The records were sold around the country before the state found out, (by the quart and gallon bags) in genealogical quarterlys. The state raided the home and seized the remaining records that the person had and they were in the archives in Montgomery in the 1980's and 1990's. Some of the records I saw had been microfilmed, but I am not sure of the loose records. At that time the Al Archives was so behind, there was boxes of records that they said would take years to organize (this includes all records, not just Lawrence Co.)
I also went to the Lawrence Courthouse in 1984 or 1985 to the moldly basement. I went with Carolina Nigg who was teaching family history at Wallace State College. We spent quite a few weeks in that moldly, nasty, basement. I would spend a few hours and come home sick. There was many loose documents that we were going through. My husband's lineage was easily followed in the records as he was arrested for something, often. As I had stated, since I knew that the Byars there were not my direct lineage, I didn't look for them. I layed my genealogy aside in 1993 with the death of my husband, because of the time involved.
There is now an archives in Lawrence Co. and I have heard that the records have been moved to there and are in order. I haven't been back, as I have only worked on my lineage, and none of my direct lineages are there.. I will also try to make a trip to the archives there and see if there is anything on the Byars. As you observed, it was terrible to try and sort through the records (and with the one light bulb).
Since the time I started back researching, a member of my husband's family line started working on them now. I gave him my material and went over my findings. The line is "Eddy". They were in Lawrence Co., AL fairly early, migrating from Warren Co., TN. I had noticed that when I gave him the info and told him to please keep an eye out for the Byars while he was researching Warren Co.
My memory is now bad, but I believe many of the land records were in Montgomery.
I am going to Knoxville and Maryville, Tn tomorrow researching another line, but will try to make it to Moulton very soon. It is only 30 minutes from my home. I think I will try there first, since you were unable to find anything on your trip. Then I will go to Huntsville and see if they have anything.
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