstrator, who will  weave a basket while the program is being presented. Ms. Baggett has studied numerous times under national master artisans, and she teaches traditional arts to children and seniors in the Creek Cultural Center in Atmore. She is a Tribal Member, has an Associate Degree in Business and has worked with the Tribe for more than twenty years. Her skills include basket weaving using river cane and pine straw, pottery making and shell-carving for making jewelry.

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