When Alabama Required Vital Records To Be Recorded

Vital Records are so important in genealogical research. It helps to know when the state began to require record Birth, Marriage, and Death to be recorded. Be aware that a death record does NOT mean that death certificate was required or recorded.

Thanks to an observant reader (see comment below) — there is a difference between vital data being recorded AND when it was REQUIRED to be recorded.

In Alabama, the years are:

Birth – 1908 | Marriage – 1936 | Death – 1908

~ Source: Vital Records Chart.
Note that the chart lists ALL of the United States.

Oh Dear, Jamestown Island Is Sinking

Planned to visit Jamestown Island???

You *STILL* have time. I know of at least one of our NEAGS members who has traced (and documented) her ancestors to Jamestown. Current articles on the Internet are focusing on the political buzzwords “global warming” because the U.S. Interior Secretary visited the Island. The island was hit by hurricane force winds several years ago. Articles state the island could be flooded (over time due to rising seas). None state how much or how fast. See the Historic Jamestown site for what to see on a visit as well as its history.

Intriguing Newspaper Research Site

Old Newspaper Articles Are Fascinating

Newspaper Abstracts Logo

Newspaper Abstracts Site Logo

~~ At Nichols Library today we were assisting someone in newspaper research and in doing so I stumbled upon a new site. Well, actually the site is *not* new. It is just new to me.

The site is Newspaper Abstracts and covers not only the United States but other countries as well.

Newspaper Obituaries – Are all the facts accurate?

Genealogists LOVE Obituaries

Obituaries are filled with wonderful pieces of information such as place of birth, parents names, spouse, children, grand-children. I personally love reading the “old” obits which often would tell the sad story of what caused the death. I once read one that basically said that the poor young man had been stupid (he was killed in an accident) otherwise he’d be alive that day and not a sorrow to his dear mother.

7 facta re newspapers obituaries from GenealogyBank.

Fact list posted in emails & on the GenealogyBank.com.

BUT do not assume that all “facts” in an obituary are accurate.

Special Meeting Sat. Apr 26 ~ 10:00 AM til Noon

Open to anyone interested in genealogy.

Share your best information about how you found your ancestor and/or your brick wall, resources you used and what you found.

ALSO… We will have a short course on Excel. Using Excel to build a timeline and
> How to sort information by date, event or source.

PLUS… Also NARA OPA (Online Public Access) & how to use it with the census to locate ancestors, & the power of “Control F ” in research.

Meeting will be held at the Nichols Library in Gadsden at 1 Cabot Ave. Map to library.