Crenshaw County, Alabama Genealogy

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Crenshaw County, Alabama
Map of Alabama highlighting Crenshaw County
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Founded November 24, 1866
County Seat Luvern

County Courthouse

Crenshaw County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Crenshaw County Courthouse
29 South Glenwood Avenue,
Luverne, AL 36049
Phone: (334) 335-6575

Probate Judge has marriage, probate and land records from 1866
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records.[1]


Parent County

1866--Crenshaw County was created 24 November 1866 from Butler, Coffee, Covington, Lowndes, and Pike Counties.
County seat: Luvern [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1898 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

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



Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


African American


Biographies of many notable residents of Crenshaw County, Alabama Genealogy were published in Memorial Record of Alabama (1893). Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Begins on page 766.



Crenshaw County, Alabama
Year Pop.  %±
1870 11,156
1880 11,726 5.1%
1890 15,425 31.5%
1900 19,668 27.5%
1910 23,313 18.5%
1920 23,017 −1.3%
1930 23,656 2.8%
1940 23,631 −0.1%
1950 18,981 −19.7%
1960 14,909 −21.5%
1970 13,188 −11.5%
1980 14,110 7.0%
1990 13,635 −3.4%
2000 13,665 0.2%
2010 13,906 1.8%

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

Church Records

Court Records

Land and Property

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

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Crenshaw County, Alabama: with Homesteads, Roads, Waterways, Towns, Cemeteries, Railroads, and More. Norman, Okla.: Arphax Pub. Co., 2008. 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 976.136 E7b.

Local Histories



  • Bullard, Karen C. and Annette J. Connor. Census of Confederate Soldiers Residing in Alabama, 1907 in Pike, Bullock and Crenshaw Counties. n.d. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.


Probate Records


Vital Records

  • To 1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry– ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1858, 1867–1872, 1935–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969 at Ancestry– ($); 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.
  • 1867–1872 "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.  Crenshaw County has one book.

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Crenshaw County p. 36. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Coverage Table, "Alabama County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," FamilySearch Research Wiki,, accessed 6 August 2012.