Friday, 13 March 2015

Heritage Books in your Personal Genealogy Research

What other Tools do you have in your Genealogy Backpack? 

One for me! Is my Heritage Book Volumn 3 for Bullock County, Alabama

My True Roots
Heritage Book of Bullock County, Alabama. 2011

It helps me so much in learning about the County my Family of Slaves and where Generations stayed put. Even through Migration and moving back. Why some left? Why some stayed

It's gives a Biographical Insight from the when Bullock County, Alabama was established in December of 1855 until 2004. It has so many pictures and family histories and each little community within the towns and county. 

My family is from the area known as Antioch and Mt. Coney

This Heritage Book was bought back a few years ago for me. Through Heritage Publishing. At the time in 2011 when I ordered it was on sale for 35.00, it was originally 65.00. I called that a bargain!  I could keep it, own and have readily available to me any given moment. It's a Source for me to back up other Sources. 

  I had no where to turn Online for my town of Midway within Bullock County, Alabama.

Most of the genealogical records have been ordered by someone picking them up for me. Ordering through ADAH. Alabama Department of Archives and History. Or going through my Mentor the President of the Bullock County Historical Society, Mr. Dean Spratlin.
I take 2 trips a year. In October and the Summer. Sometimes it's on a whim because of a funeral or family gathering. Even on those sad occasions, I bring something back from the Courthouse or a new Cemetery headstone. 

I'm still playing catchup and I think I'm doing pretty good for my Ancestral Hometown being able to do location research. 

Europe is another story which I'll mention below.

Midway, Bullock County, Alabama is very Important to my research. It's where my Slave family started. A lot of those records are in this Courthouse and you must do on site research. I can't stress that enough. I have gathered much information from there whereas otherwise I wouldn't of got from Ordering or doing Online research. This County was formed in 1855 and they are just getting up to par on digital technology for most of their records. There are still those gems you won't find, anywhere unless you are there. 

Midway, Alabama is a small close nit Community. It's a sleepy town. It's in Bullock County, the county seat is in Union Springs. It's Population was over 200,000 people in it's heyday. On June 27, 2001 census recorded from this book, the Population was 11,714. The land area is about 625 square miles. 

My True Roots
Map of Bullock County, 2004.

You can see a bit of Bullock County, Midway, Alabama in my Documentary here: Granddaddy Ike's Story to True! 

This was never done before in my Family. I went on a 3 day trip with my Filmmaker Susan Soble of Family Line Video. To record all the Important and catalyst icons of my Family History. Plus I got a bonus and got my family to do some Oral History Interviews. That is how I got started in Genealogy. My Oral History Interviews turned into Research which in turn led me to what we know as Genealogy

 Most of it's records are what I like to call Onsite Research. I haven't even counted all the hours of research I've had to spend there in Union Springs Courthouse. It's been with a lot of Joy and I look forward to always returning with a pair of new eyes. 

I would check the site out you might be able to find a Heritage Book that is very detailed on a location you just might be researching. 

Now Im Off to Cuckney, Nottinghamshire England!!. 

I have to learn and concentrate and find all I can on my 6th Great Grandmother Sarah Hinde.

Born in 1702. She died 1770 in St. Mary's Maryland. She is married to William Watson where my Irish comes in!
My Irish Eyes are Showing

Happy St. Patty's Day!

Best Regards, True!  🍀 


  1. I love BOOKS! I love books such as the one you own on Bullock County Alabama. They are such treasures.

    And, I LOVE researching in courthouses.

    Lovely post True.

    1. Thanks Carol for stopping by. Yes. I love those heritage books very detailed information and they are useful when nothing is online for those small towns. Thank You!

  2. I think I need to find a book like this for Autauga and Elmore County Alabama. Thanks for reminding me. I have one, not exactly like this one but more of 1 person's memories of Lowndes County, AL that is quite helpful. Maybe I need a heritage one for that county too.

    1. Kris it varies. The one I need is over 770 pages for Pike County, Alabama it is only on loan at the local library. Troy Public Library. Mostly every County for Alabama which I think are about 65 counties they have. It's a coffee table leather bound book that I actually keep out. It has been priceless having it because of so little information gets out of Bullock County. I use to hear people from the AOL chats in the early days say they had a book. Well I decided this Heritage Book was gonna be my Book I owned. LoL. I love it. Thanks for stopping by and reading my piece.

  3. Right there with Carol... Books have saved me so many times.


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