Fayette County, Alabama Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Fayette
Organized: 20 December, 1824
Parent County(s): Marion, Pickens, Tuscaloosa[1]
Neighboring Counties
Lamar  • Marion  • Pickens  • Tuscaloosa  • Walker
See County Maps
Fayette County Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
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Marquis de Lafayette

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Marquis de Lafayette. The County is located in the northwest area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Fayette County Courthouse
PO Box 906
113 N Temple Ave
Fayette, AL 35555
Phone: 205-932-4617
Fax: 205-932-2697
Fayette County Website

Probate Judge has birth records 1884-1941, death records 1899-1941, marriage records from 1866, land records from 1848, and military discharge records from 1919[3]

Fayette 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
1884 1866 1899 1851 1848 1851 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]

1866--Courthouse burned and many records were damaged. 1911--Fayette County Courthouse and much of the business section of Fayette destroyed by fire on March 24, 1911.Many county records lost. [5]

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in Fayette County:[7]

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

Unincorporated communities
  • Concord
  • Covin
  • Fowlers Crossroads
  • Gumbud
  • Howard
  • Hubbertville
  • Jerusalem
  • Kirkland
  • Mount Vernon
  • New Hope
  • Newtonville
  • Pea Ridge
  • Rossland City
  • Salem
  • Studdard Crossroads
  • Walnut Lane
  • Wayside
Census-designated places
  • Berry Station
  • Brown
  • Bylor
  • Clear Creek
  • Coles
  • Collins
  • Fords
  • Georges Creek
  • Gilpin
  • Hankins
  • Hico
  • Holy Spring
  • Lee
  • North River
  • Ridge
  • Russell
  • Stonewall
  • Stough
  • Sugar Creek
  • Thompson
  • Webster

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • Biographies of many notable residents of Fayette County were published in Memorial Record of Alabama (1893). Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library. Begins on page 1022.

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Fayette, 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.
1830 3,547
1840 6,942 95.7%
1850 9,681 39.5%
1860 12,850 32.7%
1870 7,136 −44.5%
1880 10,135 42.0%
1890 12,823 26.5%
1900 14,132 10.2%
1910 16,248 15.0%
1920 18,365 13.0%
1930 18,443 0.4%
1940 21,651 17.4%
1950 19,388 −10.5%
1960 16,148 −16.7%
1970 16,252 0.6%
1980 18,809 15.7%
1990 17,962 −4.5%
2000 18,495 3.0%
2010 17,241 −6.8%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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]

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 Fayette County see:

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Fayette 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. Digital version at HistoryGeo.com ($). Website includes surname index. FHL Book 976.187 E7bg.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Fayette 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 Fayette 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 Fayette County:

- 5th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company A
- 11th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company I
- 26th Regiment, Alabama Infantry (O'Neal's), Company A, B, C, D, E, I and K
- 32nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company I
- 36th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D
- 38th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F
- 41st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H
- 42nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F
- 50th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company G, formerly Company K, 38th TN Infantry
- 50th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company I, formerly Company H, 38th TN Infantry
- 58th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B

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]

Voting Registration

Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Fayette County has one book.

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 $

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
Email: mark.palmer@archives.alabama.gov

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 Fayette County. For state-wide library facilities, see Alabama Archives and Libraries.

Fayette County Memorial Library
326 Temple Avenue North
Fayette, AL 35555
Email: webmaster@fcml.org

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Fayette Historical Society and Depot Museum
202 Temple Ave South
PO Box 309
Fayette, AL 35555

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, "Fayette, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fayette_County,_Alabama 06/05/2017.
  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. GenDisasters.com - Fayette, AL Courthouse and Business Section Fire, Mar 1911 http://www.gendisasters.com/alabama/10146/fayette-al-courthouse-business-section-fire-mar-1911
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Fayette County, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fayette_County,_Alabama, accessed 16 October 2018.
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/0/06/Igialabamadj.pdf.
  9. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/0/06/Igialabamadj.pdf.