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Guide to Greene County, Alabama ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


Greene County, Alabama
Map of Alabama highlighting Greene County
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Founded December 13, 1819
County Seat Eutaw
Address Greene County Courthouse
400 Morrow Avenue
Eutaw, AL 35462
Phone:(205) 372-3598 Greene County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Greene County, Alabama Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate Census
1912 1823 1909 1867 1820 1821 1816
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1908. General compliance for births by 1927 and for deaths 1925.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Greene County Courthouse

Greene County, Alabama Courthouse

400 Morrow Avenue
Eutaw, AL 35462
Phone: (205) 372-3598

Probate Judge has marriage records from 1823,
probate records from 1821,
land records from 1820 and military discharge records[2]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named in honor of Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene of Rhode Island. The County has Eutaw as its seat and the County was created December 13, 1819. [3] The County is located in the west central area of the state.[4]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1819--Greene County was created 13 December 1819 from Marengo and Tuscaloosa Counties.
County seat: Eutaw [5]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]


1868 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.[6]

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

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

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

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]


Resources[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Biographies of many notable residents of Greene County, Alabama Genealogy were published in Memorial Record of Alabama (1893). Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library - free. Begins on page 1042.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Greene, 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 Greene county cemeteries.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.

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

State Census

Church Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

  • 1855-1856 - Snedecor, V. Gayle. 1963 Reprint of Snedecor's 1855-1856 Directory of Greene County, Alabama. Eutaw, Ala., 1963. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

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.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Greene 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.

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War, 1861-1865[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Greene County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Greene County.

- 1st Battalion, Alabama Artillery, Company B
- 2nd Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company C
- 5th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company I [subsequently, Company D]
- 7th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company I
- 11th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B "Greene County Grays"
- 11th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C "Confederate Guards"
- 20th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E and I
- 36th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B, C and H
- 41st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E
- 43rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C

Online Records

World War I[edit | edit source]
World War II[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Finding More Alabama Newspapers[edit source]

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

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate records are held by the Greene County, Alabama Genealogy Probate Court. Most records are housed at the Greene 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.

  • 1824-1829 Persons Named in the Greene County, Alabama Orphans Court Record A-L
  • 1824-1829 Persons Named in the Greene County, Alabama Orphans Court Record M-Z
  • 1830-1976 - Greene County, Alabama Genealogy Probate Records, 1830-1976 at FamilySearch - free.

Online Probate Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

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.

  • 1865-1866 - U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 at Ancestry ($). Greene County is in District 2.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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

Birth Records[edit | edit source]
Marriage Records[edit | edit source]
  • To 1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry $. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1822-1860, 1936–1969 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.
Death Records[edit | edit source]
  • 1881–1974 Index to Deaths and Burials at Ancestry $ Index. 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[edit | edit source]

Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.  Green County has 2 books:

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Greene County Historical Society
P. O. Box 746
Eutaw, AL
Greene County Historical Society Website

Greene James C. Poole Jr. Memorial Library

[edit | edit source]

James C. Poole, Jr. Memorial Library
420 Prairie Avenue
Eutaw, AL 35462
Telephone: 205-372-9026

Family History Centers
[edit | edit source]

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.

Family History Centre Locator

Greene County Alabama Genealogy Websites[edit | edit source]

Helpful Websites[edit | edit source]

Greene County Alabama Genealogy References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Greene County, Alabama. Page 37 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), Greene County p. 37. ; .
  3. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Greene County, Alabama Genealogy and History”, 06/06/2017.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Greene, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama 06/06/2017.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Greene County Alabama in (accessed 16 March 2014).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Greene County, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama, accessed 17 October 2018.

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