This blog holds items related to my current research, which focuses on William Henry Tucker (my great grandfather) and William Clifford Tucker, Sr. (my grandfather) and the newspapers they wrote for and edited in the Chattahoochee Valley region of Alabama and Georgia, the Russell Register and the Columbus Enquirer-Sun and its later incarnations.
At the end of his career, William Henry Tucker was known among many Georgia and Alabama newspaper editors as “the Home Brew man,” for his popular daily column in the Enquirer-Sun. In it, he wrote his own thoughts and reprinted items he felt were important for his readers. One thing I know about him was that he was against drinking alcohol. So it seems, the title of his column revealed a dry sense of humor as well.
As time permits, I read issues of the Russell Register from 1875 on and transcribe data, especially obituaries. Microfilm for the RR is housed at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. I will post obits here, or on Findagrave.com, or at the African American genealogy site AfriGeneas.com. If you have African American or European American ancestors who were in Russell County by 1875 and would like me to keep an eye out for them, leave their names and dates in a comment or look me up on Findagrave (47613669). —Rachel Dobson
OTHER RESEARCH PROJECTS
For the last several years, I have been researching topics in the history of Alabama: the early development of Pentecostalism in Alabama, the history of the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama, the history of Pratt City in Jefferson County, Alabama; are a few.
Early history of Pentecostalism
An ongoing research project on the religious history of the Alabama Wiregrass and Florida panhandle.
- Libguide of resources for research on the early history of Pentecostalism
- 20″ x 30″Poster: “How a Cradle Episcopalian Discovered Her Pentecostal Ancestors and New Resources for Genealogy Research” – presented at the Birmingham Genealogical Society October Fair, 2012
- Blogpost by the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center (the archives of the Assemblies of God) about my research
- An early blog post by me about my research
- Flickr photos I have taken in my travels, of Pentecostal churches and historic sites in southeast Alabama
“Timeline of the Diocese of Alabama through the eras of slavery, segregation, and the Civil Rights Movement to the present day”
A project of the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama’s Commission on Race Relations
At the 179th Convention of the Diocese of Alabama, in Florence, AL, the Diocesan Commission on Race Relations presented a 12-foot-long timeline of the history of the diocese. The timeline was created by commission members and parish historians in 2009 and updated in 2011. I proposed the original idea, designed and produced (in Adobe InDesign) the three 36″ x 48″ posters that tell the story of the Diocese of Alabama’s history from the early 1800s to the present day.