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Mobile Public Library
Ben May Main Library, Mobile Public Library, Mobile, Alabama, half a block from their Local History and Genealogy building.


Contact Information



Local History and Genealogy
753 Government Street
Mobile, AL 36602-1404

Telephone:[1]  251-208-7093

Hours and holidays:[1]  Monday-Wednesday 9-5; Thursday-Saturday 9-3; Holiday schedule.

Map, and public transportation:[1]

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description

Local history along the Gulf Coast from Pensacola FL to Pascagoula MS, southeastern U.S. genealogy, migration paths to AL, newspaper clippings, city directories, federal censuses, Dawes Commission Indian rolls, Index to Confederate pensions of AL and MS, roster of Confederate soldiers, and Mobile County Probate Court index 1819-1964, photos, Panton-Leslie trading Company papers (est. during Spanish rule), CSS Alabama ship's log-journal and other papers.




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Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Mobile Public Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, local government files, newspapers, maps, church records, Civil War soldiers, photos, publications, historical quarterly, 1867 voter database, World War I Goldstar database, vertical files, personal history surname file, and AL city directories inventory.
  • National Archives Southeast Region (Atlanta) federal censuses,, military, pensions, bounty-land, photos, passengers arrival indexes, naturalizations, Native Americans, African Americans, workshops.

Similar Collections

  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, Mormon records.
  • Dallas Public Central Library 111,700 volumes, 64,500 microfilms, 89,000 microfiche, and over 700 maps, marriage, probate, deed, and tax abstracts in book form, or microfilm of originals for some states, and online databases.

Neighboring Collections

  • Alabama Genealogical Society/Stamford University Library Special Collections, Birmingham, Baptist and Alabama history, church records, current and old newspapers, manuscripts, books, and theses.
  • Birmingham Public Library government records, business records, maps, photos, letters, diaries, scrapbooks, about the Jefferson County area, newspapers, maps, and Southern history.
  • Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, Florence, AL, good northwest AL local history collection.
  • [ Mobile County Archives] Orphans’ Court minutes, marriages 1817-1970, wills 1817-1949, Probate Court cases 1817-1990, conveyances 1820-present, corporations 1880s-1968, military discharges 1910-1968, elections 1840s-present, jail logs 1880s-1978, mug shots 1953-1978, civil case files 1867-1976, divorces 1867-1960.
  • Montgomery City-County Public Library, obituaries, black history, history, and local.
  • Bureau of Vital Statistics, Montgomery, birth and death certificates 1908-present, marriage certificates 1936-present, divorce records 1950-present.
  • Auburn University Libraries, Auburn, AL, federal depository library, genealogy websites, censuses, printed sources, manuscripts.
  • Alabama Historical Association news and events, Alabama Review, historical markers program, podcasts, and list of Alabama genealogical and historical societies. See also U. of W. Alabama Library.
  • [ Mobile County Historical Society], quarterly publication, and services.
  • [ Mobile County Genealogical Society], quarterly, publications on cemeteries, marriages, land, Bibles, wills, and the 1855 Alabama state census, and services including professional researchers.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Main Library" at Mobile Public Library Alabama (accessed 28 August 2012).


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