Alabama, County Marriages Index - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Alabama, County Marriages, 1818-1936
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Location of Alabama
Record Description
Record Type Marriages
Collection years 1818-1936
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Multiple county probate judges

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection is an index to selected county marriage records in Alabama for the years 1818-1936. Due to privacy restrictions, we cannot publish the images associated with these indexes at this time.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

County marriage records may include:

  • The names of the bride and groom
  • Year of marriage
  • Location of the marriage

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

As of 24 January 2017 this collection contained records from the following counties. Locations where the county could not be easily identified are listed as "Unidentified county".

County Records
Butler 16
Choctaw 10,164
Conecuh 14,370
Crenshaw 1
Dallas 1
Elmore 1
Escambia 1
Franklin 1
Jefferson 1
Lauderdale 2
Lee 3,515
Macon 17,414
Madison 1
Mobile 1
Monroe 4
Montgomery 2
Pickens 9,053
Russell 214
Sumter 12,578
Wilcox 12,439
Unidentified county 502

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the individual
  • The approximate date of the event
  • The name of the spouse

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the information found in the marriage record to locate birth, baptism, or death records
  • Search the county where the marriage occurred for probate and land records
  • If applicable, search for immigration and naturalization records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Alabama.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
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Record Citation:
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