Lauderdale County, Alabama Genealogy

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Lauderdale County, Alabama
Map of Alabama highlighting Lauderdale County
Location in the state of Alabama
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Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Founded February 6, 1818
County Seat Florence

County Courthouse

Lauderdale County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Lauderdale County Courthouse
200 South Court Street,
Florence, AL 35630 
 Phone: (256) 760-5728

Probate Judge has marriage and probate records [1]


Parent County

1818--Lauderdale County was originally included in Houston County created by land speculators in 1784, then made a part of Elk County by the Mississipi territorial legislature before 1817. The present county was created 6 February 1818 from the Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Choctaw Cession of 1816.
County seat: Florence[2]

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Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



  • Northern Alabama, Historical and Biographical. Birmingham, Ala.: Smith and De Land, 1888. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online. Lauderdale County, Alabama Genealogy begins on page 90.


Find-A-Grave  ~  Listing of 328 Lauderdale County cemeteries with transcriptions or partial transriptions.

Lauderdale County Cemeteries   ~ ALGenWeb Lauderdale Co Site  ~  listing by Township with transcriptions or partial transcriptions.

  • Douthat, James L. Pickwick Landing Reservoir Cemeteries. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press. Free surname index and publisher's bookstore at Mountain Press.
  • Douthat, James L. Wheeler Reservoir Cemeteries. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press. Free surname index and publisher's bookstore at Mountain Press.

Additional Lauderdale County cemeteries are included in Alabama Cemetery Records Vol. 3, Vol. 4, and Vol. 5 at FamilySearch Books Online - free.


Lauderdale County, Alabama
Year Pop.  %±
1820 4,963
1830 11,781 137.4%
1840 14,485 23.0%
1850 17,172 18.6%
1860 17,420 1.4%
1870 15,091 −13.4%
1880 21,035 39.4%
1890 23,739 12.9%
1900 26,559 11.9%
1910 30,936 16.5%
1920 39,556 27.9%
1930 41,130 4.0%
1940 46,230 12.4%
1950 54,179 17.2%
1960 61,622 13.7%
1970 68,111 10.5%
1980 80,546 18.3%
1990 79,661 −1.1%
2000 87,966 10.4%
2010 92,709 5.4%
For tips on accessing Lauderdale 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 Lauderdale County, Alabama Genealogy see:

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Lauderdale County, Alabama: with Homesteads, Roads, Waterways, Towns, Cemeteries, Railroads, and More. Norman, Okla.: Arphax Pub. Co., 2006. 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 976.199 E7b.

Local Histories






Probate Records


Vital Records

  • 1818-1857 - Crew, Robin and Betty Womble. Marriage Records: Lauderdale County, Alabama 1818-1857. n.d. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.
  • 1820-1857 - McClain, Mrs. W.E. Lauderdale County, Alabama Marriages 1820-1857. n.d. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Transcripts of Marriage Books 1-6.

Societies and Libraries

Family History Center

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lauderdale County p. 38. 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).