Wilcox County, Alabama Genealogy

From FamilySearch Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search

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

County Facts
County seat: Camden
Organized: December 13, 1819
Parent County(s): Monroe, Dallas[1]
Neighboring Counties
Butler  • Clarke  • Dallas  • Lowndes  • Marengo  • Monroe
See County Maps
Wilcox County Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
Wilcox County Alabama.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named in honor of Lieutenant J. M. Wilcox, who fought in the wars against the Creek Indians.[2]The county is located in the south-central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Wilcox County Courthouse
12 Water Street
PO Box 603
Camden, AL 36726
Phone: 334-682-4126
Fax: 334-682-4025
Wilcox County Website

Probate Judge has marriage, probate and land records from 1819[4]

Wilcox 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
1905 1819 1905 1820 1819 1819 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]

  • 1819 Wilcox County was created 13 December 1819 from Monroe and Dallas Counties.
  • County seat: Camden[6]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

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

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

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
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 Wilcox, 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 2,917
1830 9,548 227.3%
1840 15,278 60.0%
1850 17,352 13.6%
1860 24,618 41.9%
1870 28,377 15.3%
1880 31,828 12.2%
1890 30,816 −3.2%
1900 35,631 15.6%
1910 33,810 −5.1%
1920 31,080 −8.1%
1930 24,880 −19.9%
1940 26,279 5.6%
1950 23,476 −10.7%
1960 18,739 −20.2%
1970 16,303 −13.0%
1980 14,755 −9.5%
1990 13,568 −8.0%
2000 13,183 −2.8%
2010 11,670 −11.5%
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

Please see listings for Fellowship Baptist Church and Friendship Baptist Church under Resources:African Americans.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

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

African Americans

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 Wilcox County see:

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Wilcox 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 976.138 E7b.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Wilcox 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]

MarengoDallasLowndesButlerMonroeClarkeAL WILCOX.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Wilcox 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 Wilcox County:

- 1st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company K (Wilcox True Blues)
- 3rd Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company C [formerly Robbins' Independent Co.]
- 3rd Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company D [formerly Jackson County Mounted Rifles]
- 3rd Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company I [formerly Lenoir County Cavalry]
- 3rd Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company K
- 4th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry (Russell's), Company A [formerly 3rd TN Cavalry]
- 6th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C [subsequently, Company I]
- 7th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H(Mounted)
- 13th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A
- 23rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A
- 23rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company K "Kings Guard"
- 32nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D
- 38th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B and H
- 42nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C
- 44th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C

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

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 ($). Wilcox 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]

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

Wilcox County Library
100 Broad Street
Camden, Alabama 36726

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Wilcox Historical Society
P.O. Box 464
Camden, Alabama 36726
Email: wilcoxhistoricalsociety@gmail.com

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

  • Inventory of the County Archives of Alabama: Wilcox County. Birmingham, Ala.: The Survey, 1942. Digital version at Ancestry

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, "Wilcox County, Alabama Genealogy and History", http://genealogytrails.com/ala/wilcox/ 6/27/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Wilcox, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilcox_County,_Alabama 6/27/2017.
  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, "Wilcox County, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilcox_County,_Alabama, accessed 26 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/4/4d/Igialabamatz.pdf.