Lawrence County, Alabama Genealogy

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


Lawrence County, Alabama
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Founded February 6, 1818
County Seat Moulton
Lawrence County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Address Lawrence County Courthouse
14330 Court Street
Moulton, AL 35650
Phone: (256) 974-2432 County Website

County Information

Lawrence County, Alabama Record Dates

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate Census
1881 1810 1881 1828 1810 1810 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, divorce, probate and land records from 1810
Clerk Circuit Court has court records [2]


The County was named is in honor of J. Lawrence, a captain in the United States Navy from Vermont. The County has Moulton as its seat and the County was created February 6, 1818. [3] The County is located in the northwest area of the state.[4]


Parent County

1818--Lawrence County was created 6 February 1818 from the Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw Cession of 1816.
County seat: Moulton [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


Lawrence County had a destructive courthouse fire in 1859.[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
  • Brides Hill
  • Caddo
  • Chalybeate Springs
  • Concord
  • Courtland Downs
  • Edmond
  • Fairfield
  • Fish Pond
  • Five Points
  • Flat Rock
  • Flower Hill
  • Freeman Acres
  • Harmony
  • Hepsidam
Census-designated places

Neighboring Counties




  • Northern Alabama, Historical and Biographical. Birmingham, Ala.: Smith and De Land, 1888. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online. Lawrence County, Alabama Genealogy begins on page 66.


Cemeteries of Lawrence, 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 Lawrence county cemeteries.

  • Cemetery Records: Barbour County with Cherokee & Lawrence Counties Alabama, Vol. 3. 1966. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Includes Hickory Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Mt. Hope Methodist Church Cemetery, Owens Cemetery, Rock Springs Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Smith Cemetery, Templeton Cemetery, Wear Cemetery, and Young Town Cemetery.
  • Douthat, James L. Wheeler Reservoir Cemeteries. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press. Mountain Press.$$


Lawrence County, Alabama
Year Pop.  %±
1820 8,652
1830 14,984 73.2%
1840 13,313 −11.2%
1850 15,258 14.6%
1860 13,975 −8.4%
1870 16,658 19.2%
1880 21,392 28.4%
1890 20,725 −3.1%
1900 20,124 −2.9%
1910 21,984 9.2%
1920 24,307 10.6%
1930 26,942 10.8%
1940 27,880 3.5%
1950 27,128 −2.7%
1960 24,501 −9.7%
1970 27,281 11.3%
1980 30,170 10.6%
1990 31,513 4.5%
2000 34,803 10.4%
2010 34,339 −1.3%
For tips on accessing Lawrence County, Alabama Genealogy census records online, see: Alabama Census.

State Census

For individual censuses, see:

  • Parsly, Mrs. Lewis F. 1820 Census Lawrence County Alabama Territory. n.d. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.
  • 1820 State Census of Lawrence County, Alabama. Huntsville, Ala.: The Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society, Inc., 1977. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.

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.

Index for Lawrence County Churches at Lawrence County, Alabama Archives - free.

Court Records


Index for Lawrence County Family Files at Lawrence County, Alabama Archives - free.

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.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Lawrence 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.

  • Gentry, Dorothy. Life and Legend of Lawrence County Alabama. Tuscaloosa, Ala., 1962. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.

Loose Papers

Indexes for Lawrence County Loose Case Papers at Lawrence County, Alabama Archives - free.


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Civil War

Civil War service men from Lawrence 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 Lawrence County.

- 4th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry (Roddy's), Company A and B
- 4th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry (Roddy's), Company D
- 5th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company C
- 9th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C "Pope Walker Guards"
- 16th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B, F and I
- 27th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D and I
- 35th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C and H

Online Records

World War I


Finding More Alabama Newspapers

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


Probate Records

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

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 ($). Lawrence County is in District 3.

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

Birth Records
  • 1881-1900 - Lawrence County Birth Index 1881-1900. Batch C747647 at FamilySearch - free.
Marriage Records
  • To 1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry – ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1808, 1818–1884, 1888–1889, 1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969 at Ancestry – ($); Index. 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.
  • 1818–1884 "Alabama Marriages, 1809–1920" at Ancestry – ($); Index. 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.
  • [h Marriages] at ALGenWeb - free

Death Records
  • 1881-1895 - Lawrence County Death Index 1881-1895. Batch B593306 at FamilySearch - free.
  • 1881–1974 Index to Deaths and Burials at Ancestry – ($); Index. 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.
Vital Record Substitutes

A free collection of obituaries and death notices from various funeral homes in the Lawrence County area has been put together by

Voting Registers

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

Societies and Libraries

Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 1568
Huntsville, Alabama
Publication: Valley Leaves Link

Lawrence County Archives
698 Main St.
PO Box 728
Moulton, AL

Lawrence County Historical Commission, Inc.
P. O. Box 728
Moulton, AL
Publication: Old Lawrence Reminiscences


Lawrence County Public Library
401 College Street
Moulton, Alabama 35650
Telephone: 256-974-

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

Lawrence County Alabama Genealogy Websites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.

Lawrence County Alabama Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lawrence 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), Lawrence County p. 38. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Lawrence County, Alabama Genealogy and History”, 6/07/2017.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Lawrence, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama 6/07/2017.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Lawrence County in Encyclopedia of Alabama (accessed 16 March 2014).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Lawrence County, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama, accessed 19 October 2018.
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at