Marion County, Alabama Genealogy

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Marion County, Alabama
Map of Alabama highlighting Marion County
Location in the state of Alabama
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Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Founded February 13, 1818
County Seat Hamilton

County Courthouse

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Marion County Courthouse
132 S. Military Street
Hamilton, AL 35570
Phone: (205) 921-7451

Records burned 1883
Probate Judge has birth and death records 1909 -1919
marriage records from 1885, land records from 1887
and military discharge records from 1920 [1]


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The county is named after "The Swamp Fox" Revolutionary War Brigadier General Francis Marion (c1732-1795).[2]

Parent County

1818--Marion County was created 13 February 1818 from Tuscaloosa County.
County seat: Hamilton [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1866 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

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

Burned Counties Research



Populated Places

Neighboring Counties





Marion County, Alabama
Year Pop.  %±
1830 4,058
1840 5,847 44.1%
1850 7,833 34.0%
1860 11,182 42.8%
1870 6,059 −45.8%
1880 9,364 54.5%
1890 11,347 21.2%
1900 14,494 27.7%
1910 17,495 20.7%
1920 22,008 25.8%
1930 25,967 18.0%
1940 28,776 10.8%
1950 27,264 −5.3%
1960 21,837 −19.9%
1970 23,788 8.9%
1980 30,041 26.3%
1990 29,830 −0.7%
2000 31,214 4.6%
2010 30,776 −1.4%
For tips on accessing Marion 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 Marion County, Alabama Genealogy see:

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Marion 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 976.189 E7b.

Local Histories



Civil War

Civil War service men from Marion 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 Marion County.

- 5th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company E, F, H and K
- 16th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company G and K
- 26th Regiment, Alabama Infantry (O'Neal's), Company F, G and H
- 42nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company K


Transcription of the following newspapers:

The Guin Dispatch - 1889  

The Hamilton Free Press - 1893 - 1894

The Hamilton News Press - 1895

The Hamilton Appeal 1896

The Guin Gazette - 1897 

The Gazette Appeal - 1897

Marion county articles from various newspapers around the country - 1878 - ?

Probate Records


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

Vital Records

  • To 1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry – ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1861, 1865, 1886-1901,1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969 at Ancestry – ($); 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.
  • 1887-1900 "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

Voting Registers

Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.  Marion County has one book.

Societies and Libraries


Winfield Public Library
185 Ashwood Drive
Winfield, Alabama 35594
Telephone: 205-487-2484

The library has a genealogy section.

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Marion County p. 38. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "Francis Marion," Wikipedia.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).