Genealogy Resources at UA

Here’s a guide to genealogy-related resources you can find through Acumen.

Let us know if you’ve found other things in our collections that fellow genealogy researchers might want to know about!

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Digitized Resources

  • Pauline Jones Gandrud papers — The collection contains genealogical research notes covering 1820-1880, including county data, church and marriage records, family histories, and other information created and gathered by this Alabama genealogist. The collection also contains a list of military pension and bounty land applications.
    • It will take some time to digitize this massive collection. At the above link, you can see how far we’ve come by looking at the finding aid. As of February 2015, we’ve completed records for families with last names A-E.
  • Early Alabama Land Grants — Applications for grants and for the purchase of land, mainly in Marengo and Washington counties in Alabama. There are also a few other legal documents pertaining to disputed applications. (106 items)
  • Soldier Land Grants — The collection contains United States Land Office certificates of title for soldiers, their heirs, and assignees, dated from 1848 to 1881 and arranged alphabetically by the last name of the soldier. The land grants (generally 40 acres) were given in token of military service during the Creek, Cherokee, and Seminole Indian Wars, the Mexican War, the Florida War, and the War of 1812 or in recognition of volunteer service in a state militia. (361 items)
  • Mobile, Ala., Grave Yard Maps and Burial Listings — Contains information about two cemeteries in Mobile, Alabama, now known as Magnolia Cemetery and Church Street Graveyard. Book sections include New Graveyard (Magnolia Cemetery), Goldsmith and Frolichstein Cemetery Grounds (addition adjacent to the Jewish Rest section of Magnolia Cemetery), Map of the Old Graveyard (Church Street Graveyard), and Index to Old Graveyard (Church Street Graveyard). Also mentioned is the National Cemetery annex, known as the Soldier’s Rest or Confederate Rest (Magnolia Cemetery)
  • James A. Anderson Collection — see Box 11, Folder 10: Greenwood Cemetery Inscriptions; Box 12, Folder 8: Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Marriages; Box 14, Folder 1: History of Churches in Tuscaloosa
  • Martha Young papers — see Box 1597.001, Folders 5-8, re: Young, Tutwiler, Ashe, Stiltington, and Swann families
  • Record of Confederate Dead, Emory Cemetery, Emory, Virginia, 1869
  • Marriages, visits and farm expenses, Basil Manly, Sr., 1830-1844 — Marriage register begins page 205
  • St. John’s Church Parish Marriage Register, 1918-1947 — Church located in Montgomery, Alabama
  • List of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, registered voters, circa 1860

Finding Aids for Resources Found at Hoole Library


  • Pauline Jones Gandrud papers — The collection contains genealogical research notes covering 1820-1880, including county data, church and marriage records, family histories, and other information created and gathered by this Alabama genealogist. The collection also contains a list of military pension and bounty land applications.
    • As it will take some time to digitize this massive collection, much of it is yet undigitized. As of February 2015, records for families with last names F-Z are still available only in paper form.
  • Bogy and Smith families genealogy — The former were French immigrants of the early nineteenth century who appear to have settled, variously, in the Vine and Olive Colony of Alabama (Demopolis), around Arkansas Post, and around New Madrid, Missouri, the latter were the families of Steven and Mary Jane Pitt Smith of Green and Choctaw Counties, Alabama, and Ivy Furman Smith and Mary Jane Morrison Smith of Green and Marengo Counties, Alabama.
  • Cantelou family genealogy — Of South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama.
  • Elmore and Bellingrath genealogical papers — Photocopied material contains information about the Coca-Cola bottling company in Alabama, German ancestors of the Bellingrath family, legal documents, cemetery records, and correspondence.
  • W. T. Alexander genealogical papers — The collection contains biographies of William Simeral Alexander of North Carolina (1817-1898) and his descendants, with reference to his predecessors to 1716.
  • Alton Lambert papers — A collection of genealogical information, cemetery records, photos, clippings, correspondence, and other materials. Families include Lambert/Lamberth; Green/Greene; Wedgeworth, Clarke; Boswell, Stalnacker, Shipp; Rich; Traweek/Traywick/Trawick; Morgan; Ray; Hollingsworth, Calvert, Harland, Crow, Smith, Green, Gray, Ramsey/Ramsay
  • George B. Inge papers — Inge and Herndon families, see series Genealogy
  • Erline Bodine papers — Bodine and Pate families
  • Dorman and Noel family papers — A genealogical record of the ancestors of Lily Dorman Ramsey, plus family correspondence of the Dormans and Noels of Greensboro and Mobile, Alabama. Circa 1830s-1860s
  • Walter and Calhoun families papers — Originally from Louisiana.
  • Vernon Grosse collection — Collection of pre- and post- Civil War letters and genealogies (all photocopies), as well as minutes for the New River Baptist Church, in Fayette County, Alabama, from 1826-1911.
  • Miscellaneous Genealogies — The collection contains genealogical research of a variety of Alabama families, including the Perry, McWilliams, McWhorter, Baskin, and related families.

Other records

  • Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Alabama records — The collection contains the records and correspondence of the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Alabama for 1966-1969. Most of the letters are carbon copies from James Martin Smith of Birmingham, Alabama, who was at the time the corresponding secretary for the state organization.
  • United Daughters of the Confederacy, Alabama Division, records — This collection contains biographies of thirty-nine prominent Civil War-era figures from Alabama and correspondence to and from Mrs. Annie Daugette, chair of the committee in charge of the project. Compiled 1938-1957.
  • Daughters of the American Revolution, Chief Tuskaloosa Chapter (Tuscaloosa, Alabama) minutes — This collection consists of one photocopied and bound ledger reporting the minutes of the first years of the Tuscaloosa chapter (1901–1920). There are also two ledgers covering the minutes from 1921–1927 and 1927–1946. There are five loose leaf notebooks with handwritten and typed minutes (1946–1954, 1954–1962, 1962 –1972, 1972–1979, and 1979–1988). There are also newspaper clippings taped in the ledgers and notebooks or in protective sleeves.
  • First Presbyterian Church, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, records — Contains record books, 1820-1948; list of baptisms, 1845-1894; Board of Trustees record books, 1838-1911; Board of Deacons minute book, 1886-1888; and miscellaneous other documents for this Tuscaloosa, Alabama church.
  • Randolph County, Alabama, birth records, 1920-1952
  • Alabama Vertical Files — This collection contains materials, both published and unpublished, that document the history of the state of Alabama. Materials include items such as reprints, pamphlets, typescripts, and photocopies of documents relating to individuals, organizations, cities, and a large number of other topics. See finding aid for topics by folder.

Finding Aids for Resources Found in A. S. Williams III Americana Collection (at Gorgas Library)


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