President’s Message



Welcome Genealogists,

Hopefully you have had a wonderful summer and are anxious to begin another genealogy year with us. Our meetings will be held in the Huntsville Public Library auditorium at 7 pm and will be as follows:


January 26, 2017: John Rankin, “Findings in the Francis Roberts Papers.”  Mr. Rankin is a well known local historian and researcher of Redstone Arsenal and Madison to include their pioneer families and cemeteries.  He is also a contributor to the heritage books of Madison, Morgan, Marshall, Lawrence and Limestone counties.  Mr. Rankin is currently researching Dr. Roberts' papers for interesting tidbits and unknown historical facts about Huntsville and its citizens. 


April 27, 2017: Dr. Chris Paysinger, “Making History Local, A better Context for Approaching the Past.”  Dr. Paysinger “lives and breathes” history—by profession a history teacher and professor.  He has done extensive research and writing on everything “Athens” Alabama!  


July 27, 2017:  Dr. George Marachelos:  “Genealogy Antique Roadshow.”  Bring your mementos for a free appraisal and invite a guest.  Mr. Marchelos is an appraiser of antiques and collectibles as well as a serious collector.  While living in Europe he graduated from the Asheford Antiques Institute in London.   


October 26, 2017:  Rickey Butch Walker, discussing two of his books Doublehead Last Chickamauga Cherokee Chief and Appalachian Indian Trails of the Chickamauga:  Lower Cherokee Settlements.  Mr. Walker has done extensive research on the history of American Indians in the Southeast, and especially in the South.   He is the author of several books on native heritage, family, settlements and the historical significance of the American Indian.    


Our Seminar will be held on April 22, 2017 from 9:00 – 3:30, at the Marriott’s Spring Hill Suites.  The speakers will be Charles A. Sherrill from the TN State Archives and Linda Moss Mines, Hamilton County, TN historian and Tennessee State DAR Historian.  They will cover Analysis of A Case File, using Original Court Records—A Hands-On Workshop, Putting Your Ancestors in Historical Context and 100 Years Later:  The Great War and Its Impact on US Families.  Click on Annual Seminar at our website to register.


Also, we sponsor the First Families of the Tennessee Valley program and urge you to check out the information on our First Families link of the home page.  Watch for our Valley Leaves publications covering genealogy, history and informative announcements. 


Hope you can join us; and, I’m looking forward to meeting you and hearing about your ancestors.


Phyllis O’Connell


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