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Laureen Alford

Dougherty County Public Library
Reference & Genealogy Librarian
Albany, Georgia
Laureen Lee Alford is a Georgia native who holds a bachelor’s degree from Mercer University, a juris doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law, and a master’s degree in library and information science from the Florida State University College of Information. She practiced law as a plaintiff’s employment law attorney for six years. She managed the Ivy Room genealogy collection for the Oconee County Library in Watkinsville, Georgia for approximately three years. For the next 15 years, she managed the Dougherty County Law Library and created the Southwest Georgia Legal Self-Help Center, which is a pilot project of the National Center for State Courts. She returned to genealogy in September 2019 when the Dougherty County Public Library hired her as its genealogy librarian. In her spare time, Alford enjoys reading, making hand-crafted artisanal soap and restoring her mid-century home to its original 1960's style.