THE BIRMINGHAM GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY, INC.
The Birmingham Genealogical Society was organized March 15, 1959 and incorporated June 28, 1969. The Exempt Status was granted November 22, 1977. It was organized exclusively for educational and research purposes, and to foster preservation of genealogical and historical material.
It conducts forums, panels, lectures, and similar programs for the study of genealogy. It collects genealogical and historical records and from time to time donates books and material to libraries and archives where they are accessible to students of genealogy. It aids members in tracing their ancestry and fosters careful documentation and promotes scholarly writing. It issues publications for distribution to members, and to exempt organizations in exchange programs. We are not set up to do genealogical research, but letters to the Society are read aloud at meetings and individual members answer such letters in which they may have information to share.
A Fall Genealogical Festival is held in October of each year, at which members exhibit their research in a "Show And Tell" format. Judges award ribbons. A silver bowl engraved with each year's first place winner is the take-home-for-a-year award for the current winner. A Christmas Tea is held each December at the Birmingham Public Library where new officers are installed.
Regular meetings are held the 4th Saturday of each month at 2 p.m. at the Lynn Henley Research Auditorium of the Birmingham Public Library located on the third floor of the old Library. We do not meet during the months of November and December.
Members participate in teaching classes in Genealogy, giving lectures to various clubs, genealogical and historical societies, and as volunteers donate time to Library projects. In the summer of 1996 our Computer User Group merged into the Birmingham PAF User's Group which meets the 2nd Saturday each month at 9:30 a.m. at the Family History Center of the LDS Church on the corner of Altadena Road and Cahaba River Road.
PIONEER TRAILS is our quarterly publication accepting queries from members. It is exchanged with 22 other specialty societies, and their publications are placed in the library for general use.