Alabama County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950
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|Alabama, United States|
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|Location of Alabama|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?
The collection consists of an index and images of marriage records created by Alabama counties for the years 1809 to 1950. The records are arranged by county, volume and date. Currently this collection is partially indexed; additional records will be added as they are completed. Be aware that some images in this collection are restricted. The earliest marriage bonds and licenses were usually handwritten on loose papers that were later bound into lettered volumes. Some marriage records had multiple entries on each page, while others had single records per page. Marriages were recorded by the clerk of the district court for each county from the time the county was formed. Persons desiring to marry obtained a license that they presented to the minister or other person authorized to marry, such as a justice of the peace. Once the marriage was performed, the officiator sent a return to the clerk confirming that the marriage had occurred.
Civil marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to protect the interests of the wife and other heirs to legal claims on property.
The marriage date, place, residence of the bride and groom, and occupations are relatively reliable. Other information, such as age or birthplace, is dependent on the knowledge, memory, and accuracy of the informants, usually the bride and groom.
What Can These Records Tell Me?
The following information may be found in these records:
|Many marriages recorded in the South, are separated by race in volumes, books, or registers. Be sure to check to determine if you have the right set of marriage records.|
Coverage Table and Map
The coverage table shows the places and time periods covered in the indexed records in this collection. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.
To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Alabama marriages, click here.
|County||Years Covered in Index|
|Baldwin||1810, 1812, 1814-1825, 1827-1836, 1841, 1845-1936, 1958|
|Barbour||1807-1809, 1816-1818, 1823-1826, 1828-1829, 1832-1834, 1836, 1838-1941, 1946, 1948, 1950, 1954, 1959, 1971, 1985, 1988, 1995|
|Bibb||1803, 1805, 1810, 1812-1945, 1950-1953, 1957, 1959-1960, 1963-1965, 1968, 1970-1973, 1977, 1979-1981, 1988, 1992-1995, 1997|
|Bullock||1835, 1857, 1860, 1867-1893, 1899, 1916, 1929-1959, 1968-1969, 1973, 1981-1982, 1987|
|Chilton||1822, 1831, 1869-1883, 1888, 1890-1938, 1942-1945, 1956-1957, 1997|
|Cleburne||1834, 1837, 1867-1893, 1898, 1926, 1936-1954, 1960|
|Cullman||1844-1845, 1918, 1928-1951, 1987|
|Dallas||1818-1826, 1829-1832, 1835-1895, 1902-1930, 1938, 1965|
|Jefferson||1829, 1836, 1848, 1921, 1927-1951, 1968|
|Madison||1818-1831, 1853-1885, 1890-1895, 1919-1951, 1957, 1980, 1985|
|Mobile||1802, 1806, 1809, 1812-1828, 1833-1834, 1840-1842, 1844, 1849, 1852-1856, 1858-1930, 1934, 1936-1943, 1946-1951, 1953-1957, 1964-1968, 1970, 1972, 1981|
|Morgan||1821-1952, 1962, 1987, 1991|
|Perry||1803, 1814-1815, 1818-1931, 1935, 1943, 1945, 1948, 1973-1974, 1987, 2010|
|Pike||1805, 1830-1859, 1885, 1888-1894, 1896-1910|
|St. Clair||1833-1835, 1898-1938, 1945, 1963, 1982|
For additional coverage tables for this collection, see the wiki article Alabama County Marriages Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical Records).
Digital Folder Number List
This collection was published as a DGS browse collection. A table listing each DGS number and its contents can be found at Alabama, County Marriages Digital Folder Number List.
How Do I Search This Collection?
Before searching the collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of the individual
- The date of the event or the name of a parent or spouse
Search the Index
View the Images
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.|
How Do I Analyze the Results?
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. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
- Use the age to calculate a birth date and to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land or death records
- Use the information to find additional family members. Witnesses or bondsmen were usually relatives
- Search for the family in county records where they married
I Can’t Find the Person Who I’m Looking For, What Now?
- 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
Consult the Alabama Record Finder to find other records
Citing This Collection
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
- Collection Citation
- "Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950." Database with images. FamilySearch. https://FamilySearch.org : 30 April 2018. County Probate Courts, Alabama.
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How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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