Salute to Veterans Volume II

Salute to the Veterans of Etowah County, Alabama

Salute to the Veterans of Etowah County, Alabama

NorthEast Alabama Genealogical Society is working on Salute to The Veterans of Etowah County Vol. II. If you have someone that served since 1898 and lived or registered in Etowah County, and they were not included in Volume I of the book, we would love to include them in this book.  Click the link in the header menu bar to download the form. Complete the form as instructed and mail to NorthEast Alabama Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 8268, Gadsden, Alabama 35902.  If you need additional information, you may contact Kathy Burttram or RoseMary Hyatt via email at salute2vets@comcast.net.

Join us for Spring Seminar 2018

J Mark Lowe

J Mark Lowe

Spring Seminar 2018

Please join us for Spring Seminar 2018 being held Saturday, March 24, 2018, from 8:30 AM — 3:00 PM at the Downtown Civic Center (formerly called the Senior Activity Center), 623 Broad Street (Rear Entrance), Gadsden, Alabama 35901.  It is our honor to present the renowned genealogist J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA as our speaker this year.We hope you will be able to join us for an information filled day.  You can download the registration form by clicking here.  You may also click the 2018 Spring Seminar Registration tab at the top of the page to download the form.  Some of the subjects J. Mark Lowe will present are:  Alabama Records & Migration, Ready-Set-Plan!, My Taxes Were Due When? (Using Delinquent Tax Lists and Release Books), and What’s Really Online?

Registration is $25.00 and includes lunch catered by Beans and Greens.  Register early because, after March 10th, registration will be $30.00.  You may also register at the door.  Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate special diets.

J.Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

He was recently seen on Who Do You Think You Are, Season 2 – Lionel Richie Episode and on Biography Channel’s uneXplained – Season of the Lost Souls.  J. Mark Lowe has been researching families for more than 40 years. He grew up in Tennessee with extensive family roots in Kentucky. He has traveled extensively in both states and enjoys sharing his love of genealogy and the joy of research with others including some historic reenacting.  As a researcher and lecturer, Lowe enjoys working with Genealogical groups and professional organizations. He was President of the of the Association of Professional Genealogists, former Vice President and Secretary of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

In the process of teaching others, Mark builds his own skills and insight for research. His experience as a Classroom Teacher, Principal, and Professional Researcher provides a different perspective for each research problem.  Mark lives in Robertson County, Tennessee which lies in Northern Middle Tennessee along the Kentucky border. With a family history in both states, a knowledge of the interaction of citizens along borders helps Mark resolve difficult issues using often overlooked records. As a national and regional speaker, he has brought these areas of expertise along with his unique humor and southern style to many diverse audiences.  He is the Coordinator for the IGHR (Samford University) Research in the South track, SLIG (UGA) Southern Research (mid-South, Gulf-South) and was awarded the Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award by APG in 2007.

As the Director of the Regional In-depth Genealogical Studies Alliance (RIGS Alliance), Mark has developed and directed week-long interactive learning sessions and hands-on research focusing on original documents and manuscripts at regional archives. In 2002, the RIGS Alliance, in cooperation with the National Archives – Southeast Region, conducted their first workshop in Atlanta, focusing on Federal Records of the Southeast U.S. RIGS Alliance alternates workshops between the Southeast Region (Atlanta/Morrow GA) and the Southwest Region. (Ft. Worth, TX) Mark has published articles and reviews in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ), SPEAK! (Genealogical Speakers Guild newsletter), The National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ), The North Carolina Genealogical Society Quarterly, The Longhunter (Southern Ky. Genealogical Society), The Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society Quarterly and other local society publications. His own publications include Robertson County Tennessee Marriage Book 2, 1859-1873 and Pioneer Cemetery (Bowling Green, Ky.)

Time to Renew Your Membership or Join Us For Another Exciting Year

For those of you who are members of NEAGS and those who are not, it is time to renew your membership or join us for another exciting year.  It is not necessary to join the NEAGS to use the library however membership gets you 2 Newsletters that are full of information to help you with your research.  If you would like to become a part of our “family”, just click on the link in the header, print your form, fill it out and mail or bring it to the library.  We have monthly meetings in which a presentation is shown and refreshments are served following the program.  We would love to have you!

FamilySearch Discontinuing Microfilm Distribution Services

In case you haven’t already heard, FamilySearch will discontinue its microfilm distribution services on September 1, 2017.  According to the FamilySearch website, the last day to order microfilm is August 31, 2017.  If you would like more information, click here.  Apparently, this is happening because the advances in technology are making microfilm obsolete.  Many digital images are available online that make Geneology research easier than in the past.

If you need any of these records, get on the ball and order them so you don’t miss out.  The deadline is only a few months away.

 

Photo by Deborah Fitchett

The Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall

Cloudy skies do not deter visitors!

Cloudy skies do not deter visitors!

The Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall

The Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall has been on display in Gadsden since May 11th and will be here through May 15th.  If you haven’t done so already, I suggest you visit.  I stopped by Saturday and was deeply touched seeing all the names of those who sacrificed their lives.  I found my Aunt’s husband’s name, Donnie W. Dixon, who I never got the honor to meet.  You could feel an electricity in the air and it felt good to pay my respects.

The Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall

The Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall

Touching Words

Touching Words

 

 

 

Volunteers are on hand to do things like shuttle you to your car, look up which stone your family member is on, and help you find the names.  They were very helpful.

Volunteers Assisting Visitors

Volunteers Assisting Visitors

Volunteers Helping Visitors

Volunteers Helping Visitors

Even though clouds loomed overhead, there was still a big turn out.  I managed to make it back to my car just as it started raining.