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'''Introduction to Vital Records'''  
  
= Alabama Birth, Marriage, & Death Records Online  =
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[[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]] consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]] recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. [[Locating United States Vital Records|United States Vital Records]] has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/alabama.htm Alabama Vital Records State Department of Health] or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also {{FHL|471426|subject_id|disp=Alabama indexes}} and {{FHL|377581|subject_id|disp=Alabama Record Collections}} found in the FamilySearch Catalog.
  
== [[Alabama, United States - Online Vital Records|Alabama Vital Record Links]] ==
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[http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5188 1908 - 1959]&nbsp;&nbsp; $
  
The internet is a powerful tool for locating online&nbsp;[[Alabama, United States - Online Vital Records|Alabama Vital Records]].&nbsp;Online vital record resources&nbsp;are&nbsp;often&nbsp;indexed.&nbsp;&nbsp;Indexes may link to images&nbsp;of birth, marriage, death and divorce records. The internet can deliver almost instantaneous results, original records should always be consulted.&nbsp; *http://www.daddezio.com/records/room/RR-AL-NDX.html
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= Introduction to&nbsp;Vital Records  =
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== Online Resources ==
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'''Births:'''<br>
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*{{RecordSearch|1661470|Alabama, Births and Christenings, 1881-1930}} Index only.
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*{{RecordSearch|3335352|Alabama, County Birth Registers, 1881-1930}} Index only.
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'''Marriages:'''<br>
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*[https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=alabama United States Marriages – Alabama, 1733-2013] ($) index and images
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1898&path= Alabama, Marriages, Deaths, Wills, Court, and Other Records, 1784-1920] Book ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7838 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800-1969] Index only ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2080 Alabama Marriages to 1825] Abstracts ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61365 Alabama, County Marriages, 1805-1967] Index and images ($)
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*{{RecordSearch|1743384|Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950}} Index and images.
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4192 Alabama Marriages, 1809-1920 (Selected Counties)] ($)
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*{{RecordSearch|1674672|Alabama Marriages, 1816-1957}} Index only.
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60000 Alabama, Select Marriages, 1816-1957] ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60922 Alabama, Marriage Indexes, 1814-1935], index, images, ($)
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*{{RecordSearch|2534485|Alabama County Marriages, 1818-1936}}, Index and images
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'''Deaths:'''<br>
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1898&path= Alabama, Marriages, Deaths, Wills, Court, and Other Records, 1784-1920] Book ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1710 Alabama Death Record of State Convicts, 1843-1951]
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*{{RecordSearch|1674670|Alabama, Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952}} Index only.
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2543 Alabama, Deaths and Burials Index, 1881-1974] ($)
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*{{RecordSearch|1307888|Alabama, Deaths, 1908-1974}} Index only.
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5188 Alabama Deaths, 1908-59] Index only ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1710 Alabama Death Record of State Convicts, 1843-1951]($)
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*{{RecordSearch|1202535|United States Social Security Death Index}}.
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60901 U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007], incomplete, ($).
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*[http://www.deathindexes.com/alabama/index.html Online Alabama Death Records, Indexes &amp; Obituaries]
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'''Divorce:'''<br>
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8976 Alabama Divorce Index, 1950-1959] ($)
  
Alabama Vital Records include, birth, marriage, divorce, and death records.&nbsp;&nbsp;Documents recording&nbsp;these important events&nbsp;are commonly&nbsp;referred to as&nbsp;''"vital records".&nbsp;'' A copy or extract of the original record may be obtained by contacting the [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/alabama.htm Alabama Vital Records State Department of Health] or the specific county clerk's offices. [[Locating United States Vital Records|United States Vital Records]]&nbsp;offers an overview&nbsp;of vital records in the United States.
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== Birth Records ==
  
====== Record Availability and&nbsp;Coverage ======
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To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Alabama county birth records, click [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/AL_FRB.html here].
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=== Before 1881 ===
  
The&nbsp;[http://adph.org/vitalrecords/ Alabama Vital Records State Department of Health] has:
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No births were recorded by government agencies prior to 1881. See [[Alabama, United States - Birth - 1817-1849]], [[Alabama, United States - Birth - 1850-1907]] or '''Substitute''' '''Records''' below.<br>
  
*Birth Records beginning January of 1908
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=== 1881 to 1908 ===
*Marriage Records beginning August of 1936. For marriages prior to this time, contact the Probate Court in county where license was issued.
 
*Divorce Records beginning January of 1950. For divorces prior to this time, contact the Clerk of Circuit Court in the county where divorce was granted.
 
*Death Records beginning January of 1908
 
  
For current fees for obtaining copies of state vital records contact the state office or visit their Web site.  
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Starting in 1881, the State of Alabama required individual counties to register the birth of children. Because most counties were slow to comply, not all births were recorded. In addition, many records from this time period are missing or were destroyed. Birth&nbsp;registers from this time period usually <u>do</u> <u>not</u> list the name of the child.  
  
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FamilySearch has a&nbsp;partial index of [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1661470 Births and Christenings, 1881-1930]. Background information about the source of this index is available [https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Alabama_Births_and_Christenings_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) here].
  
= Birth Records&nbsp;  =
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To obtain copies of birth records from this time period, contact the County Court where the birth occurred.
  
Contents: date and place of birth, name of child, name of parents. '''may include: '''parents place of birth, sibling numbers, multiple birth
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To access microfilmed copies of county birth records for some Alabama Counties do a "Place-name Search" of the[https://familysearch.org/catalog-search FamilySearch Catalog] for the appropriate county name in the folllowing format: &nbsp;"Alabama, &lt;county name&gt;". &nbsp;(See [[FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search|How to do a Place-name search]] wiki page.)
  
==== 1881 to 1908 ====
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=== 1908 to Present ===
  
&nbsp;Alabama Counties were&nbsp;requested to&nbsp;register births&nbsp;in 1881. However,&nbsp;the idea of registering a birth was not considered important by many families. If a baby's survival was questioned, they may not report the birth at all. Most of these early birth&nbsp;registers do not list the name of the child, but may contain sex, race, place and date of birth, parents, and possibly the physician or midwife attending the birth.  
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The [http://adph.org/vitalrecords/index.asp?id=1559 State of Alabama] required the registration of births on a state level beginning in 1908. Early registration in this time period was sketchy. Most births were recorded by 1927. Early birth&nbsp;registers and certificates generally do not contain the name of the child but may contain other important information&nbsp;as&nbsp;shown in the&nbsp;table below. It is more common to find the child's name by the 1920's. Birth Certificates are confidential for 125 years following the date of birth. To obtain copies of original birth records, contact the&nbsp; [http://adph.org/vitalrecords/Default.asp?id=1559 Alabama Department of Public Health].&nbsp; Also see&nbsp; [[Alabama, United States - Birth - 1908-Present]].  
  
<br>Contact the county for available records&nbsp;when&nbsp;there has been some record loss.
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=== Resources for Alabama Birth Records  ===
  
==== 1908 to Present (Living)  ====
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*For indexes and other available online records, see [[Alabama Vital Records Online|Alabama Vital Records Online]].
 
 
The State of Alabama did not require&nbsp;the recording of births&nbsp;until&nbsp;1908.&nbsp;The recording&nbsp;of vital records gradually increased with time&nbsp;and was generally complied with by 1927. If&nbsp;a&nbsp;baby's survival was questioned, a birth certificate may not have been created.&nbsp;Most of&nbsp;the&nbsp;early birth&nbsp;certificates do not list the name of the child, but may contain&nbsp;the sex, race, place and date of birth, parents, and possibly the physician or midwife attending the birth.&nbsp;By the 1920's, it is more common to find the baby's name included in the record. Links to some online indexes&nbsp;maybe found at&nbsp;[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Alabama%2C_United_States_-_Online_Vital_Records Alabama Vital Records Online]. Contact information and instructions for&nbsp;ordering copies of birth&nbsp;certificates&nbsp;may be found at the [http://adph.org/vitalrecords/Default.asp?id=1559 Alabama Vital Records State Department of Health].
 
 
 
=== State Records  ===
 
 
 
Statewide registration of births and deaths in Alabama began in January of 1908 and was generally complied with by 1927. The Bureau of Vital Statistics / '''Center for Health Statistics Record Servies '''has Alabama birth and death records from 1908 to the present.
 
 
 
The [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHL/frameset_library.asp Family History Library] has microfilms of statewide Death Records&nbsp;from 1908 to 1974&nbsp;and [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=683729&disp=Alabama+deaths%2C+1908%2D1974%3B+index+t%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Death Indexes from 1908 to 1959]&nbsp;may be viewed at a [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp Family History Center] near you.&nbsp;
 
 
 
Alabama. Department of Health (Montgomery, Alabama). ''[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/printing/titledetailsprint.asp?titleno=683729 Deaths, 1908–1972; Index to Deaths, 1908–1969]''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1993.
 
 
 
Alabama Statewide Deaths 1908-1974 are available on [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#c=1307888;p=collectionDetails;t=searchable Record Search]
 
 
 
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== Indexes  ==
 
  
 
== Adoption Records  ==
 
== Adoption Records  ==
  
[http://adph.org/vitalrecords/ http://adph.org/vitalrecords/]  
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[http://laws.adoption.com/statutes/alabama-laws.html Alabama adoption law] requires the creation of a new birth certificate after a legal adoption has taken place. The original birth certificate and evidence of adoption are then placed in a sealed file and the new certificate is substituted for the original birth certificate in the [http://adph.org/vitalrecords/ State Department of Vital Statistics] files. Starting August 1, 2000, original birth records (as well as all documents in the sealed file) became available to adoptees once they reached the age of 19. The [http://adph.org/vitalrecords/Default.asp?id=1563 Alabama Department of Public Health] has detailed information about obtaining copies of sealed birth records. See [[Adoption Research]] for more information.
 
 
= Marriage Records  =
 
 
 
'''Marriage records:''' name of bride and groom, date and place of marriage '''may include:''' witnesses, parents names, name of officiator
 
 
 
'''Early -'''
 
 
 
'''1936-Present'''
 
 
 
=== County Records&nbsp;  ===
 
 
 
Before 1936, statewide registration of marriages, the clerk of the probate court in each county issued licenses and recorded marriages. These records usually begin within 10 years of the creation of the county. By 1900?? marriage certificates listed the names of the bride and groom, date of marriage, bondsmen, and licensed officiant. The records may include the names of parents and their ages, occupations, and number of previous marriages for each spouse.  
 
 
 
The Family History Library has microfilms of the county marriage records for most Alabama counties.
 
 
 
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For current fees for obtaining copies of the state’s records contact the state office or visit their Web site.
 
 
 
[http://adph.org/vitalrecords/ Alabama Vital Records]
 
 
 
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=== State Records  ===
 
 
 
Statewide registration of marriages began in August of 1936. The statewide marriage records are located at the State Department of Public Health '''/ Center for Health Stat.....('''see address below).
 
 
 
The Family History Library has films of the statewide marriage records from 1936 to 1992 and indexes from 1936 to 1959:
 
  
Alabama. Department of Health. (Montgomery, Alabama). [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/printing/titledetailsprint.asp?titleno=639205 ''Marriage Certificates, 1936–1992; Index, 1936–1959''.] Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1993.
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== Marriage Records  ==
  
'''For Marriage Records prior to August 1936''', contact the Probate Judge in county where license was issued.  
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To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Alabama county marriage records, click [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/AL_FRM.html here].
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=== 1799 - March 3, 1817 Mississippi Territory  ===
  
[http://content.ancestryinstitution.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=7838&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 Alabama Marriage Collection, 1800-1969]  
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In 1799, a law passed in the Mississippi Territory (including present day Alabama) requiring marriage licenses and bonds to be registered at the Orphans Court in the county of the bride's residence. To obtain copies of original marriage records, contact the Probate Court in the county where the license was issued.<br> To access microfilmed copies of county marriage records for some Alabama Counties do a "Place-name Search" of the [https://familysearch.org/catalog-search FamilySearch Catalog] for the appropriate county name in the folllowing format: &nbsp;"Alabama, &lt;county name&gt;". &nbsp;(See [[FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search|How to do a Place-name search]] wiki page.)
  
[http://www.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2080 Alabama Marriages to 1825]
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=== 1818 - 1957 Alabama Territory/State  ===
  
[http://www.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4192 Alabama Marriages, 1809-1920]  
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Marriage licenses and bonds were registered in the Orphans Court (renamed the Probate Court in 1850) in the county of the bride's residence. Starting in 1888, bonds were only required if the groom was under the age of 21 or the bride was under the age of 18. To obtain copies of original marriage records, contact the Probate Court in the county where the license was issued or the [http://www.archives.alabama.gov/ Alabama Department of Archives and History].
  
= Divorce Records  =
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To access microfilmed copies of county marriage records for some Alabama Counties do a "Place-name Search" of the [https://familysearch.org/catalog-search FamilySearch Catalog] for the appropriate county name in the folllowing format: "Alabama, &lt;county name&gt;". &nbsp;(See [[FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search|How to do a Place-name search]] wiki page.)
  
'''Early - 1950'''
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FamilySearch provides a name index to [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1674672 Alabama&nbsp;Marriages, 1816-1957].&nbsp;&nbsp; Background information regarding these historical records is available [https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Alabama_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) here].&nbsp; Also available for some counties are&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1743384 indexes and images of Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950]. (Records are added as they become available.)
  
'''1950-1959'''
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=== 1936 - Present  ===
  
[http://content.ancestryinstitution.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=8976&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 Alabama Divorce Index, 1950-1959]  
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Alabama started keeping statewide marriage records in August of 1936. For current fees and instructions for obtaining copies of the State’s records, contact the [http://adph.org/vitalrecords/ Alabama Department of Public Health].
  
'''1959-Present'''<br>
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=== Resources for Alabama Marriage Records  ===
  
= Death Records  =
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*For indexes and other available online records, see [[Alabama Vital Records Online|Alabama Vital Records Online]].
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*Alabama. Department of Health. ''Marriage Certificates for 1936–1992; and an Index for 1936–1959''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1993. {{FHL|639205|item|disp=FHL Film 1,907,711 (first of 1,016 films)}}
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*''Early Alabama Marriages 1810–1850: Many Continue or End Between 1850 to 1900, a Few Continue Through from 1900–1936''. 44 vols. San Antonio, Texas: Family Adventures, 1991. {{WorldCat|24998145|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}{{FHL|646192|item|disp=FHL Book 976.1 V22e}}
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*''Early Alabama Marriage Records''. Shreveport, Louisiana&nbsp;: J &amp; W Ent., c1991. {{WorldCat|33848720|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}{{FHL|661197|item|disp=FHL Book 976.1 V2e}}
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*Dodd, Jordan R., Norman L. Moyes, and Liahona Research, Inc. ''Alabama Marriages Early to 1825: A Research Tool.'' Bountiful, Utah: Precision Indexing, 1991. {{WorldCat|24915574|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}{{FHL|555935|item|disp=FHL Book 976.1 V2a}}
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*Gandrud, Pauline Myra Jones. ''Marriage, Death and Legal Notices from Early Alabama Newspapers, 1819-1893''. Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, c1981. {{WorldCat|11372100|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}} {{FHL|1760|item|disp=FHL Book 976.1 V2g}}
  
'''Death records:''' date;and place of death, name of deceased, '''may include''': name of spouse, birth date and place,name of parents,occupation, cause of death, burial place, church affiliation
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== Divorce Records  ==
  
'''Early-'''
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=== Early - 1950  ===
  
'''1908-Present'''
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Prior to 1950, divorces could be granted by the State Legislature, Circuit Courts, City Courts, and County Chancery Courts. In 1915, the County Chancery Courts were merged with the County Circuit Courts. Divorces finalized by the State Legislature can be found in the published Alabama [http://www.legislature.state.al.us/aliswww/AlaLegHistory.htm Legislative Journals]. To locate divorce records for this time period, contact the [http://acadv.org/content/uploads/2014/10/Alabama-Circuit-Courts.pdf Clerk of Circuit Court] in the county where the divorce was granted.
  
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=== 1950 - Present  ===
  
The county death records specify name, age, gender, race, date, place, and cause of death.  
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In January 1950, Alabama started keeping statewide divorce records. Contact the [http://adph.org/vitalrecords/Default.asp?id=1561 Alabama Department of Public Health] to obtain divorce records for this time period. [http://search.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=8976&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 Ancestry.com] also has an index for divorces granted between 1950 and 1959. ($)
  
'''Alabama Statewide Death Certificate''': A free internet index and images to the Alabama Statewide Death Certificates can be viewed on the FamilySearch Record Search&amp;nbsp;website. For a description of the collection see [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Alabama_Statewide_Death_Certificates Alabama Statewide Death Certificates]  
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== Death Records  ==
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To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Alabama county death records, click [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/AL_FRD.html here].
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=== Before 1881  ===
  
[http://www.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5188 Alabama Death, 1908-1959]  
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No deaths were recorded by government agencies. See '''Substitute Records''' below. Also see [[Alabama, United States - Death - 1702-1816]], [[Alabama, United States - Death - 1817-1849]] and [[Alabama, United States - Death - 1850-1899]]  
  
[http://www.archives.state.al.us/referenc/vital.html Alabama Department of Archives and History]
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=== 1881 to 1908  ===
  
[http://www.deathindexes.com/alabama/index.html http://www.deathindexes.com/alabama/index.html]
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Starting in 1881, the State of Alabama required individual counties to register deaths. Because most counties were slow to comply, not all deaths were recorded. In addition, many records from this time period are missing or were destroyed.  
  
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FamilySearch has a partial index of [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1674670 Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952]. Background information (including county names and number of records indexed) &nbsp;is available [https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Alabama_Deaths_and_Burials_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) here].
  
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To obtain copies of death records from this time period, contact the County Court where the death occurred.
  
= Lost / Missing Records  =
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To access microfilmed copies of county marriage records for some Alabama Counties do a "Place-name Search" of the [https://familysearch.org/catalog-search FamilySearch Catalog] for the appropriate county name in the folllowing format: "Alabama, &lt;county name&gt;". &nbsp;(See [[FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search|How to do a Place-name search]] wiki page.)
  
Early vital events may not have been recorded.&nbsp; Some counties may have lost records due to fire, flood, military actions or other events.
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=== January 1908 - Present  ===
  
'''SEE Also:''' [http://myalabamagenealogy.com/index.htm#facts2 Alabama Burned Counties]  
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Starting in January of 1908, Alabama State Law required the registration of all deaths occuring within the state of Alabama. Copies of death certificates were filed with the [http://www.adph.org/vitalrecords/ Alabama Center for Health Statistics]. Information found on a death certificate is reported by an informant (usually a relative) and may or may not be accurate.
  
[[Burned Counties Research|Burned Counties]] Research
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FamilySearch provides an [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1307888 index to death certificates from the state of Alabama, 1908-1974]. Background information regarding these historical records is available [https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Alabama_Statewide_Death_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) here].
  
To learn of lost records search for the particular county you are intereded in.  
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To obtain copies of original&nbsp;death records, contact the [http://adph.org/vitalrecords/Default.asp?id=1560 Alabama Department of Public Health]. Also see[[Alabama, United States - Death - 1900-Present]].
  
The list below indicates some of the known record loss for Alabama counties.  
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=== Fetal Deaths ===
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Only parents may request a copy of a "Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth."  A "Fetal Death Report" is a statistical report and no certified copies are issued.  However, for a period of two years after the event, a non-certified copy may be requested by the parent.<ref>“United States Fetal Death Records,” ''Lake Superior Roots, v 29, no 2.''  (Marquette, Michigan:  Marquette County Genealogical Society, 2016), 11.</ref>
  
(Butler county courthouse burned April 1853,Calhoun rec loss 1861; 1865, &amp;nbsp;Cherokee records burned in 1882, Clay rec loss 1875, Coffee/Elba rec loss 1877, Conecuh rec loss 1868,1875,1885,1895, Coosa rec loss 1900,Covington rec burned 1895,Dale rec los 1895, Escambia rec loss 1868, Fayette rec loss 1866; 1916,Franklin rec burned 1890,Geneva rec loss 1898, Green rec loss 1868, Jackson rec loss 1864, 1920, Jefferson rec loss 1870, Limestoone rec loss 1862, Marengo rec loss 1848, 1965, Marion rec burned 1883, 1887, Mobile rec loss 1823,1840,1872,Monroe burned prior to 1833, rec loss 1832,Pickens rec loss 1864, 1876, Pike rec loss 1830, Randolph rec loss 1896, Sumpter rec loss 1901,Walker rec burned 1865,1877, 1886, 1932)
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=== Resources for Alabama Death Records  ===
  
ADD an INTERACTIVE county map of Alabama showing counties with records loss. LINK to County page.  
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*For indexes and other available online records, see [[Alabama Vital Records Online|Alabama Vital Records Online]].
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*Alabama. Department of Health. ''Death Records&nbsp;from 1908 to 1974&nbsp;and Death Indexes from 1908 to 1959''.&nbsp;Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1993-2000. {{FHL|683729|item|disp=FHL Film 1,909,110 (first of 734 films)}}; also available at {{RecordSearch|1307888|Name of database}}; also see the wiki page [[Alabama Statewide Death Certificates - FamilySearch Historical Records|Alabama Statewide Death Certificates]] for information about the database.)
  
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A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:
  
There are several statewide indexes:
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*[[Alabama Statewide Death Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|Alabama Statewide Death Records - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/printing/titledetailsprint.asp?titleno=646192 ''Early Alabama Marriages 1810–1850: Many Continue or End Between 1850 to 1900, a Few Continue Through from 1900–1936''.] San Antonio, Texas: Family Adventures, 1991. There are indexes for grooms and brides. This same information is published in [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/printing/titledetailsprint.asp?titleno=661197 Early Alabama Marriage Records.] These volumes were also published in 1991.
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== Minorities  ==
  
''[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/printing/titledetailsprint.asp?titleno=555935 Alabama Marriages Early to 1825:] A Research Tool.'' Bountiful, Utah: Precision Indexing, 1991. Over 6,000 marriages are listed alphabetically with the name of the couple and their date and county of marriage.
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=== African Americans  ===
  
''Marriage Records [Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina].'' Orem, Utah: Automated Archives, 1994. (FHL compact disc Series 9 number 3.) The dates of the records for each county vary. The earliest records begin in 1807 and the latest extend to 1902.  
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When searching for birth, marriage, or death records for [[African American Research|African Americans]] after the Civil War, check the record types listed above. Birth, marriage, and death information for African Americans prior to the Civil War can be found in [[African American Slavery and Bondage|other sources]]. See [[Alabama Minorities|Alabama Minorities]] for more information.  
  
Early '''(time coverage????)'''marriage records are also included in the Gandrud and Jones Alabama Records Collection (see the "[[Alabama Genealogy|Genealogy]]" section of this outline).
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=== Native Americans  ===
  
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In order to find birth, marriage, or death information on [[Indians of the United States and Their Records|Native Americans]] living in Alabama you must know which tribe the individual belonged to.&nbsp; [[Indians of Alabama|Indians of Alabama]] has more specific information about tribes in the State.
  
= Tips =
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== Substitute Records ==
  
The information given on a birth or death certificate is given by an informant. &nbsp;Learn the relationship of the informant to determine accuracy.  
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Use substitute records to verify and enrich knowledge about an event or where better records do not exist, to establish evidence of the birth, marriage or death of your ancestor.  
  
If you are unable to locate a vital records recorded by civil governments; search for a church record of christening, marriage, burial or death. A Family Bible may have been used to record family birth, marriages and deaths.  
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*[[Alabama Cemeteries|Cemetery Records]]&nbsp;: Cemetery records are a rich source of birth and death information. These records may also reveal family relationships.
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*[[Alabama Census|Federal/State Censuses]] - some pre-1850 censuses included every name.&nbsp;&nbsp;Census records are a valuable source for birth and marriage information. You may also determine approximate time of death when the individual disappear from the census. This is a good place to begin a search
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*[[Alabama Church Records|Church Records]]:&nbsp;Depending on the denomination, church records may contain information about birth, marriage and death.
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*[[Social Security Death Index (SSDI)|Social Security Death Index (SSDI)]]: The SSDI indexes deaths for those who had social security numbers and the death was reported to the Social Security Administration.
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*[[Alabama History|Histories]]:&nbsp;&nbsp;Local histories, family histories and biographies can all be sources of birth, marriage and death information. Often this information is found in county-level records or in surname searches of the FamilySearch Catalog.
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*[[Alabama Newspapers|Newspapers]] - look for birth announcements, marriages, reports on divorces, death notices, and [[Alabama Obituaries|Obituaries]]&nbsp;: Besides obituaries, local newspapers may contain birth and marriage announcements and death notices. Also check newspaper social columns for additional information.
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*[[Alabama Military Records|Military Records]]: Military pension records can give birth, marriage and death information. In addition, soldiers' homes records can included this same information.
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*[[Alabama Periodicals|Periodicals]] - search the Periodical Source Index ([[Periodical Source Index (PERSI)|PERSI]]) Local genealogical and historical societies often publish periodicals which may contain abstracted early birth, marriage and death information.
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*[[Alabama Probate Records|Probate Records]]: If no death record exists, probate records may be helpful in estimating when an individual has died. Probate records in the 20th Century often contain the exact death date.
  
If you are of African American desent the records for your ancestors may be in separate vital records files with separate indexes.
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== Lost / Missing Records  ==
  
Privacy laws restrict access to the records of living individuals, the individual must apply for their records, parents may be permitted to obtain a records for a child.  
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Some records for a given county or for the state of Alabama may have been burned or lost and may be unavailable. Check [[Alabama Lost/Missing Records|Alabama Lost/Missing Records]] for more information.  
  
= <br>'''Subtitute Records''' =
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== Tips ==
  
[[Alabama Church Records|Church Records]]  
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*Information listed on vital records is given by an informant. Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record. The closer the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help you determine the [[Contradictions and discrepancies|accuracy of the information]] found on the record.
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*If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by governments, search in [[Alabama Church Records|church records]] for christening, marriage, death, or burial records. A [[Alabama Bible Records|family Bible]] may also have been used to record family [[United States Birth Records|births]], [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]] and deaths.
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*Records for [[African American Research|African Americans]] are often recorded in separate files with separate indexes.
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*Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records. Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except direct descendants and/or ancestors.
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*If the survival of a baby was questioned, the birth may not have been recorded.
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*Search for Vital Records in the [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Catalog] by using a '''Place Search''' and then choosing '''Vital Records'''. Search for '''Alabama''' to locate records filed by the State and then search the&nbsp;'''name of the county''' to locate records kept by that county.
  
[[Alabama Census|Federal census:]] ........1850-1880; 1900-1930......
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== Archives, Libraries &amp; Societies  ==
  
[[Alabama Census|Alabama Census]] ....Alabama had some pre 1850 census that included every name!
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Statewide [[Alabama Archives and Libraries|Archives]], [[Alabama Archives and Libraries|Libraries]], [[Alabama Societies|Historical Societies]] and [[Alabama Societies|Genealogical Societies]] as well as [http://www.archives.state.al.us/referenc/societies.pdf County Historical and Genealogical Societies] may have collections that can be of great value when doing Alabama research. Contact the specific Archive, Society, or Library for information on what record types are available, if the records are available online, or if copies of records can be obtained for a fee.&nbsp;
  
[[Alabama History|Alabama History]] for a calendar of events affecting vital records
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== Online Alabama Birth, Marriage and Death Records  ==
  
[[Alabama Newspapers|Newspapers:]] obituary, birth and marriage announcements, death notices
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The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Alabama Vital Records. Check [[Alabama, United States - Online Vital Records|Alabama Vital Records&nbsp;Online]] for more information about the resources listed below. Most online resources for Alabama Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to [[Contradictions and discrepancies|confirm the information]] in the index.
  
[[Alabama Military Records|Military Records:]] pension, elistment
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*{{RecordSearch|3335352|Alabama, County Birth Registers, 1881-1930}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/alabama/al-vital-records/ How to order Alabama Vital Records]
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*[http://lrp.algensoc.org/lrpw/loader2.html Alabama Loose Records Index] created by the [http://www.archives.alabama.gov/research.html Alabama&nbsp;Department of Archives and History]&nbsp;- Free
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*[https://web.archive.org/web/20170703223928/http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/regional.html Alabama Databases] listed on [http://www.rootsweb.com/ Rootsweb.com]&nbsp;- Free
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*[http://www.censusdiggins.com/alabama_marriages.html Alabama Marriages Before 1825]&nbsp;&nbsp;Free database at CensusDiggins.com
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*[http://www.genealogybuff.com/al/state/webbbs_config.pl Alabama Obituary and Death Notices Collection] from GenealogyBuff.com -Free
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*[http://www.deathindexes.com/alabama/index.html Alabama Death Records, Indexex and Obituaries]
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*[http://www.ancestorhunt.com/alabama-vital-records.htm Alabama Vital Records]&nbsp;Free guide to locating AL vital records at AncestorHunt.com.
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*USGenWeb.org [http://www.algw.org/ Alabama Site] - Free
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*Search for Alabama Collections on [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] under Canada, USA, and Mexico - Free
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*The Vital Records Search and Information Directory for [http://www.daddezio.com/records/room/RR-AL-NDX.html Alabama] - Free/$
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*Germanroots Links for Alabama [http://www.germanroots.com/vitalrecords.html#Alabama Birth &amp; Marriage]&nbsp;and [http://www.germanroots.com/deathrecords.html Death] Records -&nbsp;Free/$ (for everyone, not just for German ancestry)
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*Linkpendium Links for [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AL/ Alabama Genealogy and History], including individual Counties&nbsp;-&nbsp;Free/$&nbsp;
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*Search the [http://www.ancestry.com/search/locality/dbpage.aspx?tp=2&p=3&categoryFilterID=34&showPaging=true Alabama Birth, Marriage &amp; Death] Records at Ancestry.com - $&nbsp;
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*Order [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/alabama.htm Alabama Certificates] online -&nbsp;
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/alabama/links/ Alabama Genealogy Links] - links to records where researchers can trace their Alabama ancestry.
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*[http://www.learnwebskills.com/family/vitalrecords1.htm#al Alabama Vital Records and Probate Records]
  
<br>'''Vital records are listed in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:'''
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*[https://wiki.familysearch.org wiki.familysearch.org]
  
ALABAMA- VITAL RECORDS
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'''Wiki articles describing these collections are found at:'''<br>
  
ALABAMA, [COUNTY]- VITAL RECORDS
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*[[Alabama Births and Christenings - FamilySearch Historical Records|Alabama Births and Christenings - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
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*[[Alabama Deaths and Burials - FamilySearch Historical Records|Alabama Deaths and Burials - FamilySearch Historical Records]]  
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*[[Alabama Statewide Death Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|Alabama Statewide Death Records - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
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*[[Alabama County Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records|Alabama County Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
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*[[Alabama Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records|Alabama Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
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*[[:Category:Alabama FamilySearch Historical Records]] All pages in the FamilySearch Wiki on FamilySearch Historical Records about Alabama.
  
ALABAMA, [COUNTY], [TOWN]- VITAL RECORDS
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== Bibliography  ==
  
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*Alabama Historical Records Survey Project. ''Guide to Public Vital Statistics in Alabama.'' 1942. Digital version at [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/543576-guide-to-public-vital-statistics-in-alabama?offset=1 FamilySearch Digital Library] - free.
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*Barefield, Marilyn Davis. ''Researching in Alabama a Genealogical Guide'', Southern Historical Press, 1987. {{WorldCat|15719645|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}} {{FHL|668815|item|disp=FHL Book 976.1 D27b}}
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*Nancy Dupree, Reference Consultant for Alabama Department of Archives and History. Telephone interview. 14 Jan. 2009.
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*[http://www.adph.org/vitalrecords/Default.asp?id=1558 Alabama Center for Health Statistics - Vital Records].
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*Davis, Robert S., and Mary Bess Paluzzi. "Alabama" in ''Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources'', 3rd ed. Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 1992. pp. 21-34. {{WorldCat|55947869|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}} {{FHL|611946|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27rb}}
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{{Alabama|Alabama}}
  
*[http://www.50states.com/vitalrecords/alabama.htm &nbsp;]*[http://www.daddezio.com/records/room/RR-AL-NDX.html http://www.daddezio.com/records/room/RR-AL-NDX.html] <br>
 
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[[Category:Alabama_Vital_Records]]

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Introduction to Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. United States Vital Records has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Alabama Vital Records State Department of Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also Alabama indexes and Alabama Record Collections found in the FamilySearch Catalog.

 
Vital Records Collage.JPG
  

Marriage Records  Death Records
Early - 1825 Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974
Alabama Marriages, 1816-1957 1808 - 1870   $
1800 - 1969  $

1908 - 1959   $


Online Resources[edit | edit source]

Births:

Marriages:

Deaths:

Divorce:

Birth Records[edit | edit source]

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Alabama county birth records, click here.

Before 1881[edit | edit source]

No births were recorded by government agencies prior to 1881. See Alabama, United States - Birth - 1817-1849, Alabama, United States - Birth - 1850-1907 or Substitute Records below.

1881 to 1908[edit | edit source]

Starting in 1881, the State of Alabama required individual counties to register the birth of children. Because most counties were slow to comply, not all births were recorded. In addition, many records from this time period are missing or were destroyed. Birth registers from this time period usually do not list the name of the child.

FamilySearch has a partial index of Births and Christenings, 1881-1930. Background information about the source of this index is available here.

To obtain copies of birth records from this time period, contact the County Court where the birth occurred.

To access microfilmed copies of county birth records for some Alabama Counties do a "Place-name Search" of theFamilySearch Catalog for the appropriate county name in the folllowing format:  "Alabama, <county name>".  (See How to do a Place-name search wiki page.)

1908 to Present[edit | edit source]

The State of Alabama required the registration of births on a state level beginning in 1908. Early registration in this time period was sketchy. Most births were recorded by 1927. Early birth registers and certificates generally do not contain the name of the child but may contain other important information as shown in the table below. It is more common to find the child's name by the 1920's. Birth Certificates are confidential for 125 years following the date of birth. To obtain copies of original birth records, contact the  Alabama Department of Public Health.  Also see  Alabama, United States - Birth - 1908-Present.

Resources for Alabama Birth Records[edit | edit source]

Adoption Records[edit | edit source]

Alabama adoption law requires the creation of a new birth certificate after a legal adoption has taken place. The original birth certificate and evidence of adoption are then placed in a sealed file and the new certificate is substituted for the original birth certificate in the State Department of Vital Statistics files. Starting August 1, 2000, original birth records (as well as all documents in the sealed file) became available to adoptees once they reached the age of 19. The Alabama Department of Public Health has detailed information about obtaining copies of sealed birth records. See Adoption Research for more information.

Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Alabama county marriage records, click here.

1799 - March 3, 1817 Mississippi Territory[edit | edit source]

In 1799, a law passed in the Mississippi Territory (including present day Alabama) requiring marriage licenses and bonds to be registered at the Orphans Court in the county of the bride's residence. To obtain copies of original marriage records, contact the Probate Court in the county where the license was issued.
To access microfilmed copies of county marriage records for some Alabama Counties do a "Place-name Search" of the FamilySearch Catalog for the appropriate county name in the folllowing format:  "Alabama, <county name>".  (See How to do a Place-name search wiki page.)

1818 - 1957 Alabama Territory/State[edit | edit source]

Marriage licenses and bonds were registered in the Orphans Court (renamed the Probate Court in 1850) in the county of the bride's residence. Starting in 1888, bonds were only required if the groom was under the age of 21 or the bride was under the age of 18. To obtain copies of original marriage records, contact the Probate Court in the county where the license was issued or the Alabama Department of Archives and History.

To access microfilmed copies of county marriage records for some Alabama Counties do a "Place-name Search" of the FamilySearch Catalog for the appropriate county name in the folllowing format: "Alabama, <county name>".  (See How to do a Place-name search wiki page.)

FamilySearch provides a name index to Alabama Marriages, 1816-1957.   Background information regarding these historical records is available here.  Also available for some counties are indexes and images of Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950. (Records are added as they become available.)

1936 - Present[edit | edit source]

Alabama started keeping statewide marriage records in August of 1936. For current fees and instructions for obtaining copies of the State’s records, contact the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Resources for Alabama Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

Divorce Records[edit | edit source]

Early - 1950[edit | edit source]

Prior to 1950, divorces could be granted by the State Legislature, Circuit Courts, City Courts, and County Chancery Courts. In 1915, the County Chancery Courts were merged with the County Circuit Courts. Divorces finalized by the State Legislature can be found in the published Alabama Legislative Journals. To locate divorce records for this time period, contact the Clerk of Circuit Court in the county where the divorce was granted.

1950 - Present[edit | edit source]

In January 1950, Alabama started keeping statewide divorce records. Contact the Alabama Department of Public Health to obtain divorce records for this time period. Ancestry.com also has an index for divorces granted between 1950 and 1959. ($)

Death Records[edit | edit source]

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Alabama county death records, click here.

Before 1881[edit | edit source]

No deaths were recorded by government agencies. See Substitute Records below. Also see Alabama, United States - Death - 1702-1816, Alabama, United States - Death - 1817-1849 and Alabama, United States - Death - 1850-1899

1881 to 1908[edit | edit source]

Starting in 1881, the State of Alabama required individual counties to register deaths. Because most counties were slow to comply, not all deaths were recorded. In addition, many records from this time period are missing or were destroyed.

FamilySearch has a partial index of Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952. Background information (including county names and number of records indexed)  is available here.

To obtain copies of death records from this time period, contact the County Court where the death occurred.

To access microfilmed copies of county marriage records for some Alabama Counties do a "Place-name Search" of the FamilySearch Catalog for the appropriate county name in the folllowing format: "Alabama, <county name>".  (See How to do a Place-name search wiki page.)

January 1908 - Present[edit | edit source]

Starting in January of 1908, Alabama State Law required the registration of all deaths occuring within the state of Alabama. Copies of death certificates were filed with the Alabama Center for Health Statistics. Information found on a death certificate is reported by an informant (usually a relative) and may or may not be accurate.

FamilySearch provides an index to death certificates from the state of Alabama, 1908-1974. Background information regarding these historical records is available here.

To obtain copies of original death records, contact the Alabama Department of Public Health. Also seeAlabama, United States - Death - 1900-Present.

Fetal Deaths[edit | edit source]

Only parents may request a copy of a "Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth." A "Fetal Death Report" is a statistical report and no certified copies are issued. However, for a period of two years after the event, a non-certified copy may be requested by the parent.[1]

Resources for Alabama Death Records[edit | edit source]

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Minorities[edit | edit source]

African Americans[edit | edit source]

When searching for birth, marriage, or death records for African Americans after the Civil War, check the record types listed above. Birth, marriage, and death information for African Americans prior to the Civil War can be found in other sources. See Alabama Minorities for more information.

Native Americans[edit | edit source]

In order to find birth, marriage, or death information on Native Americans living in Alabama you must know which tribe the individual belonged to.  Indians of Alabama has more specific information about tribes in the State.

Substitute Records[edit | edit source]

Use substitute records to verify and enrich knowledge about an event or where better records do not exist, to establish evidence of the birth, marriage or death of your ancestor.

  • Cemetery Records : Cemetery records are a rich source of birth and death information. These records may also reveal family relationships.
  • Federal/State Censuses - some pre-1850 censuses included every name.  Census records are a valuable source for birth and marriage information. You may also determine approximate time of death when the individual disappear from the census. This is a good place to begin a search
  • Church Records: Depending on the denomination, church records may contain information about birth, marriage and death.
  • Social Security Death Index (SSDI): The SSDI indexes deaths for those who had social security numbers and the death was reported to the Social Security Administration.
  • Histories:  Local histories, family histories and biographies can all be sources of birth, marriage and death information. Often this information is found in county-level records or in surname searches of the FamilySearch Catalog.
  • Newspapers - look for birth announcements, marriages, reports on divorces, death notices, and Obituaries : Besides obituaries, local newspapers may contain birth and marriage announcements and death notices. Also check newspaper social columns for additional information.
  • Military Records: Military pension records can give birth, marriage and death information. In addition, soldiers' homes records can included this same information.
  • Periodicals - search the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) Local genealogical and historical societies often publish periodicals which may contain abstracted early birth, marriage and death information.
  • Probate Records: If no death record exists, probate records may be helpful in estimating when an individual has died. Probate records in the 20th Century often contain the exact death date.

Lost / Missing Records[edit | edit source]

Some records for a given county or for the state of Alabama may have been burned or lost and may be unavailable. Check Alabama Lost/Missing Records for more information.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Information listed on vital records is given by an informant. Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record. The closer the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help you determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.
  • If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by governments, search in church records for christening, marriage, death, or burial records. A family Bible may also have been used to record family births, marriages and deaths.
  • Records for African Americans are often recorded in separate files with separate indexes.
  • Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records. Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except direct descendants and/or ancestors.
  • If the survival of a baby was questioned, the birth may not have been recorded.
  • Search for Vital Records in the FamilySearch Catalog by using a Place Search and then choosing Vital Records. Search for Alabama to locate records filed by the State and then search the name of the county to locate records kept by that county.

Archives, Libraries & Societies[edit | edit source]

Statewide Archives, Libraries, Historical Societies and Genealogical Societies as well as County Historical and Genealogical Societies may have collections that can be of great value when doing Alabama research. Contact the specific Archive, Society, or Library for information on what record types are available, if the records are available online, or if copies of records can be obtained for a fee. 

Online Alabama Birth, Marriage and Death Records[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Alabama Vital Records. Check Alabama Vital Records Online for more information about the resources listed below. Most online resources for Alabama Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to confirm the information in the index.

Wiki articles describing these collections are found at:

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  1. “United States Fetal Death Records,” Lake Superior Roots, v 29, no 2. (Marquette, Michigan: Marquette County Genealogical Society, 2016), 11.



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