DeKalb County, Alabama, Old Records on the Move to Former Veterans Affairs Building in Fort Payne

Janice Gilbert, a volunteer with the DeKalb Genealogical Society, packs up old records Tuesday to be moved to the former Veterans Affairs building in Fort Payne. Photo by Melissa Smith.

The DeKalb County [Alabama] Genealogical Society is partnering with Circuit Clerk Pam Simpson and employees at the DeKalb County Library to move old records from the old county barn, where they were initially stored to their new location at the former Veteran’s Affairs Office.

DeKalb County Commission President Ricky Harcrow said the records have been there “for years and years” and needed a new home.

“There’s been a lot of deterioration of the old records,” Harcrow said. “We needed to get those moved so they will be here for the younger generation who may be interested in their history.”

Harcrow said the county applied for a $5,000 grant to help with the project, which the county later received. It will be used to get the records moved and get them on microfilm.

Read the full article by Lindsay Slater in the February 1, 2011 edition of the Times Journal.

Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (, writes daily at, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

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