An Introduction to Alabama's Local Government Records
at the Department of Archives and History:
A Tips, Tools, and Treasures Workshop on August 9

Alabama's local government records offer a fascinating resource for researching our state's local history and genealogy. Join us at 10:00 on Saturday morning, August 9, as archivist Tom Turley will discuss the ADAH local records program and explain how county records offer a treasure trove of information for historical and genealogical researchers in Alabama and around the world.

Although the Department of Archives and History no longer collects original records from Alabama counties and municipalities, we still have some interesting items in our holdings. Also, the department has worked with the Genealogical Society of Utah since the 1980s to microfilm deeds, wills, marriage books, and other county records of historical and genealogical significance. Beginning in 1998, this program expanded to include “loose records” (estate files, marriage licenses, divorces, Confederate pensions, and other unbound files) prepared for microfilming by local volunteers. So far, this project has produced an additional seven million images of records from 46 Alabama counties.

Tips, Tools, and Treasures is a workshop designed to introduce researchers to the vast array of research materials available at the ADAH, and to familiarize them with department services. Archives staff will present these programs the second Saturday of each month in 2008 from 10:00 - 11:00 A.M. The programs are free and do not require pre-registration. All programs will take place at ADAH, 624 Washington Ave., Montgomery. A complete list of topics and dates follows:

Jan. 12 Using the Archives On-Line Catalog, ADAHCAT
Feb. 9 An Introduction to African-American Family History
Mar. 8 An Introduction to Alabama Legislative Records
Apr. 12 Photographs at the ADAH
May 10 Private Records Collections at the ADAH
June 14 Tips on Using
July 12 Maps at the ADAH
Aug. 9 An Introduction to Alabama Local Government Records
Sept. 13 Research Treasures at ADAH
Oct. 11 An Introduction to Alabama State Publications
Nov. 8 Military Records at the ADAH
Dec.13Using Alabama Newspapers for Research

Created: July 31, 2008
Alabama Department of Archives & History
624 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0100
Phone: (334) 242-4435
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