Lamar County, Alabama Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Vernon
Organized: February 4, 1867
Parent County(s): Marion, Fayette[1]
Neighboring Counties
Fayette  • Lowndes (MS)  • Marion  • Monroe (MS)  • Pickens
See County Maps
Lamar County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
Lamar County Alabama.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named in honor of Senator Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar, member of the United States Senate from Mississippi.[2] The County is located in the northwest area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Lamar County Courthouse
330 First St. NE.
PO Box 434
Vernon, AL 35592
Phone: 205-695-7193
Fax: 205-695-0046
Lamar County Website

Probate Office has marriage records 1867-1997, probate and land records;
Circuit Clerk Office has divorce and Court Records [4]

Lamar 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[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1919 1867 1919 1867 1867 1867 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.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1867-- Lamar County was created 4 February 1867 from Marion and Fayette Counties.
  • County seat: Vernon[6]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

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

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

Unincorporated communities
  • Molloy
  • Moscow
  • Pine Springs
  • Star

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 Lamar, 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.
1870 8,893
1880 12,142 36.5%
1890 14,187 16.8%
1900 16,084 13.4%
1910 17,487 8.7%
1920 18,149 3.8%
1930 18,001 −0.8%
1940 19,708 9.5%
1950 16,441 −16.6%
1960 14,271 −13.2%
1970 14,335 0.4%
1980 16,453 14.8%
1990 15,715 −4.5%
2000 15,904 1.2%
2010 14,564 −8.4%
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]

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.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Lamar 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]

MarionFayettePickensLowndes County, MSMonroe County, MSAL LAMAR.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Mulatipal Wars

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Jefferson 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 Jefferson County:

- 10th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B "Jefferson Volunteers"
- 18th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C (Cahaba Valley Rangers)
- 18th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company G (Yancey Guards [or Yancey Rangers])
- 19th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C (Jefferson Warriors)
- 20th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C and G
- 28th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D, G and H
- 30th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company K
- 43rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company G
- 58th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C and D

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

USGenWeb Archives Project - transcribed obituaries for Jefferson County.

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Voter Registration

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

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

  • Birmingham Southern College: 1914-2008 (via the Internet Archive)
  • Howard College Student Catalogs (currently Samford University): 1847-1908 (via the Internet Archive)

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.

Jefferson County Tax Payment Records - County of Jefferson (searchable database)

  • 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]

Birmingham Public Library, Archives & Manuscripts Dept
2100 Park Place
Birmingham AL 35203
Phone: 205-226-3631

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

Bessemer Alabama Family History Center
831 Briarwood Dr
Bessemer, Alabama, 35022-4577

Birmingham Alabama Family History Center
2780 Altadena Rd
Birmingham, Alabama, 35243

Birmingham 2nd Alabama Family History Center
1337 Old Springville Rd
Birmingham, Alabama 35235

Leeds AlabamaFamily History Center
1101 Rockhampton St NE
Leeds, Alabama, 35904-1326

Gardendale Alabama Family History Center
1925 Mt Olive Blvd
Gardendale, Alabama 35071

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Birmingham Public Library
Southern History Department
2100 Park Place
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: 205-226-3665

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Lamar County Genealogical & Historical Society
P. O. Box 357
Vernon, Alabama 35592-0357

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. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Lamar County, Alabama Genealogy and History”, 6/07/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Lamar, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama 6/07/2017.
  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. 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, "Lamar County, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama, accessed 18 October 2018.
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at