What Alabama Data is on Ancestry.com

Did you know that you can use Ancestry.com at Nichols Library?

People tend to think that Ancestry is all about Family Trees or finding an ancestor in a census. Both of those are there & the census access is valuable. Ancestry has upgraded their view of the census several times and if you have not looked at one in several years, you might well be surprised at the improvement. Family Trees — well, those were uploaded or entered by “just folks” and I’ll address using family trees with care in a separate post.

Someone advised me years ago to frequently check the new & updated collections.
Check card catalog. Check records. Check on-line books.

Here is a list of the Alabama collections on Ancestry.com New & Updated in 2016:

New | Updated Collection Dated Posted
or Updated
UPDATED Alabama, Wills and Probate Records, 1753-1999 4/14/2016
UPDATED Alabama, Select Marriages, 1816-1942 3/8/2016
**NEW** Alabama, Civil Appointments, 1818-1939 2/29/2016
**NEW** Alabama, WWI Gold Star Index, 1917-1918 2/22/2016

And a list of what is in the Card Catalog for Etowah County:

Title Collection Records
Etowah County, Alabama cemetery records Birth, Marriage & Death 145
Cemetery survey, Etowah County, Alabama Birth, Marriage & Death 484
A history of Hokes Bluff, Alabama Stories, Memories & Histories 158
Interstate Directory Company’s Gadsden, Alabama city directory, 1931 Schools, Directories & Church Histories 249

Screen capture of Alabama Collection Page.

And of course there are MANY Alabama census records.

But is the above all there is?  That & census records?          Hardly.

Scroll down a bit — this is a large picture as far as size. I didn’t display the image for reading. Clicking it will display the Ancestry page.

There are TONs of Alabama related records on Ancestry.com. You can even, from this page, easily filter by county.

At the top of this page are three links:

From this page you can also select a different state.

AND …

there are no family trees on this *long* page. Just REAL data from various sources.

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