Limestone County, Alabama Genealogy

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Limestone County, Alabama
Map of Alabama highlighting Limestone 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 Athens

United States  Gotoarrow.png  Alabama  Gotoarrow.png  Limestone County

County Courthouse

Limestone County, Alabama Courthouse

Limestone County Courthouse
310 W. Washington Ave.,
Athens, AL 35611
Phone:(256) 233-6406

County Archives has bird and death records 1881-1913
marriage records 1832-1900 divorce records 1896-1947
land and court records 1818-1900, tax records 1861-1900,
Newspapers 1868-1985 Probate Judge has marriage probate land records from after 1900
Clerk Circuit Court has court records after 1900 and divorce records after 1947


Parent County

1818--Limestone County was created 6 February 1818 from the Cherokee and Chicksaw Cession in 1816.
County seat: Athens [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1862 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

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

Burned Counties Research


Populated Places

Ardmore Decatur Lester Tanner
Athens Elkmont Madison
Belle Mina Huntsville Mooresville

Neighboring Counties



  • Northern Alabama, Historical and Biographical. Birmingham, Ala.: Smith and De Land, 1888. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online. Limestone County, Alabama Genealogy begins on page 71.


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

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


Limestone County, Alabama
Year Pop.  %±
1820 9,871
1830 14,807 50.0%
1840 14,374 −2.9%
1850 16,483 14.7%
1860 15,306 −7.1%
1870 15,017 −1.9%
1880 21,600 43.8%
1890 21,201 −1.8%
1900 22,387 5.6%
1910 26,880 20.1%
1920 31,341 16.6%
1930 36,629 16.9%
1940 35,642 −2.7%
1950 35,766 0.3%
1960 36,513 2.1%
1970 41,699 14.2%
1980 46,005 10.3%
1990 54,135 17.7%
2000 65,676 21.3%
2010 82,782 26.0%
For tips on accessing Limestone County, Alabama Genealogy census records online, see: Alabama Census.


LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Elkmont


Land and Property

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

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Limestone County, Alabama: with Homesteads, Roads, Waterways, Towns, Cemeteries, Railroads, and More. Norman, Okla.: Arphax Pub. Co., 2007. 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 976.198 E7b.

Local Histories



Civil War Battles Fought in Limestone County
  • 1864 - January 26 = Athens
  • 1864 - October 26-29 = Decatur

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

Map showing Civil War battles in Alabama.


Abstracts of The Limestone County News (1859), The Union Banner (1860), and The Athens Post (1865-1870) were published in:

  • 1859-1870 - Caver, Larry E. Abstracts from Alabama Newspapers, Volume II: Limestone County, Madison County, Marshall County, Jackson County. Carrollton, Miss.: Pioneer Publishing Co., 2007. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.


  • 1866-1870 - Hageness, MariLee Beatty. Probate Records 1866-1870 Limestone County Alabama. Anniston, Ala.: MLH Research, 2001. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.


Vital Records


Societies and Libraries

Limestone County Archives

Family History Center

Web Sites


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