Samford University Library

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800 Lakeshore Dr.
Birmingham, AL 35229

In addition to housing the Alabama Baptist Historical Society records, the library’s Special Collections also includes extensive family history vertical files and the Albert E. Casey Collection, one of the largest accumulations of research materials on Ireland in the country. A bibliography of the materials is available from the Samford University Library for $10. The Bledsoe-Kelly Collection, gathered by Maude McLure Kelly, contains abstracted local and state records as well as church, family, and correspondence files. See

The Samford University Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research was begun in 1965. The institute is cosponsored by the Samford University Library and History Department and the National Board for Certification of Genealogists. The training format includes courses in beginning and intermediate research as well as advanced research in southern states. In recent years, the program has expanded to include a course for research in the British Isles held at Samford’s London Study Center. See