200 Alabama Bicentennial

Celebrating Alabama’s 200th birthday2017 2018 2019

New Alabama Ancestry Workshop

The Alabama Genealogical Society, along with the Alabama Bicentennial Commission and six state humanities partners, is offering a unique workshop focused on family and local history for anyone interested in history or genealogy. The event will be held August 9-10, 2019, at the Alabama Department of Archives and History, 624 Washington Ave., Montgomery. The workshop is designed to strengthen skills in family and local history research and to bolster the organizations who support this research. Attendees are encouraged to come to one day or both, depending on level of interests.

Day one is designed for leaders or potential leaders of genealogical and historical societies with two tracks of programming that will cover topics for strengthening societies and organizations for the 21st century. Program sessions will cover organizational reinvention, excellence standards, membership building, social media tools, publications, partnering, fundraising, and the recruitment of new generations.

Day two is designed for anyone who wants to develop the historian’s craft—family and/or local. Two tracks will discuss the skills needed for doing history well and for getting that history to the public. Program sessions will cover archival, land, primary document, and urban research; oral history; evidence and proof; and historical writing and self-publishing.

Featured presenters include Shannon Ammons, CEO of the Alabama Association of Nonprofits; Jim Day, University of Montevallo history professor; Donna Cox Baker, director of Alabama Heritage magazine; Nancy DuPree, coordinator of the Alabama Department of Archives and History Research Room; Frazine Taylor, president of the Alabama Historical Association; Elizabeth Crabtree Wells, retired librarian and archivist; and many more.

Coffee and registration begin at 8:00 a.m. on both days, and seminars will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. An optional reception and tour of the Museum of Alabama will be held the evening of August 9. Registration ends Friday, August 2. For more details and to register, visit: www.AlabamaHeritage.com.

This event is hosted by the Alabama Genealogical Society, with Alabama Heritage as the planning partner and key contact. Supplementary funding by the Alabama Bicentennial Commission. Other partners include the Alabama Department of Archives and History, the Alabama Historical Association, the Alabama Humanities Foundation, the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities, and the Encyclopedia of Alabama.

Alabama Ancestry, the Alabama Bicentennial Commission's family history project, has partnered with the Alabama Department of Archives and History and the genealogical community to digitize publications that document the story of the state's people and its past. Much of this collection will consist of the newsletters and journals produced by historical and genealogical organizations, but other relevant resources may be added as well. To view the collection, please visit the link below.

Alabama Genealogy and History Publications