Residents of Northeast Alabama who are interested in their ancestors have two treasures, the Northeast Alabama Genealogical Society, Inc. and the Nichols Memorial Library at 1 Cabot Drive in Gadsden. The society started in the late 1950s, and members now meet at this well-stocked library on Thursdays to search for and help others search for ancestors, read the history of the area, and about the cities and towns. Also, the Library provides a meeting place for newly discovered family members.
At a previous meeting I attended, one of the members, Gloria Gregg, met a distant relative for the first time. At the most recent meeting, a visitor from Cave Spring, Ga., struck up a conversation with a Society member and learned that they were likely related.