April 2, 2016
If you've tried to check into our website since our last posting, you will probably be aware that our website host server was down because of hardware problems. We regret that, but it is now up and running again. Our last program, which we hope you were fortunate enough to enjoy, was our own President, Ruth McCarty, who did an excellent job of furnishing an assortment of sources and methods for determining cause of death on ancestors who passed away during times when death certificates were unavailable. This kind of program is always helpful for newcomers to the genealogical research field and serve as a good reminder of alternative sources of information for more experienced family researchers.
At our April 2, 2016 meeting, we will be treated to a program by Frank Mills, who has taught at West Point and has lectured nationwide. He will be talking about World War II.
We still have some genealogy T-shirts, including a new design, which are fun casual wear and a nice way to promote genealogy, for sale in the Alabama Room. If you would like to buy one, they are $10 for S, M, L and XL, and you can purchase a larger size for $12.
Our speaker for the May 7 meeting will feature Marsha Watts Foreman, our DNA guru with experience at making practical use of DNA testing in her research, will further expand our understanding of the subject with a follow-up program on the different types of testing available and how to select the most useful type for you, explaining what to do with your test results once you have them.
The next meeting will also give us a chance to pay our dues for the 2016 Society year, so if you didn't turn in your check at the last meeting, please remember to bring it with you on April 2. At that rate, it's still a great bargain! (It breaks down to $1.25 per meeting, and for that, you get monthly meetings featuring programs of interest to genealogists, enjoyable refreshments, and the fellowship of other researchers.)
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!
Keep supporting your local Society, your local library, and especially the Alabama Room!