The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library Archives announces the digitization of church records from early Huntsville, Huntsville City Council Minute Books, and selected Freedmen’s Bureau information. These materials, which were previously available only on microfilm, provide a unique insight into community life in the earliest years of Huntsville and Madison County history. Work is proceeding on transcribing and uploading the images to the Library’s digital collection (http://digitalarchives.hmcpl.org) and the Alabama Mosaic statewide digital repository (http://www.alabamamosaic.org). The first pages from the church records and 1865 Freedmen’s Bureau census information are available online now. Funding for this project was made possible through the sponsorship of the Hunt’s Spring Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). The Huntsville Library Foundation received a $4,000 national NSDAR Special Projects Grant which was matched dollar for dollar by the Hunt's Spring Chapter. The match is from a bequest from a chapter member who was also a long-time volunteer at the Elizabeth Carpenter Public Library in New Hope.
Thanks to the Hunt's Spring Chapter and their commitment to making the past come alive in the future!