Southern History Department (Birmingham Public Library System)

The Southern History Dept focuses on local history and genealogy. We are part of the Central Library.

The Southern History Department is a collection that covers every facet of Southern life and culture. The major focus of the collection is on Birmingham, Jefferson County, and Alabama. If you are interested in Southern local, state, or regional history, arts and sciences, geography, genealogy, or folklore you can find information on all these subjects in Southern History.

12/14/2023

Check out #16 taken in the stacks at BPL. Kelsey Justice, Birmingham Public Library In Birmingham, Alabama, USA

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12/13/2023

Quick reminder: the Birmingham Public Library will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, December 14, for Inventory Day.

We look forward to serving you again on Friday, December 15 πŸ‘‹

Photos from Southern History Department (Birmingham Public Library System)'s post 11/30/2023

A fun time with co-workers putting our decorations up! Stop by and visit us!

11/21/2023

BPL will close Wednesday at noon and will reopen Monday at the regular time. Happy Thanksgiving!

Photos from Birmingham Public Library's post 11/17/2023
11/16/2023

Check out our latest genetic genealogy class!

11/09/2023

The Birmingham Public Library will be closed Friday, November 10, through Saturday, November 11, 2023, for Veterans Day.

We will see you again Monday, November 13, at 9:00 a.m. β˜€οΈ

11/09/2023

The first of our two programs on Native American genealogy can be viewed here!

Photos from Southern History Department (Birmingham Public Library System)'s post 11/02/2023

Did you know that for hundreds of years, people thought California was an island? Take a look at some of our beautiful maps that depict this famous cartographic error.

Birmingham Public Library - Calendar 11/02/2023

November is Native American Heritage Month! Join us for our next program: The Plain Truth About Native American Genealogy.

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10/26/2023

We had a great crowd for yesterday's class on Sorting Your DNA Matches, but if you missed it you can watch it here!

Photos from Southern History Department (Birmingham Public Library System)'s post 10/23/2023

We loved helping these AP History students from Leeds High School with their local history project today!

10/20/2023

Getting back to basics is always a good idea!

10/13/2023

Let our very own Paul Boncella ease your concerns about privacy and genetic genealogy!

BPL Southern History Department Family History Month Programs Continue 10/10/2023

We're still rolling with programming for Family History Month. Lots more to come!

BPL Southern History Department Family History Month Programs Continue 2023 Family History Month programs continue through the end of October at The Birmingham Public Library 's Southern History Department. C...

10/04/2023

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Behind the Scenes Tour yesterday!

BPL patrons toured the Southern History Department Tuesday in the Research Library as part of BPL's Family History Month programming. This tour group poses in front of the Ezra Winters murals on the first floor. For more information on BPL's 10 Family History Month programs, click below https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2023/09/bpl-hosting-10-family-history-month.html

09/26/2023

Pioneer Museum Of Alabama The Pioneer Museum of Alabama has 15,000 square feet of indoor exhibits from farm implements to musi

BPL Hosting 10 Family History Month Programs in October 09/25/2023

Lots of programs coming your way for Family History Month!

BPL Hosting 10 Family History Month Programs in October The Birmingham Public Library 's Southern History Department is hosting 10 programs throughout the month of October in celebration of Fami...

Genealogy: Census Records 09/22/2023

Thanks to our friends at the Hoover Public Library, Hoover, Alabama for hosting a workshop on Census Records next Wednesday!

Genealogy: Census Records Join Mary Beth Newbill, head of the Southern History Department at Birmingham Public Library, as she discusses the importance of Census Records when researching your family tree.

09/13/2023

Birmingham native Mary Badham, the actress who played Scout in the 1962 film "To Kill A Mockingbird," is visiting the Central Library on Tuesday, September 19, at 2:00 p.m. for a Q&A.

Bedham returns to Harper Lee's story as Mrs. Dubose in the Broadway touring play "To Kill A Mockingbird" written by Aaron Sorkin & directed by Bartlett Sher.

Hear personal insights on her roles & what this classic means to her as she answers questions about her experiences as an actress.

You can see her live in the play at the BJCC November 14–19, 2023.

09/12/2023

The wait is over! Watch part two of our Genetic Genealogy News 2023 series here.

Photos from Southern History Department (Birmingham Public Library System)'s post 08/31/2023

Sometimes we find additional treasures in books that are donated to us. This one came with a pressed leaf and a family tree!

Central Library To Host "A Radio Hero" Film Tribute to Black Radio on Wednesday, August 23 08/23/2023

Central Library To Host "A Radio Hero" Film Tribute to Black Radio on Wednesday, August 23 πŸ“»On Wednesday, August 23, the Birmingham Public Library will host "A Radio Hero," a film tribute to the important role Black Radio played...

08/08/2023

Join us or tune in tomorrow for part 2 of Genetic Genealogy News! http://www.cobpl.org/calendar/?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D167699716

08/03/2023

Stay caught up with what's happening in Genetic Genealogy by watching our video of yesterday's workshop!

Photos from Southern History Department (Birmingham Public Library System)'s post 08/02/2023

"Back to School" is already in the air! Don't worry if you're not caught up on school supplies. Let these vintage adds inspire you!

08/01/2023

The world of genetic genealogy changes a lot and quickly! Keep up with our 2 part series, Genetic Genealogy News!

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07/20/2023

Watch yesterday's genetic genealogy class at your leisure!

07/18/2023

Please join us on July 22nd for a program on how to use 23andMe DNA tools presented by Paul Boncella.

07/12/2023

So grateful to receive this donation from our friends at the Birmingham African American Genealogy Group Inc!

07/07/2023

Looking for a genealogy class this weekend? The Springville Road Library (Birmingham Public Library is hosting a workshop on using the library edition of Ancestry.com! http://www.cobpl.org/calendar/?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D164349746

06/30/2023

Birmingham's 4th of July Fireworks are a longstanding tradition as this photo of the East Lake Park fireworks in 1912 illustrates. Have a safe and happy 4th!

06/23/2023

We're so excited to receive this minute book from a local Masonic lodge from the Birmingham African American Genealogy Group Inc! Thanks to Past-President and current Secretary, Wanda Looney and the Director of Research Kel Laeger (who also serves as the Director of the Family History Center).

Citizen Archivist Missions 06/22/2023

Become a part of history and by helping with the US National Archives's Revolutionary War Pension Files Transcription Mission!

Citizen Archivist Missions Citizen Archivist Missions Ready to start tagging and transcribing? We've curated these topical missions to help you jump in and contribute! Click on a topic that interests you, and it will bring you right to those historical records in our Catalog. Tagging and transcribing makes these records more....

06/10/2023

Is there a coat of arms in your family's past. Feel free to post as today is International Heraldry Day! https://anydayguide.com/calendar/3931

Alabama's Congressional Districts Thrown Out; BPL Hosting Saturday Workshop on 1926 Birmingham Zoning Map That Separated Citizens by Race 06/08/2023

We're very excited to offer this important program on the history of segregation in Birmingham. We hope you'll join us Saturday at 2:00pm!

Alabama's Congressional Districts Thrown Out; BPL Hosting Saturday Workshop on 1926 Birmingham Zoning Map That Separated Citizens by Race This is the 1926 Birmingham Zoning Map designed to separate the population by race. A major U.S. Supreme Court ruling today, Thursday, June ...

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Check out our latest genetic genealogy class!
The first of our two programs on Native American genealogy can be viewed here!
We had a great crowd for yesterday's class on Sorting Your DNA Matches, but if you missed it you can watch it here!
Getting back to basics is always a good idea!
Let our very own Paul Boncella ease your concerns about privacy and genetic genealogy!
The wait is over! Watch part two of our Genetic Genealogy News 2023 series here.
Stay caught up with what's happening in Genetic Genealogy by watching our video of yesterday's workshop!
Watch yesterday's genetic genealogy class at your leisure!
Here's the video from today's workshop for anyone who was not able to attend!
Learn how to get the most our of your genetic genealogy test kit with our most recent workshop.
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