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Alabama Coal Mine Fatalities, 1898-1938
Death in Alabama's mines was a grim fact in the first half of the 20th century.
Falling rocks, cave-ins, explosions, electrocutions, fire, machinery accidents,
and runaway mine cars took the lives of Alabama miners both collectively and one
by one. From 1898 through 1938, Alabama mine inspectors recorded 2,188 deaths in
the coalmines. The Alabama Coal Mine Fatalities Database compiled in the
Government Documents Department of the Birmingham Public Library identifies the
miners, the mines, the dates the men died, and the accidents that killed them.
Alabama Episcopal Church Registers
The Alabama Episcopal Church Registers are a part of the records of the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama
preserved in the Archives of the Birmingham Public Library. The Alabama Episcopal Church Registers lists confirmations, baptisms, marriages, burials and more
for 14000+ people in a growing list of Alabama parishes.
Alabama Inventors Database
Be it known that I, Mary Anderson, a citizen of
the United States, residing at Birmingham, in the county of Jefferson and state
of Alabama, have invented a new and useful Improvement in Window-Cleaning
Devices, of which the following is a specification. So begin the words of
the famous patent granted on November 10, 1902, for the first version of
windshield wipers. Within ten years, this Alabama innovation became a standard
feature on automobiles. Scanned images of the original documents of this patent
and thousands of others issued to inventive Alabamians are
available from the United States Patent and Trademark Office by way of the
Alabama Inventors Database, a project of the Government Documents Department
of the Birmingham Public Library.
Birmingham Black Barons
The Birmingham Black Barons, one of the most successful baseball teams
in the Negro Leagues, played from the 1920's until the 1950's. The team
played their home games at Rickwood Field. This database is a keyword index to
articles that appeared in local newspapers including the
Birmingham News and the Birmingham World. The
Government Documents Department of the Birmingham Public Library is
compiling this database which is being updated regularly.
Jefferson County Probate Court, Loose Records (1852-1936)
Jefferson County Probate Court, Loose Records is an Index for Boxes 1-637 (Birmingham) and Bessemer - 1916-1936.
(Note: Boxes 1-637 refers to the Woodruff Boxes (Drawers) the cases were originally filed as -- not the archival boxes they are in now.)
Oak Hill Memorial Cemetery Interments
In 1871 the City of Birmingham purchased from the Elyton Land Company 21.5 acres of land for a city cemetery (later named Oak Hill). The deed was issued December 29, 1873. As the first city cemetery, Oak Hill became the resting place for virtually all of the Birmingham pioneers. Although the majority of burials at Oak Hill Cemetery date back before the 1930's, it remains an active cemetery, averaging fifteen burials per year.
Obituary Index : Birmingham Area Newspapers
The Obituary Index : Birmingham Area Newspapers database is an ongoing project of the Government Documents Department
of the Birmingham Public Library. Obituaries from four Birmingham area newspapers are included: the Birmingham News,
the Birmingham World, the Methodist Christian Advocate, and the Shelby County Reporter.
Red Mountain Cemetery Interments
Birmingham's startling growth in the late 19th
century brought instant prosperity and fame for the privileged. To the less
fortunate, urban life delivered its portion of misery, disease, and poverty. In
1888 Judge Alexander O. Lane purchased land on the south side of Red Mountain to
create a burial ground for the indigent dead. By 1906, 4,711 paupers were buried
in Red Mountain Cemetery, now the site of Lane Park and the Birmingham Zoo. The
database for the Red Mountain Cemetery Record of Interments
preserves the records of these deaths and provides fragments of
information about the lives these individuals once lived.
Shadow Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery Interments
Shadow Lawn was originally deeded in 1889 as a "colored" burial ground and
is the largest African American cemetery in Birmingham. The
database for the Shadow Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery Interments
is a work in progress and does not currently
include the name of every person buried at there.
When the database is complete, it will include the name and grave location
for every person identified in the cemetery's surviving records.
WPA Index to Alabama Biography
The "WPA Index to Alabama Biography" was a Works Progress Administration project begun in the 1930's then abandoned when funding for the WPA was curtailed. Although the index was never completed, over 97 titles such as Who's Who in America, other biographical dictionaries, and local histories were indexed by the workers. It is an invaluable tool for researching Alabama biographical sources.