Civil War fort is topic at Saturday’s Mobile Genealogical Society meeting

Sidney Henson Schell will be the featured speaker Saturday, May 11, when the Mobile Genealogical Society meets at 10:30 a.m.

Schell’s topic will be “Fort Powell and The Civil War: Western Approaches To Mobile Bay.” The speaker will share information from his book with the same name.

Fort Powell was a small Civil War fort built on an oyster reef on the north side of Grant’s Pass in Alabama.

MGS meetings are held in the Vitale Room at Holy Family Church, 1400 Joyce Road in Mobile.

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Mini-seminar on African-American genealogical research set for June 8 in Mobile

The Mobile Genealogical Society recently announced that noted genealogist Frazine Taylor will present a mini-seminar on resources for African-American research on June 8.

Details and registration information will be released in March. The cost will be $20.

Taylor’s 2008 book, “Researching African American Genealogy in Alabama: A Resource Guide,” will be for sale at the event, and she will be available to autograph copies.

Was the hanged man really guilty? Learn about Charles Boyington in Mobile on Saturday

Collette King always has an interesting story to tell from Mobile’s past. On Saturday, she’ll  share the case of Charles Boyington, hanged in 1835 for one of the city’s most infamous murders. But what he guilty or innocent?

King, an historical records technician in the Archives Department of the Probate Court of Mobile, will discuss the case at the February meeting of the Mobile Genealogical Society. King also serves as archivist and file technician for the North Gulf Coast Archaeological Research Consortium. She served as treasurer and History Committee member for the Bicentennial Committee of Mobile County 2012 .

The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Vitale Room, which is immediately behind Holy Family Catholic Church, 1400 Joyce Road, in Mobile.