Okaloosa County, Florida

Troy Public Library
300 N. Three Notch Street, Troy AL 36081
Ph: (340) 566-1314
FAX: 566-4392

Main library
Pike County Historical and Genealogical Society's publications

See the Library's website for current hours.  The Library does not lend any genealogy materials through interlibrary loan.

Genealogy Librarian: Karen C. Bullard is a full-time genealogy librarian with over 15 years experience.  Karen knows where all the books and films are.  When you are there, all you need to do is to ask about your surnames and possible locations in the area and she will most likely be able to pick out any number of pertinent publications.

The Troy City Library is a very important resource for anyone doing research in the Florida Panhandle.  As Troy was a major trade center for folks in the panhandle, there was much travel between the various towns.  Families flowed back and forth, marrying or settling along the route.  According to a gentleman whose step-grandfather sold salt fish to folks from Troy, the reason seems to be that there were no major creeks to ford along the way.  As oxen, horses and wagons were very valuable, crossing major waterways was a thing to be avoided if at all possible.

Genealogy Department. Troy Public Library is home to some 2,500+ publications of historical and genealogical information housed in two rooms on the second floor with the reference and non-fiction sections of the library.   The genealogy collection is set up by state in an easy to use layout for our patron's convenience and includes marriage certificates on film that you may copy, census records both on film and in publications, family histories, cemetery surveys and church records.

The largest genealogy collections are for the states of Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.  The Pike County section, by far the largest Alabama county source, includes birth, death, and marriage records, tomb records, census (1830-1920), wills, deeds, military records and the publications of the Pike County Historical and Genealogical Society, which has been actively compiling Pike County information since 1955.

The Genealogy Department has a large assortment of microfilm and microfiche records, among them Alabama census, local newspapers (1867-1935), Pike County marriage records (1827-1929) and deeds(through 1880's).  It has five microfilm and microfiche readers, three of which are print capable.  Ninety to ninety-five percent of the publications from the family history section are about Pike County or have Pike County connections.

Records for Pike County include:

The miscellaneous section houses the American State Papers, Boddie's Southern Families, White's collection of pension record abstracts from the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican War & the Indian Wars.  Also available are Quaker records, Notable Southern Families, Colonial Families of the USA, The Compendium of American Genealogy, Cherokee by Blood, Book of Emigrants 1607-1699, Irish Pedigrees, The Original Scot Colonist, Germans to America vols. 1-4, to name a few.  PERSI is on order.

Troy Public Library has an excellent reference shelf on the basics of researching your roots, including the newest edition of The Source.  

The library has the opportunity to expand the space for their genealogy department.   A generous person has offered $75,000.00 if matching funds can be gathered from the public.  To make a pledge, please contact the library.  They also would love to have any genealogies that folks would like to send them.  Any state is eligible.