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Here a some places in Alabama where you can go to do research. You will be able to find microfilmed records, reference materials and other genealogical resources. Please email me if you know of others not listed here.
I don't think The Henry County Historical Group has on site research facilities but they invite you to join them in their efforts to preserve the history of Henry County. Contact them and ask how you can help.
Abbeville Memorial Library
The Library has History and Genealogy Room but does not have the staff to do lookups.
Southeast Alabama Genealogical and Historical Society
Publication: Wiregrass Roots SEAGHS Magazine
Ozark-Dale County Public Library
Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH)
Military and state census records are housed at this repository in addition to some copies of county materials on microfilm. In the future, the latest statewide microfilming project will add considerably to this collection. For the present, the library provides family histories and papers, the state's most inclusive collection of Alabama newspapers and books, and a card index to the part of their collection that is cataloged.
NOTE: Send all request for information by the Online Request Form from the main page of the ADAH website.
Alabama Historical Association
Founded in 1947, the membership is composed of both lay and professional historians.
Birmingham Public Library
The Tutwiler Collection located here is the state's most comprehensive genealogical collection. Included are extensive microfilm holdings of U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs records for Alabama, state and U.S. census records, military service and pension records, and Jefferson county newspapers. The nineteenth-century Alabama county records are being acquired from the Genealogical Society of Utah as they are microfilmed.
University of Alabama Library
The special collections of the Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library include published and unpublished records documenting the history of the state. Of particular importance is the comprehensive manuscript collection which contains business and personal papers. The map holdings cover the Sanborn insurance maps and copies of many original surveyor's plat maps and field notes.
Mobile Public Library
The genealogical department is the starting place for research in the state's colonial Gulf Coast history. The collection has holdings of Mobile newspapers, scattered original records relating to the Panton, Leslie and Company of Pensacola, and the WPA transcripts of pre-statehood land records.
Samford University Library
The Samford University Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research was begun in 1965. The institute is cosponsored by the Samford University Library and History Department and the National Board for Certification of Genealogists. The training format includes courses in beginning and intermediate research as well as advanced research in southern states. In recent years, the program has expanded to include a course for research in the British Isles held at Samford's London Study Center.
Alabama Genealogical Society
There are numerous other genealogical and historical societies scattered across Alabama. The names and addresses of several active organizations are listed with their periodicals. A few other active groups include these:
Birmingham Historical Society
Historic Chattahoochee Commission
Tennessee Valley Historical Society
Tuscaloosa Genealogical Society
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