Shelby County GenWeb Site Adds Marriage Indexes Through 1936

I surfed over to the Shelby County (Alabama) GenWeb site today to double-check the birth and death register indexes on the site (yes, some are PRE-1908) and much to my delight I found that they had added the indexes to Shelby County Marriages through 1936. The post-1900 indexes have been available for sale and at some libraries for a while now, but never before online. Of course, I was immediately distracted by browsing the listings.

As Shelby County is just to the south of Jefferson County, many people moved between the two counties. Be sure to check out the indexes and all of the other “good” information on the website. Shelby County has one of the better GenWeb sites thanks to Bobby Joe Seales, webmaster for Shelby County GenWeb and President of the Shelby County Historical Society.

Shelby County Estates Added to AGS Loose Records Index

I posted about the AGS Loose Records Index going online back on December 1st here. Shelby County Estates have now been added to the index.

To search the index click here.

To learn more about the project click here.

And don’t forget to read the FAQ’s.

Thanks to Jim Anderson, the AGS Webmaster, for working hard to get this out especially during the holiday season. Merry Christmas, Jim!

AGS Launches Loose Records Project Web Index

The Alabama Genealogical Society has published an index which currently includes (8) counties that participated in the Loose Records Project head by GSU and the Alabama Archives. Read more about the LRP here and here.

Currently the database includes the following counties with several more “in process”: Butler, Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Henry, Jefferson, Tallapoosa, & Tuscaloosa. The database includes not only the name of the case, but in many cases “other” names mentioned in the case as well as the FHL (family history library) and Alabama Archives film numbers that the record can be found on.

AGS is still working on the other Alabama Counties that participated in the project, look for more updates to this index in the coming months. If you would like to help with the indexing either by typing, verifying or with database/ocr skills, please let me know.

Click here to search the database.

BPL adds Jefferson County Loose Records Index to Online Databases

While “checking in” today to see if the Birmingham Public Library had added new names to its obituary database, I noticed that they had added a NEW database. They have added a searchable index the records organized and prepared as part of the Jefferson County Loose Records project. (Read more about the project here.)

This database contains almost 40,000 names of individuals from 1852-1936 found in a variety of records (actually the # of names might be much more if you count those referenced as a secondary name in the record). You can search the database here by clicking on “Jefferson County Probate Court, Loose Records (1852-1936).”

All of these records have been filmed by the GSU and are available at the Alabama Archives in Montgomery, the LDS Library in Salt Lake, and can be requested to a local Family History Center, if you are unable to visit the Jefferson County Courthouse (downtown) to view the microfilm.

Good luck and happy searching!


Alabama Archives Launching New Digital Collection

In celebration of Archives week, the Alabama Department of Archives and History is launching new digital content. Read the press release here.

Per the press release:

The first collections created for CONTENTdm® are under the ADAH Digital Collections and include Alabama Photographs and Pictures Collection, Alabama State Publications, and the Frank W. Boykin Collection. Boykin represented Alabama’s First Congressional District from 1935 to 1963. His collection alone contains more than a thousand items of personal and official correspondence, political memorabilia, and photographs.

Browse or search the new Digital Collection online here.

Alabama Archives updates 1867 Voter Registration Database

The Alabama Department of Archives & History has updated the 1867 Voter Registration database online.

1867 Voter Registration Database
The entries for the counties of Pickens and Macon have been added. Now you can search all names from the following counties: Wilcox, Winston, Walker, Tuscaloosa, Tallapoosa, Talladega, Sumter, St. Clair, Shelby, Russell, Pike, Pickens and Macon Counties.

Alabama Archives updates Civil War & 1867 Voter Registration Databases

The Alabama Department of Archives & History has updated two of their major databases online:

Civil War Service Database
Surnames beginning with “S” have been added to the Civil War Service database. Now surnames starting with the letters A through S can be searched at the site.

1867 Voter Registration Database
The entries for the counties of Russell and Pike have been added. Now you can search all names from the following counties: Wilcox, Winston, Walker, Tuscaloosa, Tallapoosa, Talladega, Sumter, St. Clair, Shelby, Russell and Pike Counties.

1896 Birmingham Church Directory online

The Birmingham Public Library has scanned and placed online an 1896 Birmingham Church Directory compiled by Fred Green; nine Birmingham churches are included. Each listing gives a brief history of the church AND the names of each member in 1896. And here is the best part, it is searchable, so you don’t have to know to which church your ancestor/family was a member.

You can find it online here – Happy searching!