Friday, April 13, 2012

Music of the Mines, Mills, and Railroads of the Birmingham District

On Thursday, May 3rd from noon - 1:00 p.m., Karen Utz, Curator and
Historian of Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, will present a
program on labor-related music brought into Birmingham's industrial
district by migrants.  Music of the Mines presents histories and personal
recollections from the musicians and their families, and includes an audio
account of the unique music.  Please join us for an educational and
entertaining program. Free admission.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Genealogy News

Due to a lack of funding the Jefferson County Library Cooperative had to drop HeritageQuest from the Alabama Virtual Library.  The good news is that patrons can now access HeritageQuest through the library's website as a result of a donation from the Friends of the Bessemer Public Library.  Under the Reference heading, click onto HeritageQuest and follow the directions.

The 1940 Census records were released by the U.S. National Archives on April 2, 2012 and brought online through a partnership with  The website  allows you full access to the 1940 Census images in addition to 1940 Census maps and descriptions.

You cannot look up people by name, however, because the census has not yet been indexed by name.  Therefore, only searches by location and enumeration district are currently possible.

The 1940 U.S. Census Community Project is a volunteer initiative currently underway to make a name-index
available for free.