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The Volunteer table below provides a list of Cowantex/sandbox statetemplate volunteers who will provide research assistance in the specified counties.
Additionally, the Cowantex/sandbox statetemplate page provides the following links to basic Alabama information.

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Researchers -- General Guidelines

When making requests of volunteers:

  • Make requests specific -- avoid being too general.
  • Make requests ONLY for the volunteer's specified research areas. (Do not ask for out-of-area requests.)
  • Never ask more than one volunteer for the same request.
  • Ask the volunteer what reimbursements they require: copies, gas, parking, etc.
  • Negotiate an estimated completion time ... Remember: volunteers are not "on the clock," may research for multiple people, and respond reasonably as their time permits.

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Info for Volunteers

NEW (and existing) volunteers, contact: the Wiki Admin with the following information:

  • State:
  • County:
  • Your "display" name: ("Suz-eQ" ... "Sue" ... "Susanna Smith," etc.)
  • Volunteer Services: (Describe your services -- i.e., tombstone photos, obituaries, public records lookups, etc.)
  • Reimbursements (if any) for: gas/mileage, copies, fees, postage, parking, etc.

Note: Always provide researcher with an estimated completion time.

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County Volunteer's Name Volunteer Services
  • Can help with family histories listed in the Allen Co. Public Library Genealogy Catalog (ACPL). If there is a listing for a book, provide me with a list of titles/call numbers, family surname(s), and what family information you're looking for. (Also check the availability of ACPL microtext records (microfilm and microfiche).
  • The ACPL is the foremost repository for city directories. I can research hard cover city directories found in the ACPL Genealogy Catalog or microfiche and microfilm city directories found in the ACPL microtext catalog. (Please specify city, date range needed, and person(s) of interest.)

Note: I do not live in Alabama ... I live in Allen Co., IN.


I have accumulated (5 GB)of files/records, documents, news items, etc. and scanned/transcribed/digitized so I can quickly search my hard drive. This info includes in part: prison, asylum, inmate, mug shots & Bertillon records, wanted & missing posters, photos, poor/alms/work houses, orphanages, sanitariums, court records, road/prison camp, executions, pardons, convict ships info etc. This info covers all U.S. states [and other countries] and all time frames from 1400's to present but primarily 18th & 19th century.

ALL Sunny Shafer NO Obituaries. Will search my digital archives for copies of mug shots/Bertillon records, wanted posters, convict etc, court records, insane asylums, state hospitals, prisons, jails, alms/poor/work houses, convict camps, convict ships etc covering all dates (mostly 1600s-1900s), many countries and all US states & possessions.,
ALL Jerry ALABAMA FATAL MINING ACCIDENTS, 1900-1902, 1912-1929 and 1934-1938; can provide date, miner's name, mine name, and accident cause. Accident report reference source for major fatal accidents for all years before 1999 if year and mine name or city is known.
ALL Shelli Steedman I will check my marriage index 1809-1920 and death index 1908-1959. Not all counties are listed. I can also check censuses in any state.

Note: I do not live in Alabama.