Alabama Introduction

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United States Gotoarrow.png Alabama Gotoarrow.png Introduction

This set of Wiki pages describes major sources of information about families from Alabama. As you read this outline, study the United States set of Wiki pages, which will help you understand terminology and the contents and uses of genealogical records.

Records of the Family History Library

The Family History Library has many of the records described in these Alabama Wiki pages. The major holdings include land, probate, and vital records from all but two of the county courthouses in the state.

Some of the sources described in this set of Wiki pages list the Family History Library's book, microfilm, and microfiche. These are preceded by FHL, the abbreviation for Family History Library.

FamilySearch Catalog

The library's records are listed in the FamilySearch Catalog found at the library and at each Family History Center. The catalog is available in an online or microfiche version. To find a record, look in the Place Search of the catalog for:

  • The place where your ancestor lived, such as:
UNITED STATES - CENSUS
ALABAMA - MILITARY RECORDS
ALABAMA, DEKALB - LAND AND PROPERTY
ALABAMA, DEKALB, STONE MOUNTIAN - CHURCH RECORDS
  • The record type you want to search, such as:
UNITED STATES - CENSUS
ALABAMA - MILITARY RECORDS
ALABAMA, DEKALB - LAND AND PROPERTY
ALABAMA, DEKALB, STONE MOUNTIAN - CHURCH RECORDS

The page titles in the Alabama Wiki pages match the names of record types used in the catalog.