Alabama Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Alabama Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952
This article describes a collection of records at
Alabama, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Deaths and Burials
Collection years 1881-1952
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What is in This Collection?

This index is an electronic index for the years 1881 to 1952. This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Death and Burial Records may include:

  • Name of decedent
  • The name of the spouse
  • Age
  • Sex
  • County of death
  • Date of death

Collection Content

Coverage Table

A coverage table for this collection is available in the wiki article Alabama Deaths and Burials, Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical Records)

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this 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

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

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 information found in the deaths and burials to locate funeral home, obituary or cemetery records
  • Use the information found to search other records such as birth, christening, marriage, census, land and probate records
  • Use the information to find additional family members in the records
  • Search the county records where the individual died for more information

I Can’t Find the Person 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
  • 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

Known Issues With This Collection

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See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

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 Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952." Database. FamilySearch. : 14 June 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.

Record Citation:
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