With the closure of many libraries around the state due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, The Alabama Public Library Service is working with its vendors to provide Alabamians temporary access to several different online resources, including Ancestry.com: https://aplsws1.apls.state.al.us/aplsnew/web/content/electronic
Call the front desk for the password! (256) 232-1233
The Shelby Southard History Room
The Shelby Southard History Room of the Athens-Limestone County Public Library focuses on genealogical research, Limestone County history, and Alabama history. The collection includes a wide variety of materials made up of census records, marriage records, and family documents.
The books in the Alabama Collection cannot be checked out, but you are able to make copies of pages by using the Library’s copy center. For more information, please contact the Library staff at (256) 232-1233.
Vertical Files and Periodicals
The library encourages patrons to look through the Shelby Southard History Room’s vertical files and periodicals. The vertical files include newspaper articles on historical municipal events and family files for genealogical research. The library also has an assortment of magazines and periodicals. Below is a partial list of the periodicals in the history room:
- Alabama Heritage
- The Alabama Historical Quarterly
- The Alabama Review
- The Alabama Valley Leaves
- Daughters of American Revolution Magazine
- Journal of Southern History
- Limestone Legacy
- Natchez Trace Traveler
- United Daughters of the Confederacy
- Virginia Magazine of History and Biography
Free Online Resources
- Alabama Department of Archives and History – Includes local government and country records.
- AlabamaMosiac – Archive of digital material of Alabama’s culture and history.
- Encyclopedia of Alabama – free, online reference resource on Alabama’s history, culture, geography, and natural environment.
- FamilySearch – Access to genealogical records and family trees.
- Find a Grave – Cemetery records and obituaries.
- Limestone County Archives – Has over 6,000 books and files dating back to 1818 of Alabama and Limestone County.
- National Archives – Access Federal records, veteran’s records, and teaching resources.
- The USGenWeb Project – A comprehensive genealogical database of each state in the United States.
- University of Alabama’s Historical Map Archive – Database includes a wide variety of American and Alabama maps.
B&W photo shows the Coble family in the front yard of their home at 818 Brownsferry Street around 1929. Other photos by ALCPL staff.