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Robin Sterling, a compiler of historical documents, has published books on several Alabama counties containing newspaper, military, cemetery, and other items. All of his Winston County books are listed in the table below. For more counties, visit his bookstore.

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From the Pages of Time: The History of Lynn, Alabama, Vol. 1 by Peter J. Gossett. Located in southwestern Winston County, Alabama, Lynn, also known as Larissa and Black Swamp, came into existence when the railroad was built in 1888. However, many prominent families had already settled the area, including Lackey, Rose, Barton, Baughn, Dodd, Ingle, Long, and many more. This book starts with the most extensive history of Lynn to date, with information on the population, railroad, schools, churches, banks, post office, and incorporation. Then there are the newspapers. All available newspaper articles concerning Lynn and the area from 1886 to 1949 were extracted and included in this volume, making up the bulk of the book. There are several smaller communities, some considered Lynn today, that are in the book as well, including Millstone Mountain, Sardis, Enon, Rocky Plains, Natural Bridge (up to 1930), and others. The end of the book has a short biography and interview section before the photos begin. The photos show some of the oldest available scenes of Lynn, as well as how the town looks today. This volume has more than 100 photos and comes with a full name index of more than 8,000 names! 668 pages. To purchase copies, send a check or money order in the amount of $41.00 (includes shipping) to: Peter J. Gossett, P.O. Box 4, Lynn, AL 35575.

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Winston Roots, Vol. 1: Stories of an Alabama County, by the Winston County Genealogical Society.

Who was Aunt Jenny Johnston? Or Andrew Jackson Ingle for that matter? What is the "free state?" All of these questions and more are answered in the new book from the Winston County Genealogical Society, published March 29, 2010. First in a series, and more than two hundred pages, this book contains remarkable and historical happenings of Winston County during its many stages, even preceding statehood. It is a delightful retrospective on the discovery of Clear Creek Falls, the first permanent settlement, Byler and Cheatham Roads, early settlers, Revolutionary War soldiers, the organization of Hancock County, the renaming to Winston, the Civil War, Alabama’s oldest log jail, early mills, and many more all the way into the twentieth century. There is also an appendix of historical notes on nearly thirty towns and communities, some now called "dead towns." The book can be purchased at the Winston County Archives in Double Springs Monday through Wednesday of each week, or you can purchase online by clicking the link above; 214 pages.

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Winston Roots, Vol. 2: Marriage Index Records of an Alabama County, by the Winston County Genealogical Society.

We bring you a valuable research tool for Winston County: an index to marriage records. This book contains an index of the first fifteen marriage books located at the probate office, containing not only a groom index, but in the second part of the book is a complete bride index as well. On August 5, 1891, a fire destroyed all the county books housed in the original courthouse. Over the years, the society has attempted to obtain a list of as many marriages as possible previous to 1891, providing more than one hundred of these marriages, included in volume two along with an appendix of notes and sources. Volume Two covers all marriages from August 1891 through early 1955. The index consists of the page number, the groom’s name, the bride’s name, and their actual date of marriage. The book can be purchased at the Winston County Archives in Double Springs Monday through Wednesday of each week, or you can purchase the book by clicking the link above. $20.00. Society member price is $12.00 at the archives. 408 pages.


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Winston County, Alabama Cemeteries, Vol. 1 by Robin Sterling. The cemeteries of Winston County contain the ancestors of the descendants who populate the county. They contain the remains of the earliest settlers, Civil War soldiers, early county officials and politicians, merchants, tradesmen, farmers, and their familes. Without their successful efforts to carve an existence out of the Winston County wildnerness, the rest of us would not be here. Much of the history of the county was written on the old tombstones found across the county. Volume I of this two volume series alphabetically covers Winston County Cemeteries A through L beginning with the Addison Church of God Cemetery and ending with the Liberty Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. The book contains dozens of pictures of the cemeteries plus hundreds of annotations which include sites of unmarked graves mentioned in newspaper accounts plus the company and unit of every known Civil War era soldier, both Union and Confederate. The book concludes with a full name index.


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Winston County, Alabama Cemeteries, Vol. 2 by Robin Sterling. The cemeteries of Winston County contain the ancestors of the descendants who now populate the county. The earliest settlers, Civil War soldiers, early county officials and politicians, merchants, tradesmen, farmers, and their familes are there. Without their efforts to carve an existence out of the Winston County wildnerness, the rest of us simply would not be here. The history of the county was written in the cemeteries found across the county. Volume 2 of this two volume series covers Winston County Cemeteries L through W beginning with the Little Cemetery and ending with the Wolfpen Cemetery. This volumes also contains a list of missing or destroyed cemeteries. The book contains dozens of pictures of the cemeteries plus hundreds of annotations which include sites of unmarked graves plus the company and unit of every known Civil War era soldier, both Union and Confederate. The book concludes with a full name index. This book is vital to any serious student of Winston County genealogy and history.


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Winston County, Alabama Files from the Southern Claims Commission by Robin Sterling. This book contains a line by line transcription of rare, hand written and first person descriptions of incidents and events which took place in and around Winston County during the Civil War. Testimony is told by those who had property appropriated by the U.S. Army, primarily during Wilson's Raid of 1865. Many familiar Winston County surnames are represented. Corroborating testimony is often provided by relatives and neighbors. The Claims provide interesting insight into the life and times of our Winston County ancestors. In addition, the book provides copies of original signatures, and some pictures of the old claimants and their tombstones. This is the first time these records have been fully transcribed, and indexed by full names. A valuable addition to the library of serious students of Winston County, Alabama history.


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Winston County, Alabama Confederate Soldiers by Robin Sterling. Years of research has preceded the construction of this book. Many resources were consulted to identify and document the Winston County Confederates including Confederate Service records; cemetery records, pension records; the 1907 Alabama Confederate census; among others, along with separate essays on Captain White's Winston County Mail Guard, the Forgotten Winston County Confederates, and the Winston County Rough and Ready Volunteers. Not only are Confederates from the Winston County Civil War era identified, every attempt was made to collect information on those Confederates who moved into Winston County after the war. For the very first time, all of this information is presented in one place. Obit were collected when they could be found from Double Springs, Haleyville, Moulton and Jasper newspapers. The pension files were transcribed and abstracted yielding long lost first person accounts of Civil War incidents, activities, and a few battles. The book contains a full name index.


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Winston County, Alabama Newspaper Clippings (1886 – 1900), by Robin Sterling. This book contains newspaper clippings from the earliest Winston County, Alabama newspapers available. The clippings were transcribed from microfilm and from original issues located in the State Archives in Montgomery. Papers include the old Winston Herald, the Herald's political adversary called the Observer, and the successor to the Herald called the New Era. All available issues were studied and all mentions of births, deaths, marriages, and news items important to the history of Winston County were recorded and included in this volume. The book begins with a long and comprehensive essay on the history of newspaper publishing in Winston County. It ends with a full name index. This book is valuable to any serious student of Winston County genealogy and history.


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Winston County, Alabama Newspaper Clippings (1901 – 1908), by Robin Sterling. Following the first book which covered the years 1886 to 1900, this book continues a comprehensive study of Winston County newspapers from 1901 and 1908. This book draws most of its source material from the New Era and the resurrected Winston Herald. Other clippings come from early Haleyville newspapers. Not many of these issues exist and come from the State Archives in Montgomery. Some of the issues represented are from the Haleyville Enterprise, the Square Deal, the Haleyville News, and the Winston County News. Also, clippings from the Jasper Mountain Eagle were reviewed for news items relevant to Winston County and were included in this volume. Particular attention was paid to capture births, deaths, and marriages, along with other important news items. Whole columns of area correspondents were transcribed and show much of the day to day life of the folks from Winston County. A full name index is provided. The early history of the turn of 20th Century Winston County is found within these pages.


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Winston County, Alabama Newspaper Clippings (1909 - 1914), by Robin Sterling. The history of Winston County is found in the pages of its early newspapers. This book is the third in a series of Winston County news clippings. The first book covered 1886 - 1900 and the second book covered 1901 - 1908. Newspapers reviewed include the Winston Herald and a few rare early newspapers published in Haleyville. Additionally, news items relevant to Winston County found in the Jasper Mountain Eagle were reproduced here. Turn of the 20th Century newspapers preserve a picture of how our ancestors were about their day to day lives and business over 100 years ago. For the genealogist, it helps add character to dry names and dates. For the historian, it opens up a seldom seen picture of the early development of Winston County from the first person viewpoint of its citizens. This book contains a full name index and is a valuable addition to the library of any serious student of the genealogy and history of Winston County, Alabama.


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Winston County WWI Draft Card Abstracts by Robin Sterling. Information comes from over 2,800 Winston County men who filled out cards and submitted them to the Selective Service System. Information often includes full names (first, middle, last), full birth date, occupation, next of kin, marital status, and number of children. Birth dates range from 1870 to 1901 of service aged men who submitted cards in 1917 - 1919. Most of the birth dates are from the 1880s and 1890s. This book is a good substitute for the missing 1890 Federal Census. Additionally, the data is annotated with hundreds of marriages from Winston County marriage records.

Southerners in Blue: They Defied the Confederacy, by Dr. Don Umphrey. This book can be ordered through Quarry Press. Click here for the order form. Cracks in the Confederacy usually don’t show up in American History 101 or even 102. But they are what the author discovered when doing research on his great-grandfather in the Civil War. Though this ancestor lived in Alabama, he and many of his neighbors were called Tories because of their allegiance to a strong Union. Hostilities grew as these Union-minded southerners balked at serving in the Confederate army. Some donned Union uniforms and subsequently paid the ultimate price for their convictions. When these men went off to the Union army, their families suffered as Confederates confiscated their belongings. As the war heated up, individuals committed atrocities against people they’d known for years. $29.95; 342 pages.

Fight City Hall and Win!, by Dr. Joe Teal. Constructed in 1911, the historic Feldman's Department Store building on Main Street in downtown Haleyville, Alabama was operated for many years as the area's first brick department store. It is now officially registered with both the Alabama and the National Historical Commissions. Based on a real event in the current owner's life, this 165-page instructional historical documentary tells step-by-step how author Dr. Joe Teal won a 5-year uphill political battle to save ease of access to the historic building with help from the Alabama Governor and Attorney General. Dedicated to all the good people of Haleyville where the 9-1-1 emergency call system began, the book is now being used to help countless people across the United States to achieve their own similar goals. Already available through Amazon/Kindle for $9.95, a PDF copy of the book is also available for the same price by contacting Dr. Joe Teal's international headquarters at 770-445-5779 and asking for Judy. If you order by phone, the workbook will be included for free.

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Heartbreak of a Civil War Widow: Life of Sarah Harper McWhirter, 1825-1883, Including Harper Family Ancestry Traced to Oxfordshire, Noke, England in Early 1500’s and Selected Information on the 1st Alabama Cavalry, USV, by Glenda McWhirter Todd. In this book, Sarah Harper McWhirter tells the story of her life growing up as the oldest child in a family of fifteen children, her marriage, the wagon train trip from Smith County, Tennessee to Alabama, her children, information about her husband's family, and her experiences during and after the Civil War. Sarah's story is based on Civil War pension records and Southern Claims sworn to and signed by different friends and relatives. This book ranges from the factual to the fictionalized. The factual obviously being the facts dealing with families, dates of birth, marriage, death, and other historical events. Civil War documents and diaries were also used. The letters written to Sarah by her sons and brothers were based on official records, pension records, Thomas A. McWhirter's diary, and diaries written by 1st Alabama Cavalry, USV officers and other members who were serving alongside her sons and brothers when they wrote home. The author has made every attempt to match the fictionalized portions with the documented experiences and actions of the true Sarah Harper McWhirter. Each of the excerpts from diaries, Southern Claims, Civil War pension applications, speeches, official records, wills etc. was left in its own unique style. In some instances, the people who wrote them were illiterate but the spelling was used exactly as it was found. Vintage portraits, photographs, and pictures of period tools used during her lifetime enhance the text. 2010, 6x9, paper, index, 336 pp., $30.00.

First Alabama Cavalry, USA: Homage to Patriotism, by Glenda McWhirter Todd. Microcopy Number 276 of the National Archives Microfilm Publications contains 10 rolls of microfilm which include the compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers belonging to the First Regiment of Alabama Cavalry. This regiment is the only organization of Union troops from Alabama for which the National Archives has separate compiled service records, except those organizations redesignated as US Colored Troops. These men not only fought in the Civil War, but fought for what they believed in. Many of the men in the First Cavalry lived in Northwest Alabama and did not approve of the secession. However, living in the South, they were unable to speak out against it. Many of these men had to travel long distances to avoid being captured by Confederate soldiers and branded as traitors to join the Union Army. The text includes: reports from the field; a chapter on General William Tecumseh Sherman; some National Cemeteries and places of death of the First Alabama Cavalry Union Soldiers; the combat diary of Sgt. Maj. Francis Wayland Dunn; camp-fire chats between the men and a roster of soldiers in the regiment. The roster is alphabetized and includes the following information on each soldier: name, age, residence, family information, and what happened to them during the war, along with biographical information, photographs and many other interesting facts. A bibliography and a fullname index are also included. (1999), 2006, 5˝x8˝, paper, index, 442 pp. $36.50. Order here.

Revolutionary War Soldiers, Patriots, & Widows Who Resided in Alabama, Territory & State and Revolutionary War Soldiers and Patriots Who Resided in Mississippi are two volumes by Dr. Betty Drake. The Alabama volume has documentation on 1,289 individuals with sources of information including penions records and proof of service, place of birth/death and family information, with an index of "hidden names," a listing by county of residence and listing by state/colony county. The Mississippi volume has a similar format for 771 individuals. The Alabama volume is $45 postpaid, while the Mississippi volume is $35 postpaid or $75 for both. Dr. Drake is a retired reference librarian from the University of South Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS. She has a Ph.D. from North Texas University in library and information science. Her address is: 1106 North 31st Avenue, Hattiesburg, MS 39401-4631.



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