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.
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.
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.
Program for Saturday, November 9th, 10:30 a.m.
Presented by Michelle Woodham
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND…
At the November 9th General Meeting, MGS Director Michelle Woodham will again share her knowledge of the new FamilySearch.com. 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 (https://familysearch.org/locations/saltlakecity-library ). 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 MGS@MobileRoots.org 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 MGS@MobileRoots.org, call (251) 414-1995 or contact us on facebook www.facebook.com/MobileGenealogy
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.
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.
Saturday, July 13th, at 10:30 a.m., MGS Director Michelle Woodham, a highly-experienced researcher and genealogist, will present "Exploring the New Family Search." Learn how to find what you need, do a broad search, browse specific databases and find images of original records. You'll discover information you did not know was available on FamilySearch.org. Don't miss this opportunity to receive instruction from an expert!
Unforeseen circumstances resulted in the cancellation of our previously planned program by Dale Cox, "Researching Your Creek War and Civil War Ancestors." We hope to reschedule Mr. Cox in the near future.
Join us tomorrow! We look forward to seeing you at MGS!
Unforeseen circumstances have resulted in the cancellation of our program presented by Dale Cox, who was to discuss techniques for learning more about our Creek War and Civil War ancestors. Instead, we'll be presenting a program entitled Exporing the new Family Search presented by Michelle Woodham.
This weekend, Frazine Taylor, noted speaker, author and archivist, will present Researching African American Genealogy in Alabama, and Useful Records in Overcoming the Challenges. The seminar is from 1-3 p.m. Ms. Taylor will also speak at our morning membership meeting which begins at 10:30. Frazine Taylor has researched family roots and ties to Alabama for two PBS series, African American Lives 2 (2008) and Finding Your Roots (2012). Ms. Taylor has over 25 years experience as librarian, archivist, lecturer and writer. She is former Head of Reference for the Alabama Department of Archives and History and an expert on Alabama records. The seminar is $20. Ms. Taylor’s book, Researching African American Genealogy in Alabama: A Resource Guide, is also available for $20.
This Saturday, May 11th, Sidney Henson Schell, author and retired maritime attorney will speak on the topic Fort Powell and the Civil War: Western Approaches to Mobile Bay, which is also the title of a book he authored. Fort Powell was a small Civil War fort built on an oyster reef on the north side of Grant’s Pass in Alabama. Fort Powell served its purpose for a time, and its history, which includes the history of those who built, defended and attacked it, deserves to be told. Some items of interest to be covered are the reasons Grant’s Pass was fortified, the additional fortifications built on Little Dauphin Island and Cedar Point, the difficulties of building Fort Powell, its temporary abandonment and its successful defense against attack in 1864. Mr. Schell will offer insight into the lives of the troops on the isolated island fort and the difficulties of the engineers in securing men and materials to build it. Programs and meetings are held at 10:30 a.m. in the Vitale Room, located immediately behind Holy Family Catholic Church, 1400 Joyce Road. Visitors are always welcome.