Pike County, Alabama Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Troy
Organized: December 17, 1821
Parent County(s): Henry, Montgomery[1]
Neighboring Counties
Barbour  • Bullock  • Coffee  • Crenshaw  • Dale  • Montgomery
See County Maps
Pike County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named of General Zebulon Pike, of New Jersey, an explorer who led an expedition to southern Colorado and discovered Pikes Peak in 1806. The County is located in the southeast area of the state.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Pike County Courthouse
120 West Church Street
Troy, Alabama 36081
Phone: 334-566-5113
Fax: 334-807-5009
Pike County Website

Probate Judge has marriage, probate and land records from 1830, Birth Records 1881-1904 Death Records 1881-1891 and 1902-1905 [2]

Pike 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[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1881 1830 1881 1830 1830 1830 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]

Pike County had a destructive courthouse fire in 1828.
See Research in Alabama: A Genealogical Guide page 28 for suggested alternative sources to overcome this loss.[4]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1821 Pike County was created 17 December 1821 from Henry and Montgomery Counties.
  • County seat: Troy[5]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

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

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

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
  • Cross Roads
  • Darbys
  • Dixon
  • East Pleasant
  • Goshen
  • Goshen Hill
  • Grimes
  • Henderson
  • Indian Branch
  • Josie
  • Kings
  • Linwood
  • Little Oak
  • Mitchells
  • Monticello
  • Oates Crossroads
  • Saco
  • Tanyard

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 Pike, 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 7,108
1840 10,108 42.2%
1850 15,920 57.5%
1860 24,435 53.5%
1870 17,423 −28.7%
1880 20,640 18.5%
1890 24,423 18.3%
1900 29,172 19.4%
1910 30,815 5.6%
1920 31,631 2.6%
1930 32,240 1.9%
1940 32,493 0.8%
1950 30,608 −5.8%
1960 25,987 −15.1%
1970 25,038 −3.7%
1980 28,050 12.0%
1990 27,595 −1.6%
2000 29,605 7.3%
2010 32,899 11.1%
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]

African American

https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Alabama_County_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records), accessed 6 August 2012.</ref> (skips 1893-1895)

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 Pike County see:

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Pike 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 976.135 E7b.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Pike 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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Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Pike 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 Pike County:

- 1st Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company A, F and I
- 1st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C (Perote Guards)
- 1st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E (Rough and Ready Pioneers)
- 4th Battalion, Alabama Cavalry (Love's), Company A
- 7th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F
- 15th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F (Brundidge Guards)
- 15th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company I and L
- 17th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company I (Pike Rangers)
- 18th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H (A. B. Moore's Invincibles)
- 22nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company I and K
- 25th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B and K
- 37th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C, F and K
- 39th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A
- 46th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C and H
- 51st Regiment, Alabama Partisan Rangers, Company B
- 59th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company G
- 60th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A and G

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. Pike 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 ($). Pike County is in District 1.

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]

Pike County Deaths at ALGenWeb

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

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

Troy Public Library
300 North Three Notch Street
Troy, Alabama 36081
Telephone: 334-566-1314

Their genealogy collection includes probate records, newspapers, census, military records, local history books, family histories, and more.

Brundidge - Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library
164 South Main Street
Brundidge, AL 36010
Phone: 334-735-2145

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Pike County Historical, Genealogical & Preservation Society
1305 S. Brundidge St. Ste. A PMB# 277
Troy, Alabama 36081
Telephone: 805-836-0815
Email: pikehistoricalsociety@hotmail.com

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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pike County, Alabama. Page 37 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 33.
  4. Marilyn Davis Barefield, Researching in Alabama: a Genealogical Guide (Birmingham, Alabama : Birmingham Public Library, 1998), 28. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Book 976.1 D27b 1998.
  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, "Pike County, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pike_County,_Alabama, accessed 23 October 2018.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/c/cf/Igialabamals.pdf.