History of the 7th Floor Records Project

Early Beginnings . . .

In 2007 the Tuscaloosa Genealogical Society (TGS) began working with the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse, the Honorable W Hardy McCollum (Probate Judge), Ms. Magaria H Bobo (Circuit Court Clerk), and the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) to preserve, digitize, and publish the 19th Century court records stored on the 7th floor of the courthouse, with the eventual goal of establishing a Tuscaloosa County Archives.

The bound records collection consists of over 500 bound volumes.

The first step in this process was to find a location to begin cleaning, assessing, preserving and storing these records.


Tuscaloosa County Courthouse where these records were stored on the 7th floor since its construction in 1964 until 2007.


Tuscaloosa County Courthouse 7th Floor Records Storage prior to 2008.


Tuscaloosa County Courthouse 7th Floor Records Storage prior to 2008.


Tuscaloosa County Courthouse 7th Floor Records Storage prior to 2008.


Tuscaloosa County Courthouse 7th Floor Records Storage prior to 2008.


Tuscaloosa County Courthouse 7th Floor Records Storage prior to 2008.

Inventorying bound records prior to transport from the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse.

Tuscaloosa County Courthouse 19th century records inventoried and prepped for transfer to the new storage facility.



B F Goodrich Employees Credit Union

In 2008 the Institute for Career Development (ICD) of the United Steel Workers provided space at the B F Goodrich Employees Credit Union (later renamed the Alabama One Credit Union) where the first worksite for cleaning, inventorying, and storing these records was established.


The B F Goodrich Employees Credit Unit where these records were stored in 2008.


Transporting and organinzing bound records at the new storage facilty.


Cleaning bound records prior to assessment and processing.


Cleaning bound records prior to assessment and processing.


Assessing bound records prior to preservation and processing.


Paginating (ensuring every page has a page number) bound records prior to filming.


Preparing to film a bound record.



Alabama Credit Union

In 2009 the Alabama Credit Union provided office space in the Professional Plaza on University Blvd East in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to house the project.


Office building where these records were stored from 2009-2016.


Transporting records to the new storage facility in 2009.


Organizing bound records at the new storage facility.


Cleaning bound records at the new storage facility.


Setting up storage racks for the bound records.


Bound records storage.




Filming station for the bound records.


After filming, bound records can be indexed from anywhere in the world.

In 2014, Ms. Magaria H Bobo, Tuscaloosa County District Court Clerk, identified additional loose and bound 19th court records
available for preservation, digitalization, and publication.


Preparing additonal loose and bound records for transport from the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse to the Professional Plaza in 2014.


Transporting loose records.


Loose records processing room at the Professional Plaza.


Loose records prior to processing.


Loose records prior to processing.


Processing loose records.


Processing loose records.


Processing loose records.


Loose records after processing.


Administrative center for the project.


Angel Flight Soars & the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport

In 2016 Angel Flight Soars and the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport provided office space for the project to continue.


Tuscaloosa Regional Airport where these records have been stored since 2016.


Entrance to the Angel Flight Soars office at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport


Filming station #1 for bound records in the Angel Flight Soars office
at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport


Filming station #2 for bound records


Probate Records (1850-1899) & Circuit and County Court Records (1836-1839). The green dots on the spines indicate that the book has been filmed and the red dots indicate the book has also been indexed.


Circuit and County Court Records (1840-1844) awaiting indexing.


Circuit and County Court Records (1845-1849) awaiting filming.


Filmed Tax Records awaiting indexing.



Loose Records Room at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport


Last of the loose records awaiting indexing.


Indexing loose records.

Indexed loose records awaiting scanning.


Loose records scanning stations.

Tuscaloosa County Storage Facility

Also in 2016 the city of Tuscaloosa provided additional space in a Tuscaloosa County storage facility to house bound volumes awaiting to be filmed, indexed and published.


Bound records (1850-1899) awaiting filming and indexing at a Tuscaloosa County storage facility.


Bound records (1822-1835) already filmed, indexed and currently being housed at a Tuscaloosa County storage facility.


The Future . . .

The Tuscsaloosa County 911 Call Center is scheduled to move into its new facilities in the Spring of 2018. Plans are currently being developed to establish the Tuscaloosa County Archives in the old 911 Call Center facilities.


Tuscaloosa County current 911 Call Center


Construction progresses at the new Tuscaloosa County 911 Call Center





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