Greene County, Alabama Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Eutaw
Organized: December 13, 1819
Parent County(s): Marengo, Tuscaloosa[1]
Neighboring Counties
Hale  • Marengo  • Pickens  • Sumter  • Tuscaloosa
See County Maps
Greene County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named in honor of Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene of Rhode Island.[2] The County is located in the west-central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Greene County Courthouse
400 Morrow Avenue
PO Box 307
Eutaw, AL 35462
Phone: 205-372-3598
Fax: 205-372-1510
Greene County Website

Probate Judge has marriage records from 1823, probate records from 1821, land records from 1820 and military discharge records[4]

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

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[5]
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.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1868 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1819--Greene County was created 13 December 1819 from Marengo and Tuscaloosa Counties.
  • County seat: Eutaw[6]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in Greene County:[7]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator.

Unincorporated communities

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 4,554
1830 15,026 230.0%
1840 24,024 59.9%
1850 31,441 30.9%
1860 30,859 −1.9%
1870 18,399 −40.4%
1880 21,931 19.2%
1890 22,007 0.3%
1900 24,182 9.9%
1910 22,717 −6.1%
1920 18,133 −20.2%
1930 19,745 8.9%
1940 19,185 −2.8%
1950 16,482 −14.1%
1960 13,600 −17.5%
1970 10,650 −21.7%
1980 11,021 3.5%
1990 10,153 −7.9%
2000 9,974 −1.8%
2010 9,045 −9.3%
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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.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[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 $

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[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. The 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 and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

Civil War, 1861-1865

Regiments. Men in Greene County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (part of a large regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in 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

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Voter Registration

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[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 $

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.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Greene County. For state-wide library facilities, see Alabama Archives and Libraries.

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

Museums[edit | edit source]

Alabama Civil Rights Freedom Farm Museum
Judge Hughes Rd. (Co. Rd. 183)
Mantua, AL 35462
Mailing:P.O. Box 385
Eutaw, AL 35462
Phone: 205-372-3446

Societies[edit | edit source]

Greene County Historical Society
P. O. Box 746
310 Main St
Eutaw, AL 35462
Phone: 205-292-0015

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Greene County, Alabama Genealogy and History”, 06/06/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Greene, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama 06/06/2017.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Greene County, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama, accessed 17 October 2018.