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OUTSTANDING SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS AND SPEAKERS

Twice a year AGS brings you the opportunity to hear experienced, informative, and entertaining speakers at two locations in the state. The spring seminar is held in Birmingham, Alabama. The fall seminar is held in Montgomery, Alabama. Seminar and workshop details are published in the AGS Magazine and the AGS Newsletter.


Spring 2014 Seminar
Samford University, Birmingham Alabama

GENETICS, ETHICS & ANTEBELLUM LAW
presented by

Judy G. Russell, JD

Click here for details and registration form (pdf)


Previous Seminars Workshops, and Speakers

2013
Spring Seminar - April 20 - Samford University
Speakers: Dorothy Williams Potter, Elizabeth Crabtree Wells, Yvonne Crumpler - Theme: Pathways to the Past: How to Locate Original Records, On Site & Online Topics: Sources & Research Methods for the Old South, Part I; Sources & Research Methods for the Old South, Part II; Online Resources: College/University Library of Congress and More; Searching NARA's web site & Documenting/Citing Sources

Fall Seminar - October 12 - Alabama Department of Archives and History
Speaker: Susan Sloan - Theme: NCIS: Names, Clues, and Indirect Sources Topics: Genealogical Proof Standard: Harness the Power of Indirect Evidence, Part I; Genealogical Proof Standard, Part II; Using Pre-1850 Censuses in Research: A Case Study

2012
Fall Seminar - October 13 - Alabama Department of Archives and History
Speaker: Robert Scott Davis, Jr. - Theme: Military Records Topics: War of 1812 Records; Bicentennial Research; World War I Research and Other Military Records After the St. Louis Fire

Spring Seminar - March 31 - Samford University
Speaker: Linda Woodward Geiger - Theme: Data Mining the Records Topics: U.S. Territorial Papers, 1789-1873; More Than Land Descriptions: Treasures Among the Deeds; Using Tax Lists to Solve Genealogical Problems; Estate Records: More Than Just Wills

2011
Fall Seminar - October 8 - Alabama Department of Archives and History
Speakers: Jim Anderson, Yvonne Crumpler, Jyl Hardy, Jason Kirby - Theme: A Smorgasbord
Topics: Plotting Our Ancestors Land; Researching the War of 1812; What You Need to Know to be a First Family of Alabama Member; U.S. Non-Population Censuses

Spring Seminar - April 16 - Samford University
Speaker: Dr. Thomas W. Jones - Theme: Disappearing Ancestors
Topics: Solving the Mystery of the Disappearing Ancestor; Five Ways to Prove Who Your Ancestor Was; Going Beyond the Bare Bones: Reconstructing Your Ancestors' Lives; Finding Unfindable Ancestors

2010
Fall Seminar - October 2 - Alabama Department of Archives and History
Speaker: Robert Scott Davis -Theme: Soldiers, Settlers and Brick Walls
Topics: Strange World of Revolutionary War Records for the Old South; Creditors, Soldiers, Homesteaders: Federal Lands in the Old Southwest; Gone for a Soldier: Military Records of Georgia and the Old Southwest; What You Might do When You Hit a Brick Wall

Spring Seminar - March 27 - Samford University
Speaker: Dr. Joan Kirchman Mitchell - Theme: Tracking Your Genetic Roots
Topics: Up Close and Personal; From a Distant Perspective; Putting It All Together

2009
Fall Seminar - October 17 - Alabama Department of Archives and History
Speaker: J. Mark Lowe - Theme: CSI: Collecting, Selecting, Identifying Your Ancestors
Topics: Using the Internet for Research; Land Barons or Dirt Farmers; Finding Your Landless Ancestors 2009

Spring Seminar - May 2 - Samford University
Speakers: Dorothy Williams Potter and Elizabeth Wells - Theme: Southeastern Pioneers in the 18th & Early 19th Centuries.
Topics: Too Early for the Census? How to Locate Your Ancestor; Hidden in Plain Sight: Little Known Sources for Tracking Early Southern Pioneers; Researching the Mississippi Territory & Alabama Frontier, Parts I & II

2008
Fall Seminar - October 4
- Alabama Department of Archives and History
Speaker: Richard "Rick" Sayre - Theme: Using Maps in Genealogical Research
Topics: Urban Mapping Tools; Topographic & Other Maps for Genealogists; Maps of the Southern United States; Google Earth for Genealogists

Spring Seminar - May 3 - Samford University
Speaker: Henry Z. "Hank" Jones - Theme: Sources/Origins/Traditions/New Millennium
Topics: When the Sources are Wrong; Tracing the Origins; Family Tradition; Genealogy in the New Millennium

2007
Fall Seminar - October 13
- Alabama Department of Archives and History
Speaker: Craig R. Scott - Theme: A Potpourri of Military Conflicts
Topics: Revolutionary War Records; Indian Wars; War of 1812; Mexican War

Spring Seminar - May 5 - Samford University
Speaker: Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck - Theme: The Grass is Always Greener
Topics: Settlement Patterns and Principles of Migration; The French and Spanish Experience; Federal Land Sales; The South in the 19th Century

2006
Spring Seminar - May 6, 2006 - Samford University
Speaker: Sharon DeBartolo Carmack - Theme: Flesh on the Bones: Putting Your Ancestors into Historical Perspective
Topics: Flesh on the Bones: Putting Your Ancestors into Historical Perspective, The Silent Woman: Bringing a Name to Life, Oral History: Use It or Lose It, and Cryptic Clues in the Bone Yard.

Fall Seminar - October 7, 2006 - Alabama Department of Archives and History
Speakers: Dr. Leah Rawls Atkins, Jason Kirby and Alden Monroe - Theme: Research and Records to Find Alabama's "Johnny Reb" and "Billy Yank"
Topics: My Great Grandfather's Civil War, Genealogy and History Working Together, Sources for Researching the Civil War, ADAH's Holdings of Civil War Material.

2005
Spring Seminar - May 7, 2005 - Samford University
Speaker: Sandra MacLean Clunies, CG - Theme: Improving Research Success Onsite and Online
Topics: Research in Washington DC from Home, Evaluating Web Resources, Keeping Track of Your Resources, and Yankees, Come Home!

Fall Seminar - October 1, 2005 - Alabama Department of Archives and History
Speakers: Debbie Pendleton, Frazine Taylor, Mark Palmer, Norwood Kerr, Nancy Dupree, Tom Turley - Theme: The Alabama Archives: A Researcher's Goldmine! Getting the Most out of a State Archive
Topics: Getting Ready for an Archives Research Trip - What You Can Do From Home, You're at the Archives - What Now? Accessing the Records (Part I), One-of-a-Kind Guided Tour -- Accessing the Records (Part 2), and Explore the Archives' Rare, Unusual and Little-Known Resources.

2004
Spring Seminar - 1 May, 2004 - Samford University
Speaker: Sharon Tate Moody - Theme: Georgia on Your Mind
Topics: They Claimed Indian Blood: Using Guion Miller Rolls to Research Ancestors Who Weren't Native Americans, And the Winner Is...Keys to Treasures in Georgia's Land Lotteries, The State vs Your Ancestors: Using Georgia's Court Records, and No Ring? No License? Are They Married?: Applying Common Law to Marriage.

Fall Seminar - October 16, 2004 - Alabama Department of Archives and History
Speaker: LaRae Free Kerr - Theme: Writing Your Own History - The Secret System That Makes It Easy
Topics: The Memory Jar: A Simple System for Remembering, Organizing, Documenting and Writing Memoirs; Write Word Pictures: Make Family Histories Lively Through Language; SOS: Making Sense from Opinions and Sources, and Twentieth Century Research: If 70% of Pedigrees are Wrong in the 20th Century, is Yours? How Do You Know?

2003
Spring Seminar - May 3, 2003
- Samford University
Speaker: Curt B. Witcher -- Theme: Eclectic Genealogical Sleuthing
Topics: Fingerprinting Our Families: Using Ancestral Origins As A Genealogical Research Key, Using Government Documents For Genealogical Research, An Ancestor's Death -- A Time for Reaping, and Pain in the Access - Getting More From The Internet For Your Genealogy.

Fall Seminar - October 18, 2003 -- Alabama State Capitol
Speaker: J. Mark Lowe - Theme: A Seminar On Genealogical Research
Topics: Land Barons Or Dirt Farmers: Finding Land Transactions, Finding Your Landless Ancestors, Locating The Wanderer, and Smith vs. Jones, etal., A Closer Look At Court Records.

2002
Spring Seminar - May 4, 2002
- Samford University
Speaker: Margaret M. Hofmann - Theme: Unlocking Secrets Found In North Carolina Land Records
Topics: 300 Years Of NC Land Patents And Grants, Genealogical Uses Of Some Early NC Land Records, and Tracing A Family Where No Records Exist Except Land Records

Fall Seminar - October 19, 2002 - Alabama State Capitol
Speaker: George G. Morgan - Theme: An October Adventure -Join A Genealogical Safari! Locate And Visit Your Ancestors!
Topics: Genealogical Orienteering: Using Maps To Find The Right Place, Bring 'um Back To Life: Developing An Ancestor Profile, Bits About Obits: Reading Between The Lines, and Planning Is The Key: A Very Successful Genealogical Research Trip.

2001
Spring Seminar - May 5, 2001
- Samford University
Speaker: Christine Rose - Theme: Following A Genealogical Paper Trail
Topics: Successful Courthouse Research, The Evidence Conflicts... What Shall I Do?, Transcribing And Abstracting: The Technique And Legalese, Using Little Known And Neglected Sources: A Potpourri.

Fall Seminar - October 20, 2001 - Alabama State Capitol
Speakers: Dr. Craig Mann, Mark Dauber, Jeffrey C. Benton, and James H. Walker, Jr. - Theme: And They Came To Alabama
Topics: The Federal Road, Along The Federal Road, The Very Worst Road, and The Huntsville Road

2000
Spring Seminar - May 6, 2000
- Samford University
Speaker: Leslie Smith Collier
Topics: Sherlock Holmes & The Write Way To Research, In Deeds I Trust (And So Should You), and How Lay The Land?

Fall Seminar - October 21, 2000 - Alabama State Archives
Speaker: Jimmy B. Parker
Topics: What Did Your Ancestors Do And In Which War: U.S. Military History And Sources, Mining familysearch.org For Genealogical Resources.

1999
Spring Seminar - May 1, 1999
- Samford University
Speaker: James J. McSweeney, Dr. Charles Reeves, Suzanne Dewberry - Theme: National Archives And Records Administration, Southeast Region
Topics: Seminar On Genealogical Resources

Fall Seminar - October 16, 1999 - Alabama State Archives
Speaker: Marilyn Miller Morton - Theme: Migratory Routes From The British Isles And Europe Into The United States, With Emphasis On Alabama
Topics: Emigration From The British Isles And Rest Of Europe - Specifically Immigration Into The American Colonies And Migration Specifically To Alabama, and Migration From Alabama And The Eastern Parts Of The Nation.

1998
Spring Seminar - May 2, 1998 - Samford University
Speaker: Lloyd Dewitt Bockstruck - Theme: Colonial Virginia And Related Topics

Fall Seminar - October 17, 1998 - Alabama State Archives
Speakers: Mildred Kent, Patrick Henry, and H. Kent Lewis - Theme: Help! How And Where Can I Find It!
Topics: Alternative Records At The Archives, PERSI and SAR, Genealogical Sites On The Internet, Tour Groups To View Sites Of Alternative Records.

1997
Spring Seminar - April 19, 1997
- Samford University
Speakers: Maxine Alcorn and Margaret J. Harris - Theme: Gone To Texas: Tracing Your Ancestors Who Went West
Topics: Anglo Settlements Of The 1820s Through The 1850s Civil War Period, Texas Land Office Records And Early Spanish Land Records, Republic Of Texas Military Records, Courthouse Records, Texas Genealogical Societies, and Other Genealogical Resources And Research Opportunities.

Fall Seminar - October 11, 1997 - Alabama State Archives
Speakers: Ken Tilley, Becky Nall, and Col. Bill Rambo - Theme: Montgomery: The Cradle Of Confederacy
Topics: People & Events Of The Confederacy and An ADAH Civil War Records Update, How To Identify & Date Your Ancestors’ Civil War Attire, Tour of First White House of Confederacy, Tour of State Capitol Building and Confederate Monument, Tour of Historic Oakwood Cemetery.

1996
Spring Seminar - April 20, 1996 - Samford University
Speaker: John Philip Colletta - Theme: Our Ancestors From Overseas: Finding Them & Writing Their Stories
Topics: Passenger Arrival Records, Naturalization Records, How To Prepare For Successful Research In European Records, and Writing The Family History

Fall Seminar - October 19, 1996 - Alabama State Archives
Speakers: H. Kent Lewis, Debbie Pendleton, Andie Zorn
Topics: Overview Of Various Computer Genealogy Programs, Alabama Archives On The Internet, Creative Memories Photo Albums

1995
Spring Seminar - April 29, 1995 - Samford University
Speaker: Jo White Linn - Theme: North Carolina Lineages - The State's History, Records And Laws
Topics: North Carolina Historical Development & State Records, NC State, Genealogical & Religious Records, NC County Records As Primary Source Materials, and NC Laws And Constructing Your Lineages.

Fall Seminar - October 21, 1995 - Alabama State Archives
Speakers: Col. Bill Rambo and Archives Staff - Theme: An Overview Of The Civil War, Its Participants, Equipment, Uniforms, And Flags
Topics: Weapons, tactics, Uniforms, Equipment, Flags, And Personalities Of Alabama Soldiers In The Confederate Army, How To Research Your Civil War Ancestors Using Sources At The Alabama Department of Archives And History

1994
Spring Seminar - April 30, 1994 - Samford University
Speaker: Dr. James R. Johnson - Theme: Alabama And Tennessee - The Ties That Bind
Topics: Tennessee Genealogical Resources, Lyman Draper Collection, Using Land Records, Local Publications& Newspapers As Genealogy Sources, and Migration Routes – How To Use Them To Solve Genealogy Problems.

Fall Seminar - October 15, 1994 - Alabama State Archives
Speaker: Everton Publishers Workshop - Theme: Climbing Your Family Tree Can Be Fun
Topics: Southern U.S. Research, Unusual Record Sources, Beyond Vital Records, and Immigration, Emigration & Naturalization Sources.

1993
Spring Seminar - May 1, 1993 - Samford University
Speakers: Marilyn Miller Morton and Elizabeth Crabtree Wells - Theme: Tracing Your British And Irish Ancestors: From Their Homeland To The United States
Topics: British And Irish Emigration, Immigration, and Migration, British And Irish Genealogical Research Highlights, Research Sources Found In The Samford University Library, Field Trip To Samford Library

Fall Seminar - October 16, 1993 - Alabama State Archives
Speakers: Frazine Taylor, Dr. Mike Breedlove, and Mark Palmer - Theme: Getting To Know Your State Department Of Archives & History
Topics: State Census Records, 1850, 1855 & 1866, Civil War Records, and Local Government Records

1992
Spring Seminar - May 2, 1992 - Samford University
Speaker: Mary Bondurant Warren - Theme: Georgia Research - State & County Records
Topics: Colonial Georgia & The revolution, Early State Records, County Records.

Fall Seminar - October 10, 1992 - Huntingdon College
Speaker: Annie Crenshaw - Theme: A Truly Southern Experience
Topics: Southern Tradition In Communications: What You Can Learn From Letters, Stories, And Artwork, Understanding Souther Dialect: Our Words Are From England?, A Southern Soldier’s Story: Confederate Letters To Home, and Planning Your Southern Family Reunions: Enjoy The Knowledge And Fun Of Yesterday With Your Family Today.

1991
Spring Seminar - May 11, 1991 - Howard Johnson, Birmingham
Speaker: Mary Rhinelander McCarl
Topics: Before The 1790 Census

Fall Seminar - October 19, 1991 - Madison Hotel, Montgomery
Speaker: Gayle P. Peters
Topics: Genealogical Research Resources at the National Archives, Southeast Region

1990
Spring Seminar - May 5, 1990 - Holiday Inn, Hoover
Speaker: Bill Simpson
Topics: Historical And Genealogical Resources At The Wallace Junior College Library, Specifically The Records Of Participants In The War Between The States.

Fall Seminar - October 13, 1990 - Alabama State Archives
Speaker: Ann Gregath
Topics: Researching And Publishing A Family History Manuscript