Sunday, January 03, 2010

52 Weeks of Online American Digital Archives and Databases: Alabama

This is the first post in a weekly series of Online American Digital Archives and Databases found for free at state, county, municipal, college and university history, library, and archive websites, as well as public and private library and museum sites, and historical and genealogical society sites.

There are amazing digital archives resources on the Internet these days. Of course, these are only a tip of the iceberg in comparison to what these archives have in printed and microform resources on site. For the state of Alabama, I started listing many of the goodies at each of these websites, and just gave up; it was literally a couple of hours to list the treasures! Here's what you can hope for: letters, diaries, photographs (people and places), postcards, yearbooks, reports, histories (printed and oral), records (vital, census, military), oral histories, audio files, online videos, newspapers, directories, etc. Sound interesting? Check them out! And don't be put off by the fact that your ancestors didn't attend the universities listed here. The university archives contain much information about people and places within the state, whether or not they pertain to the universities themselves.

Alabama Department of History and Archives (ADAH) -

Auburn University Digital Library -

Birmingham Public Library Digital Collections -

University at Alabama, Birmingham Digital Collection -

University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections -

University of Alabama School of Law Special Collections -

University of North Alabama Digital Collections -

Note: You can search across all the above collections at AlabamaMosaic


Lawrence County Archives - - probate, deed, and marriage record indexes

Madison County Records Center - -  marriage records indexes from 1809 to 1899

Mobile County Probate Court - - real estate, marriage, election, estate claims, unclaimed property records indexes



Amy Coffin said...

LOVE THIS IDEA! Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

Miriam Robbins said...

Thanks, Amy! I love your 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy, too!

Sheri Fenley said...

Jeepers! Between Amy and you Mariam, we are all going to become VERY educated genealogists. Thanks for all your hard work and I will see you at Scanfest!

Miriam Robbins said...

I'm probably insane to start another series! But it's what I do best: starting series. Finishing them? Ah, that's a different story!

sajosovic said...

Madison County Records Center -
Madison County marriage license records indexes from 1809 to Feb 1973, Probate Records Index 1809-1965 & also includes indexes for other items

Miriam Robbins said...

Thanks for letting us know about the additional resources in Madison County.