NEAGS Annual Spring Seminar, 200 Years of Alabama Roots, An Alabama Bicentennial Genealogy Event

NEAGS is pleased to announce our Annual Spring Seminar, 200 Years of Alabama Roots, An Alabama Bicentennial Genealogy Event. The esteemed J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA, will guide us through family tree building, teach us how to find online manuscripts and the best Webinars, as well as giving us his top 10 tools for research. Join us Saturday, March 23, 2019, at the Downtown Civic Center, 623 Broad Street, Gadsden, Alabama 35901 (formally known as Senior Activity Center). This event is co-sponsored by
Alabama Bicentennial Commission, 2019, Alabama Heritage, Gadsden Public Library, and Greater Gadsden Tourism. Use the drop down box in the menu bar to download the registration form.

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.)

Northeast Alabama Settlers Quarterly is being digitized to the Alabama Department of Archives and History

As part of our participation in the Alabama 200 Celebration, Northeast Alabama Genealogical Society has provided our quarterlies to be digitized.  The Northeast Alabama Settlers Quarterly is being digitized and will be a permanent part of the Alabama Department of Archives and History and available to the public.  Once our part of the project is completed, you will be able to read this publication from 1962 through 2014.  You can go to the Alabama Department of Archives and History Digital Collections by clicking here.

Be a Good Santa to the Library This Year

Santa by NanaEllen.comHow To Be a Good Santa.
Donate any needed item to NEAGS Library.

You don’t even have to wrap ’em or add a bow. 🙂

“Santa Ideas”:  paper plates, napkins, paper towels, dish detergent, plastic tableware, toilet paper, plastic cups, ream(s) of copy paper, genealogy books you no longer want, soft soap for bathroom, Clorox or Lysol wipes, bottled water, garbage bags, aluminum foil, cling wrap, zip lock bags, etc. And we will take money too!!!!!

Christmas mouse by NanaEllen.comAll Christmas art are from a wonderful site, NanaEllen.com. Some wonderful Christmas stories are on the site.

Any Virginia Ancestors? Unless this Bill passes, it is going to get harder to get court records

I have Virginia ancestors? So do a LOT of people doing genealogy research.

Judy G. Russell who does the excellent The Legal Genealogist blog posted today, 15-Jan-2014, titled “Virginia call to arms“.

Virginia Counties

State of Virginia
Image source: Wikipedia

It’s another one of those wonderful actions that a state can do to fix one problem and instead REALLY screw the researching genealogist or historian. And in this case, the state is Virginia. Ms. Russell gives full details in clear terms. She also provides a way for us — that’s YOU and ME — to send an email to help “fix” the problem. REMEMBER! No action is approving what has been done. Keep that in mind if you ever need or have relied on a Virginia court house record.