How can I find how many records from my county are in the LRPW database?
How do I find what counties have cases in the LRPW database?
How can I narrow a search?
When I print, I don't get the results I expect.
I am having trouble reading the information on the screen.
Why are there no records from my county?
Why are there no notes for my county's project?
Why is the film reel ID (FHL catalog number) not available?

How do I find access to a film reel ?
How can I find a case that is supposed to be on a reel of film?
How can I find how many records from my county are in the LRPW database?
Start a new search and use form 2, (the surname-in-a-county search). Enter a county of interest and a wildcard "*" for surname. The "too-many-records" notice may appear but will also show the number of records for that county.
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How do I find what counties have cases in the LRPW database?
The status or the LRPW index can be reached by the link "preparation" in the "About LRPW" page or by clicking here.
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How can I narrow a search?

If a search by surname only (form 1) has too large a result to display, try using form 2 (surname and county), or form 3, for a full name search (surname and given name/initials.) NOTE: there are many abbreviations used by the indexers for proper names, and many given names are doublets (Mary Jane) or combos (Jas. A.). Try several different wildcard strategies for each full name search. A safe approach is to use the first letter of the given name followed by the all-character wild card "*"., e.g. for someone who may be entered as Mary Jane, Mary, or M. J., use "M*" in the given name search box.
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When I print, I don't get the results I expect.
The pages use a two-frame construction. If you get only the banner frame with our AGS logo try clicking anywhere in the lower information frame where your search results appear, then print. Look also for the "print current frame" option available in some browsers.
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I am having trouble reading the information on the screen.
Some browsers display the same web page differently. The index is best viewed at a resolution of 1024 X 768 (or greater). If you reset your screen resolution to that specification and still have viewability issues, please send an email to webmaster@algensoc.org. Include the type of computer, operating system and name of browser with version number.
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Why are there no records from my county?
The county must have participated in the 1998- LRP project. Some did not. For those counties that did, there may not have been an index created, or if one was supplied to us in paper form only, we must first transcribe it to a computer web version. Those that were provided in a word processing or spreadsheet format were the first to be added to the database
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Why are there no notes for my county's project?
Although we have received some information from some counties, some of it is in print form and must be transcribed to make a web version. If you worked on your county's project and would like to assist, please contact us .
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Why is the film reel ID (FHL catalog number) not available?
The interpolation process which attempts to match reel ID's to the submitted index did not find a match. Until one of our volunteers reviews the reel(s) in question we can not finish the process.
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How might I have access to a film reel?
There are three possible ways to view or obtain a specific film reel.
1. By borrowing a reel from a Family History Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) See www.familysearch.org for more details
2. By visiting the Alabama State Archives in Montgomery. For information visit their web site at www.archives.alabama.gov.
3. By checking with the county courthouse where the case files where filmed. Each county received a copy of their project's filmed records although we have almost no catalog numbers to include in our database.
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How can I find a case that is supposed to be on a reel of film?
The case-files were straightened and placed in folders for filming in the order that the name (or case number) appear. The folders were also filmed and you can use them to reference your location within a film reel according to the case name's position in the alphabet. NOTE: ADAH and FHL libraries cataloged only the first and last case-name on each reel. Our interpolation process added the reel numbers for the cases in between, but re-filing or re-filming may put a case out of order on a reel, or in some cases, on another reel altogether.
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