The 1867 Alabama Voter Registration Database & Digitized Images Online

Voter registration records have long been used by genealogists – most often considered as an added proof of residence in a voterregistrationcommunity, but also useful in establishing length of that residence and nativity. The Alabama Department of Archives and History has been posting the 1867 Alabama Voter Registrations for some time. It’s a major project, as there are a total of 131 volumes to index and digitize prior to posting. The last update was done on December 18, 2008.

The records are especially important, as numerous African-Americans are found here as free men for the first time. Note that Confederate veterans will not be found on this registration (see below).

The following counties are currently posted in their entirety: Washington, Wilcox, Winston, Walker, Tuscaloosa, Tallapoosa, Talladega, Sumter, St. Clair, Shelby, Russell, Randolph, Pike, Pickens, Perry, Macon, Madison, Morgan, Marion, Mobile, Marshall, Marengo, Monroe, Montgomery, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lee, Lowndes, Limestone and Hale Counties.

It is stated on the website that severe mold damage has taken place on the books for Dallas; Franklin; Lauderdale; Limestone; Lowndes; Monroe; Randolph; and Washington counties. For this reason, some data may be missing. Note that Dallas and Franklin county information has not yet been posted.

The following information dealing with the history surrounding the 1867 Alabama Voter registrations is directly from the site itself:

The Alabama 1867 voter registration records were created as a direct result of a Reconstruction Act passed by the United States Congress on March 23, 1867. The act required the commanding officer in each military district to hold, before September 1, 1867, a registration of all male citizens, 21 years and older, in each county who were also qualified to vote and who had taken the loyalty oath. (See www.legislature.state.al.us/misc/history/constitutions/1868/1868enablinginst.html for full text of the act.) Each registrant visited the local registration office, took the oath, and was listed in the Voter Registration record. The companion volumes to the voter registration records are the Loyalty Oaths (also available at the ADAH).

Individuals ineligible to register included Confederate veterans and any person who had previously taken an oath as a member of Congress, as an officer of the United States, as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, and who later engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or gave aid or comfort to the enemies thereof, and whose “disability” had not been removed by a two-thirds vote of both houses of Congress.

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More New Small Databases at Family Tree Connection

Again, more new databases have recently been added to the many other “small databases” located at Family Tree Connection. The following databases are now available to search:

ALABAMA

Ensley High School 1946 Graduation – Birmingham Public Schools, Graduation Exercises of the Ensley High School, Forty-Fifth Commencement, May Thirtieth, Nineteen Hundred Forty-Six.

COLORADO

Washington County High School 1914 Commencement – Washington County High School, Commencement Exercises, Friday Evening, May 22nd at eight o’clock, Clark Opera House. [Location not clearly specified. Washington County, Colorado based on 1910 U. S. Census]

CONNECTICUT

John Hancock Mutual Life Ins. Comp. 18?? Claims Paid #2 – Post card from The John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company, of Boston, Mass. Prudential Insurance as Practise by the John Hancock Company. Lists a few Claims Lately Paid in Connecticut. [This item is undated]

GEORGIA

Emory University 1929 Graduating Exercises – Program of the Graduating Exercises of Emory University, University Auditorium, June the Second, Third, Fourth, Nineteen Hundred Twenty-Nine.

ILLINOIS

Illinois Society SAR 1924 Membship – Illinois Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Officers, Constitution and By-Laws, List of Members, General Information. Library and Office, Room 1333 Stock Exchange Building, 30 North LaSalle Street, Chicago. Nineteen Hundred Twnety-four.

INDIANA

Kendallville Lodge No. 109 K. of P. 1910 By-Laws – Constitution and By-Laws of Kendallville Lodge No. 109, Knights of Pythias, Kendallville, Indiana. Instituted July 24, 1883. Revised and Adopted November 22, 1910. Approved Jan. 30, 1911.

Leavenworth High School 1912 Commencement – Leavenworth High School, Commencement Exercises, Wednesday, May first, Nineteen hundred and twelve, at eight o’clock, Presbyterian Church. [Location not specified. Possibly Jennings, Indiana based on 1910 U. S. Census]

IOWA

Our Lady of Victory Academy 1900 Commencement – Twenty-Eighth Annual Commencement of Our Lady of Victory Academy at Brown’s Opera House, Friday Evening, June Twenty-Two, Nineteen Hundred. [Location not specified, East Waterloo, Iowa based on 1900 Census records]

Marion First Presbyterian Church 1918 Manual – Manual of the First Presbyterian Church, Marion, Iowa. Rev. Harry Glenn Finney, Pastor. Corner Twelfth Street and Eighth Avenue. November 10, 1918.

KENTUCKY

State Center School 1909 Souvenir – Souvenir for State Center School, District No. 75, 1909. Lists names of teacher and pupils. [Location not specified. Barton County, KY based on 1910 U. S. Census]

MAINE

Bucksport Lodge No. 14 A. O. U. W. Deaths – Assessment No. 233, Bucksport Lodge, No. 13, Ancient Order of United Workmen, Bucksport, Maine, March 1, 1900. Details include Age, State, Date and Cause of Death.

Bangor High School 1915-16 Catalog – Bangor High School, Catalog 1915-1916, Bangor, Maine.

MASSACHUSETTS

Mt. Holyoke College 1923-24 Directory – Directory of Mount Holyoke College, 1923-1924, South Hadley, Mass. Published by the Debating Society. Series 7, No. 1, December 1923.

MICHIGAN

Morley Public Schools 1901 Graduation – Graduating Exercises, Morley Public Schools, Class of 1901, at the M. E. Church, Wednesday, June 12, 1901, at eight o’clock. C. E. Manigold, Principal. [Location not specified, Michigan based on 1900 U. S. Census]

MINNESOTA

Minnesota Public School 1916 Souvenir – Souvenir for Public School, District No. 25, Minnesota, 1916. Lists names of teacher and pupils. [Location not clearly specified.]

MISSOURI

Lincoln Township Rural Schools 1910 Commencement – Third Annual Commencement of the Rural Schools of Lincoln Township at South Dale School House, Thursday, May 26, ’10, 1:30 O’clock P. M. [Location not clearly specified. Lincoln, MO based on 1910 U. S. Census]

NEW HAMPSHIRE

New Hampshire Conference Seminary 1901-02 Catalogue – Fifty-Seventh Annual Catalogue of the New Hampshire Conference Seminary and Female College, Tilton, N. H. 1901-1902.

NEW JERSEY

Scotch Plains Baptist Church 1922 Anniversary – The Scotch Plains Baptist Church, Scotch Plains, New Jersey, One Hundred Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of the Organization of the Church (1747-1922), October Fifteenth to Twenty-second, 1922.

Vineland YMCA 1887 Calendar – 1887, July, August, September, Young Men’s Christian Association, Vineland, N. J., Rooms over the Post Office. Lists names associated with each weekly meeting.

South Eighth St. School 1915 Commencement – Commencement Exercises, South Eighth St. School, Friday Evening, Jan. 29th, 1915, At. 8 O’clock, W. B. Hoenemann, Principal. [Location not specified. Newark, N. J., based on 1910 U.S. Census]

NEW YORK

Milford Fish and Game Club 1904 Roster – Milford Fish and Game Club, Milford, N. Y. Organized and Incorporated 1904. Covering Milford, Middlefield, and Hartwick, Otsego Co., N. Y.

Brooklyn Central School 1890 Girls’ Department Commencement – Commencement Exercises, Girls’ Department, Brooklyn Central School, 1890, February Classes.

Telephone Society of New York 1909-1910 Annual – Annual of The Telephone Society of New York, Fourteenth Year, 1909-1910. March 1, 1910.

New England Society of NYC 1865 Report – Sixtieth Anniversary Celebration of the New England Society in the City of New York at Delmonico’s, Dec. 22, 1864. Constitution, By-Laws, Charities, List of Members, Etc., Etc.

St. Mary’s Guild 1925 Report – Annual Report, St. Mary’s Guild, Tuxedo Park, New York, Year Ending June 10th, 1925. List officers and Subscribers.

National Freedman’s Relief Association 1862 Organization – Organization of the National Freedman’s Relief Association, In the City of New York, February 22, 1862. Lists Officers and Members of the Association.

Naval Lodge, F. & A. M. 1928 Summons – Naval Lodge, Number Sixty Nine, Free and Accepted Masons, First Masonic District of Manhattan, Gothic Room, Masonic Hall, Twenty Fourth Street and Sixth Avenue, New York City, Wednesday Evening, April 11, 1928, Summons.

Grammar School 1912 Commencement – Grammar School Commencement, 1912. [Location not specified. Gloversville Ward, NY, based on 1910 U. S. Census] Includes names of students.

Portlandville Graded School 1888 Exhibition – Exhibition by the Pupils of Portlandville Graded School, Friday Evening, March 23, 1888. [Location not clearly specified. Possible Milford, N. Y. based on 1880 U. S. Census]

Division 3a, Girls’ High School, 1910 Daffodil Dance – Daffodil Dance of Division 3a of the Girls’ High School, Friday, April Fifteenth, nineteen hundred ten. [Location not specified. Possibly Brooklyn Ward 23, NY based on 1910 U. S. Census] Lists names of the class officers.

Elmira Business Men’s Association 1909 Banquet Menu – Fourth Annual Banquet of the Business Men’s Association of Elmira at the Hotel Rathbun, Thursday Evenine, January 21, 1909. Lists officers and speakers.

Naval Architects and Marine Engineers Society 1896 Directory – Names and Addresses of the Officers and Members of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, 12 West 31st Street, New York. July 1st, 1896.

OHIO

Glendale Lyceum 1886 Report – Annual Report of the Board of Directors of The Glendale Lyceum, of Glendale, Ohio, November 7, 1885, to December 31, 1886. Includes a list of Officers.

Lambda Deuteron Chapter, Phi Gamma Delta, 1893 Report – Annual Report, Lambda Deuteron Chapter, Phi Gamma Delta, Denison University, July 1, 1893. Lists personnel of the chapter by class.

Etna Rural High School 1916 Commencement – Annual Commencemnet, The Etna Rural High School, May 25, 1916, The M. E. Church. [Location not clearly specified. Etna, Ohio based on 1910 U. S. Census]

PENNSYLVANIA

Redner School Souvenir (Undated) – Souvenir for Redner School, District No. 1, Hector Twp., Potter Co., Pa. Includes names of teacher (with photo) and pupils.

PA Soldiers’ Orphan Schools 1903 Annual Report – Annual Report of the Pennsylvania Commission Soldiers’ Orphan Schools, for the year May 31, 1903. Includes a complete Roster of Children.

TEXAS

A. A. S. R. Galveston Flood Relief Notice 1900 – Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction of the United States, Office of Sol. Gr. Insp. Genl. in Texas, Galveston, November 5, 1900. Relates to ‘the great calamity that befell the City of Galveston, Texas, on September 8th.’ Includes listing of AASR members that died, or who lost family members.

VERMONT

Vermont State Normal Schools 1906-07 Catalogue – Catalogue for 1906-07, State Normal School at Johnson. Normal School Quarterly, Vol. 1, No. 2, July, 1907.

History of the Baptist Church of Ira, Vt. – History of the Baptist Church of Ira, Vermont. A.D. 1783 – June 1925, Inclusive. Containing a Complete List of More Than 1000 Members who have belonged to this Church since its oganization in chronological orders as nearly as can be determined by the records of the times, giving the date and mannder of reception and dismission so far as recorded. Reputed to be the Third Oldest Baptist Church in the State of Vermont.

WEST VIRGINIA

Salem High School 1922 Commencement – Salem High School, Commencement Exercises, Thursday evening, May the twenty-fifth, Nineteen hundred twenty-two, at eight o’clock, College Auditorium. [Location not specified. Salem, West Virginia based on 1920 U. S. Census]

UNKNOWN LOCATION

U. S. C. E. 1900 Prayer-Meeting Topics – Christian Endeavor Prayer Meeting Topics For Christ and the Church. Copyrighted, 1899, by the United Society of Christian Endeavor [Location not specified] Lists names of Officers and Committees.

Philomath 1898 Banquet – Philomath, Fourth Annual Banquet, Baptist Church, Moravia, Friday Evening, February 18, 1898.

Alabama State Archives to Reduce Hours & Services

The Alabama State Archives in Montgomery is feeling the pinch of the recession. The major effect on genealogists is that adahlogothere will be no more Saturday hours. Bummer…

Due to mid-year budget reductions, the Alabama Department of Archives and History is reducing a variety of services, including being open on Saturdays.

By March, the agency will have eleven fewer employees than it had a year ago, a 20 percent reduction in its staff. Five positions are being eliminated through attrition, and another six employees will be laid off effective January 31.

Because four of the eliminated positions regularly worked on weekends, the Archives will discontinue Saturday hours effective February 1.

Some previously scheduled events for 2009 will be rescheduled or cancelled. Visit the Department’s web site at www.archives.alabama.gov or call 334-242-4435 for information on upcoming events.

New hours for the Department’s museum galleries will be Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The research room will be open Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Read the full article by Kym Klass in the January 13, 2009 edition of the Montgomery Advertiser.