Crenshaw County, Alabama Genealogy

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Crenshaw County, Alabama
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Founded November 24, 1866
County Seat Luverne
Crenshaw County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Address Crenshaw County Courthouse
29 South Glenwood Avenue
Luverne, AL 36049
Phone: (334) 335-6575
County Website

County Information

Crenshaw County, Alabama Record Dates

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate Census
1909 1866 1909 1866 1866 1866 1816
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1908. General compliance for births by 1927 and for deaths 1925.

County Courthouse

Probate Judge has marriage, probate and land records from 1866
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records.[2]


The County was named in honor of a judge, Anderson Crenshaw. The County has Luverne as its seat and the County was created November 30, 1866. [3]The County is located in the south central area of the state.[4]


Parent County

1866--Crenshaw County was created 24 November 1866 from Butler, Coffee, Covington, Lowndes, and Pike Counties.
County seat: Luvern [5]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Alabama county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Alabama County Boundary Maps" (1799-1980) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss


1898 Crenshaw County had a destructive courthouse fire in 1898. See Research in Alabama: A Genealogical Guide  page 27 for suggested alternative sources to overcome this loss.[6]

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


Populated Places

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[7]

Unincorporated communities
  • Honoraville
  • Ivy Creek
  • Joquin
  • Lapine
  • Leon
  • Live Oak
  • Magnolia Shores
  • Merrill Mill
  • Moodys Crossroads
  • Mulberry
  • New Hope
  • Panola

Neighboring Counties



African American


Biographies of many notable residents of Crenshaw County, Alabama Genealogy were published in Memorial Record of Alabama (1893). Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Begins on page 766.


Cemeteries of Crenshaw, Alabama online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Alabama Cemeteries for more information

The following web site has additional information on Crenshaw county cemeteries.


Crenshaw County, Alabama
Year Pop.  %±
1870 11,156
1880 11,726 5.1%
1890 15,425 31.5%
1900 19,668 27.5%
1910 23,313 18.5%
1920 23,017 −1.3%
1930 23,656 2.8%
1940 23,631 −0.1%
1950 18,981 −19.7%
1960 14,909 −21.5%
1970 13,188 −11.5%
1980 14,110 7.0%
1990 13,635 −3.4%
2000 13,665 0.2%
2010 13,906 1.8%

For tips on accessing Crenshaw County, Alabama Genealogy census records online, see: Alabama Census. State Census

Church Records

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.

Court Records

Land and Property

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 Crenshaw County, Alabama Genealogy see:

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Crenshaw 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 free surname index. FHL Book 976.136 E7b.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Crenshaw County, Alabama Genealogy. County 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.


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Civil War

Online Records

World War I


Finding More Alabama Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Crenshaw County, Alabama Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Probate Records

Probate records are held by the Crenshaw County, Alabama Genealogy Probate Court. Most records are housed at the Crenshaw County, Alabama Genealogy Courthouse. Many records are on microfilm at the Family History Library.

See the wiki page Alabama Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their places of residence.

Record types: Wills, dower records, personal property sales, settlement records, orphans’ records, and bonds.

Online Probate Records


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.

Vital Records

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. See also How to order Alabama Vital Records

  • 1858, 1867–1872, 1935–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969 at Ancestry $. This collection is comprised of indexes created by several agencies - the Alabama Center for Health Statistics, Jordan Dodd of Liahona Research, and Hunting For Bears.
  • 1867–1872 "Alabama Marriages, 1809–1920" at Ancestry $. This database is a collection of marriage records from the state. Researchers will find the names of both bride and groom along with the marriage date. The county where the ceremony was performed is also provided. Containing about 150,000 records and the names of nearly 300,000 men and women.

  • 1881–1974 Index to Deaths and Burials at Ancestry $. Volunteers extracted the details in this index from microfilmed copies of church, civil, family, and other records of Alabama deaths and burials. details vary depending on the original record. Note that the number of available records can vary widely by county, and this database does not necessarily represent a comprehensive set of death records for the state during this time.

Voting Registers

Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.  Crenshaw County has one book.

Societies and Libraries

Crenshaw County Historical Society
P. O. Box 633
Luverne, AL
Publication: Quarterly Bulletin
Crenshaw County

Crenshaw Luverne Public Library
Crenshaw Luverne Public Library Website

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Family History Centre Locator



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Crenshaw County, Alabama. Page 36 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 33.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Crenshaw County p. 36. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Crenshaw County, Alabama Genealogy and History”, 06/02/2017.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Crenshaw, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama 06/02/2017.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Marilyn Davis Barefield, Researching in Alabama: a Genealogical Guide (Birmingham, Alabama : Birmingham Public Library, 1998), 27. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Book 976.1 D27b 1998.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Crenshaw County, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama, accessed 9 October 2018.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Coverage Table, "Alabama County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," FamilySearch Research Wiki,, accessed 6 August 2012.