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.
The Baldwin County Genealogical Society will host H. F. "Tige" Marston, Cemetery Manager for the City of Mobile and the city's on-site staff person at the 175 year-old Magnolia Cemetery, on May 11 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Foley Public Library, 319 E. Laurel Avenue in Foley.
Marston's presentation, "The Victorian Cemetery: Death and Art in a Place of the Living" looks at the history of Mobile's Victorian cemeteries, Victorian burial customs and the language of Victorian funerary art and symbolism.
Marston is responsible for the daily management and operation of Magnolia Cemetery, Church Street Graveyard and the City Sexton's Office which maintains records for all final dispositions within the City of Mobile; and for all of Mobile's day to day family service and record systems duties at both cemeteries and the educational programs related to Mobile's historic municipal cemeteries.
A lifelong resident of Mobile, Marston attended the McGill Institute, now McGill-Toolen High School, and the University of South Alabama. A second generation cemeterian, he has been employed by the City of Mobile for seventeen years. His 40 years in the cemetery profession include being Director of the Catholic Cemetery of Mobile, Vice President of Mobile Memorial Gardens, and Family Service Counselor for Radney Funeral Homes, Bayview Funeral Homes and Fairhope Memory Gardens.
The Baldwin County Genealogical Society is a nonprofit organization that meets the second Saturday of each month in the meeting room of the Foley Public Library. The public is welcome to attend.