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Note: All Books in this department are Special Collection (Sp.C., reference) and not for check-out. Some titles by Garrett, McDonald, and Pruitt, as well as the Journal of Muscle Shoals History, are available in Non-Fiction for check-out. All books, periodicals, and census microfilm are listed in the library’s online catalog.
Books — General Histories: 976.199
African-American Historical/Genealogical Information from Old Lauderdale County, Alabama Newspapers, 1827-1935; 3 vols.
Beasley, David B., History of the Downtown Florence Kiwanis Club: The First Ten Years.
Bernauer, Mary Ann, A History of St. Florian
Black Confederate Veterans, from Old Newspaper, Confederate Veteran and Other Magazine and Internet Articles; 2 vols.
Brewer, W., Alabama: Her History, Resources, War Record and Public Men
Burrell Reunion Committee, Crimson Tiger, 1903-1969
Florence Normal College History from Old Lauderdale County Newspapers, 1872-1930.
Garrett, Jill Knight, Early Settlers of Lauderdale County, Alabama
Hamm, Jane Johnson, Florence Wagon Co.: Memories and More.
Hausmann, Albert Charles, Police Story: A History of the Police Department of Florence, Alabama, from 1818-2000.
Hendrix, Tom, If the Legends Fade.
Heritage Publishing Consultants, Inc.,The Heritage of Lauderdale County, Alabama
Hill, Jimmy and Billy Warren, A Walk Down Walnut
A History of Florence Female Synodical College Compiled from Old Lauderdale Co. Newspapers, 1855-1912
History of the Florence Wagon Company from Old Lauderdale County Newspapers, 1889-1940.
History of St. Florian, Alabama from Old Lauderdale County Newspapers, 1871-1944.
Johnson, Fred, I’m from Lexington
Lauderdale County, Alabama Masons, Good Templars, Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, and Other Fraternal Orders, Compiled from Old Newspapers, 1851-1923.
Ledger of a Grocery Store at Gravelly Springs, AL 1879-1880.
Local History Columns from the Times Daily (various local authors); 3 vols.
Mason, Mildred, Waterloo School Through the Ages: 1800s Through 2002.
McDonald, William L., “Bill,” Beginnings of UNA
Moore, Charles Enloe, Come Tell Me How You Lived: Native American History of the Tennessee Valley
Old Florence Newspaper Articles and Correspondents’ Letters Dealing with East Florence c. 1886-1930; 2 vols.
Old Lauderdale County Newspaper Articles on St. Florian 1871-1944
Pettus, Ronald, A History of Killen
Pruitt, Wade, Bugger Saga: The Civil War Story of Guerilla and Bushwhacker Warfare in Lauderdale County, Alabama
Remington, W. Craig, Historical Atlas of Alabama: Volume 1: Historical Locations by County
Russell, Darrel L., compiler, Florence Female Academy and/or Florence Elks Lodge, Nomination as an Historical Site from the Private Papers of Alfred McCroskey.
Sockwell, Sandra, The Place Names of Colbert and Lauderdale Counties, Alabama; 2 vols.
Steen, Robert, Florence State Teachers College Heroes of World War II (1941-1945)
Stumpe, Carl, A History of St. Florian Area Families
Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals and Wilson Dam History from Old Lauderdale, Franklin and Colbert County Newspapers, 1827-1895 w/index volume.
Warren, Polly C., Lauderdale County Civil War Records w/1860 Census
Books — Biographical
Brewer, W., Alabama: Her History, Resources, War Record, and Public Men, From 1540 to 1872.
DuBose, Joel C., Notable Men of Alabama (1904); 2 vols.
Smith and Deland, Northern Alabama: Historical Biographical (1888)
Owen, Thomas McAdory, History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography (1921); 4 vols.
Alabama 1866 State Census – Colored Schedule, Lauderdale, Lawrence and Limestone Cos. (copied from microfilm)
Alabama Genealogical Society Magazine, “1830 Census, Lauderdale County, Alabama.”
Garrett, Jill Knight, History of Florence w/1850 Census
Mahan, Pat, Lauderdale County 1840 Census
Warren, Polly C., Lauderdale County Civil War Records w/1860 Census
Books — Census Indexes
Note: There is no federal census for Lauderdale County prior to 1830. So-called “census indexes” up to that point are not, technically speaking census indexes, but are compilations of names taken from various other kinds of records.
1810: Jackson, Ronald V., Alabama 1810
1811-1819: Jackson, Ronald V.,Alabama 1811-1819
1820: Jackson, Ronald V.,Alabama 1820-29
1830: Gandrud, Pauline J., Alabama Index to the 1830 United States Census
1830: Jackson, Ronald V., Alabama 1830 Census Index
1840: Jackson, Ronald V., Alabama 1840 Census Index
1850: Jackson, Ronald V., Alabama 1850 Census Index
1860: Jackson, Ronald V., Alabama 1860 Census Index
1900: Kachelman, Joy and Carol Manuel, 1900 Federal Census, Lauderdale County, Alabama: Heads of Families and Others in the Same Family with Different Surnames
1900: Mahan, Pat M., Lauderdale County 1900 Census Index
Books — Religious/Church Histories
Cobb, Anita S., A Look at Mt. Zion, Its Past and Present, Celebrating 128 Years of Christian Service: A Historical Presentation of Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Coleman, Erwin M., A History of Temple B'Nai Israel: Florence, Alabama, Centennial Celebration, 1906-2006
Dixon, William S., St. Michael's Catholic Church 125th anniversary 1873-19983 vols
Hamm, Jane Johnson, East Florence Church of Christ History 1897-1997.
King, Mary Nell, and Hiawatha Walker, A History of the Church of Christ at Poplar Street and Wood Avenue, Florence, Alabama, 1886-1986
Lancaster, Dallas and Mary, Parish registers of Trinity Episcopal Church, Florence, Alabama with marriages and obituaries 1836-1933
Lancaster, Mary Holland, Gathering up our Sheaves with Joy: A History of Trinity Episcopal Church, 1824-1976, Florence, Alabama
Makowski, Suzanne Thurman, One Hundred Years of Work and Prayer, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Florence, Alabama, 1898-1998
Maxwell, Adine Johnson, To Follow in Their Train: History of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Florence, Alabama
McDonald, William L., Following the vision, 1822-21st Century: A History of the First United Methodist Church of Florence, Alabama
Parker, Alvin F., Salem Church of Christ, Lauderdale County, Alabama: A Story of Struggle and Success.
Srygley, Fletcher Douglas, Letters and Sermons of T. B. Larimore.
Books — Court House Records Abstracts
Campbell, Theresa Brewer and Darrel Russel, et. al., Lauderdale County, Alabama: Annotated Index to Chancery Court Records: Equity Record Book C, 1827-1830
Creek, Robin and Betty Womble, Marriages, Lauderdale County, Alabama, 1818-1857
Gandrud, Pauline J., Alabama Records, Lauderdale County Vols. 43, 104, 199
Mahan, Pat, Lauderdale County 1866 Tax List
Russel, Darrell A., Surname Searches in the Colbert and Lauderdale County Courthouses
Wright, Milly, Lauderdale County, Alabama Minute Docket a June Term 1839-May Term 1859
Books — Cemetery Surveys/Obituary Indexes
Abramson, Idah Mae and Doris L. Whisenant, Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery Records
African-American Funeral Programs; 4 vols w/idex
Barefield, Marylin Davis, Alabama Mortality Schedule 1860
Barnett, Muriel and Judy Mason, Cemeteries of East Lauderdale County, Alabama
Barnett, Muriel and Judy Mason, Death Notices from the Times Daily and East Lauderdale News, January, 1, 1996—December 31, 2000
Cemetery Vertical Files Drawer; (Arranged alphabetically).
Coleman, Erwin M., Index, Temple B’Nai Israel Cemetery, Sheffield, Oakwood Cemetery, Sheffield, Alabama
Dawsey, Scott, Jewish Cemetery of the Shoals Area, Temple B’Nai Israel & the Smith Burial Plot, Oakwood Cemetery, Sheffield, Alabama
Flowers, Loftin, The Forks of Cypress Slave Cemetery
Freeman, Bill, abstract of William J. and Martha J. Freeman’s Stony Point Church of Christ Cemetery Book, 1896-1955
Gandrud, Pauline J., Marriage, Death and Legal Notices from Early Alabama Newspapers
Garrett, Jill Knight, Some Lauderdale County, Alabama Cemetery Records.
Hanhn, Marylin Davis, Alabama Mortality Schedule 1850
Hill, William Q., A History of Greenhill, Alabama and Some Surrounding Communities in Lauderdale County, Alabama, with 54 Cemeteries of the County
Irons, Orlan K. Cemetery Records: Lauderdale County, Alabama; 4 vols.
Langley, Anna, Some Waterloo, Alabama Cemeteries
Lyon, George Edwin, Northwest Alabama Obituaries: Index of Obituaries Abstracted from the Times Daily Newspaper, 1985
Michael, Marlon L., The Hale Cemetery
Murphy, Montez, St. Michael’s Catholic Church Cemetery, St. Florian, AL
Newton, Brian J., Cemeteries in the Natchez Trace Genealogical Society Coverage Area
Remington, W. Craig, Historical Atlas of Alabama: Volume 2: Cemetery Locations by County
Sledge, Billy J., 1947 Obituaries the Florence Times
Torbert, Robert E., “Bob,” Florence, Alabama City Cemetery
Torbert, Robert E. and Theo Wiliford, Index to Deaths in the Florence Times, 1 January-31 December 1946
Wiliford, Theo, Death Notices, Memorials and Obituaries from the Florence Times, 1890-1930
Z. P. Morrison & Son Funeral Home Ledger
Z. P. Morrison, Undertaker, Casket Sales and Funeral Records, 25 Sept. 1917-Oct. 1918 and 8 Jan.,-15 June, 1922.
Books — Land Records
Boyd, Gregory A., Family maps of Lauderdale County, Alabama: With Homesteads, Roads, Waterways, Towns, Cemeteries, Railroads, and More
Cowart, Margaret Matthews, Old Land Records of Lauderdale County, Alabama
Wright, Milly, Early Land Buyers and Settlers, Florence & Lauderdale County, Alabama, 1818-1825 (with accompanying map in map drawer)
Books — Native American
Hendrix, Tom, If the Legends Fade
Martini, Don, Chickasaw Empire: The Story of the Colbert Family
McDonald, Bill, Lore of the River: The Shoals of Long Ago
Moore, Charles Enloe, Come Tell Me How You Lived: Native American History of the Tennessee Valley
Books — Folklore
Glass, Debra Johnston, Skeletons on Campus: True Ghost Stories of Alabama Colleges and Universities
Johnston, Debra, Skeletons in the Closet: True Ghost Stories of the Shoals Area
Johnston, Debra, Skeletons in the Closet: More True Ghost Stories of the Shoals Area
Pruitt, Wade, Bugger Saga: The Civil War Story of Guerilla and Bushwhacker in Lauderdale County, Alabama
Books — City Directories
R. L. Polk & Co.’s Tri-Cities Directory Comprising Florence, Sheffield and Tuscumbia, Ala., 1913-1914.
Polk’s Florence, Sheffield and Tuscumbia, Alabama, City Directory, 1926.
Baldwin’s and Times Florence, Sheffield, Tuscumbia and Muscle Shoals Area, Alabama City Directory Master Edition, 1935.
Baldwin and Merchants’ Florence, Sheffield, Tuscumbia and Muscle Shoals Area, Alabama, City Directory Master Edition, 1941.
Nelson’s Baldwin’s Florence, Sheffield, Tuscumbia and Muscle Shoals Area, Alabama City Directory Master Edition, 1954.
Polk’s Florence, Sheffield, Tuscumbia and Muscle Shoals City Directory, 1959.
Young’s Business and Professional Directory of the Principal Cities of Tennessee and Northern Alabama: Florence, Sheffield and Tuscumbia, 1900.
Books — Bell South Telephone Directories
Books — Journals and Publications
The Journal of Muscle Shoals History vols. 1-17, 1973-2000. Also available in Non-fiction for check-out.
The Natchez Trace Traveler (published by the Natchez Trace Genealogical Society), vols. 1-17, 1981-2010.
Pier Post River Journal, vols. 2-6, 2001-2005 ed. and published by Bob Stansell.
Valley Leaves (published by the Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society), vols. 1-35, 1969-2005.
Books — Yearbooks and Annuals
Coffee Pot, Coffee High School, 1921-2004. Some missing issues.
Coffee High School Alumni Directory 2006
60th Anniversary Coffee High School Class of 1942
Diorama, Florence State Teachers College, now UNA, 1948-1997; 1999-2010.
The First Flight, 2005, Florence High School
Kilby Club Tracks 2005-2007; 2009
The Jolly Roger, Rogers High School, 1951-1952.
Mark of the Bruin, Henry A. Bradshaw High School, 1969-2003. Some missing issues.
Riverhill School 1986-1987
Shoals Community College, Scroll: 1990-1991
The Wee-Den, Weeden School: 1973-1982
The Wildcat, Central High School, 1992.
Microfilm — US Federal Census
Note: No Lauderdale County federal censuses exist prior to 1830
1830: Roll # M19-0001
1840: Roll # M704-0007
1850: Roll # M432-0007
1860: Roll # M653-0013
1870: Roll # M593-21
1880: Roll # T19-17: pt. 1 (digitally enhanced images)
1880: Roll # T19-18: pt. 2 (digitally enhanced images)
1890: Note: There is no 1890 census for Laud. It was destroyed with most of the rest of the 1890 census in 1921 as the result of a fire.
1900: Roll # T623-23: pt. 1 (digitally enhanced images)
1900: Roll # T623-0024: pt. 2 (digitally enhanced images)
1910: Roll # T624-21
1920: Roll # T625-27 (digitally enhanced images)
1930: Roll # T626-33: pt. 1
1930: Roll # T626-34: pt. 2.
US Federal Agricultural, Industrial, Manufacturers, Mortality and Social Censuses
1850 Agricultural Schedule
1850 Industrial Census
1860 Agricultural Census
1860 Industrial Census
1860 Social Census
1870 Agriculture Census
1870 Manufacturers Census
1880 Industrial Census
1880 Manufacturers Census
1870 Mortality Schedule
1880 Mortality Schedule
Microfilm — Slave Censuses
Note: Slave schedules exist only for the years 1850 and 1860 and only for Southern states
Roll # M432-19: 1850
Roll # M653-31: 1860
Microfilm — Soundex
1880: Abston-Glover; Incomplete series
1900: Moreland-Nichols: Incomplete Series
1910: Merett-Nolan: Incomplete Series
1920: Baxter-Trannon; Incomplete Series
Microfilm — U. S. Postoffice Records Microfilm
Appointment of Postmasters 1832-1971 Alabama: Roll # M841-0002
Reports of Site Selections 1837-1950 Alabama; Roll # M1126-0009
Microfilm — State Census
Note: The only state census for Lauderdale is the 1866.
Roll # M653-1439: 1866 (Note: This census has separate schedules for whites and blacks)
Microfilm — Lauderdale County Court House Probate Record Books
Lauderdale County Administration Record 1863-1921; Letters of Administration 1902; Adm. & Guardians Bonds 1860-1899; Letters of Guardianship 1902-1940; 1 roll
Lauderdale County Bonds
Lauderdale County Commissioners Court Road Book
Lauderdale County Confederate Pension Application Files
Lauderdale County 1907 Confederate Veterans Census (on roll # 66 with several other records)
Lauderdale County Dower Records
Index to Real Estate Conveyances (Direct and Indirect)
Lauderdale County Deed Record
Lauderdale County Deed Packets
Lauderdale County Inventory Record
Lauderdale County Inventory Record
Lauderdale County Judge of Probate Guardians and Administrators Bonds
Lauderdale County Judge of Probate License Book
Lauderdale County Justice of the Peace Probate Court Estray Book
Lauderdale County Letters Testamentary
Lauderdale County License Book for Physicians
Lauderdale County Notices of Appointments of Road Overseers and Apportioners
Lauderdale County Probate Minutes
Lauderdale County Probate Record Packets
Lauderdale County Unrecorded Papers (estate packets); 2 rolls
Lauderdale County Will Records
Microfilm — Private Records
Private records of Rev. W. L. [“Bill”] McDonald 1800-1978
Private Records of Alfred McCroskey, 1700-1978
Private Records of Joyce Mitchell
Microfilm — Family Vertical Files
Alexander Family; A—D; Roll # 8 (on roll with The Southern Rebellion Vol. 2 and Memoirs of the Confederate War for Independence Vols. 1 & 2); Roll # 8
Lauderdale County 1862—1866; Roll # 10
Microfilm — other
1867 Voter Registration Microfilm; 1 Roll
Internal Revenue Assessment Lists 1865-1866 Microfilm:
Roll # M754-0005: Alabama District 3 (Includes Lauderdale), Divisions 1-16, Monthly Lists, Oct., 1865-Feb., 1866.
Cemetery Vertical Files
We have vertical historical files on many cemeteries of Florence/Lauderdale.
We have a collection of files on local families (Colbert, Franklin and Lauderdale) that is arranged alphabetically. These files are constantly being updated and added to, and we welcome donations of relevant material to them.
We have vertical files containing information on various people and places of Florence/Lauderdale.
1816: John Hutchings & Charles Bright (map is labeled John Coffee) map of NW Alabama (the areas of Lauderdale, Colbert, Lawrence and Limestone Counties): In map drawer # 4.
1817: “Map of the Late Surveys in the Northern District, Drawn from the Returns by Peel & Sannoner.” In map drawer # 4
Map Drawer # 1
1818-1825: “Lauderdale County, Alabama Location of Land Buyers, 1818-1825 by Milly Wright.”
1837: Inset Map of Florence from John La Tourette’s 1837 map “An Accurate Map of the State of Alabama and West Florida.”
1844: “Plan of the Corporate Limits of Florence” by Ferdinand Sannoner.
1852: “A Plan of the Town of Florence and the Lands Adjacent Belonging to the Cypress Land Co.” By Ferdinand Sannoner.
Ca. 1880-1900: “Map of Lauderdale County, Alabama.” Engraved by Edwin M. Garner, Nashville, Tenn.
1888: “Map of the Town of Florence, Alabama Showing the Property of the Florence Land, Mining & Manufacturing Co.” by Charles Boeckh, C. E.
October, 1890: “Map of the City of Florence Prepared Under the Auspices of the Florence Land Sale Company” by Ditterich & Kirby, Architects & Engineers, Florence, Alabama.
1907: “Map of Lauderdale County, Alabama,” Compiled by Delos H. Bacon, Manager of the Florence Abstract Co., Florence, Ala. On wall behind desk. Copies in map drawer # 1.
1918: “Additions to Freight Station, Florence, Ala., L & N R. R. Co.” 4 sheets.
1922/1923: “Florence, Alabama” by Evans and Meade, Engineers, Florence, Ala.
1922/1923-1940: “Florence, Alabama” by Evans and Meade, Engineers, Florence, Ala. Authorized Dec. 1922 and Completed Aug. 1923. Revised April, 1940 by TC Evans, Engineer Co.
Ca. 1930s: “Forks of Cypress” (built in 1822) Blueprints: Historic American Buildings Survey: 18 sheets.
1942: “General Highway & Transportation Map” by the Alabama State Highway Dept. and the Public Roads Agency, Federal Works Administration.
Ca. 1950: Mid-South Map Co., “Map of Florence, Sheffield, Tuscumbia Alabama.” (Note: This map is in Drawer # 2)
1960: “Pickwick Landing Reservation,” Sheet 24 D, “Lauderdale County, Ala. (Waterloo area) by Tennessee Valley Authority Maps and Surveys Branch.
Sheet 58 D “Town of Waterloo, Lauderdale County, Ala.” By Tennessee Valley Authority Maps and Surveys Branch.
1965: “General Highway Map, Lauderdale County, Alabama,” Alabama State Highway Department, Division of Highway Planning.
1974: “Florence, Alabama, Street Index Map” Compiled March, 1974, City Limits, 1974, Florence Chamber of Commerce.
1977: “General Highway Map, Lauderdale County, Alabama,” Alabama State Highway Department, Division of Highway Planning: In 2 sections.
1980: “Florence City Cemetery,” City of Florence Engineering Department, 8 sheets w/index map.
4th addition; 6th; addition; 7th addition; 8th addition and 10th addition.
1987: “General Highway Map, Lauderdale County, Alabama,” Alabama State Highway Department, Division of Highway Planning
1995: “Lauderdale County, Alabama” (front) Killen, Alabama (back).
1997: “General Highway Map, Lauderdale County, Alabama,” Alabama State Highway Department, Division of Highway Planning: 2 sections.
1998: “Coffee Cemetery”
1999: “Lauderdale County, AL, Emergency Services Boundary Map”
2000: “City of Florence, Featuring Lauderdale County,” D & L Map Service, Arlington, TX.
2000: Metro Marketing, Inc., “2000 Metro Edition Map of Florence, Sheffield, Muscle Shoals and Tuscumbia, AL.” (Note: This map is in drawer # 2).
2004: “Afro-American Cemeteries in Lauderdale County, Alabama” compiled by Darrell Russel
2007: “Wesleyan Hall and Annex” by Cory L. Sapp and Matt G. Taylor
2010: City of Florence Planning Department, “City of Florence Historical Districts”
We have several binders of old local photographs, people and places, as well as numerous photos posted on the library’s Digital Archive.
Counts, Patricia Landrum, editor, Landrum Collection of Historical Photographs
Follow The River: A History of Florence and Lauderdale County Alabama. Also available in circulation for check-out.
Listen to the River (72 min. audio version of Follow the River, with several minutes of deleted commentary)
Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest
The Local History/Genealogy Dept. also has subscriptions to Ancestry’s Library Edition and Heritage Quest. All that is required is a library card to access them. Out-of-town patrons may request a guest pass to log-on. Heritage Quest may also be accessed by patrons from home via the Library’s website. Out-of-town patrons may also inquire about purchasing a library card for access to a years’ worth of Heritage Quest through the Library website above. Call 764-6564 Ext. # 16 or 17 or see a librarian at the Circulation Desk.