Reconstruction Period Research Forum
In Response To: claims ()
You can always order the microfilm directly from the National Archives, but the Approved files for Alabama consists of 36 rolls of microfilm! You should first try to determine if the person you are searching for Appears in the records.
Follow the 'step-by-step' search guidelines listed on the site below:
I don't know how far you've gotten in your research, but you will first have to determine if the person you are looking for is in the records of the Southern Claims Commission. Did he file a claim? Where? Was it approved, disallowed or barred?
The site below has the list of claimants (in a PDF file) by state.
If you don't find the person you are looking for, then you can resort to another plan - looking through the case files of known and suspected family, friends, neighbors, and community members to find any reference to your ancestor.
Another option at this point is to locate a public library nearby that has the microfilm OR can do an inter-library loan from other libraries.
Please re-post if you have any additional questions along the way.