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United States  Gotoarrow.png  Alabama  Gotoarrow.png  Dallas County

Dates for major county records
For earlier dates, try...Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries | Parent County
Dallas County, Alabama
Map of Alabama highlighting Dallas County
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Founded February 9, 1818
County Seat Selma

County Courthouse

Dallas County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Dallas County Courthouse
105 Lauderdale,
Selma, AL 36702,
Phone: (334) 874-2523

Probate Judge has marriage records from 1818
Divorce Records from 1917
Probate Records from 1821 and land records from 1820[1]


Parent County

1818--Dallas County was created 9 February 1818 from Montgomery County and the Creek Cession of 1814.
County seat: Selma [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


African American


Biographies of many notable residents of Dallas County, Alabama Genealogy were published in Memorial Record of Alabama (1893). Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Begins on page 844.


Additional Dallas County cemeteries are included in Alabama Cemetery Records Vol. 1 at FamilySearch Books Online - free.


Dallas County, Alabama
Year Pop.  %±
1820 6,003
1830 14,017 133.5%
1840 25,199 79.8%
1850 29,727 18.0%
1860 33,625 13.1%
1870 40,705 21.1%
1880 48,433 19.0%
1890 49,350 1.9%
1900 54,657 10.8%
1910 53,401 −2.3%
1920 54,697 2.4%
1930 55,094 0.7%
1940 55,245 0.3%
1950 56,270 1.9%
1960 56,667 0.7%
1970 55,296 −2.4%
1980 53,981 −2.4%
1990 48,130 −10.8%
2000 46,365 −3.7%
2010 43,820 −5.5%
For tips on accessing Dallas County, Alabama Genealogy census records online, see: Alabama Census.

Church Records

  • Jackson, Walter M. The First Hundred Years: A History of the Selma Baptist Church of Christ, Commonly Known as the First Baptist Church of Selma. Selma, Ala., 1942. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Fry, Anna M. Gayle. Memories of Old Cahaba. Nashville, Tenn.: Printed for the author by the Publishing House of the M.E. Church, 1908. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Court Records

Land and Property

Local Histories



Civil War

Civil War service men from Dallas 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 Dallas County.

- 2nd Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company I
- 3rd Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company D [formerly Jackson County Mounted Rifles]
- 3rd Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company F[formerly Murphy's Independent Co.]
- 3rd Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company I [formerly Lenoir County Cavalry]
- 3rd Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company K
- 4th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A(Governor's Guard)
- 4th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C
- 5th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A [subsequently, Company F]
- 7th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H(Mounted)
- 8th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D "Independent Blues"
- 20th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B
- 28th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company I
- 44th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A and G
- 51st Regiment, Alabama Partisan Rangers, Company I
- 58th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H

Civil War Battle Fought in Dallas County
  • 1865 - April 2 = Selma

Battle information from Civil War Battle Summaries by State, by the Heritage Preservation Services.

Map showing Civil War battles in Alabama, by the Heritage Preservation Services.


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

Probate Records


  • 1865-1866 - U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 at Ancestry ($). Dallas County is in District 2.

Vital Records

  • To 1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry – ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1818–1826, 1835–1839, 1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969 at Ancestry – ($); 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.
  • 1818–1845 "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.  Dallas County lists six books, but books 4 and 6 appear to be duplicates of Volume 5.

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Dallas 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, https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Alabama_County_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records), accessed 6 August 2012.