Monday, August 13, 2007

Alabama: Loose Record Project web indexing initiative

From: Melissa Hogan
A few weeks ago we corresponded and I mentioned that the Alabama Genealogical Society would be updating its members on the Loose Record Project Web indexing initiative. Below is the announcement in the AGS newsletter.

We are actively looking for volunteers to transcribe counties that had only a paper index or help us prepare an index in those counties that did not create an index during the initial project. Those interested in volunteering can let us know by clicking the "feedback" link on the website below.

Alabama Genealogical Society Newsletter
Volume 20 Number 2/3
Summer 2007
Page 4

Loose Records Web Index Project (LRPW) Report

The AGS loose records web index project (LRPW) team is reorganizing to accomplish its mission to process and archive county indexes that were developed as part of the project. Melissa Hogan, our new team coordinator, is currently developing a county-by-county inventory to determine the next phase. Melissa in the very near future will be contacting volunteers for various tasks to move forward with the database.

In the meantime you can now preview the early efforts of your Publication Committee's project to create a web index of probate court records filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah in cooperation with the [Alabama] state archives. A draft web site can be browsed at At the site one can search for names found among estates and other case files collected for four Alabama counties - Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay and Tallapoosa. More counties will be added soon. In addition, you can find the listing of film reel numbers for each record. Webmaster Jim Anderson strongly urges you to click on the "feedback" link on the home page and, if you would like to receive future update notices, just click the checkbox on the feedback form.

Ol' Myrt here clicked around your website and found some background info on the Loose Records Web Index Project: "Since its inception in 1998, the loose records microfilming program has produced nearly 2,000 rolls–or over 3.5 million microfilm images – of historical county records (estate files, marriage licenses, Confederate pension records, and divorces) [emphasis added] chronicling the lives of Alabama citizens from the founding of our state through 1950. The program is a cooperative preservation effort sponsored by the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) and the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU). Fifty-seven of Alabama’s 67 counties are currently participating. To date, 23 counties have completed projects, and we hope eventually to film loose records in all counties where they are available." See also more info.


I recall from our previous emails that “estate files” doesn’t mean complete probate packets, just those pages that were part of the microfilm project from each county.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
Your friend in genealogy.

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