If I had to compile a list of the most-consulted books in the Southern History Department,
The Heritage of Jefferson County, Alabama would be near the top of the list and might even take up two or three slots. This is one in the series of Heritage Books for the counties of Alabama and it is an invaluable source of information for genealogists and historians. The text includes local history from the formation of Jefferson County to the time of the book’s publication and contains historical sketches of many small communities, churches, cemeteries, schools, historic homes, and landmarks, along with a family name index that makes this source a gold mine for genealogists in search of their Jefferson County ancestors.
Here is a sample of subjects from the Table of Contents:
- History of Jefferson County, Alabama
- Military History
- Cities, Towns and communities
- Heritage of Homes
- Spiritual Heritage
- Educational Heritage
- Medical Heritage
- Governmental, Public and Service Agencies
- Clubs and Organizations
- Landmarks, Historic Sites and Markers
- Entertainment and Leisure
- Tributes, Memorials, and Business Histories
There are also many photos to accompany the text and for some researchers this may be the best opportunity to find out how an ancestor looked or what the old family church was like before its modern additions.
Since Jefferson County, Alabama, is one of the most heavily-researched areas of BPL’s Southern History collection, this book sees a lot of use. But don’t worry—because of its popularity we have more than one copy available. If Jefferson County research is on your list of things to do, taking a look at The Heritage of Jefferson County, Alabama deserves a place at the top of your list.
For more on the Heritage Books series:
For more Southern History resources on Alabama counties:
Mary Anne Ellis
Southern History Department