The Alabama / Local History and Genealogy Department is located on the second floor of the library.
These extensive collections include materials on the state of Alabama, county and city histories and family histories in book, file, and film.
The Special Collection includes:
Owen’s History of Alabama
Dictionary of Alabama Biographies
The Alabama Review
Alabama Historical Quarterly
The Five Hundred Years of Baldwin County [film series]
The Local History Collection includes:
Publications about Baldwin County
Microfilm of local newspapers as early as 1897
Baldwin County History files begun by local historian and author Doris Rich of
Magnolia Springs, Alabama,
The Overton Collection,
Cookbook collection, many no longer in print.
The FOLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY is the depository for the Baldwin County Genealogical Society’s research materials in the Genealogy Collection which covers all states, countries, and ethnic groups This collection includes:
4500+ genealogy books, quarterlies, periodicals,
800+ rolls of microfilms of censuses, newspapers, courthouse, congressional, Native
3000+ microfiche, also map collection and CDs, for researching throughout the United
States and other countries,
Internet access with Ancestry.com Library Edition [Also available on all public access
computers in the library] and HeritageQuest [Available in the library and at
home for those with Foley Public Library Cards.]
The Obituary File begun in 1988 with obits with Baldwin County ties
Various Family Files
Extensive Family History collection
Heritage of Alabama series [All 67 counties]
Cemetery records for Baldwin County and much, much more.
Dr. George Ellenberg, Professor of History, is currently serving as Vice Provost at the University of West Florida having been with the UWF for nearly twenty years. Having received his doctorate from University of Kentucky, B.A. and M.A. from Clemson University,
he teaches courses in southern and military history.
His book, "Mule South to Tractor South: Mules, Machines and the transformation of the Cotton South," was published by University of Alabama Press, selected as recipient of the Anne B. and James B. McMillan Prize for manuscript chosen "as most deserving in Alabama or Southern history of culture."
Dr. Ellenberg also teaches as Fleet Professor of Strategy and Policy for the Naval War College at Naval Air Station Pensacola. He is also an alumnus of the Summer Institute in Military history held at the United States Military Academy at West Point.