Alabama Research Tips and Strategies
|Alabama Wiki Topics|
|Local Research Resources|
Alabama Research Strategies
Below are links to different research strategy pages to help you locate your ancestors in Alabama
- Alabama Online Genealogy Records
- How to find Alabama Birth Records
- How to find Alabama Marriage Records
- How to find Alabama Death Records
- Alabama Search Strategies
Alabama Research Tips
These tips will help you as you research your ancestors in Alabama.
Birth information Birth records in Alabama start on the county level in 1908 - although not all counties complied with the law. The best substitute record for locating birth information is death records (the majority of death records will list the date of birth of the decedent, and since death certificates are considered a primary resource, they can provide you with the same documentation as a birth certificate). Or, try these other substitute records
Finding Parents The State of Alabama began recording deaths in 1908. They often will list the parents of the deceased and their birth information. Search Alabama death records
Look in all censuses Always look for your ancestor in every possible census. There are clues regarding immigration, naturalization, and occupation that can lead to other records. Sometimes parents can be found living with their children later in life. Search U.S. Censuses.
Alabama Record Finder
This Record Finder is designed to help you determine the best record to search for the type of information you are looking for. It is most helpful for post-1850 research.
|1. What you are looking for:||2. Try these records first:||3. Other useful records|
|Birth information||Birth records, Death records, Obituaries, Church records||Cemeteries, Naturalization and Citizenship, Bible records, Military records (pension)|
|Marriage information||Marriage records, Obituaries, Bible records||Church records, Probate records, Military records|
|Death information||Death Records, Cemeteries, Obituaries||Probate Records, Church Records, Bible Records|
|Parents||Birth records, Death records, Obituaries, Census, Church records||Biography, Genealogy|
|Maiden name||Marriage Records, Obituaries, Probate records||Church Records, Military Records (pension)|
|Immigration date||Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Census||Obituaries, Biography, History|
|Naturalization||Naturalization and Citizenship, Census, Court Records||Voting Registers, Biography, Periodicals|
|Physical description||Military Records, Naturalization and Citizenship (after 1906)||Biography, History|
To look for more Alabama records, go here.
Further Alabama Research
For more research on Alabama, including research at the county level, visit the Alabama page on the Research Wiki.
Search all of the Alabama record collections at FamilySearch.