School Census Records Available At Shelby County Museum & Archives

Are you trying to build your family tree or locate a lost relative? The Shelby County Museum & Archives can probably help you out.

Thanks to a timely donation from the Shelby County Board of Education and the efforts of museum & archives staff and volunteers, Shelby County, Alabama school census booklets and school census cards are now available in a searchable format at the Shelby County Museum & Archives in Columbiana.

School census booklets contain parent or guardian name; student’s given name; age; and race. The booklets do not list street addresses.  The booklets cover the years 1912, 1916, 1920, and 1924 for each of the county’s school districts.

Census cards are much more detailed than the census booklets.  Each family card contains for parents: last, first, middle names; mailing address; country of birth; whether living or deceased; whether or not the person can read and write; citizenship status; and occupation code. Continue reading “School Census Records Available At Shelby County Museum & Archives”

A Month Late, But Big News All The Same

Sometimes when things are moving so fast you look back and realize you failed to do something very important.  Such is the case with this post.  Earlier today (actually just a few minutes ago) I posted on how great the pancake breakfast was at the Shelby Iron Works Parks on July 7th.  After posting, I realized that I had neglected to post an important update (it was sitting in draft form waiting to be published) that would explain why I was writing about an event at the Shelby Iron Works Park.  So, here is the content of that post, which I hope will explain why I’m posting about the park: Continue reading “A Month Late, But Big News All The Same”

Jim Lewis To Speak At August Historical Society Meeting

Herbert James (Jim) Lewis will speak at the upcoming meeting of the Shelby County Historical Society, Inc. on Sunday, August 5th at 2 p.m. at the Shelby County Museum & Archives.  Jim will discuss his new book, “Alabama Founders: Fourteen Political and Military Leaders Who Shaped the State.”  He will have copies of his book to purchase, as well as copies of his book “Lost Capitals of Alabama.”  We hope you will be able to join us!  A reception and light refreshments will follow!

July 7th Pancake Breakfast Largest In Shelby Iron Works Park History

On July 7, 2018, 239 people enjoyed all you can eat pancakes, bacon, sausage, coffee, juice and tea during the monthly pancake breakfast.  What and awesome and fun morning that was.  If you have not had a chance to attend our pancake breakfast, please join us for the next one Saturday, August 4th from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.  Only $5! Continue reading “July 7th Pancake Breakfast Largest In Shelby Iron Works Park History”

Author Gladys Sherrer To Speak At Museum On May 20th

Author Gladys Sherrer will introduce us to some heroic women who played a role in the Civil War. Some of them were soldiers, some were spies, and even one was a trapeze artist. Sherrer will also be selling signed copies of her book, Trapped in the Crossfire: A Civil War Saga of the Endurance of Family. A reception will follow. Hope to see you there!

“Hot Iron At The Iron Park” Returns April 28th

“Hot Iron At The Iron Park” will return to Shelby Iron Works Park on Saturday, April 28th.  Mark your calendars and plan to attend this fun, family-friendly event. Plenty of cool cars, music and food!  Hope to see ya’ there!

Join Us As We Celebrate Shelby County’s 200th Birthday On February 4th

Shelby County will turn 200 years old on February 7th, but on February 4th the Shelby County Historical Society, Inc. will pay tribute to this milestone during their quarterly meeting at the Shelby County Museum & Archives.  The event begins at 2 p.m.

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Preserving History, One Page At A Time

By now most of our readers have read about the ongoing digitization project here at the Shelby County Museum & Archives, but many people still have questions about what the project actually involves.  Being a visual person myself, I thought I would share some images that will bring the project to life. . .

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