Posted by Ancestry Team on May 12, 2009 in Collections, World Archives Project

Alabama State Census, 1820-1866
The Alabama State Census was released a few days ago, becoming the second completed World Archives Project collection to be made available to the public.  As with all completed World Archives Projects, the index is viewable free of charge!  Thank you to the many contributors who keyed in the names, races and other info for the individuals listed, which include, in the 1866 census, ex-slaves freed just a year previous at the end of the Civil War.

Alabama State Census

This database contains state censuses for the years 1820, 1850, 1855, and 1866. Each of these censuses recorded the names of the heads of household and the number of other household inhabitants according to gender and age categories. Some years also included race categories and distinguished between individuals who were free and who were slaves.

Returns from U.S. Military Posts, 1800-1916

This huge military collection consists of over 1,500 rolls of microfilm.  The digitized images are browseable now on the site.  The index is currently being created by World Archives Project contributors.

Returns from U.S. Military Posts

Army Regulations stipulated that every post was to submit a return to the Adjutant General, usually at monthly intervals. These returns showed:

  • The units stationed at each post
  • The strength of each unit
  • Names and duties of the officers
  • Names of civilians who played a roll at the post
  • Number of officers present and absent
  • Listing of official communications received
  • Record of events

If you are interested in helping index this collection, you may get started today!


  1. Christine

    Did I miss something on returning a keyed project? I spent hours interpreting some of the slave manifests, and when I finished, they went nowhere. Then when a tool update was pushed at me, I get a response that what I keyed was old and had to be returned for others to key. What happened to the work I did (twice actually)?

  2. Reed

    The Returns from Military Posts would be immediately more useful if there was a simple list of the various Posts organized alphabetically by state or territory and including the dates of each Post’s returns. (As it is one has to look at the individual rolls to see which post were in which state and at what times.)

  3. Jerri Oyama

    I just spent 45 min. reading all about
    and viewing the various instruction
    videos only to discover I cannot
    participate in this project because I
    use an Apple comp. instead of a wonky
    windows system!!!!!!!!! Why is this
    not stressed in the beginning and why
    is it so at all!
    I really wanted to work on this project
    instead I feel resentment toward

  4. It was my understanding when I started my tree that no one except the people that you invite onto your tree would be able to see living people information. I just discovered someone has gotten to my living people information. I don’t mind sharing information about dead relatives. So how do I fix it so this doesn’t happen again. Thank-you!!

  5. Bob

    Chris the new records database
    “History of the Shaw Family” is this a joke or is it a example of the fine work that Ancestry is giving to it’s paying customers? It needs to be REMOVED and rescanned go and see if you can read it!

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