The Mobile Genealogical Society will hold its regular monthly meeting on Saturday, Oct. 13, beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Vitale Center at 1400 Joyce Road in Mobile (directly behind the Holy Family Catholic Church off Overlook Road east of University Boulevard).
This meeting will be a “Show and Tell” session — a time for members to display some of the success stories and/or share the experiences that enable them to expand their family history. Tables will be available for displaying interesting items.
At the Nov. 10 meeting, archaeologist George Shorter will present a program on “Old St. Stephens: The Mobile Connections.” This program will include a look at the historic town of St. Stephens, which was larger and more politically active than Mobile in the early 1800s, and how it related to the Mobile area.
Shorter has been an archaeologist with the Center for Archaeological Studies at the University of South Alabama for the past 20 years. Though he has conducted research at numerous sites from our prehistoric and more recent past, his primary interest is in the French Colonial occupation of the 18th century. For the past 15 years, however, Shorter has worked at the early 19th century town of St. Stephens, near present-day Jackson, Ala.
That same afternoon from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., MGS will sponsor a mini-seminar featuring Shorter: “Artifacts: How Archaeologists Assign Meaning,” an in-depth discussion of how the study at a site can provide an understanding of how the people lived in that area at that time. Examples from the ongoing digs at Old St. Stephens will be discussed.
The seminar will be hands-on and informal with lots of time for questions and discussion. The event will include light snacks and door prizes. Ample parking is available. For more information, call 251-414-1995
The fee is $20 before Oct. 19 and $25 thereafter or at the door. Receipt of handout materials cannot be assured for late registrations. Mail checks or money orders to Mobile Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 6224, Mobile, AL 36660-6224.
- The Baldwin County Genealogical Society will hold its monthly meeting on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m. at the Foley Public Library. You are invited to come prepared to tell about a family holiday or family research story and enjoy those shared by others. Future speakers will present programs on writing your family history. Plan on a 3-5 minute story and bring several if possible. There will be a sign-up sheet at the door.
The Baldwin County Genealogical Society is a nonprofit organization that meets the second Saturday each month in the meeting room of the Foley Public Library and meetings are open to the public. The Foley Public Library is located at 319 E. Laurel Ave. in Foley. The Baldwin County Genealogical Society is a major supporter of the Local History and Genealogy Collections of the Foley Public Library.
- The NorthEast Alabama Genealogical Society meets the second Saturday of each month beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Nichols Memorial Library, One Cabot Avenue in Gadsden, Ala. Society members are working on several cemeteries in the following areas: Etowah, Fairview Baptist Cemetery, Mount Lookout Cemetery, Tillison Cemetery, McCauley Cemetery, Reid Cemetery, Oak Park Cemetery, Old Attalla Cemetery and Moody Cemetery in Altoona.
Anyone who knows of unmarked graves in any of the above mentioned cemeteries or has any information on these cemeteries should contact RoseMary Hyatt, 256-538-1122, or Anne Batie, 256-492-2739, or email email@example.com.
- Susan Haltom, coauthor of “One Writer’s Garden,” will present “Reading and Writing: The Progressive Welty Women” on Wednesday, Oct. 10, from noon to 1 p.m. at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building in Jackson, Miss. This program is part of the History is Lunch series. The Winter Building is located at the corner of North and Amite streets in Jackson. The program is free and open to the public and in fully accessible to those with disabilities. You may take your own lunch. Coffee and water are provided. For more information, call 601-576-6998.
- Sue VerHoef, archivist of the Atlanta History Center, will be the guest speaker at the Lunch and Learn lecture at the Georgia Archives and History on Friday, Oct. 12, from noon to 1 p.m. Her topic will be “The Kenan Research Center: Exploring the Archives of the Atlanta History Center.” The program is free and no reservations are required. Take a lunch to eat during the program or just enjoy the lecture.
The Georgia State Archives is located at 5800 Jonesboro Road in Morrow, Ga., 12 miles south of Atlanta at the entrance to Clayton State University adjacent to the National Archives and Records Administration. For more information, call 678-364-3700.
Climbing the Family Tree is designed to help our readers who have come to dead ends in family tree research. If you need help from our readers, write: Climbing the Family Tree, c/o Eugenia Parker, P.O. Box 9136, Mobile, AL 36691; or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Parker is affiliated with the Mobile Genealogical Society, National and Alabama Societies Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy and the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century.