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

Limestone County, Alabama
Map of Alabama highlighting Limestone County
Location in the state of Alabama
Founded February 6, 1818
County Seat Athens
Limestone County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Address Limestone County Courthouse
310 W. Washington Ave.,
Athens, AL 35611
Phone:(256) 233-6406 County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate Census
1881 1832 1881 1818 1818 1818 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]

County Archives has birth and death records 1881-1913
marriage records 1832-1900 divorce records 1896-1947
land and court records 1818-1900, tax records 1861-1900,
Newspapers 1868-1985 Probate Judge has marriage probate land records from after 1900
Clerk Circuit Court has court records after 1900 and divorce records after 1947

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named comes from Limestone Creek, a local stream. The County has Athens as its seat and the County was created February 6, 1818. [3] The County is located in the north-central area of the state.[4]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1818--Limestone County was created 6 February 1818 from the Cherokee and Chicksaw Cession in 1816.
County seat: Athens [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]


Limestone County had a destructive courthouse fire in 1862.[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
Census-designated places
  • Big Creek
  • Georgia
  • Gilbertsboro
  • Gilbertons
  • Mooresville
  • Pettusville
  • Pleasant Grove
  • Quid Nune
  • Richland
  • Sand Springs
  • Shoalford
  • Slough
  • Wickham

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]


Resources[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • Northern Alabama, Historical and Biographical. Birmingham, Ala.: Smith and De Land, 1888. Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library. Limestone County, Alabama Genealogy begins on page 71.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Limestone, 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 Limestone county cemeteries.

  • Douthat, James L. Wheeler Reservoir Cemeteries. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press. Publisher's bookstore at Mountain Press.$$
  • Additional Limestone County cemeteries are included in Alabama Cemetery Records Vol. 1 at FamilySearch Digital Library - free.

Census[edit | edit source]

Limestone County, Alabama
Year Pop.
1820 9,871
1830 14,807 50.0%
1840 14,374 −2.9%
1850 16,483 14.7%
1860 15,306 −7.1%
1870 15,017 −1.9%
1880 21,600 43.8%
1890 21,201 −1.8%
1900 22,387 5.6%
1910 26,880 20.1%
1920 31,341 16.6%
1930 36,629 16.9%
1940 35,642 −2.7%
1950 35,766 0.3%
1960 36,513 2.1%
1970 41,699 14.2%
1980 46,005 10.3%
1990 54,135 17.7%
2000 65,676 21.3%
2010 82,782 26.0%

For tips on accessing Limestone 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.

Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Elkmont

Court Records[edit | edit source]

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.

To place a grant or deed on a map within context of Limestone County, Alabama Genealogy see:

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Limestone County, Alabama: with Homesteads, Roads, Waterways, Towns, Cemeteries, Railroads, and More. Norman, Okla.: Arphax Pub. Co., 2007. 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 976.198 E7b.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Limestone 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[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Limestone 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 Limestone County.

- 9th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F "Limestone Troopers"
- 9th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H "Limestone Grays"
- 35th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D and G
- 50th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B, formerly Company C, 2nd Battalion
- 50th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E, formerly Companies B/G, 2nd Battalion "Limestone Rebels"
- 54th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B (formerly Co. "A", 40th TN Infantry)
- 54th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H (formerly Co. "I", 1st AL, TN, and MS Infantry)

Online Records

Civil War Battles Fought in Limestone County[edit | edit source]
  • 1864 - January 26 = Athens
  • 1864 - October 26-29 = Decatur

Battle information from Civil War Battle Summaries by State, by the Heritage Preservation Services.

Map showing Civil War battles in Alabama.

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 Limestone County, Alabama Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Abstracts of The Limestone County News (1859), The Union Banner (1860), and The Athens Post (1865-1870) were published in:

  • 1859-1870 - Caver, Larry E. Abstracts from Alabama Newspapers, Volume II: Limestone County, Madison County, Marshall County, Jackson County. Carrollton, Miss.: Pioneer Publishing Co., 2007. Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library - free.
  • 1931, 1941, 1942, 1944-1949, 1968 - The Alabama Courier (Athens, Ala.) at Ancestry ($).

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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 ($). Limestone County is in District 3.

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]
  • 1896-1898 - Limestone County Birth Index 1896-1898. Batch C593327 at FamilySearch - free.
Marriage Records[edit | edit source]
  • To 1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry – ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1821–1862, 1924, 1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969 at Ancestry – ($); 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.

Death[edit | edit source]
  • 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.

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Limestone County Archives
102 W. Washington St.
Athens AL

Limestone County Historical Society
P. O. Box 82
Athens, AL

Friends of the Limestone Archives
P. O. Box 658
Athens, AL

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Athens-Limestone Public Library
405 E. South St.
Athens, Alabama 35611
Telephone: 256-232-1233

Limestone County Archives[edit | edit source]

Family History Center
[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

Limestone County Alabama Genealogy Websites[edit | edit source]

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

Limestone County Alabama Genealogy References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Limestone 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), Limestone County p. 38. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Limestone County, Alabama Genealogy and History”, 6/08/2017.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Limestone, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama 6/08/2017.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Limestone County Alabama in (accessed 16 March 2014).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Limestone 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

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