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Shelby County Historical Society, Inc.
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Shelby County Historical Society CONSTITUTION & BYLAWS
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The Shelby County Historical Society, Inc., a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization, is dedicated to the discovery, collection, and preservation of all things related to the history of Shelby County Alabama; to the encouragement, promotion, and sponsorship of historical research and the public dissemination of that research; to the acquisition of physical artifacts and documents and provision of their public display; and to the presentation of educational programs and other activities for our citizens and visitors about our past history and our heritage.
Our extensive and growing collection of research materials includes books, periodicals, microfilm, microfiche, family folders and much more. We have the index and records from 1957 through 1994 of the Bolton Funeral Home located in Columbiana, Alabama. We maintain the original old Shelby County Alabama courthouse records, including such records as (1) Probate Estate Files through 1915, (2) Probate Minute Books and Will Books, (3) Marriage Records through 1982, (4) Divorce Case Files through 1950, (5) Chancery Court Records, (6) Circuit Court Records, and much more! We have all up-to-date published counties of the Heritage of Alabama Book Series. For easy research, we have on microfilm and/or CD such items as (1) Shelby County Newspapers dating back to 1866, (2) Shelby County Deed Books through 1899, (3) 1908 through 1959 Alabama Death Certificate Index, (4) 1950-1979 Alabama Obituary Clippings, (5) 1907-1908 Alabama Confederate Soldiers Census, (6) Alabama Confederate Pension Applications, (7) Shelby County Alabama World War I Draft Registrations, (8) Shelby County Alabama World War I Service Records, (9) 1936 through 1969 Alabama Marriage Record Index, (10) 1950 through 1959 Alabama Divorce Record Index, and (8) 1820 through 1940 Shelby County Alabama Census Records, with index for each. We have equipment for you to view and copy these microfilm/microfiche and CD items. For your convenience, we also have on microfilm Alabama County Marriage Certificates for (1) Bibb, 1818-1929, (2) Chilton, 1870-1935, (3) Clarke, 1890-1930, (4) Coosa, 1834-1925, (5) Madison, 1809-1820, (6) Perry, 1820-1929, (7) St. Clair, 1819-1933, (8) Talladega, 1833-1929, (9) Tallapoosa, 1830-1911, and the Jefferson County 1818-1940 Marriage Index, including the Bessemer Annex. In addition, we have Death Index for the following states (1) Arkansas, 1914-1950, (2) Mississippi, 1912-1943, (3) Tennessee, 1908-1954, (4) Texas, 1903-1963, and Pre 1900 Georgia Death Certificates. Our library also offers additional researching FREE through "Ancestry.com", "Fold3.com" and "GenealogyBank.com". The Alabama Historical Commission Oral History Project in 1978, and through a grant received in 2011 from Alabama Historical Records Advisory Board and matching public contributions to digitalize this collection, are now available for your private listening pleasure. To see the index Click Here.
The Shelby County Historical Society, Inc. accepts and collects materials which provide information on the history of Shelby County Alabama. It is possible that some of these same materials are also available at the Alabama Department of Archives & History and/or public libraries throughout the state. These materials are acquired for researchers' convenience and not with the expectation that they will be kept forever. We also acquire duplicate copies of many items which tend to be heavily used by researchers. The archive's collection consists of books, dissertations, theses, journals, and newsletters, and also contains materials in a variety of formats, such as microfilm, microfiche, and vertical files of unpublished materials. Because the history of Shelby County is closely tied to the history of Alabama, we also collect some Alabama history reference materials. If you would like to offer reference material to the Shelby County Historical Society, Inc. please contact Bobby Joe Seales.
We are located in the Old Shelby County Courthouse, built in 1854 in Columbiana, Alabama. This building has been designated a historic landmark by the National Register of Historic Places and is listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks & Heritage.
The Museum displays many old Shelby County photographs and artifacts from the Indian era through WWII; including such items as the bell from the Alabama, a well-known railroad engine during its time, Creek Indian artifacts, the 1906 Shelby County Courthouse cornerstone contents removed 24th June 2006, and three chestnut wood cars and several feet of wood track that were found on the 4th May 1974 in the forgotten Confederate Gurnee Coal Mine in West Shelby County. They proudly display a serving for 12 of the (1) Alabama College Wedgwood 50th Anniversary Reynolds Hall dinner plates, 1896-1946, and (2) serving for 12 tea cups and saucers, introduced in 1949, with the Library (Wills Hall).
The hours of operation of our Museum and Archives are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. We are closed on Saturday and Sunday and Holidays. Please come and visit us.
The beautiful and informative 8 page Quarterly Newsletter is published yearly in February, May, August and November. These publications provide members with local historical and genealogical information and photographs.
The annual dues are from January 1 through December 31; all renewal dues become due on January 1 and delinquent after February 1 of each year. Those that join after January 1 will be placed on the mailing list and will receive all previously published publications for that year.
Shelby County Pioneer is a certificate program offered by the Shelby County Historical Society, Inc. and is designed to identify and honor the memory of the early residents of Shelby County Alabama. For each qualifying ancestor you will receive a beautifully designed 8-1/2" x 11" certificate that is ready for framing. Each certificate is numbered and signed.
Guests and members are always welcome to attend the Quarterly Meetings held at 2:00 p.m. on the first Sunday in February, May, August, and November at the Shelby County Museum and Archives,located in the 1854 Old Courthouse in Columbiana.
The final Quarterly Magazine was published by the Shelby County Historical Society, Inc. in December 2012.
The Shelby County Historical Society, Inc. express their appreciation to their members and corporate, governmental, foundation and individual donors for their financial support to maintain and enhance the services of the Shelby County Museum & Archives. The membership to the Shelby County Historical Society, Inc. is very important to their success. The goal of 900 members were met in 2014 with 900+ individuals and institutions across the country.
Bobby Joe Seales, President of the Shelby County Historical Society, Inc. and Director of the Shelby County Museum & Archives, is retiring November 1, 2015 after happily serving since November 7, 1999.
|Bobby Joe Seales||President|
|William R. "Bill" Justice||1st Vice President|
|Dr. J. Fred Olive, III||2nd Vice President|
|Scott A. Martin||3rd Vice President|
|R. Glenn Nivens||Recording Secretary|
|Rachel Clinkscale||Corresponding Secretary|
|2010-2015||Evan K. Major, Jr.||David L. Nolen||John R. Walker, Jr.|
|2012-2017||Joshua D. "Josh" Arnold||Della Fancher||Timothy D. "Tim" Nettles, DMD|
|2014-2019||Dr. James S. "Jim" Day||Herbert J. "Jim" Lewis, III||VACANT|
|Judge James W. "Jim" Fuhrmeister||Commissioner Daniel M. Acker||Diane B. Ellis||Tim Prince|