Coffee County, Alabama Genealogy

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Coffee County, Alabama
Map of Alabama highlighting Coffee County
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Founded December 29, 1841
County Seat Elba

County Courthouse

Coffee County Alabama Courthouse.jpg
 Coffee County Courthouse
 230 N. Court Ave
Elba, AL 36323
Phone: (334) 347-2519

Probate Judge has marriage records from 1877
and land records from early 1800's
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records

County seats: Elba and Enterprise[1]


Parent County

Coffee County was formed December 29, 1841 from Dale County. Dale was formed in 1824 from Covington and Henry Counties. Covington was formed from Henry in 1821 and Henry was formed from Conecuh in 1819. Conecuh was formed from Monroe in 1818 and Monroe was the original County formed from Washington County (Mississippi Territory) and the Creek cession in 1815.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1851 and 1863 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



Biographies of many notable residents of Coffee County, Alabama Genealogy were published in Memorial Record of Alabama (1893). Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Begins on page 654.


  • Index to Tomb Inscriptions, Coffee County, Alabama. Dale County, Ala.: The Branch, 1969. Digital version at Ancestry ($). Includes 82 cemeteries: Alberson Family Cemetery, Alberton Methodist Church Cemetery, Antioch Church Cemetery, Asbury Methodist Church Cemetery, Beaverdam Church Cemetery, Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery, Bethlehem Church Cemetery, Bluff Springs Baptist Church Cemetery, Brooklyn Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery, Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery, Chestnut Grove Methodist Church Cemetery, Cole Family Cemetery, Cool Springs Church Cemetery, County Line Baptist Church Cemetery, Damascus Baptist Church Cemetery, Danley Cross Roads Church Cemetery, Driskell Family Cemetery, Enterprise City Cemetery, Evergreen Cemetery, Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery, Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery, Frisco or Stricklin Family Cemetery, Goodman Baptist Church Cemetery, Goynes Family Cemetery, Grimes Family Cemetery, Griscal Family Cemetery, Harrison Cemetery, Haw Hill Church Cemetery, Haynes Cemetery, Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery, Hudson Family Cemetery, Hutchinson Family Cemetery, Ino Baptist Church Cemetery, Kelley Family Cemetery, Keyton Cemetery, Kinston Cemetery, Leverette Family Cemetery, Liberty Church Cemetery, McGee Family Cemetery, Macedonia Church Ceemtery, Marvin Chapel Assembly of God Church Cemetery, Meadow Lawn Memorial Park, Mt. Gillied Baptist Church Cemetery, Mt. Hebron Baptist Church Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, Mt. Zion Methodist Church Cemetery, New Brockton City Cemetery, New Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery, New Haven Baptist Church Cemetery, New Home Church Cemetery, New Home Church Cemetery, New Hope Cemetery, Old Tabernacle Methodist Church Cemetery, Old Wellborn Cemetery, Perdue Assembly of God Church Cemetery, Phillips Family Cemetery, Pine Level Cemetery, Pleasant Ridge Methodist Church Cemetery, Pleasant Ridge Church Cemetery, Prescott Family Cemetery, Primitive Baptist Cemetery, Rhoades Church Cemetery, Roeton Baptist Church Cemetery, Rosam Ridge Cemetery, Salem Baptist Church Cemetery, Sardis Methodist Church Cemetery, Seglar Family Cemetery, Shady Grove Church Cemetery, Sharon Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Shiloh Church Cemetery, Simmons Family Cemetery, Spinks Family Cemetery, Taylor Family Cemetery, Victoria Cemetery, Weeks Assembly of God Church Cemetery, Weeks Family Cemetery, Wesley Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery, White Water Baptist Church Cemetery, Williams Family Cemetery, Wise Mill Church Cemetery, Woodland Baptist Church Cemetery, Zions Chapel Church Cemetery, and Zoar Church Cemetery.


For tips on accessing Coffee County, Alabama Genealogy census records online, see: Alabama Census.

Coffee County, Alabama
Year Pop.  %±
1850 5,940
1860 9,623 62.0%
1870 6,171 −35.9%
1880 8,119 31.6%
1890 12,170 49.9%
1900 20,972 72.3%
1910 26,119 24.5%
1920 30,070 15.1%
1930 32,556 8.3%
1940 31,987 −1.7%
1950 30,720 −4.0%
1960 30,583 −0.4%
1970 34,872 14.0%
1980 38,533 10.5%
1990 40,240 4.4%
2000 43,615 8.4%
2010 49,948 14.5%
Sources: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.  through 1960

Church Records

Court Records

Land and Property

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

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Barbour County, Alabama: with Homesteads, Roads, Waterways, Towns, Cemeteries, Railroads, and More. Norman, Okla.: Arphax Pub. Co., 2010. 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 976.134 E7b.

Local Histories



Civil War

Civil War service men from Coffee 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 Coffee County.

- 1st Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company F
- 12th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D "Coffee County Rangers"
- 18th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A (Bullock Guards)
- 25th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company K
- 33rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A and F
- 54th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E (formerly Co. "D", 1st AL, TN, and MS Infantry)
- 61st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D and G


Probate Records


  • 1865-1866 - U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 at Ancestry ($). Coffee County is in District 1.

Vital Records

  • To 1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry– ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1877–1886, 1888–1901, 1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969 at Ancestry– ($); 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.
  • 1877–1900 "Alabama Marriages, 1809–1920"at Ancestry– ($); Index. This database is a collection of marriage records from the state. Researchers will find the names of both bride and groom along with the marriage date. The county where the ceremony was performed is also provided. Containing about 150,000 records and the names of nearly 300,000 men and women.
  • 1881–1974 Index to Deaths and Burials at Ancestry– ($); 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.

Voting Registers

Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.  Coffee County has one book.

Societies and Libraries

Family History Center

Enterprise Alabama

110 Shell Field Rd
Enterprise, Coffee, Alabama, United States
Phone: 334-347-3631
Hours: Tues & Thurs 10 am -2pm Wed 4pm-8pm;
other times by appt.
Closures: Closed on Holidays

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).