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.

Each family card also lists the names of children; the child’s sex; school attended; whether or not the child can read and write; birthdate (year, month, day); country or state where born; source for the birth information; grade; whether there is a defect present; and the child’s age.

Family cards are available for the following years, 1932, 1934, 1936, 1938, 1940, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1975, and 1978.

The Shelby County Museum & Archives is located in Columbiana’s Old 1854 Courthouse. The office hours are 9 AM to 3 PM, Tuesday through Friday, and is open on the second Saturday of each month.

We welcome you to stop by for a visit.

Bill Wildes

Research Assistant