Newspaper Archive creates

Newspaper Archive, a newspaper subscription site, has created a new website that appears to have extracted articles regarding tornado events from newspapers currently in the company’s subscription database. The website is free to search and you can view most of the articles in pdf form for free as well (some indicate premium content).

I searched for my home county of “Chilton County” and “Alabama” and turned up 39 articles… I then tried various localities in Chilton County and got even more hits.

I did note that some of the “hits” appeared to be linked to the incorrect article … there was a tornado article when the pdf opened just not from the date I expected from the “snippet” given.

All in all I did find some new articles about tornadoes and the after-effects. I have a great grandmother who died in the March 21, 1932 tornado to pass through Alabama so I am always on the lookout for more information about that day.

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Happy searching!


Cruikshank’s “History of Birmingham” online and searchable

The first volume of  “A History of Birmingham and its environs: a narrative account of their historical progress, their people, and their principal interests” published in 1920 by George M. Cruikshank is available online in the Birmingham Public Library Digital Archives. The entire text (441 pages) may be read and searched electronically.

Cruikshank’s “History of Birmingham”

New additions to Alabama Archives 1867 Voter Registration database

The Alabama State Archives has added several new counties to the 1867 Voter Registration database … the index is linked to the actual image itself. Everyone on the registration list had to swear an oath of allegiance to the United States . . . if they were of foreign birth other details regarding the country of origin and naturalization are noted as well.

From the archives website:

Alabama 1867 Voter Registration Records Database

Currently all entries for Wilcox, Winston, Walker, Tuscaloosa, Tallapoosa, Talladega, Sumter, St. Clair, and Shelby Counties are available

http://www.archives us/dataindex. html

Happy hunting!