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Alabama, Local History & Genealogy

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 

Family Histories

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 American resources 

3000+ microfiche, also map collection and CDs, for researching throughout the United States and other countries  

Microfilm/fiche reader/printer 

Internet access with 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.

Helpful History & Genealogy Links

Used Books

Baldwin County
Genealogical Society

Past Perfect
Online Collections

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Family Search

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