About the History Rescue Project

The Madison-Jefferson County Public Library is committed to preserving our county’s local history and genealogy.

This project, funded through a grant from the Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County, is designed to complement Madison’s 2009 Bicentennial celebration. What better way to celebrate our 200th anniversary than by preserving and making available thousands of records to aid historians and genealogists all over the world?

Our emphasis was to concentrate on transcribing and digitizing materials from our library collection that were little known, fragile or not easily found in other repositories. This task has since grown to including materials from other collections and the public at large.

We promise this effort will not end with our initial presentation, but will be an on-going project with more records and features to come.

The library deeply thanks the Community Foundation for its generosity. With them, we invite you to explore this website.


Copyright statement

The Madison-Jefferson County site includes a variety of materials contributed by many different individuals. While the library wishes these records to be freely and easily accessible to the public, they may be protected by copyright laws. Users should assume such protections exist until or unless they learn otherwise. The materials contained on the site are for non-profit, educational and personal use. If you have any questions as to proper use of any material, please contact the library.


Project staff

Research and Index transcription: Janice Barnes, Bill Anderson, Liz Habley, Shonica Hartless, Cheryl Marriage, Lisa Smitley, Amanda Pietrykowski, Joe Pietrykowski, JT Evans.
Web design Jerry Yarnetsky and Joe Lackner.
History coordination: Janice Barnes
Technology coordination: Jerry Yarnetsky
Grant coordination: Donna Errett
Project Funding: Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County and the Madison-Jefferson County Public Library.