Local History and Genealogy

Local History



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Local History and Genealogy


The Edwin Godbold Local History Department includes maps, indexes, rare books, directories, and unique material. While we cannot perform in-depth family history searches, many methods can be used to begin your research. Many photographs are available to online viewers. These are available for printing and we invite you to enjoy these previews.


Part of the collection is held in The Richard and Betty Rose Gibian Archives Room which includes census records, vertical files, and maps. The materials in this collection are for reference use only and may not be borrowed. Our continuing thanks to the Godbold and Gibian families for their support in the expansion and development of this area of local history.


Download our Reference/Local History Request and email or fax it to us.


Please feel free to contact us at genealogy@selmalibrary.org