Lowndes County, Alabama Genealogy

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Lowndes County

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


Lowndes County, Alabama
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Founded January 20, 1830
County Seat Hayneville
Lowndes County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Address Lowndes County Courthouse
Tuskeena Street
Hayneville, AL 36040
Phone: (334) 548-2252 County Website

County Information

Lowndes County, Alabama Record Dates

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate Census
1879 1830 1879 1830 1830 1870 1816
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1908. General compliance for births by 1927 and for deaths 1925.

County Courthouse

Judge of Probate has marriage and land records from 1830,
birth and death records from 1879
Probate Records from 1870 and
military discharge records from 1919 [2]


The County was named is in honor of William Lowndes, a member of the United States Congress from South Carolina. The County has Hayneville as its seat and the County was created January 20, 1830. [3]The County is located in the central area of the state.[4]


Parent County

1830--Lowndes County was created 20 January 1830 from Butler, Dallas, and Montgomery Counties.
County seat: Hayneville [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 MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.


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:[6]

Unincorporated communities
  • Beechwood
  • Braggs
  • Burkville
  • Calhoun
  • Clover Hill
  • Collirene
  • Ellis Crossroads
  • Farmersville
  • Flatwoods
  • Fostoria
  • Hicks Hill
  • Letohatchee
  • Logan
  • Lum
  • Macedonia

Neighboring Counties





Cemeteries of Lowndes, 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 Lowndes county cemeteries.


Lowndes County, Alabama
Year Pop.  %±
1830 9,410
1840 19,539 107.6%
1850 21,915 12.2%
1860 27,716 26.5%
1870 25,719 −7.2%
1880 31,176 21.2%
1890 31,550 1.2%
1900 35,651 13.0%
1910 31,894 −10.5%
1920 25,406 −20.3%
1930 22,878 −10.0%
1940 22,661 −0.9%
1950 18,018 −20.5%
1960 15,417 −14.4%
1970 12,897 −16.3%
1980 13,253 2.8%
1990 12,658 −4.5%
2000 13,473 6.4%
2010 11,299 −16.1%
For tips on accessing Lowndes 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 Lowndes County, Alabama Genealogy see:

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Lowndes 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 HistoryGeo.com ($). Website includes free surname index. FHL Book 976.1465 E7b.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Lowndes 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

Civil War service men from Lowndes 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 Lowndes County.

- 1st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H (Guards of the Sunny South)
- 3rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H "Lowndes Beauregards"
- 5th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company K
- 6th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E [subsequently, Company M]
- 14th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B "Moore Guards"
- 17th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A (Bartow Avengers);
- 23rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F
- 44th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A
- 45th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B and I
- 60th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company I

Online Records

World War I


Finding More Alabama Newspapers

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

Probate Records

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

Research Guides

  • Inventory of the County Archives of Alabama: Lowndes County. Birmingham, Ala.: The Project, 1939. Digital version at Ancestry ($).


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 ($). Lowndes County is in District 2.

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
Marriage Records
  • To 1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry – ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1830-1880, 1898, 1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969 at Ancestry – ($); 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.
  • 1830–1880 "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.

Death Records
  • 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

Lowndes County Historical & Genealogical Society
Hwy 21
Minter, AL

Lowndes Hayneville/Lowndes County Public Library

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

Lowndes County Alabama Genealogy Websites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • USGenWeb Archives Project ~ contains record transcriptions from Bibles, obituaries, court records and more.
  • Lowndes County ALGenWeb ~ record transcriptions and information pertinent to the county.

Lowndes County Alabama Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lowndes 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), Lowndes County p. 38. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Genealogy Trails History Group, "Lowndes County, Alabama Genealogy and History", http://genealogytrails.com/ala/lowndes/ 6/08/2017.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Lowndes, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lowndes_County,_Alabama 6/08/2017.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Lowndes County, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lowndes_County,_Alabama, accessed 19 October 2018.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/c/cf/Igialabamals.pdf.