Bibb County, Alabama Genealogy

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Guide to Bibb County, Alabama ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Centreville
Organized: February 7, 1818
Parent County(s): Monroe, Montgomery[1]
Neighboring Counties
Chilton  • Hale  • Jefferson  • Perry  • Shelby  • Tuscaloosa
See County Maps
Bibb County Alabama Courthouse
Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Bibb County was named in honor of William W. Bibb, a Governor of Alabama. The county is located in the central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Bibb County Courthouse
35 Court Square East
P.O. Box 185
Centreville, AL 35042
Phone: 205-926-3103
Fax: 205-926-3132
Bibb County Website

County Clerk has marriage, probate and land records from 1818.
Clerk Circuit court has divorce and court records.[3]

Bibb County, Alabama Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1900 1818 1900 1830 1818 1818 1816
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1908. General compliance for births by 1927 and for deaths 1925.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1818--Cahawba County was created 7 February 1818 from Monroe, Montgomery Counties. Cahawba County was renamed Bibb County on 4 December 1820 .
  • County seat: Centreville[5]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in Bibb County:[6]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator.

Unincorporated communities
  • Abercrombie
  • Active
  • Antioch
  • Ashby
  • Belchers
  • Belle Ellen
  • Bibb Mill
  • Bibbville
  • Blockton Junc
  • Brierfield
  • Coleanor
  • Cox
  • Duff Settlement
  • East Centreville
  • East Town
  • Eddings Town
  • Eoline
  • Erharkers
  • Garnsey
  • Garnsey Number 2
  • Bibb County
  • Piper
  • Pondville
  • Primitive Ridge
  • Randolph
  • Red Eagle
  • Sand Mountain
  • Scottsville
  • Seymour
  • Shawtown
  • Sixmile
  • Smith Hill
  • Spencer
  • Stewart Settlement
  • Tabernacle
  • Thomas Mill
  • Trio
  • Tucker
  • Vernontown
Ghost towns

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Bibb, Alabama online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Alabama Cemeteries for more information

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 3,676
1830 6,306 71.5%
1840 8,284 31.4%
1850 9,999 20.7%
1860 11,894 19.0%
1870 7,469 −37.2%
1880 9,487 27.0%
1890 13,824 45.7%
1900 18,498 33.8%
1910 22,791 23.2%
1920 23,144 1.5%
1930 20,780 −10.2%
1940 20,155 −3.0%
1950 17,987 −10.8%
1960 14,357 −20.2%
1970 13,812 −3.8%
1980 15,723 13.8%
1990 16,576 5.4%
2000 20,826 25.6%
2010 22,915 10.0%
Source: "".

State Census

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Alabama denominations, view the Alabama Church Records wiki page.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

The following have information concerning African American research.Both should be used:

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Alabama Land and Property for additional information about early Alabama land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.

To place a grant or deed on a map within context of Bibb County see:

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Bibb County, Alabama: with Homesteads, Roads, Waterways, Towns, Cemeteries, Railroads, and More. Norman, Okla.: Arphax Pub. Co., 2007. This is a definitive work and can be used as an index to land grants. Arphax Publishing ($). Website includes surname index. FHL Book 976.182 E7bg.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Bibb County. The histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Alabama Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Bibb County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (part of a large regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Bibb County:

- 11th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F
- 20th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B, D, F and G
- 20th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H
- 29th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D "Bibb Rifles"
- 29th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H
- 44th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B, F, G and H

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Voter Registration

Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Bibb County has two books:

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Alabama tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Alabama Taxation.

  • 1865-1866 U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 at Ancestry ($). Bibb County is in District 2.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Alabama State Department of Health , the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred or order electronically online $.

For some online statewide indexes, see the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections for Alabama.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Alabama Department of Archives and History
624 Washington Ave
PO Box 300100
Montgomery, AL 36104

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Bibb County. For state-wide library facilities, see Alabama Archives and Libraries.

Brent Centreville Public Library
20 Library Street
Centreville, AL 35042

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Bibb, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama 05/29/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Bibb County, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama, accessed 24 September 2018.
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche.