Alabama Research Links

Research & Reference Links

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Genealogy Resource – A genealogy resource may be a physical location (such as a library) or an online resource.

Alabama

Cemeteries

  • Alabama Cemetery Records –  From the Access Genealogy site, listed by county then name of cemetery within the Alabama county. Most are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases the listing it only partial. Note that this page gives access to a United States Cemetery Record listing.

History – Entries here will relate to history: primarily, but not limited to, Alabama. See also Genealogy Research.

Land

Libraries 

  • Wallace State Community College – This link is to the college’s Genealogy and Family History site. “Wallace State’s extensive and growing collection of research materials includes books, periodicals, microfilm, microfiche, CD-ROM disks, computer programs, family folders and more. Some sources cover the entire United States. The collection is centered on Alabama, neighboring states, the Old South, Kentucky, the Civil War and Cherokee Indians. The program has access to the 2.5 million microfilm reel collection of records from the Genealogical Society of Utah.” Hours and extensive links are listed on this page.

Maps – Links under Maps are entries that point to maps dealing with the counties of the NEAGS, state & national interests.

  • USGS Historical Quadrangle Maps – see this news release from USGS. More in this blog article.
  • 1887 Bird’s Eye View of Gadsden – Zoom in on the map to find fascinating view of Gadsden in 1887. Print to a PDF file. ~ From Historic Map Works.
  • Atlas of Historical County Boundaries – This wonderful site allows you to find the county lines at any point in its history. All states are available. Select a state from the map to view all of the Atlas’ content related to that state, including interactive maps, shapefiles, chronologies, & metadata. A list of states may be used instead.
  • Clickable Map for all Alabama Counties.

Newspapers

Military

  • National D-Day Memorial – Click ‘History’ for various information about this important day during World War II.
  • United States World War II Draft Records – A wiki page from FamilySearch.org. “During WWII, the Selective Service System conducted six draft registrations … Since there is overlap in the WWI and WWII Selective Service registration, men born in the years 1877 to 1900 may have registered twice and have both WWII and WWI draft records.”
  • Civil War – Please see the Civil War Research page.

Obituaries

 And General Genealogy Links

  • Abbreviations & Acronyms Associated w/Genealogy – A comprehensive list of abbreviations & acronyms associated with genealogy.
  • Nicknames for Female Ancestors’ Nicknames – “Use [this FamilyTreeMagazine site] list of nicknames for more than 200 given names to figure out the various ways your female ancestor might appear in census, court, newspaper and other records. When searching databases, look for her under all possible nicknames. Note the same woman might show up with different nicknames in different records.”

Using eBooks for Research & Reference

eBooks = electronic books whether for Kindle, Nook, iPhone reader apps, etc. There are many books free that deal with history whether it be state or county or individual. This list will show books found by the society members. Most will be free. If a cost is involved, $ will be shown. Links will *not* be shown for the same book in multiple places. The fact that the book is available (free or for a cost) is the purpose of this list. You can use that knowledge to ‘surf the web‘ for the best deal for you.

Books Listed Below are Free for Kindle. Some may be purchased ($$) in paperback or hardback.

  • Women Life in Colonial Days – From reviewer Michael Valdivielso: “Woman’s Life in Colonial Days is a very detailed, very informative, book by Carl Holliday, first published in 1922. This makes it a very interesting study, not just on women of the Colonial period but also a study on how women are viewed in the early 20th Century. The book tries to answer the question what was life like for women in the colonies? The book compares their lives to the life of modern women, at least those modern women of the 1920s.”
  • History of the Donner Party, a Tragedy of the Sierra – “Historians owe much to the patient industry of [C.F.] McGlashan, who brought together the facts of the tragic Donner episode. . . . McGlashan’s work will remain the standard, as well as the pioneer, presentation of facts. The editors have made a notable contribution in their lengthy introduction as well as in the maps, editors’ notes, and bibliography.”—The American Historical Review
  • Letters of a Woman Homesteader – From a reviewer: “… “The [letter] writer is a young woman who lost her husband in a railroad accident and went to Denver to seek support for herself and her two-year-old daughter, Jerrine. Turning her hand to the nearest work, she went out by the day to work as a housecleaner and laundress. Later, seeking to better herself, she accepted employment as a housekeeper for a well-to-do Scottish cattleman, Mr. Stewart, who had taken up a quarter-section in Wyoming. The letters, written through several years to a former employer in Denver, tell of her new life in the new country. They are genuine letters, and are printed as written, except for occasional omissions and alterations of names.
    “The letters begin in 1909, apparently right after a homestead act made it possible for the author, Elinore Pruitt Stewart, to claim a homestead of 160 acres in Wyoming…. “
  • The Covered Wagon – Novel by Emerson Hough, published 1922 is a work of fiction based on much research of traveling by covered wagon from Missouri to Oregon. An enjoyable read (although to ‘love interest’ … well, remember when this was published) with many facts included. Most stories have the ever present wagon master who knows what to do, how to do it, and has traveled the road before. This story is probably more true to life. A wagon master elected but untried. People who hear common sense and refuse to listen. A good read about life in a wagon train. ~ Review by Site Admin.
  • The Mayflower and Her Log; July 15, 1620-May 6, 1621 – Complete – Compiler, Azel Adams, was a M.D. & a Member of Pilgrim Society, etc. who pulled the data “Chiefly from Original Sources”. This is not a long book and you may want to get the later versions in separate volumes. I read this one and the PDF has skips and ‘extra’ words thrown in here & there. Perhaps the later renditions are better. Recommend it for anyone who researching those who came on the Mayflower. Review by Site Admin.
  • Colonial Records of Virginia – from “Various Authors”, 180 pages in length. Following review from Robert W. Springgate: “This is fairly limited as it deals with the first 30 years of Virginia history, particularly the Jamestown experiment. Very interesting to find out more about the difficulties that Jamestown faced from 1609-1628. Starvation, Indians, disease, and a nice massacre thrown in. The area around Jamestown was literally a breeding ground for future Founding Fathers, and many of their ancestors were in Virginia at the beginning.

 

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Last updated: Thursday, March 9, 2017  12:48 PM

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