Tag Archives: It Came from the Archives

It Came from the Archives: Private Hardy F. Scarborough, 1832-1864

May 14, 2020
By Dr. Marty Olliff

The Wiregrass Archives has only one collection directly relating to the U.S. Civil War – the Jerrie Watson Bass Collection, record group 18, donated in 2003.

Ms. Bass was one of her extended family historians.  In addition to allowing us to scan photographs of her male relatives who served in World War 1, World War…

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It Came from the Archives: The tale of World War 2 newspaper ‘The Dixie’

February 28, 2020
By Dr. Marty Olliff

In 2015, the Wiregrass Archives received a collection of newspapers published by the 31st “Dixie” Infantry Division beginning with issue 1, dated Jan. 10, 1941, and ending with issue 46, dated Nov. 24, 1941.  Only issue 35 is missing.

A search of library and archival catalogs reveals no other holding of this camp newspaper.

The…

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It Came from the Archives: Henry County’s ‘unusually complete’ history

January 24, 2020
By Dr. Marty Olliff

Every genealogist, and everyone who has ever talked with a genealogist, knows the importance of probate records to family history work.  In 19th century Alabama, the probate judge was the most powerful official in the lives of common citizens, and county probate offices hold an array of important records that tell us about our ancestors…

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