AGS Adds Walker County Records to Loose Records Project Index Online

The following was received from our friends at the Alabama Genealogical Society.
October 20, 2011

From eleven microfilm reels, AGS member Caroline Horton has finished transcribing a twenty-five page index of 556 Walker County Probate Court estate case files. Her computer file included 1,009 primary key names of decedents and estate administrators, and numerous heirs and legatees. They have been added to the LRPW database that now has 57,322 searchable names culled from loose court papers of twenty-four Alabama counties.

Supplemental index-keys are included to cover variations in spelling and to enhance the use of wild-card searches. As with other entries in the LRPW database, a found record will also report the probate date-range of each case and the reference number of the film reel available at the Alabama Dept. of Archives & History in Montgomery and FamilySearch Centers worldwide.

To read more about the LRPW project and to search the database visit

For an example of a record, click on the Search Index button in the banner at the top of the LRPW home page.

On the search page enter the surname Hutto (in SEARCH ALL COUNTIES).
From the list of “hits” click on Hutto,, E. S. in Walker County.

Shelby County Historical Society Quarterly Meeting — August 7, 2011

Organization:  Shelby County Historical Society,

Quarterly Meeting:   Sunday, August 7, 2011 ~ 2:00pm

Location:    Held at the 1854 Old Courthouse in Columbiana, Alabama

Speaker:  Nancy Dupree, Senior Archivist, Alabama Department of Archives & History

Topic:  Want to know more about Family History Research?  Nancy will introduce you to the records and resources available and provide tips on how to use them to learn about your family history.

Reception & Refreshments Following the Meeting


Showcase your community, family, school, church or cemetery with a display.Set-up display space is available for only six tables … reserve your space quickly!  Showcase Reservation Deadline is August 2, 2011. Call the Shelby County Historical Society office at (205) 669-3912 between 9am – 3 pm Monday thru Friday for additional information and to reserve your display table. Exhibitors may begin set-up of their table at 1:00pm and no later than 1:30pm on the day of the meeting. Bring your own tablecloth [tables are 2' wide x 4' long].Exhibitors may park between the curb and yellow-street-line at side of building to unload, but must then park their vehicle in the parking lot after they are finished unloading.


Shelby County Historical Society, Inc. | P.O. Box 457 | 1854 Old Courthouse | Columbiana, AL 35051 | (205) 669-3912

AGS Starts Blog for Sharing Inquires & Personal Experiences about the April 27th tornadoes

The Alabama Genealogical Society (AGS) has started a blog for sharing inquiries and personal experiences about the April 27th tornadoes.

In a letter to the members:

As most of you know Alabama was raked by numerous deadly tornados yesterday leaving an historic amount of damage, displacement and loss of communications and power to many in our state. Some of your friends and families may have been affected. Several of us at AGS have had inquiries about our members, or information that some wish us to get out to others.

In an effort to do that we have set up a blog for sharing inquiries and personal experiences with each other. The blog is temporary and will remain up only as long as there is a use for it. And, since we are new at blogging, it may undergo changes as we assess it’s operation.

Please visit

Upcoming Genealogy Classes Offered by BPL Southern History Department

Late last year the Southern History Department at the Birmingham Public Library posted a survey asking library patrons what kinds of programs they would like to attend in 2011. The survey was well responded and Southern History has (4) great programs scheduled this year. Class size is limited to 12 and is filled on a first come, first serve basis. For details on the programs and how to register, see the link below:

Beyond the Basics of Genealogy—A Workshop Series at the Birmingham Public Library

Alabama Genealogical Society Spring Seminar, Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Alabama Genealogical Society Spring Seminar: Sat. 16 Apr 2011, 8:30 A.M.- 3 P.M. will be at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. Dr. Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D, CG, CGL will lecture on “Disappearing Ancestors.”

Topics for the seminar will be: 1) Solving the Mystery of the Disappearing Ancestor, 2) Five Ways to Prove Who Your Ancestor Was, 3) Going Beyond the Bare Bones: Reconstructing Your Ancestor’s Lives, 4) Finding Unfindable Ancestors.

Fees: $40.00 for non-members and $35.00 for members. Lunch is on your own at the Samford University lunchroom or the food court in the same building.

For additional information please go to or e-mail Yvonne Crumpler at