From the President's Desk


Genealogy Brick Walls - A Webinar by Michael John Neill • Presented by Jeff Krause.

posted Apr 13, 2015, 12:03 PM by Gene Alogy   [ updated Apr 13, 2015, 12:04 PM ]

On Saturday, April 18th at 10:30 we will present: Genealogy Brick Walls - A Webinar by Michael John Neil. Presented by Jeff Krause.

As genealogists, we commonly run against dreaded ‘brick walls’ in research. As we beat our heads against these walls, floods of “what if” statements seem to be at the forefront in our thoughts:

“If only I had that 1890 US Federal Census record”

“If only my grandfather didn’t lie about his town/country of origin”

and a personal favorite,

“If only that immigration worker hadn’t changed my family’s surname at Ellis Island!”

Our list of excuses can go on and on, but like many things in life, we need creative solutions to solve old problems. Even those who consider themselves experienced can benefit from the occasional step backwards, to rethink strategies for moving forward and remembering the value of organization in attacking those “problem” ancestors. For this program, we flex the power of the Internet not only for researching records, which has been the topic of multiple presentations here at MGS, but to use it for educating ourselves in the practice of genealogy. This webinar will be streamed from the internet through Michael John Neill’s website. Mr. Neill has contributed over 30 webinars to the genealogy community.

Programs and meetings are held the third 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!

MGS@MobileRoots.org • (251) 414-1995
www.facebook.com/MobileGenealogy

Outreach Workshop

posted Jan 21, 2015, 6:57 AM by Gene Alogy

On Saturday, February 21, the Mobile Genealogical Society will celebrate its 53rd Anniversary with an Outreach Workshop. MGS members will assist novices who may be just getting started in genealogy and aid others with their personal “brick walls” or other questions. 

Some MGS members will have hardcopy examples of their research (books, pedigrees, photo/scrap books, etc.) they are willing to display and discuss with our guests. 

Other MGS members will have laptops with Internet access to assist guests in online queries and software demonstrations.

The MGS Librarian will discuss resources available for research at MGS and lead a guided tour of the facility. The MGS Library will be open for research at the conclusion of the workshop.

MGS members will be available to:

• discuss DNA testing for ancestral lineage.

• discuss and demonstrate online genealogy research

• assist individuals in starting to fill out common genealogical tools such as pedigree charts and family group sheets.

Guests may register to win a free one-year MGS membership door prize.

MGS will provide light refreshments at the conclusion of the workshop.


A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwell’s Story of Survival

posted Oct 24, 2014, 1:18 PM by Gene Alogy

A Rare Titanic Family: Sylvia Caldwell tells her firsthand Titanic story. (Julie Hedgepeth Williams in character as Sylvia Caldwell, Titanic Survivor)

Julie Hedgepeth Williams, PhD., grew up hearing the story of the Titanic firsthand from her great-uncle Albert Caldwell who, along with his wife, Sylvia, and baby son, Alden, survived the tragic shipwreck. In her one-woman show about the Caldwell’s experience, Julie “becomes” Sylvia Caldwell and tells her story as if it has been just a few months after the Titanic went down. Julie comes in costume, copying a photo of Sylvia taken in 1912. The performance is based not only on Albert’s firsthand accounts, but also on Sylvia’s writings and interviews over many decades. As Julie says, “I grew up hearing the story from Albert, but I’ve learned so much more about the Titanic by looking at it through Sylvia’s eyes.” In addition to Julie’s one-hour presentation, she will be happy to answer questions and will have copies of her book, A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwell’s Story of Survival, for sale ($23). Her website is https://sites.google.com/site/raretitanicfamily/ 

Julie Hedgepeth Williams was so inspired by Albert’s story that she eventually majored in history (and English) at Principia College in Southern Illinois. After a career as a newspaper reporter, she went back to school at the University of Alabama for her master’s and PhD, both focused on media history. She is past president of the American Journalism Historians Association and she teaches part-time at Samford University in Birmingham.

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!

MGS@MobileRoots.org • (251) 414-1995
www.facebook.com/MobileGenealogy

Alabama Mosaic

posted Oct 7, 2014, 8:06 AM by Gene Alogy   [ updated Oct 7, 2014, 8:07 AM ]

October 11th, MGS is excited to host Dr. Midge Coates, from Auburn University Libraries, and learn more about her presentation “AlabamaMosaic.” AlabamaMosaic is an online collection of digitized materials sponsored by the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries. These materials are contributed by libraries, museums, and historical societies located around the state. Some of the materials available include photographs, church records, newspapers and newspaper clippings, college yearbooks and catalogs, letters and diaries, oral histories, scrapbooks, funeral programs, and government records.

Dr. Coates has been the Digital Projects Librarian at Auburn University since October 2009. At Auburn, she manages the University’s own unique digital collections and is the statewide coordinator for the AlabamaMosaic project. From 2005 through 2009, Dr. Coates managed the online literary map project “This Goodly Land: Alabama’s Literary Landscape.” She earned a BA in Historical Studies from SUNY Empire State College and an MLS from University at Buffalo-SUNY. Prior to her career as a digital librarian, Dr. Coates worked for Occidental Chemical Corporation as a research chemist. She earned a BS from University of Richmond, an MS from University of Virginia, and a PhD from University of California Riverside.

 
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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. 

General Membership Meeting and Informational Program - Genealogy enthusiasts are welcome! Meeting is in the Vitale Room, located immediately behind Holy Family Catholic Church.
1400 Joyce Road, Mobile, Alabama 36618. 
251-414-1995. 
www.MobileRoots.org
www.facebook.com/MobileGenealogy

Southern Scuppernongs and Japanese Cherry Trees: A Journey Through the Literary Vortex to Find Mary Fenollosa (1865-1954)

posted Aug 25, 2014, 3:11 PM by Gene Alogy   [ updated Aug 25, 2014, 3:37 PM ]

Saturday, September 13th, Monica Tapper will present Southern Scuppernongs and Japanese Cherry Trees: A Journey Through the Literary Vortex to Find Mary Fenollosa (1865-1954), a fascinating topic that will surely entice you to learn more about Mary Fenollosa, a best-selling female novelist born in Mobile, Alabama, at the turn of the 20th century. Fenollosa led an unusual life for a woman of that time, travelling all over the world, including spending several years in Japan, yet she always considered herself a Southern woman. Monica Tapper will give an account of Fenollosa’s life and the trials Tapper encountered during her research. 

Ms. Tapper earned her bachelor’s degree in International Studies and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Public History. Ms. Tapper has served as the graduate assistant archivist at the University of South Alabama’s Doy Leale McCall Library for two years; she also works at the Bragg Mitchell Mansion. 
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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. 

General Membership Meeting and Informational Program - Genealogy enthusiasts are welcome! Meeting is in the Vitale Room, located immediately behind Holy Family Catholic Church.
1400 Joyce Road, Mobile, Alabama 36618. 
251-414-1995. 
www.MobileRoots.org
www.facebook.com/MobileGenealogy

Uplift through Undertaking: The development of black Mobile funeral homes

posted Jul 28, 2014, 1:09 PM by Gene Alogy

Saturday, August 9, 2014, Michael L. Venton, II, will present “Uplift through Undertaking: The development of black Mobile funeral homes,” a discussion on how the black funeral business in Mobile, Alabama is an example of the “uplift through economic means” philosophy that black leader Booker T. Washington preached throughout the South at the turn of the 20th century. The black funeral industry was a major factor in developing the middle class and a means for these business owners to enrich and support the black community. Michael L. Venton, II was born and raised in Greenville, Mississippi, and is the son of Pamela and Michael Venton. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) with a Bachelor’s degree in History and a minor in African American Studies. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in History at the University of South Alabama, is a graduate teaching assistant and an assistant archivist at the Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library. 
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General Membership Meeting and Informational Program - Genealogy enthusiasts are welcome! Meeting is in the Vitale Room, located immediately behind Holy Family Catholic Church.
1400 Joyce Road, Mobile, Alabama 36618. 
251-414-1995. 
www.MobileRoots.org
www.facebook.com/MobileGenealogy

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. 

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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!

Email MGS@MobileRoots.org

call (251) 414-1995 

or contact us on facebook 

www.facebook.com/MobileGenealogy

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!

Email MGS@MobileRoots.org, 

call (251) 414-1995 

or contact us on facebook 

www.facebook.com/MobileGenealogy

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.

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