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This Alabama state page of our website provides direct links to major databases and historical titles and information found on Alabama genealogy and history, whether they exist on our site, or across the web.

Alabama Black Genealogy

  • Alabama African American Records
    • Slave Narratives
      Slave narratives are stories of surviving slaves told in their own words and ways. Unique, colorful, and authentic, these slave narratives provide a look at the culture of the South during slavery which heretofore had not been told.
    • Alabama, Freedmen’s Bureau Field Office Records, 1865-1872
      The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (often called the Freedmen’s Bureau) was created in 1865 at the end of the American Civil War to supervise relief efforts including education, health care, food and clothing, refugee camps, legalization of marriages, employment, labor contracts, and securing back pay, bounty payments and pensions. These records include letters and endorsements sent and received, account books, applications for rations, applications for relief, court records, labor contracts, registers of bounty claimants, registers of complaints, registers of contracts, registers of disbursements, registers of freedmen issued rations, registers of patients, reports, rosters of officers and employees, special and general orders and circulars received, special orders and circulars issued, records relating to claims, court trials, property restoration, and homesteads. This collection corresponds with NARA microfilm publication M1900, Records of the Field Offices for the State of Alabama, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1872.
    • Alabama African American Cemeteries
    • Alabama African American Census
    • Alabama African American Census, Mortality Schedules, and Slave Schedules
    • Alabama Slave Owners
      Many wills contained information about slaves.  Reading these wills may provide the reader with a clue on their ancestors.

Alabama Historical Archives

Bibles from Alabama Families

Alabama Cemeteries

Alabama Census Records

  • Alabama Census Records
    • Alabama State Census Records 1820-1866
      This database contains state censuses from Alabama for the years 1820, 1850, 1855, and 1866. Each of these censuses recorded the names of the head of households and the number of other household inhabitants according to gender and age categories. Some years also included race categories and distinguished between individuals who were free and slave.
    • Alabama, State Census, 1855
      Index to the census taken in Alabama in 1855 at FamilySearch.
    • Alabama, State Census, 1866
      Index of the 1866 census from Alabama at FamilySearch. This census lists head of household and has statistical information about the makeup of the household. In some counties, the records indicate whether there were soldiers in the household who were killed, disabled, or died of sickness.
    • 1910 Alabama Census Map

Alabama Church Records

Alabama County Websites

Alabama County Genealogy

  • Autauga County Alabama Genealogy
    An extensive collection of material relating to Autauga County Alabama genealogy, includes vital records, cemeteries, census, history, and other records.

Alabama Court Records

Alabama Directories

  • 1867 Voter Registration database
    The Alabama 1867 voter registration records were created as a direct result of a Reconstruction Act passed by the United States Congress on March 23, 1867. The act required the commanding officer in each military district to hold, before September 1, 1867, a registration of all male citizens, 21 years and older, in each county who were also qualified to vote and who had taken the loyalty oath. Each registrant visited the local registration office, took the oath, and was listed in the Voter Registration record. Individuals ineligible to register included Confederate veterans and any person who had previously taken an oath as a member of Congress, as an officer of the United States, as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, and who later engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or gave aid or comfort to the enemies thereof, and whose “disability” had not been removed by a two-thirds vote of both houses of Congress.

Alabama Genealogy Databases

  • Alabama Databases at Ancestry
    Ancestry is the largest provider of genealogy data online. The billions of records they provide have advanced genealogy online beyond imagination just a decade ago. While some of these databases are free, many require a subscription.
  • Alabama Databases at Rootsweb
    Only a small fraction of genealogy-related information is on the web. Most is in the form of books, documents (many handwritten), photographs, microfilm, and microfiche held by tens of thousands of libraries, genealogy societies, churches, local, state and national government archives, and other organizations. Much of the best information is located in the attics, file cabinets, bookshelves, and computers of millions of individual genealogists. The following are user contributed databases that RootsWeb has put online for the topic of Alabama. All of these Alabama RootsWeb databases are free.
  • Alabama Genealogy Mailing Lists
    Genealogy mailing lists can be joined for specific locations and topics within Alabama. Use the mailing lists to ask questions specific to the topic of the list,

Alabama History

  • Alabama History
    Albert James Pickett writes about a history he is passionate about. The early history of Alabama. Unlike other Alabama history books you may read however, his view is very unique. He lived at a time when he knew many of the original founders of the state of Alabama, and he interviewed many eye witnessed to the events he writes about.

Alabama Maps

Alabama Military Records

  • Alabama Colonial Forts
    List of colonial forts, trading posts, named camps, redoubts, reservations, general hospitals, national cemeteries, etc., established or erected in the United States from its earliest settlement to 1902.
  • Revolutionary War
  • 1840 Pensioners Database
  • Alabama Civil War Records
    • Alabama Civil War Pension Records
    • Alabama Civil War Rosters
    • Alabama, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers
      Confederate service records of soldiers who served in organizations from Alabama. The records include a jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, his rank, and the unit in which he served. The jacket-envelope typically contains card abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in original muster rolls, returns, rosters, payrolls, appointment books, hospital registers, Union prison registers and rolls, parole rolls, inspection reports; and the originals of any papers relating solely to the particular soldier. For each military unit the service records are arranged alphabetically by the soldier’s surname. The Military Unit field may also display the surname range (A-G) as found on the microfilm. This collection is a part of RG 109, War Department Collection of Confederate Records and is National Archive Microfilm Publication M311.
    • Alabama, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865
      Union service records of soldiers who served in the First Regiment of Alabama Cavalry.The records include a jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, his rank, and the unit in which he served. The jacket-envelope typically contains card abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in original muster rolls, returns, rosters, payrolls, appointment books, hospital registers,prison registers and rolls, parole rolls, inspection reports; and the originals of any papers relating solely to the particular soldier. For each military unit the service records are arranged alphabetically by the soldier’s surname. The Military Unit field may also display the surname range (A-G) as found on the microfilm. This collection is a part of RG 94, Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1780’s-1917 and is National Archive Microfilm Publication M276.
    • Alabama Confederate Service Cards
      On-line database, also available on self-service microfilm. This series contains information about individual soldiers from Alabama and was compiled from original sources such as muster rolls, pension files, and records at the National Archives. Service cards typically include the name of the soldier, his home county, his age at the date of his enlistment, the date and place of enlistment, and the company and regiment. Cards may also include a list of the engagements the soldier took part in; whether he was killed, captured, or wounded; and date of parole. The source of information is often cited. Arranged alphabetically by surname.
    • Confederate Officers Photograph Album
      This collection contains one hundred and ninety-two cartes-de-visite photographs of officers who served in the Confederate army. The majority of the officers served as either major generals or brigadier generals in the Confederate forces. The collection includes the photographs of many lesser known officers as well as the famous; such as Robert E. Lee, Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard, John Tyler Morgan, Stonewall Jackson, and JEB Stuart.
    • Civil War Pensions Index Cards
      Each card gives the soldier’s name, unit, the application number, the certificate number and the state from which the soldier served. In some cases, the soldier’s rank, terms of service, date of death and place of death are given. The index cards refer to pension applications of veterans who served in the U.S. Army between 1861 and 1917. The majority of the records pertain to Civil War veterans, but they also include veterans of the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection, Indian wars, and World War I.
  • World War 1 Records
  • World War II
  • Korean War Casualty List
  • Vietnam War Casualty List

Alabama Native American Records

Alabama Historical Newspapers

Alabama Historical and Genealogical Societies

Alabama Vital Records

  • Alabama Vital Records Information
  • Alabama County Courthouse Addresses
  • Births
    • Alabama Births and Christenings
      Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Alabama for the years of 1881-1930. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. This set contains 6,841 records. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later.
  • Deaths
    • Alabama Deaths and Burials
      Name index to death and burial records from the state of Alabama for the years of 1881-1952. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. This set contains 110,202 records. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later.
    • Alabama Deaths
      Name index to death certificates from the state of Alabama, 1908-1974.
  • Marriages
    • Alabama Marriages
      Name index to marriage records from the state of Alabama for the years of 1816-1957. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. This set contains 1,472,271 records. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later.

    • Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950
      This collection of marriage records for Alabama counties includes: a) indexed records with images; b) indexed records without images; and c) images which can be browsed but do not have searchable indexes. The indexed records without images display a message “Image is Unavailable” when you attempt to view the image. The browse records are grouped by film number / digital film number (DGS). Each film is arranged by county, volume and date. Images will only be available for 84% of this collection when it is complete. Digital images and indexes will be added as they become available.

Alabama Wills

  • Alabama Wills
  • Alabama, Estate Files, 1830-1976
    Index and images of estate files created by the probate courts of various Alabama counties. Probates were generally recorded in the county of residence. This collection covers probate records created 1830-1976, but the content and time period of the records will vary by county. Files from Madison, Monroe and Talladega counties have not been indexed, but are arranged in alphabetical order by the deceased’s name. Additional records may be added to this collection. Check the wiki or browse the collection to determine current coverage.
  • Alabama, Probate Records, 1809-1985
    This collection includes digital images of various probate records created in the county courts in Alabama. It includes wills, administrations, guardianship’s, estate inventories, bonds and other records.
  • Alabama Slave Owners
    Many wills contained information about slaves.  Reading these wills may provide the reader with a clue on their ancestors.

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