Winston County, Alabama Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Double Springs
Organized: February 12, 1850
Parent County(s): Walker[1]
Neighboring Counties
Cullman  • Franklin  • Lawrence  • Marion  • Morgan  • Walker
See County Maps
Winston County Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named in honor of John A. Winston, a Governor of Alabama.[2]The county is located in the northwest area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Winston County Courthouse
25166 Highway 195
PO Box 309
Double Springs, AL 35553
Phone: 205-489-5533
Fax: 205-489-5140
Winston County Website

Probate Judge has marriage, probate, land records from 1891;
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and Court Records [4]

Winston 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
1889 1891 1912 1892 1891 1891 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]

Winston County had a destructive courthouse fire in 1891. See Research in Alabama: A Genealogical Guide page 29 for suggested alternative sources to overcome this loss.[6]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1850 Winston County was created 12 February 1850 from Walker County.
  • County seat: Double Springs[7]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in Winston County:[8]

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

Unincorporated communities
  • Barnett Chapel
  • Black Pond
  • Boar Tush
  • Curtis Crossroads
  • DeFoor
  • Delmar
  • Donaldson Mill
  • Ellaville
  • Fairview
  • Falls City
  • Forkville
  • Glen Mary
  • Grayson
  • Helicon
  • Houston
  • Inmanfield
  • Littleville
  • Martintown
  • Moreland
  • Natis
  • Needmore
  • New Georgia
  • Pleasant Hill
  • Poplar Springs
  • Posey Field
  • Rabbittown
  • Rock Creek
  • Upshaw
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 Winston, 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.
1850 1,542
1860 3,576 131.9%
1870 4,155 16.2%
1880 4,253 2.4%
1890 6,552 54.1%
1900 9,554 45.8%
1910 12,855 34.6%
1920 14,378 11.8%
1930 15,596 8.5%
1940 18,746 20.2%
1950 18,250 −2.6%
1960 14,858 −18.6%
1970 16,654 12.1%
1980 21,953 31.8%
1990 22,053 0.5%
2000 24,843 12.7%
2010 24,484 −1.4%
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.

To place a grant or deed on a map within context of Winston County see:

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Winston County, Alabama: with Homesteads, Roads, Waterways, Towns, Cemeteries, Railroads, and More. Norman, Okla.: Arphax Pub. Co., 2008. This is a definitive work and can be used as an index to land grants. Digital version at ($). Website includes surname index. FHL Book 976.174 E7bg.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Winston 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

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. Winston 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 ($). Winston 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]

Winston County Archives
P.O. Box 27
Double Springs, Alabama 35553

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

Carl Elliott Regional Library]
98 18th St E
Jasper, AL 35501
Phone: 205-221-2568

Includes the following libraries in Winston County:
Arley Public Library
P.O. Box 146
Arley, Alabama 35541
Double Springs Public Library
P.O. Box 555
Double Springs, Alabama 35553
Haleyville Public Library
913 20th Street
Haleyville, Alabama 35565

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Winston County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 112
Double Springs, Alabama 35553

The society helps to staff the Winston County Archives which includes the Society's holdings.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

  • Inventory of the County Archives of Alabama: Winston County. Birmingham, Ala.: The Survey, 1941. 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, "Winston County, Alabama Genealogy and History", 6/27/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Winston, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_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. Marilyn Davis Barefield, Researching in Alabama: a Genealogical Guide (Birmingham, Alabama : Birmingham Public Library, 1998), 29. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Book 976.1 D27b 1998.
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Winston County, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama, accessed 26 October 2018.
  9. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at