The next Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists takes place in Birmingham, Alabama from August 29 – September 1, 2016. “Indians, Squatters, Settlers and Soldiers in the ‘Old Southwest'” is the conference theme and it is hosted by the Alabama Genealogical Society. We’ll post breaking news, details on lectures, speakers, vendors, special offers, events, research places, getting to the hotel/convention center, and information about the Birmingham area.

More reasons to visit The Magic City and Sweet Home Alabama

Here are some more of Liz Wells’ 101 Reasons to Visit Birmingham (and Alabama)! Learn more about many of these via

  • Barber Vintage Sports Museum, the largest motorcycle museum in North America 
  • The Birmingham Barons, an AA baseball farm team for the Chicago White Sox. 
  • Birmingham Botanical Gardens, don’t miss the Japanese Gardens and Teahouse.
  • Rickwood Field, completed in 1910 the oldest surviving baseball park in the US.
  • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute – a museum and center for education and discussion about civil and human rights issues.
  • Birmingham Museum of Art, the largest municipal art museum in the Southeast. 
  • 5 Points South, a trendy district in Birmingham.
  • Oak Mountain State Park, outdoor recreation in 10,000 acres 30 minutes from downtown.
  • The original Temptations and several of the Commodores hail from Alabama.
  • The birthplace of Sara Mayfield, Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, and Tallulah Bankhead — all were childhood friends!
  • Miss America 1995, Birmingham’s Heather Whitestone, was the first Miss America with a disability.
  • Fort Condé in Mobile was built (1724-1735), by the French and was the headquarters for the colonial governments of the French, British and Spanish, taken by Americans in 1813.

FGS 2012 Exhibit Hall Registration is open!

The Federation of Genealogical Societies is pleased to announce that 2012 Conference Exhibit Hall registrations are now open. If you would like to receive the Exhibit Hall registration information packet via email please contact the FGS Exhibit Hall Co-Chair, Pat Oxley, at:

Booth space is first come, first served and fills quickly. Cost is $219 per booth – or $199 for nonprofit groups and societies. Online signup will be available soon, but it’s being done by fax and snail mail at the moment. FGS Member Organizations will be receiving details on special space. But to sell publications or other items you need to have a regular Exhibit Hall booth.

FGS and the Alabama Genealogical Society look forward to seeing you in Birmingham from August 29 to September 1, 2016.

p.s. 1: The Exhibit Hall has free wireless

p.s. 2: The sessions and special events are all set and you will be hearing a lot about them in the next few weeks.

p.s. 3: rumor has it that the 16 page program brochure will be available at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy later this month and at RootTech the first weekend in February. (Ok, so it’s true, not just a rumor!)

A Birmingham Author: A True Southern Lady

Local Host Co-Chair Liz Wells wanted to share some details about a Birmingham author. I think one or more of this author’s books would be a good Christmas gift idea!

Anne Carroll George was a Birmingham author who received the Agatha Award for her mystery series about two Southern sisters, and she was a former Alabama State Poet Laureate. She was nominated for a Pulitzer for her non-fiction writing. Anne George was a featured author at the Birmingham Public Library’s “Alabama Bound” forum featuring Alabama authors. I had the pleasure of being her escort when she came to the Library for the event. Anne George was intelligent, funny, articulate, and a kind individual. The world is a poorer place without her. She died in 2001. She is best known for her Southern Sisters Mysteries about two sisters in their sixties who manage to get themselves involved in one murder after another. The books are light reading, with humorous sketches of Patricia Anne, know to family as “Mouse”, and her sister, Mary Alice, know as Sister. Mouse, the retired school teacher, is a petite reserved person while Mary Alice, aka Sister, is tall, rich, impulsive and many times married.

The first book in the series was, Murder On A Girl’s Night Out, 1996.  Mary Alice buys a local dance bar and takes Mouse out to see it. Patricia Ann finds the country-western bar not as bad as she had thought it would be but that was before the previous owner was found murdered there the next day. The character development is well done and the dialogue entertaining. You do not have to be a native Alabamian to enjoy the book as the descriptive narrative is excellent.

The next book is, Murder on A Bad Hair Day, was also published in 1996. Anne George writes about Vulcan, the largest cast iron statue made, who stands “mooning” the city of Homewood as he stands atop Red Mountain. Many local landmarks are mentioned or described in her books. This time out the two sisters find themselves involved in two murders. The first murder is of a young owner of an art gallery where the sisters had been to an art show. Patricia Ann and Mary Alice pair up with Detective Bo Peep (yes, what a name for a detective) to solve the crimes.

The third book in the Southern Sisters series is titled Murder Runs in the Family.In this book Patricia Ann’s daughter gets married and one of the guests is a genealogist who quickly becomes a “new” friend of the sisters. The genealogist supposedly jumps out a window of the local courthouse committing suicide only it is really a murder. Once again the dialogue and the characters are just too funny. It is thoroughly entertaining.

Anne George’s fourth book was Murder Makes Waves, 1997 is set in Destin, Florida where the sisters have gone to the beach. Mary Alice is seeking her fourth husband while Patricia Ann just wants to relax. While at the beach the ladies meet an old friend, Millicent, who manages condominiums and then Millicent gets murdered. As usual you get a great description of the area and a lot of eccentric characters. The plot is not bad although it has a weak ending, but still the humor abounds.

The fifth book was titled, Murder Gets A Life, 1998. This time out it is the son of Mary Alice, Ray, who has met and married Sunshine Dabbs of Locust Fork, Alabama. Mary Alice thinks that she and her sister, Mouse, need to meet the family of the bride and that is when they find their first corpse. The characters, as usual, are quirky, and entertaining. George’s books are guaranteed to make you laugh.

Murder Shoots the Bull published in 199 is the sixth book in the series and it is just as funny and amusing as the previous books. In this book the next-door neighbor is suspected of killing his “girlfriend”, then of poising his first wife, and to add insult to injury his house burns down. Mitzi, Arthur’s wife, does not believe he is a murderer, nor do the sisters. Mary Alice hits the president of the bank on the head with her umbrella, which lands the sisters in jail. A must read.

Murder Carries a Torch, 2000 is the seventh book written about the sisters’ exploits. Patricia Anne and Mary Alice have just returned from Poland when their cousin, Luke comes to them seeking help. Virginia Luke’s wife, of forty years has run off with another man and he wants them to help him find her. They trace the runaways to Mount Chandler where they find two dead people but not Virginia or Monk. The local Sheriff and Sister are attracted to one another, which adds to the zany story plot. The sisters get involved with snake-handling holy rollers this time which adds to the cast of characters and the plot. This is another fun filled “murder” book.

Sadly this is the last book written by Anne Carroll George. Murder Boogies with Elvis, published in 2001. Mary Alice decides to marry Sheriff Virgil Stuckey and they plan to announce this to his children after a benefit that is taking place at the Alabama Theatre. There are 29 Elvis impersonators at the Alabama and wouldn’t you know one of them falls down dead at Sister’s feet. The dead man is not an Elvis impersonator at all he is a Russian ballet dancer who was in America on a cultural exchange program, so what is he doing in Birmingham, Alabama. Then the murder weapon is found in Patricia Anne’s purse. This is a truly funny series and would make a great film series. The characters are all well developed and quirky, and the dialogue is just right.

Go to the web site and read about Anne Carroll George. She was a true Southern Lady.

Why Your Dental or Phyisican Practice Can Benefit from A Good Online Reputation

How Dentists can Attract More Patients in their Practice

Before, dentists and physicians expand their practice through word of mouth. Heavy reliance on referrals from existing patients has been observed through the years. The digital age however was a game changer, as it provided a different venue for dentists and physicians to gain more patients.

There are many reasons why your dental or physician practice can benefit from a good online reputation. Apart from virtually becoming a positive review for the services you provide, a good online reputation helps generate more patient leads.

Why Your Dental or Phyisican Practice Can Benefit from A Good Online Reputation
The digital era has provided a new avenue for dentists and physicians to gain new patients. (Photo Credits)

The website Dentistry IQ tried to explain how good online reputation can be very beneficial for a health professional, specifically dentists. eEndorsements Doctor Review Service

“Social media marketing is very powerful when done properly. Notice the keyword is properly. You need to do more than just automate posts on Facebook every other day. Do something unique. Have a personable background image, and be sure to use the different tabs that you can have on your page, such as photos, links, and more. The main goal with social media is to actually be active on the accounts you have. Don’t create a Twitter account if you’re never going to post on it. Make sure you optimize your Google+ page. Google authorship is the next big thing, and it matters a lot. Many times, your Google+ can rank on the local results, which is huge! When you search for someone’s company, notice how your Google+ photo and map display on the top right hand corner of the results page. This is simply amazing.”

The rest of the explanation can be found here.

Social Media

Dental Org also came up with a similar article that helps dentists and physicians gain more patients. The use of social media, among other digital tools have been mentioned in the write-up. eEndorsements Dental Practice Reputation Management

“Invest on paid social media promotions,” said the author of the article, saying most platform offer this service.

Read more here.

Website Info also offered some advice for dentists and physicianjs who may want to expand their patient list.

“Set up a website dedicated to your dental practice that supplies relevant information for potential clients. Include your contact information, staff members, qualifications, specialties, awards, education and insurance information. List the website address on any promotional materials and in online directories so more people find you.”

The rest of the tips can be found in the original article here.

Old school way

Dental Economics also emphasized old school ways of adding and retaining patients into the practice.

“Focus on your prospective patients, not on you. Your marketing should focus on your patients’ ‘hot buttons,’ or what they really care about when choosing a dentist. All of the problems, frustrations, annoyances, and confusion that patients and prospects typically have when dealing with the dental profession are considered their hot buttons. These include such items as the level of pain they experience during procedures, how long they have to wait during appointments, and what results they receive. Your marketing copy should address these hot buttons rather than just listing the services and products your practice offers. A good rule of thumb is that ‘you’ and ‘your’ should appear at least twice as many times in your marketing pieces as ‘we’ and ‘our.’

Check out the rest of the article here.

Dentists and physicians can indeed benefit a lot from a good online reputation.

Water Damage Restoration Tips Hurricane Victims Often Miss

It is not uncommon for most hurricane victims to overlook details of their property restoration following a devastating hurricane. Apart from getting overwhelmed physically with the many things to do, and tasks to undertake, it can be emotionally stressful to deal with everything and go on with one’s life at the same time.

There are quite a handful of water damage restoration tips hurricane victims often miss. One of which is taking photos of the damages home prior to the clean-up.

Water Damage Restoration Tips Hurricane Victims Often Miss
What not to forget when dealing with water damage brought about by a hurricane. (Photo Credits)

House Logic interviewed an industry expert on dealing with flood and water damage, and he mentioned taking photographs of the scene as an important step to take as soon as the property owner is able to do so.

“Before you remove any water or make any repairs, fully document the damage for your insurer by taking photos or video. Digital versions are best, says Ramirez, because they can be stored electronically and easily copied. If you start removing water or making repairs before you photograph the damage, you could potentially decrease the extent of your coverage, he says.”

Read more here.

Government Assistance

Some property owners also forget the fact that there are certain conditions wherein the government can step in to help further. More than the usual emergency assistance, there are situations where a family will be entitled to government assistance in view of the damage their home has sustained.

Some of these situations have been discussed in one of the posts in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s website.

“FEMA may award certain grants that cover specific needs—such as childcare or medical and dental expenses caused by the disaster—that do not require you to apply for an SBA loan to be eligible. If you cannot return to your damaged home due to long-standing floodwaters, you may be eligible for one month of expedited rental assistance from FEMA. You may also qualify for Critical Needs Assistance, a one-time payment to a displaced household to cover urgent disaster-related needs—such as food, prescriptions, infant formula, diapers, gas for transportation and medical supplies.”

The full article can be found here.

Immediately Act on the Water Damage

Some property owners also miss the fact that water damage can be very insidious and that they have to act on the damage right away if they want to salvage their property.

This fact was underscored by the website as it published an article meant to guide property owners whose homes may have been ravaged by a hurricane.

“Once the documentation stage is done, it’s time to rid your home of as much of the water as you possibly can. Definitely don’t wait for a professional to swing by; it’s up to you to get the process rolling, because the longer water sits in your home, the deeper it can seep into your drywall, floors, and other areas, making it that much harder to remove. Mold and mildew will also typically begin growing within 24 to 48 hours, Begal says, depending on the temperature and relative humidity.”

You may print the whole article here.

Consulting a professional restoration contractor is one good way to deal with hurricane damage. After all they are experts in the field and tyhey can gudide you in trying to bring back your property to where it was prior to the hurricane.

How to Deal with Water Damaged Home After a Hurricane

A hurricane damaged home can be one of the most unnerving sights any homeowner can see. After all, a home means family, personal property, investment, memories, and life.

The problem though with water damage is that it cannot wait for the property owners to sulk and move at their own pace. Water damage should be dealt with immediately, lest the destruction will further be magnified. The best recourse is after ensuring everyone’s safety, the whole property should already be in restoration mode.

How to Deal with Water Damaged Home After a Hurricane
Hurricane damage can be very devastating. Here are ways on how to deal with water damaged home after a hurricane. (Photo Credits)

So, how to deal with water damaged home after a hurricane?

The Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA keeps its website up-to-date in order to guide homeowners on facing emergencies like how to deal with water damaged home after a hurricane.

“Returning home after a flood can be the most trying time. There is a lot to be aware of when getting back into your home, to ensure you are mitigating all potential issues. You can use the resources on this page to help you get back to normal. Contact your insurance agent to file a claim. Your insurance agent can walk you through your options. Make sure to photograph the flood damage for documentation purposes.”

The continuation of this guide can be found here.

Safety Precautions

House Logic meantime let out a warning to its readers about the safety precautions that they should take upon returning to their home.

“If the flood was serious enough for you to leave your home, be sure you stay safe upon your return. The Federal Emergency Management Agency warns that you should check for any visible structural damage, such as warping, loosened or cracked foundation elements, cracks, and holes before entering the home and contact utility companies if you suspect damage to water, gas, electric, and sewer lines. “

Read more here.

A clean-up like no other

In one of its articles, The New York Times said, cleaning up after a huge storm cannot be likened to any usual tidying up and cleaning because of the many risks involved in dealing with a hurricane clean up.

“Storm cleanup is different from regular, and even heavy duty, cleaning. There are hazards, health concerns and other issues that go beyond normal cleaning that require specialty products, tools and cleaning techniques, as well as protective gear and safety measures not required in regular cleaning. After a large storm and flooding, many belongings will be a total loss, but often there are unexpected treasures that survive that can be restored.”

The rest of the article can be found here.

Dealing with a water damaged home following a hurricane can be very stressful, Knowing how to deal with it is key to restoring what is left to be restored.

Children and Flood Emergencies

Responding to flood emergencies

Children can be big victims of flooding emergencies, and it is important for adults to know how to respond to these emergencies and keep the children safe at the same time.

Australian website Flood Safe has a directory of information for flood safety for children. The actual we post is meant for children who are old enough to understand flood safety procedures. Why Homes Near The Beach Are More Prone To Water Damage

“Being a FloodSafe Kid is also about helping your family and class at school put together an emergency kit. An emergency kit is useful if you need to leave your house or classroom because of flooding. Putting together an emergency kit with your family and classmates can be a great way to make sure you are ready for any emergency.”
Check out the website here.

Children should always be protected against flooding emergencies
Flood emergencies are unavoidable, and kids can be a victim. (Photo Credits)

Children and how they are affected during flooding

In its website, the United Kingdom’s Economic and Social Research Council or ESRC mentioned a study on children and flood situations. What to do if you have a Flood in your home

“Children and young people are known to be acutely affected during and after floods. Research shows children also play a major role in recovery, yet disaster and emergency plans still largely view them as victims and as a homogenous ‘vulnerable’ group, thus ignoring and disenfranchising children and young people. Understanding children’s perspectives is a vital part of the process of building resilience. A better understanding of how flooding and other disasters affect children and young people can inform more effective policy, enhance resilience and reduce the impact of future emergencies.”

Read about the study here.

Children are the worst victims of flooding

An Emergency Flood Restoration Company will be helpful in mitigating the effects of flood damage.

The United Nations Children’s Fund or UNICEF meantime published a study on the children who have fallen victim to one of their country’s worst flooding situation. – Website

“The research also covered the children’s assessment of the emergency response to the floods, and their ideas on how preparedness for future floods and other emergencies can be improved. Almost all of the children who took part in the research said they had been bored during the floods and that authorities should organize some activities for them. Many children said they had played in the water, even though they could not swim. Poor hygiene and sanitation were also among common issues raised by the children. Many had had to urinate into the water and defecate into bags, as toilets had not been available.”

Check out the whole study here.

Children should always be protected against flooding emergencies.

How to Find The Best Company in Salt Lake City For Water Extraction

How to Hire Water Extraction Services

Water extraction services can be very critical especially when flood or water damage takes place in a property or a community. Such that in an emergency situation, it is important to have the contact information of a flood or water damage restoration company that can immediately take on the work.

WikiPedia in fact advises the same. “Water damage restoration can be performed by property management teams, building maintenance personnel, or by the homeowners themselves; however, contacting a certified professional water damage restoration specialist is often regarded as the safest way to restore water damaged property.” Read the rest of the article here.

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification or IICRC also agrees. The IICRC emphasizes though that the professional that should be hired be IICRC-Certified, as they provide trainings and certifications meant for a standard level of after-water damage cleanliness and sanitation.

“Professionals in the industry of cleaning and restoration of flooring use water extraction techniques in numerous applications. Anytime a cleaning solution is applied to break down dirt in carpeting, for example, the liquid must subsequently be removed to prevent the growth of mildew. On a larger and often more urgent scale, qualified restoration technicians must be skilled in water extraction when responding to a home or business that experienced flooding due to a burst pipe, sewer spill or natural disaster. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), in cooperation with approved partner schools across the country and internationally, facilitates courses that enable industry professionals to obtain certification as Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT).”

Read the rest of IICRC’s recommendations here.

As for how to find the best company in Salt Lake City for water extraction, it is important to remain diligent about finding the right company and not just to entrust it to anyone willing to do the job.

Ask for recommendations from neighbors, relatives or friends who have had experience hiring such contractors. Harness the power of the Internet in finding the right water damage contractor who can help in water extraction services. Find out feedback through their website and social media pages. Moreover, it is important to actually interview and ask your specific questions from the provider before hiring. Compare at least three contractors when it comes to job scope, cost estimate and timeline of doing work. In the end, an additional research on the company may consume a part of your time, but it will be worth it once you can find a reliable and trustworthy company with expert water extraction technicians who can help.

Why You Need to Fix Water Damage Immediately In Your Home

The Consequences of Untreated Water Damage

Water Damage should never be taken lightly. Apart from the risks and dangers involved in leaving out water damage, its financial repercussions bloat day by day. Commercial

Media Outfit ABC News has outlined the many dangers of not resolving water damage in a home or commercial property. “The plumbing in your home — under the kitchen sink, behind the shower or running alongside the bathtub — is part of an efficient, simple system. However, this system needs maintenance to perform optimally, and it may require emergency assistance from a plumber to stop a leak or prevent major damage to your home. If left untreated, the costs of a plumbing leak are substantial. To avoid high costs for repair, watch for potential problems. Plumbing leaks are always better tackled immediately.” Read the whole article here.

The government’s Environment Protection Agency or EPA also published an article on lingering water damage and its ill effects. “Moisture problems in schools may also be associated with delayed or insufficient maintenance due to budget and other constraints. Temporary structures, such as trailers and portable classrooms, have frequently been associated with moisture and mold problems. Most respiratory issues are associated with poor ventilation or outdated HVAC units. Mold is often targeted as the cause for illness, but, in fact, the mold is an indicator of moisture.” Check out the whole post here.

WikiPedia for its part shared information on the helth hazards of water damage. Health Hazards are one of the major reasons why you need to fix water damage immediately in your home.  “Slight discolorations on the walls and ceiling may go unnoticed for a long time as they gradually spread and get more severe. Even if they are noticed, they often are ignored because it is thought that some discoloration will occur as a part of normal wear and tear in a home. Molds spread throughout the living space leading to serious health consequences. Symptoms caused by mold allergy are watery, itchy eyes, a chronic cough, headaches or migraines, difficulty breathing, rashes, tiredness, sinus problems, nasal blockage and frequent sneezing.” Here’s a link to this whole post.

Leaving water damage untreated comes with a lot of risks. Structural defects, health hazards, as well as accidents are just some of the many reasons why you need to fix water damage immediately in your home. The negative consequences do not stop at bigger expenses, poorer health, and worsening structural integrity. Untreated water damage can also lower the resale value of the property, limiting the return of your investment.

San Diego Flood Damage Restoration Pros

Benefits of Hiring San Diego Flood Damage Restoration Pros

Flood damage restoration should always be taken seriously hence expert, professional service from – Online Website is needed to ensure that everything will be back to normal in a property after a flooding incident.

When flooding is quite minimal, some property owners take the restoration job in their own hands to save money. Restoration experts however say that a Do-It-Yourself approach could end up costlier as flood damage can be insidious.

San Diego Flood Damage Restoration Pros

Angie’s List advised its readers through this article to engage the Commercial Service of experts as it can help property owners quickly get back to their feet.

“Professional companies can provide immediate assistance once entry is allowed back into the premises. These companies understand the permits and inspections that are required in your area and will work in accordance to all building regulations and codes.”

The International Cleaning and Restoration Association says property owners should only trust licensed local contractors for their restoration projects.

“Be cautious when hiring a restorers or contractor – make sure you are hiring someone reputable. It is your obligation to hire these companies and not the insurance company. It is your property and no one else can hire them for you. Who you hire is solely up to you.”

Read the continuation of this article here. gave its readers tips in hiring professional flood restoration experts. “You may also wish to hire a flood restoration service—you can find pros under “Flood” or “Disaster recovery” in your local phone book, or check with the Better Business Bureau, local Chamber of Commerce, or contractor recommendation sites, such as or Look for those with Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification.” Read their whole article on what to do within 24 hours of flooding here.

Hiring San Diego Flood Damage Restoration Pros could just be the first step in solving the flooding problem in any property. Experts know what to do in order to efficiently and quickly restore a flooded property. Flood damage pros also have the appropriate equipment, and the safety gears to carry out flood restoration work safely. Restoration contractors are trained and certified in undertaking such jobs, given their wide experience in responding to these types of concerns.

Moreover, hiring a restoration expert allows any property owner to attend to the things that really matter – safety of their families, recovering important legal documents and memorabilia, as well as coordinating insurances and other finance-related tasks.

SD County

About San Diego

As a city, San Diego has a colorful history that is meant to enrich the place that it has become.

The original inhabitants of the City of San Diego are the Kumeyaay People who continued to be in the area until the Spanish Colonial period. Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo claimed San Diego as part of the Spanish Colony when he landed on it in the year 1542. Sixty years later, Spanish Explorer and Military Man Sebastián Vizcaíno was sent by Spain to plot San Diego in their map, and aptly he called the area St. Didacus after the Spanish saint San Diego de Alcala.

When Mexico won its independence from the Spaniards in 1821, San Diego became part of its colony.  Not long after though – after 25 years—the Americans fought with Mexico in a war that it launched. And while the Mexicans tried hard to retain San Diego as part of its territory, the Americans had been successful in winning it. And in 1850, the State of California, where San Diego is part of, has been admitted as part of the United States of America.

Now, San Diego has close to 1.4 million citizens, and it is recognized as the second largest city in the whole state of California. It is also known to be the eighth largest in the whole United States.

Its economic drivers include: Military and Defense Related Activities, International Trade, Research, Bio Technology, Manufacturing, and the Tourism Industry. It is also home to a number of start-ups.