Welcome to Home Brew

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. For more about my research experience, go here.

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 is that he did not drink 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 transcriptions of 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

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