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Please add $3.50 shipping for first book, $1.50 each additional book
unless otherwise noted. Other items (note cards, pencils, fans, back issues of Quarterly) have different shipping costs; inquire when you order.

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Butler County Historical & Genealogical Society


___  A Taste of Butler County, Alabama: Treasured Family Recipes of The Butler County Historical Society - $12.00. Over 250 pages of recipes, memories, stories and wonderful family photographs contributed by members of the Historical Society for our 40th Anniversary Celebration year in 2004. This is truly a book to read and enjoy!

___  Historic Butler County NOTE CARDS - 6 cards & envelopes, $5.00; 12 cards & envelopes, $10.00. Assorted people & landmarks of Butler County, or you may request one particular design of available cards.

___  Commemorative Church Fan with “The Palings” historic pioneer inn & stage stop on The Federal Road at Fort Dale - $1.00 each fan, or $10/dozen. Great for your family reunion, homecoming, or church dinner-on-the-grounds!

___  Commemorative Pencils, 25 cents each (or donation of your choice)

___ Butler County 1853 Tax List - $19.95. Personal property and real estate tax lists, an invaluable record for a "burned county" that lacks many deeds, wills, estates, etc. before 1853. Real estate taxes are especially helpful as they identify ancestors' exact land ownership by section, township and range. This book is not a typed extract of records, but is composed of photocopies of ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN ledger pages.

___ Butler County Probate Minutes Index, 1853-1929 - $29.95. Alphabetical typed name index to probate books and page numbers (complete books available on microfilm at BCHGS library room and other locations). These miscellaneous records include estate settlements, guardianships, land sales and purchases, and more. An ancestor's will may have burned in the courthouse fire, but his estate can appear in courthouse records for years and even decades afterwards. Invaluable clues to kinship and migrations!

 ___ Butler County Tract Book, 1817-1860 - $39.95. Butler County's earliest land entries, typed by township, range and section from original tract books that were begun when Alabama was still the "Mississippi Territory." Many of these entries are NOT included on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management web site (BLM), which begins its index in 1820 -- while Butler County land records date back to 1817.

___ Butler County Obituaries  - $15.00. We have the LAST published copies of this great resource book by the late Marilyn Davis Hahn (Mrs. Fred Jackson). The author indexed hundreds of 19th century newspaper obituaries from  The Greenville Advocate The Southern Messenger The Butler County News The Spirit of the Times The Weekly Echo , The Living Truth The South Alabamian , and  The Alabama Christian Advocate . The majority of obituaries are of people who lived in Butler County, but many are also about people in other parts of the state, with Butler’s neighboring counties Wilcox, Lowndes, Monroe, Dallas, etc., mentioned frequently. [Note: Madge Hahn's obituaries include "interpreted" obituaries that she created from tombstone inscriptions, family data and other records. Not every entry is a true copy of a published obituary. Most of the newspapers she used are viewable on www.newspapers.com, and authenticity of obituaries can be checked there.]

___ Business Conditions, Logging and Sharecropping: A South Alabama Trade Area with European and Birmingham Connections - $15.00. (2002) by the late Dr. William Frazer. An extensively-researched account of the Greenville area in the century after the Civil War. Includes early county history, Alabama's black belt and cotton industry, history of sawmills, banking, cotton and farming, John T. Milner and railroads, Gulf Red Cedar Company, W. T. Smith Lumber Company, McGowin and Stallworth families of Chapman, Greenville's courthouse and Commerce Street neighborhoods, mercantile businesses and families, and more. Charts, maps, photos, fully indexed.

___ Annie Laurie's People.... A Hundred Years of Duty and Service in Greenville, Alabama - $15.00. (2006) by the late Dr. William Frazer. Two volumes of family genealogy and military history focusing on extended family of Annie Laurie Riley Frazer Rouse of Bullock County and Butler County, Alabama. 325 pages with numerous photos, illustrations, maps, fold-out genealogy chart, and music CD.  Note:  Shipping $3.50 per 2-book set.

___ History of Moriah Baptist Church - $50.00. This volume by the late Richard Gibson has a transcription of the original Moriah Primitive Baptist church minutes with additional information on members and their families.  Established in 1830, Moriah is one of Butler County's oldest churches. Early members included Gafford, Hall, Pearce, Talley, McDaniel, Ballard, Tillery, Harrison, Barganier, Butler, Dees, Norris and others. Only a few copies left!

___  A History of the Searcy Community - $10.00 (1989) compiled by the Searcy Homemaker Club. This lovely booklet includes a history of the Searcy School, 25 family stories, a history of Antioch East Baptist Church, and a survey of the Antioch East Cemetery.

___ INDEX to Quarterly Articles, 1965+ - From cemeteries to censuses, settlers, sharecroppers and Civil War soldiers, you may find an article on your ancestor, family, church, school, community or business -- then, order the back issue containing this article. Order special BCHGS printed Quarterly Vol. 41, No. 4 (Index 1965-2005), $6.00 (includes postage). Also available as a .PDF file (FREE) sent by email: Index to Quarterly Articles, 1965-2019 (email Annie Crenshaw for current digital copy).

BCHGS Quarterly Back Issues (1964-current) - $5.00-6.00 per copy (excluding double issues and special issues; discounted if picked up from research room). Over 50 years of genealogical records, family histories, cemetery records, private collections of letters and diaries, photographs, territorial and state papers pertaining to Butler County -- many NEVER published anywhere else!! Discount for full set of back issues. Inquire by specific issue number/title for cost and postage. What a great gift for yourself, a fellow researcher, your local library or genealogical society!

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BOOK HIGHLIGHT:  Read the story of a true "survivor" female who influenced generations of descendants --

Annie Laurie's People ... A Hundred Years of Duty and Service
in Greenville, Alabama

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plus "Annie Laurie" music CD and fold-out genealogy chart

(Civil War song "Annie Laurie" performed by renowned Alabama musician Bobby Horton,

from Homespun Songs of the C.S.A., Volume 6)

$15.00 plus $3.50 shipping per 2-book set. Format: 325 pages, hardback with photo-collage dustjackets.
Extensively illustrated with photos, charts, maps, news clippings, and more.


We also recommend:

Send the Alabamians:
World War I Fighters in the Rainbow Division

by Nimrod T. Frazer

(University of Alabama Press, 2014)
Send the Alabamians - book cover

Send the Alabamians
recounts the story of the 167th Infantry Regiment of the World War I Rainbow Division, from their recruitment to their valiant service on the bloody fields of eastern France during the climactic final months of World War I.

This is a compelling story that all readers will appreciate. Marking the centenary of World War I, Send the Alabamians presents the remarkable history of Alabama recruits whose service Douglas MacArthur observed had not "been surpassed in military history.” Our Butler County boys were among those brave young soldiers. Available from The University of Alabama Press, Amazon.com and other locations ($34.95 plus shipping).

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