Lawrence County, Alabama Genealogy

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

County Courthouse

Lawrence County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Lawrence County Courthouse
14330 Court Street
Moulton, AL 35650
Phone: (256) 974-2432

Probate Judge has marriage, divorce, probate and land records from 1810
Clerk Circuit Court has court records [1]


Parent County

1818--Lawrence County was created 6 February 1818 from the Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw Cession of 1816.
County seat: Moulton [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1859 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

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


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



  • Northern Alabama, Historical and Biographical. Birmingham, Ala.: Smith and De Land, 1888. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online. Lawrence County, Alabama Genealogy begins on page 66.


  • Cemetery Records: Barbour County with Cherokee & Lawrence Counties Alabama, Vol. 3. 1966. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Includes Hickory Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Mt. Hope Methodist Church Cemetery, Owens Cemetery, Rock Springs Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Smith Cemetery, Templeton Cemetery, Wear Cemetery, and Young Town Cemetery.
  • Douthat, James L. Wheeler Reservoir Cemeteries. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press. Free surname index and publisher's bookstore at Mountain Press.


Lawrence County, Alabama
Year Pop.  %±
1820 8,652
1830 14,984 73.2%
1840 13,313 −11.2%
1850 15,258 14.6%
1860 13,975 −8.4%
1870 16,658 19.2%
1880 21,392 28.4%
1890 20,725 −3.1%
1900 20,124 −2.9%
1910 21,984 9.2%
1920 24,307 10.6%
1930 26,942 10.8%
1940 27,880 3.5%
1950 27,128 −2.7%
1960 24,501 −9.7%
1970 27,281 11.3%
1980 30,170 10.6%
1990 31,513 4.5%
2000 34,803 10.4%
2010 34,339 −1.3%
For tips on accessing Lawrence County, Alabama Genealogy census records online, see: Alabama Census.

For individual censuses, see:

  • Parsly, Mrs. Lewis F. 1820 Census Lawrence County Alabama Territory. n.d. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.
  • 1820 State Census of Lawrence County, Alabama. Huntsville, Ala.: The Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society, Inc., 1977. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.

Church Records

Court Records

Land and Property

Local Histories

  • Gentry, Dorothy. Life and Legend of Lawrence County Alabama. Tuscaloosa, Ala., 1962. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.



Civil War

Civil War service men from Lawrence 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 Lawrence County.

- 16th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B
- 16th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F
- 16th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company I
- 27th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D
- 27th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company I
- 35th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C
- 35th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H
- 4th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry (Roddy's), Company A
- 4th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry (Roddy's), Company B
- 4th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry (Roddy's), Company D
- 9th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C "Pope Walker Guards"
- 5th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company C



Probate Records


  • 1865-1866 - U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 at Ancestry ($). Lawrence County is in District 3.

Vital Records

  • To 1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry – ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1808, 1818–1884, 1888–1889, 1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969 at Ancestry – ($); 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.
  • 1818–1884 "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.
Vital Record Substitutes

A free collection of obituaries and death notices from various funeral homes in the Lawrence County area has been put together by

Voting Registers

Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.  Lawrence 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), Lawrence 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).