By phone: 345-5820 ext. 1270
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1801 Jack Warner Parkway
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

About TPL Local History & Genealogy

Our Local History and Genealogy materials are housed on the second floor of the Main Library. While our collection focuses on the rich history of Tuscaloosa County, we have a wealth of resources detailing the history of the state of Alabama, and the Southern Region of the United States.

We are the repository for the Tuscaloosa News, microfilm copies are available as well as the last 50 years in bound journals.  Two microfilm readers and one digital microfilm reader are available for public use.  Feel free to ask at the Reference desk for assistance with the the microfilm and microfilm readers. 

We provide access to Ancestry Library Edition (only available onsite).  Different from a personal subscription, Ancestry Library Edition gives access to genealogical records of individuals from North America, the UK, Europe, Australia, and more.  Making available sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more


We offer limited personal research for out-of-town genealogists who have specific research needs and will fulfill 5 obituary requests within a 30 day period.


  • No charge if 20 pages or less
  • Over 20 pages, $1.00 + $0.10 per page
  • No charge for scanned images

Guides & Information

Research Guidelines
TPL Pedigree Chart  Timeline of the Tuscaloosa News
Genealogy Definitions Surname File Index
African American Quick Start Guide  Native American Quick Start Guide 

Vertical Files

Tuscaloosa Files
Biographies A-F
Biographies G-L
Biographies M-R
Biographies S-Z
Miscellaneous Churches
Alabama Files
Alabama Biographies
State Cemeteries
Alabama Authors
West Alabama Files

Other Resources

Heritage Quest (in-library only)
Tuscaloosa Area Virtual Museum Tuscaloosa County Records
Ellis Island
Civil War Soldiers and Sailors


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