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.
The Florence-Lauderdale Public Library's staff chose to scan and digitize one of the books, which contains 474 pages, as a pilot project. Employees, working on a part-time basis, needed six weeks to scan the book and three days to upload it to the library's website at http://flpl.org. the calculated cost of the pilot project, which includes employee hours worked and maintenance of the software program, is $1,200. The Library now seeks grants to digitize additional volumes.
You can read more in an article by Robert Palmer in the TimesDaily.com web site at http://goo.gl/q74Ej
My thanks to Roger Bartlett for telling me about this new online resource.