Limestone County, Alabama Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Athens
Organized: February 6, 1818
Parent County(s): Cherokee and Chickasaw Cession of 1816
Neighboring Counties
Giles (TN)  • Lauderdale  • Lawrence  • Lincoln (TN)  • Madison  • Morgan
See County Maps
Limestone County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Limestone Creek, a local stream.[1] The County is located in the north-central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Limestone County Courthouse
200 West Washington Street
Athens, AL 35611
Phone: 256-233-6406
Fax: 256-232-0764
Limestone County Website

County Archives has birth and death records 1881-1913, marriage records 1832-1900, divorce records 1896-1947, land and court records 1818-1900, tax records 1861-1900, newspapers 1868-1985.
Probate Judge has marriage, probate, and land records from after 1900.
Clerk Circuit Court has court records after 1900 and divorce records after 1947.[3]

Limestone 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
1881 1832 1881 1818 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]

Limestone County had a destructive courthouse fire in 1862.[5]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1818 Limestone County was created 6 February 1818 from the Cherokee and Chicksaw Cession in 1816.
  • County seat: Athens[6]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

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

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

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
  • Big Creek
  • Georgia
  • Gilbertsboro
  • Gilbertons
  • Mooresville
  • Pettusville
  • Pleasant Grove
  • Quid Nune
  • Richland
  • Sand Springs
  • Shoalford
  • Slough
  • Wickham

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 Limestone, 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 9,871
1830 14,807 50.0%
1840 14,374 −2.9%
1850 16,483 14.7%
1860 15,306 −7.1%
1870 15,017 −1.9%
1880 21,600 43.8%
1890 21,201 −1.8%
1900 22,387 5.6%
1910 26,880 20.1%
1920 31,341 16.6%
1930 36,629 16.9%
1940 35,642 −2.7%
1950 35,766 0.3%
1960 36,513 2.1%
1970 41,699 14.2%
1980 46,005 10.3%
1990 54,135 17.7%
2000 65,676 21.3%
2010 82,782 26.0%
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]

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 Limestone County see:

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Limestone 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 ($). Website includes surname index. FHL Book 976.198 E7b.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Limestone 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]

Mulatipal Wars

Civil War

Civil War Battles Fought in Limestone County

  • 1864 - January 26 in Athens
  • 1864 - October 26-29 in Decatur

Battle information from Civil War Battle Summaries by State, by the Heritage Preservation Services.

Map showing Civil War battles in Alabama.

Regiments. Men in Limestone 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 Limestone County:

- 9th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F "Limestone Troopers"
- 9th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H "Limestone Grays"
- 35th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D and G
- 50th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B, formerly Company C, 2nd Battalion
- 50th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E, formerly Companies B/G, 2nd Battalion "Limestone Rebels"
- 54th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B (formerly Co. "A", 40th TN Infantry)
- 54th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H (formerly Co. "I", 1st AL, TN, and MS Infantry)

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Abstracts of The Limestone County News (1859), The Union Banner (1860), and The Athens Post (1865-1870) were published in:

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Voter Registration

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 $. Limestone County is in District 3.

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]

Limestone County Archives
102 West Washington Street
Athens AL 35611
Phone: 256-233-6404

Friends of the Limestone Archives
P. O. Box 658
Athens, AL 35612

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Athens-Limestone Public Library
603 South Jefferson Street
Athens, AL 35611

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Limestone County Historical Society
P. O. Box 82
Athens, AL 35612

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Limestone County, Alabama Genealogy and History”, 6/08/2017.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Limestone, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama 6/08/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: the 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. Limestone County Alabama in (accessed 16 March 2014).
  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, "Limestone County, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama, accessed 19 October 2018.
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at