N.E. Alabama Genealogical Society was organized in about 1961. The main purpose at the time was to help researchers and promote genealogy in the Northeast Alabama area. Located in Etowah(Baine) County, the society chose to include the counties of St. Clair, Marshall, Blount, Cherokee, DeKalb, Jackson, Calhoun(Benton),Talladega, Randolph and Clay. The founders of N.E. Alabama Genealogical Society included these counties to share resources since at that time there were very few genealogical groups in Alabama. In 1962 the first N.E. Alabama Settlers was published and became the quarterly for our society. N.E. Alabama Settlers continues to be published without interruption.
In 1973 the owners of the Howard Gardner Nichols Memorial Library Building in the Dwight Cotton Mill Village decided to sell the building. After much discussion N.E. Alabama Genealogical Society purchased the library building. (We will cover the history of Nichols Memorial Library in a future blog.) N.E. Alabama Genealogical Society (NEAGS) now had a home. Over the past forty plus years many genealogical research and family books have been purchased and donated. When the society introduced the first Ancestor Swap Meet to Gadsden in 1999, researchers were asked to contribution information to be placed in family files. Today those files contain 5,000 surnames and continue to grow. So if you're reading this and have information you would like to include in our files, just contact us. We do not limit our information to this area, state or region. Our ancestors came from everywhere so we want our information to be as varied as they were. We may not be able to purchase as many books as we would like from outside the area, but with family file contributions we can still make those connections.
Nichols Memorial Library is open for research on Thursdays from 10 A.M. until 3 P.M. and at other times by request. Our volunteers will be happy to help with your research needs. Please visit our web page for more information http://www.neags.com. Nichols Memorial Library also has a facebook fan page.