FOLEY — South Baldwin residents have two more weeks to dig out their old family Bibles and get the information recorded by the Baldwin County Genealogical Society.
For the next two Tuesdays, the organization is conducting its Family Bibles Project, in which residents can bring their family Bibles to the Alabama Local History and Genealogy Collections Room at Foley Public Library 10 a.m.-noon March 19 and 26 and have that information archived.
“Anyone willing to share this information with future generations is welcome to bring their Bibles to the Foley Public Library for copying,” promotional information states. “If the Bible is too fragile for copying, a transcript of the family data can be substituted (along with the Bible to verify.”
The Bibles will be returned immediately.
Mary Adams of the Society explained that residents who need to schedule a different time should call her at 251-949-6174.
“If people can’t do it until 5 or 6 at night, call me,” she said in an interview at the library.
Once copied and recorded, the information will then become part of the library’s archives.
“And it’ll be copied to the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) Library in Washington(, D.C.),” Society co-founder Dot Brown said.
Tuesday was the first day of the three-week project. On that day, Mike Glass of Summerdale brought in a Bible that was published in 1854 and contained family records dating all the way back to 1817. But while Glass confirmed that those records are of his ancestors, he’s not directly related to anyone listed.
“I ran across an email from a man from Missouri,” Glass said. “He said he had it and wanted to give it to me.”
It seems the man was a professor interested in antiques and had bought the Bible at a yard sale. But when he was cleaning, he wanted to get rid of it. Glass offered to pay for it or pay to have it shipped to him.
“But he didn’t want me to,” Glass said. “He just wanted me to have it.”
Society member Maureen Lee had her own story to tell about the 1928 printing of “Famous Aviators” that she brought in.
“This was from my step-father’s family,” she said. “He was from Arkansas. He included all of my mother’s family, which included me."
That led Adams to stress that Bibles aren’t the only books that residents can bring in for recording. It could be anything on which family records are listed.
“Even though you have a treasure at home, you would always have a back-up copy at the library,” Brown added. “The work you’ve done would live on.”
Foley Public library is located at 319 E. Laurel Ave., in Foley.