|ALGenWeb: Libraries: Anniston-Calhoun County|
Located at 108 East Tenth Street in Anniston, the library's Alabama Room contains a large genealogical reference collection. Notable is the surname vertical file which contains, among other items, correspondence directed to the library from genealogical researchers. Not only does the library specialize in material for Calhoun County, but it actively searches out material on the neighboring counties of Cleburne, Randolph, Clay, and Talladega counties.
Research material is arranged alphabetically by county, and then by author so that all historical and genealogical material is placed together for more efficient accessibility. The library maintains collections of census records, Alabama biographical material, Alabama county genealogical material, and a limited amount of material on other states.
One of the special collections in the Alabama Room is the Bessie Coleman Robinson collection. Bessie Robinson collected material on Calhoun County, much of it dealing with the early settlers of the area.
Another fine collection is the Andrea Collection, consisting of 80 microfilm reels of the genealogical research efforts of Leonardo Andrea -- mainly on South Carolina families. The Andrea collection fills some 1,029 folders on approximately 825 surnames and includes material from local and church records, family records and Bibles, as well as the results of his study of each family.
The AlaBenton Genealogical Society publishes information on Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Randolph, and Talladega counties in their quarterly publication. A filing cabinet in the Alabama Room contains records of the Society. The Society also publishes material on the Indians which lived in the area, which can be of particular interest to those with Indian ancestors.
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