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Alabama State Census, 1820-1866Free478,375
U.S. Census Reconstructed Records, 1660-1820171,563
U.S., Indexed Early Land Ownership and Township Plats, 1785-1898165,796
Alabama, Voter Registration, 1867164,041
Alabama, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1810-189040,948
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Alabama, County Marriage Records, 1805-19675,117,756
U.S., Presbyterian Church Records, 1701-19704,530,460
U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Swedish American Church Records, 1800-19473,655,098
Alabama, Select Marriage Indexes, 1816-19422,858,848
Alabama, Marriage Index, 1800-19692,404,099
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U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-194754,293,029
U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-18652,049,383
Alabama, Confederate Pension and Service Records, 1862-19471,950,072
U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865837,569
U.S., Lists of Men Ordered to Report to Local Board for Military Duty, 1917–1918613,480
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U.S., Applications for Seaman's Protection Certificates, 1916-1940320,331
Alabama, Naturalization Records, 1888-199191,680
Alabama, Passenger Lists, 1904-196262,254
U.S., Southeast Coastwise Inward and Outward Slave Manifests, 1790-1860Free55,974
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Alabama newspapers and periodicals40
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There are no Pictures collections unique to Alabama
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Web: Alabama, Episcopal Church Registers Index, 1832-1972Free14,276
Web: Alabama, Coal Mine Fatalities, 1898-1938Free2,204
Alabama, Revolutionary War Residents, 1776-1783842
A history of Methodism in Alabama760
History of the Protestant Episcopal Church in Alabama : 1763-1891313
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Alabama, Wills and Probate Records, 1753-1999333,517
Alabama, Homestead and Cash Entry Patents, Pre-1908256,621
U.S. Census Reconstructed Records, 1660-1820171,563
U.S., Indexed Early Land Ownership and Township Plats, 1785-1898165,796
Alabama, Convict Records, 1886-1952Free115,408
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Notable men of Alabama : personal and genealogical, with portraits939
The Scenic resources of the Tennessee Valley : a descriptive and pictorial inventory243
Spanish and British Land Grants in Mississippi Territory, 1750-1784151
Alabama Notes, Vol. II124
Alabama Notes, Vol. I123
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U.S., Indexed Early Land Ownership and Township Plats, 1785-1898165,796
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Alabama, Surname Files Expanded, 1702–1981Free341,959
Alabama, Surname Files, 1901–20056,256
Memorial record of Alabama2,134
Notable men of Alabama : personal and genealogical, with portraits939
Civil War and Reconstruction in Alabama841
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A Genealogical History

Alabama in brief

Statehood: 14 December 1819 (22nd State)
Capital: Montgomery
Largest City: Birmingham
Counties: 67
State motto: Audemus Jura Nostra Defendere (We Dare Maintain Our Rights)
State nickname: While it doesn’t have an official nickname, it has been called The Heart of Dixie, The Yellowhammer State, and The Cotton State
Neighboring states: 365体育投注网站Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi


365体育投注网站Government St., Mobile, Alabama, c. 1906

Interesting Facts

  • Founded in 1901, the was the first state department of archives and history in the United States.
  • Between 1790 and the 1820s, Old Saint Stephens was home to a Spanish fort, an American fort, and was Alabama's first territorial capital (1817-19). In 1820 the capital moved to Cahawba, and from 1826 to 1846 it was Tuscaloosa before moving to the current capital of Montgomery.
  • Native American tribes of Alabama included the Alabama, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Koasati/Coushatta, and Muskogee (Creek).
     

Featured Alabama Data Collections

U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-194754,293,029
Alabama, Episcopal Diocese of Alabama, Church Records, 1837-197034,930
U.S., Presbyterian Church Records, 1701-19704,530,460
U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Swedish American Church Records, 1800-19473,655,098
Alabama, Surname Files Expanded, 1702–1981341,959

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Resources

Alabama Census Research
Alabama became a state in 1819. Pre-statehood censuses have been reconstructed through the use of other sources, including an 1810 census which was taken from the Mississippi Territory enumeration. Early Spanish censuses and fragments of state censuses also exist for random counties for various years.

Federal census records for Alabama were taken every ten years beginning in 1820.  The 1820 census records for Alabama were lost or destroyed; however, County assessor’s lists have helped reconstruct the 1820 census for the counties of Baldwin, Conecuh, Dallas, Franklin, Limestone, St. Clair, Shelby, Wilcox, and portions of Lawrence.
 

Surviving Federal census records begin in 1830 for Alabama and continue through the present. The 1890 U.S. Federal Census was destroyed, and only portions of Perryville (Beat No.11) and Severe (Beat No. 8) of Perry County survive for Alabama.

Alabama state censuses were taken in 1855 and 1866, though they are not considered complete. 

 

Alabama Vital Records

State-level registration of births and deaths in Alabama began January 1st, 1908. However, compliance was intermittent until the mid-1920s.

  • : Holds records of births and deaths since 1908; marriages since 1936; and divorces since 1950. Some earlier records may be available at the county level; however, many records are not complete due to intermittent reporting compliance and courthouse fires.


Birth and Death records are closed for 125 years except to family. Marriage and divorce records are not confidential.

 

Alabama Research Resources

The organizations listed below provide information about Alabama history and genealogy. In addition to these state-level resources, many counties and towns maintain important genealogical collections in local libraries, genealogical societies, or historical societies, so check for a local resource when researching.

 

Statewide Research Resources

  • :  The Research section of the website provides information on the Research Room in Montgomery, and includes a tutorial on family research at ADAH. The catalog of the Archives’ extensive holdings is available on the , which also includes links to digital collections. Some highlights include the History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography; an Alabama Civil War service card file; and an 1867 list of voters from some Alabama counties.
  • : The Society publishes the AGS Magazine and holds two annual seminars. The website contains searchable resources, including names indexed from selected books and records.
  • : Provides historical information and guidelines for genealogy research in Alabama and includes links to county genealogy pages, local genealogical societies, and digital archives.
  • : Contains links to Alabama genealogy resources, including state and county-level websites; societies and organizations; and personal and miscellaneous web sites related to Alabama research.
  • : This digital archive provides a single point of access to digital collections about Alabama people, places, history, and culture. Collections containing text and photographs from universities, public libraries, archives are included.
  • : The web site includes a listing of local historical and genealogical societies.
  • : The BLM administers Federal Land for public land states, including Alabama, and maintains records of land patents which granted land from the Federal Government to individuals. Use the Land Patent Search to locate records of land grants by name. Many record images are available on the web site. See the FAQ for more information on how to locate and use land patents.
  • Holds records covering Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The holdings include census, land, military, immigration, naturalization, and court records.

 

Specialty and Regional Research

  • : The Library’s describes the resources available in the Southern History department, including local indexes and a list of surnames in the family files. The Library’s  also contain information of interest to genealogists, including digitized newspapers, yearbooks, and maps.
  • : specializes in the history of Mobile, Alabama along the coast from Pensacola to Pascagoula, and in genealogical records for the southeastern U. S.