He's one of the most well versed people I've ever known on the local information. He also does one heck of a fine job at the Al Archives. The last time I was at the Archives, he'd given me his phone number and told me to call when I got there but he was out of the office at the time I called. I think we played phone tag that day. Anyway, I was impressed with their holdings. They have information that the Florida Archives does not have on the territiorial papers of North West Florida. I found my GGGGrandfather's name and additions to the transcriptions he did on the records from Spanish to Engilsh after we became a territory. The lady in charge of the Florida Archives spoke at our genealogy society meeting months later and she said Alabama's were the envy of many states. I can see why.
My friend and I are planning a trip back up there soon but may have to put it off until after the holidays. They are not open on Saturday now so we have to get time off from work on the same days.
My best friend and fellow genealogy researcher was looking at the flags they had on display. I snapped a photo of her ancestors regimental flag. After I uploaded it when I got home, she was reflected in the glass on that flag display. So were the tear of joy and relief at finally locating something that was a wonderful visual connection. Right after that we went to the research area and just like it was a magic trick, that ancestors CSR was the first one showing up on the first microfilm we pulled.