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MONDAY MUSINGS: Some genealogy tips and Alabama genealogy links

Some tips and links to help in Alabama family research


Study birth certificates carefully

There is a considerable amount of information on birth certificates.  Parent’s names, doctor’s names, place of birth etc. Track down every lead..records are waiting to be found. The county clerk, a neighbor, census taker, someone has recorded the information you need to advance your search.  Question all your relatives about the clues you discover on birth certificates.

Links to some Alabama Masonic Lodge websites with history and names 

Prattville Lodge No. 89

Great history included

Helion Lodge No. 1 –

Great History – First and oldest Lodge in the state with many early settlers names

Arab Lodge History

History from ca. 1900 – many names

Email [email protected] if you know of a website with an Alabama masonic history and we will add it to this page.

Where Do I Start?: HINTS and TIPS for BEGINNING GENEALOGISTS with ONLINE RESOURCE Do you need some guidance in your genealogy search? Save time and avoid pitfalls in your research. This book provides simple, no-nonsense instructions to help you get started. Many FREE research links included.

Tips include:

  • WHERE TO FIND – on-line resources, experienced genealogists will not be aware of many of these.
  • COURT RESEARCH – how to do courthouse research, where to find birth, death, social security records free on-line.
  • EIGHTY – ONE QUESTIONS – you should ask your elderly loved ones before it’s too late.
  • TIPS ON BREAKING DOWN THE WALL – Everyone faces some difficulties in research, often called a ‘brick wall’ but WHERE DO I START? provides suggestions for overcoming them.

WHERE DO I START? Hints and Tips for Beginning Genealogists with On-line resources


By (author): Donna R Causey
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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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