Pat Burns

 Family and Genealogy

Genealogy Research Toolbox

Alabama

Quick Facts

  • Alabama Statehood:  1819
  • It was part of Mississippi Territory in 1798, and became Alabama Territory in 1817
  • US Federal Census Record
    • Population Schedules began 1830. The only portion of the 1890 Census are portions of Perryville (Beat No.11) and Severe (Beat No. 8) of Perry County.
    • Soundex – 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 ((You can find definition of Soundex at FamilySearch.org wiki at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Soundex).
    • Industry and Agriculture Schedules: 1850 ,1860, 1870, 1880
    • Mortality Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880
    • Slave Schedules: 1850, 1860
  • Colonial Territorial and State Censuses:
    • 1706, 1721, 1725, 1810, 1816, 1850, 1855 and 1866.
    • 1820 State Census exist for following counties: Baldwin, Conecuh, Dallas, Franklin, Limestone, St. Clair, Shelby, and Wilcox.
    • 1907 of Alabama’s Confederate veterans
    • 1921 census of Confederate pensioners in Alabama.
  • Statewide birth and death records began: 1 January 1908
  • Some County birth records may be available between 1881-1908 in county probate courts. A limited amount of information before 1881 is available indirectly from probate court records.
  • Statewide marriage records begin: 1936
  • Statewide divorce records begin: 1950
  • Marriage license has been required since the territorial period in 1799 and were issued by the clerk of the county Orphans’ Courts in which the bride resided. After 1850 the orphans’ court was superseded by the probate court.

Alabama Counties Map

Map Image Attribute: Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1458252

Alabama Genealogy Links

FamilSearch.org Online Records
https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Alabama_Online_Genealogy_Records

Access Genealogy
https://www.accessgenealogy.com/alabama-genealogy

Ancestry.com Alabama Data Collections
https://search.ancestry.com/Places/US/Alabama/Default.aspx

AL Genealogy – Alabama Genealogy and History
https://alabamagenealogy.org/

Alabama Genealogy Trails Website
http://genealogytrails.com/ala/

Alabama Genealogy and History Guide
http://www.alabamagenealogysearch.com/

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK) – Alabama Records Guide
https://www.raogk.org/alabama/

AL GenWeb part of the USGenWeb
https://www.algw.org/

Genealoger – Alabama Genealogy Resources
https://www.genealoger.com/genealogy/states/alabama.htm

Alabama Department of Archives and History
http://www.archives.alabama.gov/searchcoll.html

 

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