Elizabeth Crabtree Wells


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Wells, Elizabeth Crabtree


Elizabeth Crabtree Wells is active in genealogical and historical communities, having served as Special Collection Librarian and Archivist at Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama. She specializes in historical and genealogical research in Alabama and Southern records, religious records, local and state governmental records and repositories. She is the past president of the Alabama Genealogical Society, the Birmingham Genealogical Society, and is a founder and past president of the Society of Alabama Archivists, and archivist for the Hoover Historical Society. Elizabeth is the recipient of the NGS William Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship, the Marvin Whiting Award from the Society of Alabama Archivists, and the Betty Hurtt Service Award from Association of Librarians and Archivists in Baptist Institutions (ALABI).

She is a lecturer at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), speaker at NGS and FGS conferences, and presenter at state and regional genealogical and historical organizations. Her publications include: Daughters of the Dream: History of Judson College with Frances Hamilton; “Genealogy Section,” Magazines for Libraries; state advisor (Alabama), Best Books for Academic Libraries, and “Church Records” chapter in The Source:  A Guidebook to American Genealogy. The Alabama Baptist: Celebrating 175 years of Informing, Inspiring and Connecting Baptist, By The Alabama Baptist With Elizabeth Wells and Grace Thornton.

She holds a B.A. from Judson College, an M.A. from Auburn University, an M.L.S. from the University of Alabama, and an honorary doctorate from Judson College.

2021 Course

  • Course One — Methods & Sources