Heritage Families

BALDWIN COUNTY, AL, September 20, 2018, – The Baldwin County Commission through its Department of Archives and History announces a ceremony to recognize the early settlers of Baldwin County, Alabama. Citizens who are descendants of ancestors who lived in Baldwin County before 1920 are eligible to be designated as a Baldwin County Heritage Family member. Applicants must complete an application. A paper copy of the application should be delivered to 312 Courthouse Square, Suite 26, Bay Minette, Alabama 36507. The initial recognition program will be a part of the Opening Reception of “Making Alabama: A Traveling Exhibit” on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. The exhibit will be at the Baldwin County Coliseum for three weeks, from December 3rd until December 21st.

A descendant qualifies for inclusion on the listing if they can show that they have an ancestor who lived in Baldwin County before 1920. Proof of record may include birth certificates, census records, deeds, family documents or any other valid record. Proof of ancestry is required as part of the application process. Each applicant must complete an application and can submit the application under only ONE ancestor. There is a place on the application for listing additional Baldwin County ancestors. Heritage Family Members who apply before November 26, 2018, will be notified by mail and invited to the Recognition Ceremony at the Opening Reception for “Making Alabama: A Traveling Exhibit” at the Baldwin County Coliseum, 19477 Fairground Rd, Robertsdale, AL 36567, on Thursday Evening, December 6, 2018 at 6:00. Applicants that apply after the November 26th deadline will be notified by mail of the process for receiving their recognition.

Heritage Family recognition is officially endorsed as an AL200 project. Alabama is celebrating 200 years as a state for three years: 2017, 2018 and 2019. This year is designated as the year to “Celebrate Our People.” A booklet listing the people named as Baldwin County Legends will be published and available at the December 6th event.

For more information, contact the Baldwin County Department of Archives and History at (251) 580-2572.