JCLC Funding Cut from Jefferson County FY2012 Budget

The following is a news release from the Jefferson County Library Cooperative. The cut in funding may cause some database subscriptions, including Heritage Quest, to be canceled. Please contact them with any questions. The news release can be read on-line at: http://www.jclc.org/aboutjclc/newsreleases/20111114.aspx

November 14, 2011

I M M E D I A T E  R E L E A S E

contact person
Pat Ryan
Jefferson County Library Cooperative
(205)226-3615 W
(205)226-3617 F

Jefferson County Library Cooperative Sustains Deep Funding Cuts

Birmingham, Alabama — The Jefferson County Library Cooperative is the non-profit umbrella organization that serves as the link for all 40 public libraries countywide. Local library buildings, staffing, and operations are funded at the local level. However, the services that links all city public libraries together are coordinated and funded by the Jefferson County Library Cooperative (JCLC). JCLC has been funded by the Jefferson County Commission, state aid to public libraries through the Alabama legislature, and local libraries for thirty-three (33) years, since 1978. JCLC funding was recently eliminated from the Jefferson County FY2012 budget.

The library cooperative of 40 municipal libraries last year checked out 5,524,049 books, eBooks, audiobooks, DVDs, and music. The 4,674,941 citizens who visit annually, or use online resources, have proven that the public libraries of Jefferson County are not a luxury, but a necessity.

The services funded by JCLC that benefit 40 Jefferson County public libraries include:

  • Daily delivery service that transports materials from library to library guaranteeing ease of access of all library materials to citizens countywide;
  • Popular online materials reservation system and online catalog;
  • Access to 2 million items including new and popular materials hot off the presses;
  • Internet access for 40 libraries;
  • Popular databases – JCLC has already discontinued the database News Library which provided full-text articles from The Birmingham News free of charge to all county citizens. This went into effect September 1, 2011. When other database subscriptions, such as the popular genealogy database Heritage Quest, and business database Reference USA, are up for renewal in 2012, funds will not be available to continue providing these resources.

JCLC began accepting donations in 2009 when the first cuts were initiated by Jefferson County. Your help is needed as public libraries attempt to forge ahead with drastic funding cuts this year. We invite you to donate today. To donate go to www.jclc.org, or inquire at one of the 40 local Jefferson County libraries. All donations are tax exempt. For more information contact the Jefferson County Library Cooperative, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203.

The Jefferson County Library Cooperative (JCLC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization composed of the 40 public libraries throughout Jefferson County. These include the 21 municipal libraries, including the 19 locations of the Birmingham Public Library System, as well as The Library at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The mission of JCLC is to link our member libraries to provide better, more efficient centralized services for all county residents. For more information, go to our website www.jclc.org.


1893 Directory of Jefferson County Taxpayers

A report from a BGS member:

While researching at the W.S. Hoole Library, Special  Collections, at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, I found the Directory of Jefferson County tax payers, containing  names and post office addresses of all tax payers (resident and non-resident)  with values of real estate and personal property assessed to each, list of  county and precinct officers, names of teachers.

Call Number F332.J4  E44.  [Directory of Jefferson County tax payers, containing names and post  office addresses of all tax payers (resident and non-resident) with values of  real estate and personal property assessed to each, list of county and precinct  officers, names of teachers, etc. Compiled from the records of the county.   Birmingham, Ala., 1893.]

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 http://www.lrp.algensoc.org.

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.

Legacy Family Tree “Free” Webinars

Legacy Family Tree genealogy software began offering free webinars last year. Even if you cannot attend “live”, you can view/listen for a certain period of time at your convenience after the webinar event; some are even free to view/listen for an unlimited period of time.

Current offerings includes:

Best Internet Resources for African-American Genealogy (free until Sept. 12)
Organizing for Success (Available indefinitely)
The Power of DNA for Unlocking Family Relationships

and many more…


Alabama Archives Completes Civil War Soldier Index

The wait is finally over! The Alabama Archives has now added the remaining names (surnames beginning with W, X, Y & Z) to the Civil War Soldier Index.

From the website:

This database was created from an 8 x 5 card file maintained by the Alabama Department of Archives and History from the early 1900s until 1982. As staff came across information related to Alabama individuals during the American Civil War, a card was created. Information on individuals exempted from military service, or who served in the militia or home guard, is included. Soldiers from other states that have some connection to Alabama are also included. If new information was discovered from another source, another card was created. Multiple cards for an individual often exist. Sources include muster rolls, governors’ correspondence, veterans’ censuses, manuscript collections, newspapers, and pension records. Names, places and events are often inconsistently spelled. This card file is in no way inclusive. Not every individual who served from Alabama is present in the card file. Every card contains empty fields. Because much of the documentation relating to the Army of Tennessee was lost, soldiers that served in that army tend to be poorly documented. The cards are arranged alphabetically by last name. Since all of this information is available online, the actual cards are closed.

You can search the complete database here.

Happy searching!