A small portion of records long sought by historians and genealogists is now available on the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library's website. A Lauderdale County Circuit Court record book, covering the years 1843-50, has been digitized for viewing via the Internet.

It contains a record of court proceedings through the years, including the case of Irish-born Ellen M. Weakley becoming a United States citizen, and future governor Edward A. O'Neal being sued for not paying a debt. “This is a huge step in making this material available,” library Director Nancy Sanford said.

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