Montgomery County, Alabama Genealogy

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Montgomery County

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


Montgomery County, Alabama
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Founded December 6, 1816
County Seat Montgomery
Montgomery County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Address Montgomery County Courthouse
PO Box 1667
Montgomery, Alabama 36102
Phone 334-832-1210
County Website

County Information

Montgomery County, Alabama Record Dates

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate Census
1908 1817 1908 1817 1816 1817 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 records from 1817,
Probate Records from 1817
and land records from 1819
Alabama  Dept of Archives and History
has marriage records 1817-1928
Clerk of Board of revenue has divorce records from 1851
and court Records from 1817 [2]


The County was named in honor of Lemuel P. Montgomery, a military officer killed at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in the War of 1812. The County has Montgomery as its seat and the County was created December 6, 1816. The County is located in the southcentral area of the state.[3]


Parent County

1816--Montgomery County was created 6 December 1816 from Monroe County.
County seat: Montgomery[4]

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

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 Montgomery County: [5]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
  • Camp Sheridan
  • Capitol Heights
  • Cloverdale
  • Cook Station
  • Dooley
  • Elam
  • Highland Park
  • Keelers
  • Kendall
  • Killough
  • McGehee
  • Old Elam
  • Pike Road
  • Pole Bridge
  • Porters
  • Robertson Crossroads
  • Snowdoun
  • Tuckers
  • Union Academy
  • Walkers

Neighboring Counties



African American



Cemeteries of Montgomery, 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 Montgomery county cemeteries.

  • Some Montgomery County cemeteries are included in Alabama Cemetery Records Vol. 1 at FamilySearch Books Online - free.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
Est. 2011232,0323.8%
For tips on accessing Montgomery 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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Montgomery

Court Records


  • Montgomery County, Alabama Online Historical Directories - identifies historical city, county, business and other directories available online on both free and pay-to-access websites.
  • 1878 - Beale, Jesse D. City Directory and History of Montgomery, Alabama: With a Summary of Events in that History, Calendarically Arranged, Besides Other Valuable and Useful Information. Montgomery, Ala.: T.C. Bingham & Co., Printers and Binders, 1878. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • 1880-1895 - Montgomery, Alabama Directories, 1880-95 at Ancestry ($). Includes 1881-1881, 1883-1884, 1887, 1891, 1893, and 1895 city directories.

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 Montgomery 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.

  • Robertson, W. G. Recollections of the Early Settlers of Montgomery County, Alabama. Montgomery, Ala.: Society of Pioneers of Montgomery, 1961. Digital version at Ancestry ($).


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Civil War

Civil War service men from Montgomery 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 Montgomery County.

- 1st Battalion, Alabama Artillery, Company A and E
- 1st Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company B, G and K
- 2nd Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company I, F and J
- 3rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F "Metropolitan Guards"
- 3rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company G" Montgomery Free Blues"
- 6th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D [subsequently, Company E]
- 6th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company G [subsequently, Company H]
- 7th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company B, C, F and K
- 7th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company I(Mounted)
- 13th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D and K
- 17th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F
- 21st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B "Montgomery Guards"
- 22nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company K
- 23rd Battalion, Alabama, Company G
- 31st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company I
- 33rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H
- 34th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A and H
- 46th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E
- 51st Regiment, Alabama Partisan Rangers, Company H
- 58th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company K
- 60th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C and F
- 61st 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 Montgomery County, Alabama Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Alabama Online Historical Newspapers - identifies historical archived and digitized newspapers available online on both free and pay-to-access websites.

Probate Records

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

  • 1865-1866 - U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 at Ancestry ($). Montgomery 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
  • 1878 - Montgomery County Birth Index 1878. Batch C593015 at FamilySearch - free.
Marriage Records
  • To 1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry – ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1817-1861, 1869, 1925, 1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969 at Ancestry – ($); 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.
  • 1818-1860 "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

Montgomery County Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 230194
Montgomery, AL
Publication: MGS Quarterly Link

Society of Pioneers of Montgomery, Inc.
P. O. Box 413
Montgomery, AL

Montgomery County Archives
P. O. Box 223
Montgomery, AL

Montgomery County Historical Society
P. O. Box 1829
Montgomery, AL
Publication: Montgomery County Historical Society Herald Location: 512 S. Court St.
Figh-Pickett-Barnes School House


Montgomery City-County Public Library
Main Branch:

Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library
245 High Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36104
Telephone: 334-240-4999

Pintlala Historical Association
c/o Pintlala Public Library
255 Federal Rd.
Hope Hull, AL

Family History Center

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 Center Locator

Montgomery County Alabama Genealogy Websites

Montgomery County Alabama Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Montgomery 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), Montgomery County p. 39. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Genealogy Trails History Group, "Montgomery County, Alabama Genealogy and History", 6/13/2017.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Montgomery County, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama, accessed 23 October 2018.
  6. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at