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AlaBenton Newsletter

January 4, 2017


           At our December, 2016 meeting, our members got together in the Ayers Auditorium for our Annual Meeting, at which we traditionally elect new Officers, review our activities during the past year, and let Tom Mullins open gifts under the tree for the Alabama Room, the gifts normally consisting of both genealogical materials and monetary gifts. This year was no exception, and the gifts were generous

            On Saturday, January 7, 2017, at 1:00 PM, our program will feature Jim Phillips, who will be presenting artifacts and stories about early Alabama history. It will be entitled, "Digging up Alabama." You don't want to miss that, do you?

            On Saturday, January 28, from 2:00PM to 3:00 PM, Brian Wittman will conduct a hands-on workshop (Online Genealogy Research 101) to show us what websites to use for our research, as well as tips and tricks for starting and furthering it. You may bring your own laptop computer to use, or borrow one from the library to get started. This activity is sponsored by the Library, rather than by AlaBenton, but we hope to see all our computer-oriented members there. This event is sponsored by the Library.

      Our genealogy-themed T-shirts have been a fun project this year, not only providing a little extra money for us to donate to the Alabama Room, but also a touch of whimsy, which we hope to continue this year in some form (possibly switching to tote bags). The AlaBenton membership has some very creative people, so they are sure to come up with something we will enjoy.

           Don't forget--our members are our greatest asset. We thank every one of you who serves or has served AlaBenton, in either a leadership role or a support role. Please keep up the good work! We honor our ancestors by remembering them, but we can't remember them if we don't know who they are, so get busy!

            Keep supporting your local Society, your local library, and especially the Alabama Room!

Editor

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