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 Morgan and Perry have been added. Now you can search all names from the following counties: Wilcox, Winston, Walker, Tuscaloosa, Tallapoosa, Talladega, Sumter, St. Clair, Shelby, Russell, Perry, Pike, Pickens, Macon, and Morgan Counties.


FamilySearch Labs Record Search Now in Pilot

I have posted about the data FamilySearch is placing online for free previously – the only requirement was registration with the site. Now you can access the free indexes and images without registering here.

I encourage everyone to check out this site. A screen shot of **some** of the data is below. Adds Early Birmingham Age-Herald newspaper

I have mentioned in the past on this blog. Newspapers are in my top (3) of favorite sources of family history information (the 1st two being vital records and census data).

I was ecstatic Sunday evening when quite by chance I discovered that they had added turn of the 20th century issues of the Birmingham Age-Herald to the site. Previously they had the Labor Advocate (Birmingham) and Montgomery Advertiser for this time frame. The Montgomery Advertiser is quite useful because they carry news from all over the State of Alabama.

You can view all of the newspapers they have available here. Check back often as they add new resources every month. is a subscription site, but one even I on my limited genealogy budget feel is well worth it – if just for the obituary database (1977-current). Currently they are offering a 30 day trial for $9.95.

NARA adds Immigration Records to Online Databases

Thanks to Dick Eastman for mentioning this on his blog.

NARA has added indexes to some pre-1900 passenger lists to its database online. The search is not very user friendly… names and ship information require different searches. So you have to locate the person first and then go to the ship search to get the full details.

You will find the passenger list indexes here. Be sure to read the description of each one.

Added 03/06/2008:

Also see the explanation on how to search at the Genealogy Insider blog here.

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.