[AL] Madison Co. Records Center news
From: LeeRoses@aol.com [mailto:LeeRoses@aol.com]
Sent: Friday, November 05, 2004 8:44 PM
http://co.madison.al.us/mcrc/ permanant site
http://members.aol.com/leeroses/mcrc.html Treasures and partial
I have started a new index of "Miscellaneous Court Files" on the
Treasures site. The first items I will list are entries from early deed books.
Before 1850 there was no Probate court. Some early probate records and almost anything else that someone thought needed to be recorded were sometimes written in the deed books. One of these items I would like to mention here.
In 1820 the business copartnership of Purdom and McAlister was
dissolved. In Deed Book F there are 9 long pages listing alphabetically about 700 names of their customers. I have been told this was about 20 % of the population in 1820. For anyone who wished to start work on a project to reconstruct an 1820 census or place an ancestor here in 1820 this is an excellant resource.
Our archivist has also found a book entitled "Record of Wills,
Inventories, and Other Records 1818 - 1819" (that's close to the correct name anyway). I copied all the records and put them
in the appropriate Probate case files. So, if you had an ancestor who
died during those years or shortly before and I had previously listed the file as "missing", it may not be "missing" any more.
Additional papers may have also been added to other partial files.
I've also added about 200 more probate cases to the index from the
1893 - 1894 time period and a couple more early business letterheads.
Finally, I would like to announce that Lil Herrin has transcribed
the last of the 142 marriage volumes at the MCRC. That's 1809 - February 1974 at an average of about 630 marriages per volume folks! Would you volunteer 4 full days a week for well over a year for such a project? Lil did. We owe her and a couple of others our everlasting gratitude.
Terry D. Lee - volunteer
Rhonda Larkin - archivist