U.S. Content Update: Alabama State Census & Returns from U.S. Military Posts
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Alabama State Census, 1820-1866 The Alabama State Census was released a few days ago, becoming the second completed World Archives Project collection to be made available to the public.  As with all completed World Archives Projects, the index is viewable free of charge!  Thank you to the many contributors who keyed in the names, races and other info for the individuals listed, which include, in the 1866 census, ex-slaves freed just a year previous at the end of the Civil War.

Alabama State Census

This database contains state censuses for the years 1820, 1850, 1855, and 1866. Each of these censuses recorded the names of the heads of household and the number of other household inhabitants according to gender and age categories. Some years also included race categories and distinguished between individuals who were free and who were slaves.

Returns from U.S. Military Posts, 1800-1916 This huge military collection consists of over 1,500 rolls of microfilm.  The digitized images are browseable now on the site.  The index is currently being created by World Archives Project contributors.

Returns from U.S. Military Posts

Army Regulations stipulated that every post was to submit a return to the Adjutant General, usually at monthly intervals. These returns showed:

  • The units stationed at each post
  • The strength of each unit
  • Names and duties of the officers
  • Names of civilians who played a roll at the post
  • Number of officers present and absent
  • Listing of official communications received
  • Record of events

If you are interested in helping index this collection, you may get started today!