Accessing Vital Records and Other Records Documenting Significant Life Milestones in Alabama

Poet Joyce Kilmer wrote that "life is a highway and its milestones are the years." Within families, a birth might be documented in a baby book, a marriage can be listed in a wedding album, and these may all be written down in the family Bible; however, these milestones are also recorded in official government … Continue reading Accessing Vital Records and Other Records Documenting Significant Life Milestones in Alabama

Meet the Staff Feature: Jaimie Kicklighter

For the Record’s “Meet the Staff” feature is an opportunity for our archivists to connect directly with the community which we serve. Name:  Jaimie KicklighterTitle:  Collections ArchivistSpecialties: Arranging and describing archival collections and working to preserve the archival material in our holdings. How did you end up working at the Alabama Department of Archives and History? I … Continue reading Meet the Staff Feature: Jaimie Kicklighter

19th Century Photographic Processes

Who would have thought eggs, plates, and salt were once key to photography? And, no, we don’t mean as your photographer’s breakfast! With how simple, fast, and accessible digital photography is today, it can be hard to comprehend how involved and, frankly, peculiar photographic processes once were. Let’s talk about just a handful of those … Continue reading 19th Century Photographic Processes

Meet the Staff Feature: Rachel Smith

For the Record’s “Meet the Staff” feature is an opportunity for our archivists to connect directly with the community which we serve. Name:  Rachel SmithTitle:  Collections ArchivistSpecialties: Government and Electronic Records How did you end up working at the Alabama Department of Archives and History? While I was an undergraduate in history, I pursued opportunities to explore … Continue reading Meet the Staff Feature: Rachel Smith