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It is prudent to familiarize personally with any repository in Alabama that you might drop by by contacting to the best suited archive or library ahead of time.

A lot of, if not all, Alabama repositories contain printed resources that present its collections together with research policy.

Alabama archives and historical associations likewise have Internet web sites which provide equivalent resources. Many actually contain down-loadable databases for some or parts within their collections.

Alabama Archives

Alabama Museums

Alabama Libraries

Alabama Periodicals

Genealogical periodicals make available many sources of information, they may be overlooked by genealogy and family history researchers and genealogist in seeking for family history. A large number of regional and county genealogical and/or historical societies produce periodicals which include records associated with the region or locality they operate. Normally these publications carry articles involving records that are not available someplace else.

  • Alabama Genealogical Quarterly Vols. 1- (1979 - present).
  • Alabama Genealogical Register (1959 - 1975)
  • Alabama Genealogical Society, Inc. Magazine (1967-present) Publication of the Alabama Genealogical Society 800 Lakeshore Drive Birmingham, Alabama 35229.
  • Alabama Historical Quarterly Vol. 1-44 (1930-82) Publication of Alabama Department of Archives and History
  • Alabama Review (1942-present) Publication of Alabama Historical Association
  • Central Alabama Genealogical Society Quarterly(1976-present)  Publication of the Central Alabama Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 125, Selma, Alabama 36701.
  • Deep South Genealogical Quarterly  (1963-present) Publication of Mobile Genealogical SocietyP.O. Box 6224, Mobile, Alabama 36606.
  • Natchez Trace Traveler (1981-present) Publication of the Natchez Trace Genealogical SocietyP.O. Box 420, Florence, Alabama 35631.
  • Pea River Trails  (1975-present) Publication of the Pea River Historical SocietyP.O. Box 628Enterprise, Alabama 36330.
  • Pioneer Trails (1959-present) Publication of the Birmingham Genealogical Society P.O. Box 2432 Birmingham, Alabama 35201.
  • Tap Roots (1963-present) Publication of the Genealogical Society of East AlabamaP.O. Drawer 1351, Auburn, Alabama 36831-1351.
  • Settlers of Northeast Alabama(1962-present) Publication of the Northeast Alabama Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 674, Gadsden, Alabama 35902.
  • Valley Leaves  (1966-present) Publication of the Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society P.O. Box 1568, Huntsville, Alabama 35807-0568.
  • WIREGRASS ROOTS c/o - SEAGHS, P.O. Box 246, Dothan, AL 36302-0246

Historical & Genealogical Societies

For almost each individual Alabama there's a Alabama genealogical society, a Alabama genealogical council, or both. Together with their own work, Alabama-level groups quite often help coordinate the efforts of area societies within the Alabama. Their own publications, newsletters and quarterlies, supplement those published from the local societies

State or Regional Societies

County Societies

  • AlaBenton Genealogical Society, c/o The Alabama Room, P. O. Box 308, 108 East 10th Street, Anniston, AL 36202
  • Autauga County Heritage Association, 102 E. Main Street - Prattville, AL 36067; Telephone: (334) 361-0961 ; Fax: (334) 491-2961
  • Autauga Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 680668, Prattville 36067-0668
  • Baldwin County Genealogical Society, PO Box 108, 319 East Laurel Avenue, Foley, Alabama 36536-0108
  • Baldwin County Historical Society, P.O. Box 69, Stockton 36579
  • Barbour County Genealogy And Local History Society, 217 N Eufaula Avenue, ; 334-585-1208
  • Bibb County Heritage Association, Route 1, Box 147, Brierfield 35035
  • Blount County Historical Society, P.O. Box 45, Oneonta 35121; Phone number is:205-625-6905
  • Butler County Historical Society, P.O. Box 561, Greenville 36037
  • Cherokee County Genealogy Society, P.O. Box 90, Spring Garden 36275
  • Cherokee Historical Society, Main St, Centre 35960
  • Chilton County Historical Society, P.O. Box 644, Clanton 35045
  • Choctaw County Historical Society, County Road 14, Gilbertown 36908
  • Choctaw County Genealogical Society, 4244 County Road 43, Butler, AL 36904
  • Clarke County Historical Society, 116 Cobb St., Grove Hill 36451-3012
  • Clay County Historical Society, P.O. Box 997, Ashland 36251
  • Coosa County Historical Society, P.O. Box 5, Rockford 35136
  • Covington County Historical Society, P.O. Box 789, Andalusia 36420
  • Crenshaw County Historical Society, P.O. Box 328, Luverne 36049
  • Cullman County Historical Society, 211 2nd Ava Ne, Cullman 35055-2905
  • Dekalb County Historical Society, 504 Grand Ave., Ft. Payne 35967
  • Elmore County Historical Society, 1384 Jug Factory Road, Wetumpka 36092
  • Escambia County Historical Society, P.O. Box 276, Brewton 36427
  • Etowah County Historical Society, P.O. Box 8131, Gadsden 35901
  • Greene County Historical Society, P.O. Box 746, Eutaw 35462
  • Henry County Historical Society, P.O. Box 222, Abbeville 36310
  • Heritage Of Marion County, P.O. Box 167, Glen Allen 35559
  • Lawrence County Historical Commission, P.O. Box 728, Moulton 35650-0728
  • Lee County Historical Society, P.O. Box 206, Loachapoka 36865
  • Limestone County Historical Society, P.O. Box 82, Athens 35611
  • Lowndes County Historical Society, Route 1, Box 408, Ft. Deposit 36032
  • Marengo County Gen. Society, 211 East Washington St., Demopolis 36732
  • Marion County Genealogical Society, P.O. Drawer O, Winfield 35594
  • Monroe County Heritage Society, P.O. Box 1637, Monroeville 36461-1637
  • Northeast Alabama Genealogical Society, Inc, P O Box 8268, Gadsden, Alabama 35902
  • Pickens County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 336, Gordo 35466
  • Russell County Historical Commission, 801 Dillingham Street, Seale 36875
  • Selma-dallas County Historic Preservation Society, P.O. Box 586, Selma 36702
  • Shelby County Archives And Historical Society, P.O. Box 457, Columbiana 35051
  • Shelby County Historical Society, P.O. Box 457, Columbiana 35051
  • Shelby County Museum & Archives, 1854 Old Courthouse, Box 457, Columbiana 35051
  • Sumter County Historical Society, 207 North Washington Street, Livingston 35470
  • Talladega County Historical Association, 106 Broome Street, Talladega 35160
  • Walker County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 3408, Jasper 35502-3408
  • Washington County Alabama Historical & Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 399, Chatom 36518
  • West Jefferson County Historical Society, P. O. Box 184, Bessemer, AL 3502
  • Winston County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 112, Double Springs 35553

City, Town or Township Societies

Ethnic Societies

Religious Societies

Research in Alabama Newspapers & Publications

Alabama Genealogical publications (magazines, newsletters, periodicals, books, etc.) contain all sorts of valuable information and facts related to specific ancestors, complete lineages and families, places in time, and about every type of genealogical records and repositories. They enable you to uncover a abundance of facts about your ancestors from many historical newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals. These different kinds of resources may often supplement public records and give facts that is not recorded someplace else. Here, you can learn much more pertaining to your ancestor's potential daily activities by putting them in the circumstance of their time.

The area around Mobile and Tombigbee was home to the earliest newspapers in the state. Some of those newspapers were: Mobile Sentinel, Fort Stoddert (1811), Mobile Gazette, Mobile (1812), Halcyon, St. Stephens (1815), Blakeley Sun and Alabama Advertiser, Blakeley (1819)

There were also several early Tennessee Valley newspapers published, including: Madison Gazette, Huntsville (1812), Florence Gazette, Florence (1820), Tuscumbia Advertiser, Tuscumbia (1821)

The Tuscaloosa Republican, Tuscaloosa (1819), the Alabama Courier, Claiborne (1819), the Alabama Intelligencer, Cahawba (1819), and the Cahawba Press, Cahawba (1819) were also published prior to Alabama becoming a state.

The county probate judge is required by law to maintain any newspapers that contain legal notices, but most of those collections are incomplete.

There is a National Endowment for the Humanities newspaper preservation project, which the Alabama Department of Archives and History has taken part in. That involved a repository inventory of each of the state's repositories and a process of microfilming newspapers that were deemed to be historically significant.

The Alabama Department of Archives and History has also placed newspapers from each county on microfilm, as part of the Alabama Newspaper Project. Their website lists newspapers available through the FHL and on microfilm. Those records can be researched via inter-library loan programs, or copies can be purchased. A list of 1950 through 1978 anniversary announcements and funeral notices in alphabetical order is also available, along with a list of other newspapers that are not available on microfilm.

Books

Newspapers - Alabama newspapers can provide all sorts of ideas about historical occasions, local history, court and legal notices, obituaries, and a lot more.

  • Alabama Newspapers Directory Listings (onlinenewspapers.com)
  • Alabama Newspapers on Microflim Database (archives.state.al.us)
  • Historical Newspapers from Alabama (1816 - 1923) (genealogybank.com) Has exclusive newspaper archive for family genealogy research provides information on millions of American families from 1690–today.
  • Alabama Newspaper List (usnpl.com)
  • Alabama Newspaper Archives (newspaperarchives.com) the largest historical newspaper database online, contains nearly 120 million newspaper pages from 1607 to present. Once upon a time newspapers were our main source of information. Now those old newspapers are a reliable source for hundreds of years of history and secrets of the past. Those looking to find out more about their forefathers can empower their genealogy search with Newspaper Archive. Every newspaper in the archive is fully searchable by keyword and date.
  • AL-OLD-NEWS. A mailing list for the submission of abstracts, extracts and links from Alabama newspapers published prior to 1931. Newspapers contain much of the information that may not be found elsewhere such as births, marriages, deaths, court notices, etc. They also provide community news and many fascinating details about the lives of our ancestors. To subscribe send "subscribe" to al-old-news-l-request@rootsweb.com (mail mode) or al-old-news-d-request@rootsweb.com (digest mode).
  • Alabama Newspaper Archives (newspaperarchives.com)
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