NEAGS Spring Seminar 2017

NEAGS Spring Seminar 2017

The NEAGS Spring Seminar 2017 will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017, from 8:30 am– 3:00 pm at the Gadsden Senior Activity Center, 623 Broad Street (Rear Entrance), Gadsden, Alabama 35901.

The esteemed Robert “Bob” Davis, director of the Genealogy department at Wallace State Community College, will be our featured speaker.  He earned a Master of Education degree in History from North Georgia College and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Mr. Davis will be speaking on the following topics:  Finding Your Georgia Ancestor’s, Research in South Carolina, and What Your Mother Never Told You about the Federal Census.  He will also hold a brief Question and Answer Segment.  You can read Mr. Davis’  full biography by clicking here.

The cost of the seminar is $25.00 until March 11th.  After March 11th, the cost will be $30.00. Lunch catered by Bean’s and Greens.  This is included in the registration fee.   You may download a registration form here and a brochure with more information by clicking here.  Please come out and join us.  Get the information to unlock any “brick walls” you may have met in your genealogy research.


Closed for the Holidays!


First of all, I would like to thank Lynda Peach for such outstanding service as the site administrator.  She has done a wonderful job of maintaining the website and has contributed so much.   I would also like to thank everyone who has welcomed me as the new site administrator.

December meeting and Christmas Lunch

Our December meeting and Christmas lunch was held this past Saturday.  Thank you to everyone who prepared the delicious food and also those that brought supplies. We had a wonderful meal, played Dirty Santa, and shared Christmas memories of the past.

Nichols Memorial Library will be closed until Thursday, January 5, 2017 for the holidays, but we would love for you to visit us each Thursday from 10-3.  Whether you are doing genealogy research or you are interested in history, you will find something interesting.   Hope to see you soon! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!






Welcome a New Site Administrator

It has been my honor to serve as the NEAGS web site administrator for several years. But it is time for me to step down and I am so happy to introduce April Ozbilgin as the new site administrator. I’ll still be around and hope to add some new information to the site.

Please say hello to April and welcome her aboard.

~   Lynda Peach

What Alabama Data is on

Did you know that you can use at Nichols Library?

People tend to think that Ancestry is all about Family Trees or finding an ancestor in a census. Both of those are there & the census access is valuable. Ancestry has upgraded their view of the census several times and if you have not looked at one in several years, you might well be surprised at the improvement. Family Trees — well, those were uploaded or entered by “just folks” and I’ll address using family trees with care in a separate post.

Someone advised me years ago to frequently check the new & updated collections.
Check card catalog. Check records. Check on-line books.

Here is a list of the Alabama collections on New & Updated in 2016:

New | Updated Collection Dated Posted
or Updated
UPDATED Alabama, Wills and Probate Records, 1753-1999 4/14/2016
UPDATED Alabama, Select Marriages, 1816-1942 3/8/2016
**NEW** Alabama, Civil Appointments, 1818-1939 2/29/2016
**NEW** Alabama, WWI Gold Star Index, 1917-1918 2/22/2016

And a list of what is in the Card Catalog for Etowah County:

Title Collection Records
Etowah County, Alabama cemetery records Birth, Marriage & Death 145
Cemetery survey, Etowah County, Alabama Birth, Marriage & Death 484
A history of Hokes Bluff, Alabama Stories, Memories & Histories 158
Interstate Directory Company’s Gadsden, Alabama city directory, 1931 Schools, Directories & Church Histories 249

Screen capture of Alabama Collection Page.

And of course there are MANY Alabama census records.

But is the above all there is?  That & census records?          Hardly.

Scroll down a bit — this is a large picture as far as size. I didn’t display the image for reading. Clicking it will display the Ancestry page.

There are TONs of Alabama related records on You can even, from this page, easily filter by county.

At the top of this page are three links:

From this page you can also select a different state.


there are no family trees on this *long* page. Just REAL data from various sources.

Great Research Site for “Old” Books

The site — — has tons of books of ALL kinds.

  • Are there books that are JUST about genealogy?  Yes. Type genealogy in the search field.
  • You can search for free? Yes. In fact the site has a variety of searches available.
  • If I find a book I need, can I read the whole thing? For Free? Yes and then no. You can read a huge amount of the book for free.
  • Are there any “family” books? Yes. And between you and me I was surprised that were some I had never seen before.e?
  • Can I download books? Yes. Read online? Yes.

Best approach since the site has a cost.

Spend enough time on the site to see what kind of books are available. This site displays a lot of them (journals, etc.) so do search for REAL data. Personally I never really learn anything but a “sample” search unless I’m looking for real people in real places.

I would have utilized this site 5 years ago but not the way I can now. Five years ago I had no idea I had ancestors in the United States in the 1600s. Today I do and I found some great resources for my family in the 1600 & 1700s. I’m sure I’ll find other things as well. For me personally, I was excited to find some data on those really old folks. 🙂

I have not paid for access yet. Why?

I will pay for a month at a time. So first I want to have a month that is not stuffed with things-to-do. April of this year is absolutely NOT a good time.

I want my database that I’ve imported from Family Tree Maker into RootsMagic 7 in better shape than it is now.

I will focus on my direct ancestors for the first use.  I will focus on verifying facts found & fill in holes.

My first time to copy the text and paste it into a WordPress site (like this one) did not go well. Did I do something wrong? I don’t think so but I need to know. I can test that without having to pay.

Register. It’s free and registered users can “bookmark” anything they find.

Investigate site. Use the search. Find something. Bookmark it. Mark the surnames (or places, etc.) data in your research log.

Develop your plan. If you don’t, you will waste a LOT of time hopping from one piece of data to another. The site is full of BSOs (bright shiny objects).

AND this site might help your kids on homework assignments too!