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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Alabama Genealogy|Alabama]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Alabama_Archives_and_LibrariesAlabama Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]''
=== Repositories ==={{TOCright}}These repositories preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in Alabama.<br>
Most archives and libraries collect records about local residents (biographies, family histories, and local histories) and about nearby places (maps, gazetteers, and place-finding aids). They often compile reference helps and special indexes to important local sources. In many communities they serve as a meeting place for local historical and genealogical societies, and may be able to provide referrals to people who are willing to look up information in local records. Before you visit an archive or a library, contact them and ask for information on their collection, hours, services, and fees. === Online Records ===
Many archives and libraries have helpful sources for locating information about {{Click|Image:AL_ORP.png|Alabama, such as maps, gazetteers, and other place-finding aids. They frequently have collections of previous research, such as family and local histories and biographies. Many have record-finding aids, such as guides to their own collections or inventories of records housed elsewhere in the state. Archives and libraries near state boundaries usually collect records relating to the adjacent states. Online Genealogy Records|left}}{{DCfollowup}}
The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services helpful to genealogical researchers: === National ===
[[Image:Alabama Department of Archives and HistoryNARA Atlanta.jpg|right|300px175px|Alabama Department of Archives and HistoryNARA Atlanta.jpg]]'''[[Alabama Department of National Archives and Historyat Atlanta]]'''<br>624 Washington Avenue5780 Jonesboro Road<br>MontgomeryMorrow, AL 36130-0100 Georgia 30260 USA<br>TelephonePhone: 334770-242968-4435 2100<br>Fax: 334770-240968-34332547<br>E-mail: []<br>The mailing address isInternet: [http:<br>P//www.Oarchives. Box 300100<br>Montgomery, AL 36130-0100 gov/southeast/ National Archives at Atlanta] <br><br>
The Department of Archives and History (closed Mondays) has the following records: Records from over 100 federal agencies and state censuses; vital records (birthcourts in '''Alabama''', Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, deathNorth Carolina, marriageSouth Carolina, and divorce); county records (deedsTennessee. Also includes Vice Admiralty Courts of SC, evolution of federal courts, Constitutional rights, Revolutionary War, Civil War, reconstruction, willsWorld Wars I and II, and other probate space exploration. Microfilms for censuses, diplomatic missions, military service records); , bounty-landapplications, militarypassenger arrival lists, naturalizations, American Indians, and military discharge records African Americans.<ref name="DB127">William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. ''America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers'' (DD214sBountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998); surname files; city directories; African, 127-American records (Reconstruction to the present); American Indian records28. {{WorldCat|39493985}}; and immigration and naturalization records{{FHL|728550|item|disp=FHL Ref Book 973 J54d}}.</ref><br><br>
'''[[National Archives Southeast Region (Atlanta)]]'''[[Image:NARA Atlanta.jpg|right|130px|NARA Atlanta.jpg]]<br>5780 Jonesboro Road<br>Morrow, Georgia 30260<br>Phone: 770-968-2100<br>Fax: 770-968-2547<br>E-mail: [mailto://] <br><br> === Statewide ===
[[Image:Alabama Department of Archives and History.jpg|right|175px|Alabama Department of Archives and History.jpg]]'''[[Dallas Public Central LibraryAlabama Department of Archives and History]]''' <br>'''Mailing address:''' P.O. Box 300100<br>'''Street address:''' 624 Washington Avenue<br>Montgomery, AL 36130-0100 USA<br>Telephone: 334-242-4435 <br>Fax: 334-240-3433<br>E-mail: []<br>Internet: [ Alabama Department of Archives and History]<br><br>
'''[[:Start here if you are researching Alabama Historical Association]]''' ancestors. Every county has local records such as marriages, deeds, and the associated indexes.<ref name="DB11">Dollarhide and Bremer, 11.</ref>
'''[[Birmingham Public Library]]'''[[Image:Linn-HenleyResearchLibrary.jpg|right|130px|Linn-HenleyResearchLibrary.jpg]]<br>2100 Park Place<br>BirminghamThe Department of Archives and History (closed Mondays) has the following records: federal and state censuses; vital records (birth, death, marriage, and divorce); county records (deeds, wills, and other probate records); land, military, AL 35203 <br>Telephone: 205and military discharge records (DD214s); surname files; city directories; African-226-3665 <br>E-mail: [ askgenlocal@bham.lib.alAmerican records (Reconstruction to the present); American Indian records; and immigration and naturalization] <br><br>
'''[[Samford University LibraryAlabama Historical Association]]'''<br>Special Collection DepartmentPO Box 456<br>800 Lakeshore Drive<br>BirminghamLivingston, AL 3522935470 USA<br>TelephoneE-mail: 205-726-2749[]<br>FaxInternet: [http: 205-726-2642 // Alabama Historical Association]
:Holds annual meetings and publishes ''The Alabama Review'[[Mobile Public Library]]'''[[Image:Mobile Public Library 2008.jpg|right|130px({{WorldCat|Mobile Public Library 2008.jpg]]<br>Local History Dept909782198}}). <brref>704 Government Street<br>Mobile, AL 36602-1499 <br>Telephone: 334-208-7093 <br>Fax: 334-208-5866 <br>E-mail: [mailtohttp:mpllhg@acan// mpllhg@acan/home.nethtml Alabama Historical Association] (accessed 6 November 2015).<br><br/ref>
'''[[Mobile Municipal Archives]]'''<br>'''Mail address:''' P.O. Box 1827<br>Mobile, Alabama 36633-1827 USA<br>'''Street address:''' 457 Church Street<br>Mobile, Alabama 36602 USA <br>Telephone: 251-208-7740<br>Fax: 251-208-7428<br>E-mail: []<br> Internet: Municipal Archives<br> === Regional ===
[[Image:Includes records of early Alabama/Florida settlers: Spanish, French, and Anglo especially during the Spanish periodRalph Brown Draughon Library Auburn University. This is the premier library for Gulf Coast settlers from Louisiana to Florida.<ref>William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremerjpg|right|175px|Ralph Brown Draughon Library Auburn University. jpg]]'''America[[Auburn University Libraries]]'s Best Genealogy Resource Centers'' (Bountiful<br>RBD Library Special Collections Department<br>231 Mell Street<br>Auburn University, UtahAL 36849 USA<br>Telephone: 334-844-4500 or 800-446-0387<br>E-mail: [mailto: Heritage Quest, 1998), askalibrarian@auburn. {{WorldCat|39493985|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}edu]<br>Internet: [http://libguides. {{FHL|728550|item|disp=FHL Ref Book 973 J54d}}auburn.<edu/ref>genealogy Genealogy]<br><br>
'''[:The R.B. Draughon library has a large genealogical collection including censuses, books and periodicals, local and state histories, family histories, passenger arrival lists, Confederate soldier lists, and genealogical website links.<ref name="DB11" /> <ref>[Florence-Lauderdale Public Library]{{amp}}sid=2111985 Genealogy]in ''Auburn University Archives'' (accessed 8 November 2015).</ref><br><br>
'''[[University of Alabama LibrariesBirmingham Public Library]]''' [[Image:Linn-HenleyResearchLibrary.jpg|right|175px|Linn-HenleyResearchLibrary.jpg]]<br> William Stanley Hoole Special Collections Library<br>University of Alabama<br>Second Floor<br>Mary Harmon Bryant Hall<br>500 Hackberry Lane2100 Park Place<br>TuscaloosaBirmingham, AL 35487-0266 35203 USA<br>Telephone: 205-348226-0500 <br>Fax: 205-348-1699 3665 <br>E-mail: [ askgenlocal@bamabham.lib.uaal.eduus]<br>The mailing address isInternet: [ Birmingham Public Library online] <br>P.O. Box 870266 <br>Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0266
'''[[Auburn University Libraries]]'''<br>Special Collections Department<br>Auburn University Libraries<br>231 Mell Street:Book, periodicals, maps, and family folders.<brref name="DB11" />Auburn University, AL 36849<br>Phone: 334-844-4500 or 800-446-0387<br>The library has a large genealogical collection and a helpful worldwide web site.
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'''[[Wallace State CollegeFlorence-Lauderdale Public Library]]''' <br>350 N Wood Ave<br>Florence, AL 35630<br>Telephone: 256-764-6564<br>E-mail: [ Contact us] form<br>Internet: [ Florence-Lauderdale Public Library]
To learn more about the history and record-keeping systems of Alabama counties, use the 14 inventories :They have very good collections of county archivesAmerican Civil War records, published by the Historical Records Survey from 1938 to 1942. These were published for: Clay, Colbert, Conecuh, Cullman, Greene, Hale, Lauderdale, Lowndes, Madison, Marengo, Sumter, Talladega, Wilcoxgenealogy, and Winston countieslocal history. To access these publications, go to and enter <ref name="Inventory of the County Archives of Alabama.DB11" The Family History Library has the inventories for Colbert, Conecuh, Cullman, Hale, Lauderdale, Lowndes, Marengo, and Talladega counties. To find these in the FamilySearch Catalog see: /><br><br>
'''Huntsville-Madison County Public Library'''<br>Special Collections<br>915 Monroe St SW<br> Huntsville, AL 35801 USA<br>Telephone: 256-532-5969<br>E-mail: []<br>Internet:ALABAMA, [COUNTY Special Collections]- ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES
:This library has the best genealogical collection for Alabama families. It is a good place to start research for Alabama sources during any time period. They also have a good southern states collection.<ref name="DB11" /><br><br> '''[[Mobile Public Library]]'''[[Image:Mobile Public Library 2008.jpg|right|175px|Mobile Public Library 2008.jpg]]<br>Local History Dept. <br>704 Government Street<br>Mobile, AL 36602-1499 USA<br>Telephone: 334-208-7093 <br>Fax: 334-208-5866 <br>E-mail: []<br>Internet: [ Mobile Public Library Online]<br><br>  :They have a very good genealogy department in its own separate building.<ref name="DB11" /><br><br> '''[[Mobile Municipal Archives]]'''<br>'''Mail address:''' P.O. Box 1827<br>'''Street address:''' 457 Church Street<br>Mobile, Alabama 36633-1827 USA<br>Telephone: 251-208-7740<br>Fax: 251-208-7428<br>E-mail: []<br> Internet: Municipal Archives<br>  :Includes records of early Alabama/Florida settlers: Spanish, French, and Anglo especially during the Spanish period. This is the premier library for Gulf Coast settlers from Louisiana to Florida.<ref name= Courthouse Fires =="DB11" /><br><br> [[Image:Samford University2.jpg|right|175px|Samford University2.jpg]]'''[[Samford University Library]]'''<br>Special Collection Department<br>800 Lakeshore Drive<br>Birmingham, AL 35229 USA<br>Telephone: 205-726-2749<br>Fax: 205-726-2642<br>E-mail: []<br>Internet: [ Samford University Library]<br><br>  :This is one of the finest collections in the South. They have both original and secondary sources primarily for Alabama and the Southeast USA. They also have a good Irish manuscript and local histories for Kerry and Cork. They have an especially strong Baptist collection including congregational and mission records, maps, local histories, genealogical periodicals, and newspapers.<ref name="DB11" /><br><br>
'''[[ImageUniversity of Alabama Libraries]]''' <br>'''Mailing address:Fire''' P.png|left|30px|FireO.png]]Fires occurred in many county courthouses. If records are missing Box 870266 <br>'''Street address:''' Hoole Special Collections Library<br>Mary Harmon Bryant Hall, you can often find cemetery records2nd floor<br>500 Hackberry Lane<br>Tuscaloosa, censuses, church records, newspapers, Bible records, military service and pension records, delayed birth certificates, or records in neighboring counties that have similar informationAL 35487-0266 USA<br>Telephone: 205-348-0500 <br>Fax: 205-348-1699 <br>E-mail: [ See [[Burned Counties Research]]edu archives@bama. Sometimes landowners registered their deeds after a courthouse fireua. The following list shows when Alabama courthouses were damaged by fire: edu]<br>Internet: [ University of Alabama Libraries]<br>
**Baker 1870 **Butler 1853 **Calhoun 1861:The '''''Alabama Collection''''' strength is local and county history materials about Alabama and its history, 1865 **Cherokee 1882 **Chilton 1870 **Choctaw 1871 **Clay 1875 **Coffee 1877 **Conecuh 1868life and culture, 1875including the American Civil War.<ref>[;amp;p=2334386 Using the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library: Books] in ''University Libraries'' (accessed 8 November 2015).</ref> The '''''Americana Collection&nbsp;''''' features books, 1885manuscripts, 1895newspapers, 1900 **Coosa 1900 **Covington 1839photographs, 1847and artifacts from late 17th century to 2009 focused on Alabama, 1878the American Civil War, 1895 **Crenshaw 1898 **Dale 1869presidential history, 1885 **Fayette 1866, 1916 **Franklin 1890 **Geneva 1898 **Greene 1868 **Jackson 1864, 1920 **Jefferson 1870 **Lawrence 1859 **Limestone 1862 **Marengo 1848, 1965 **Marion 1866, 1883 **Mobile 1823, 1840, 1872 **Monroe 1832 **Morgan 1926, 1938 **Pickens 1864, 1876 **Pike 1828 **Randolph 1897 **Sumter 1901 **Walker 1865, 1877, 1886, 1932 **Winston 1891and the American South.<ref>[ Using the A.S. Williams III Americana Collection: Overview] in ''University Libraries'' (accessed 8 November 2015).</ref><br><br>
'''[[Wallace State Community College Library]] '''<br>'''Mailing address:The above list was compiled from''' P.O. Box 2000<br>'''Street address:''' 801 Main Street NW<br>Hanceville AL, 35077-2000 USA<br>Telephone: Library 256-352-8260, Genealogy 256-352-8263<br>E-mail: []<br>Internet: [ Wallace State Community College Library]
::*Marilyn Davis BarefieldThe genealogy collection is centered on Alabama, ''Researching in Alabama: a Genealogical Guide'' (Birminghamits neighboring states, Alabama&nbsp;: Birmingham Public Librarythe Old South, 1998)Kentucky, 25the Civil War and Cherokee Indians. {{WorldCat|42306439|item|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}They have books, periodicals, microfilm, CD-ROM disks, computer programs, family folders, and access to 2 million Family History Library microfilms. {{FHL|817729|item|disp=FHL Book 976<ref>[https://www.1 D27b 1998}}wallacestate. ::*Wendy L. Elliott, edu/library/genealogy Genealogy] in ''Research in AlabamaWallace State Community College'' (Bountiful, Utah&nbsp;: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1987). {{WorldCat|607423538|item|disp=At various libraries (WorldCataccessed 8 November 2015)}}. {{FHL|672266|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6117558 (2 fiche); Book 976.1 D27e}}.</ref>
=== Alabama Online Records Out of State ===
{{Click|[[Image:AL_ORPDallas Public Central Library.pngjpg|right|Alabama Online Genealogy Records175px|left}}{{DCfollowup}}Dallas Public Central Library.jpg]]'''[[Dallas Public Central Library]]'''<br>1515 Young St.<br>Dallas, Texas 75201-9987 USA<br>Telephone: 214-670-1400<br>E-mail: []<br>Internet: <br><br>
:Outstanding genealogical collection with records for Texas, Oklahoma, the South including '''Alabama''', Mid-Atlantic, and New England states.<ref name=== Web Sites ==="DB107">Dollarhide and Bremer, 107.</ref><br><br>
You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from Alabama in a variety of sources at local'''Evans Memorial Library'''<br>105 North Long Street<br>Aberdeen, state, national, and international levelsMississippi 39730 USA<br>Telephone: 622-369-4601<br>Fax: 622-369-2971<br>E-mail: [ eml@tombigbee. The list of sources is growing rapidlylib. Most of the information is available at no costms. us]<br>Internet addresses are subject to change: [http://www. The following sites link you to many more sites: Evans Memorial Library]
*[ Alabama Archives Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies List This is an outstanding regional library with links]&nbsp;-&nbsp;A list records of Alabama Archivesthe South, Libraries, Museums and Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies *Howells, Cyndi. “Cyndiincluding '''s List - United States - Alabama.” In Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet [Internet site]. Edgewood''' oral histories, Wash.: Cyndi Howellschurch records, 1 March 1999 [cited 24 September 2011]. Available at []newspapers, this list has links to other Alabama genealogy sites and describes more resources than any other site on the Internet. *[[ALGenWeb|The ALGenWeb Project]]maps, an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]] Available at [ ALGenWeb]military records, this lists genealogical databasesChickasaw Indians, librariesAfrican Americans, bulletin boardsfraternal histories, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, statescrapbooks, manuscripts and countryphotos. *[http:<ref name="DB11" // United States Web Sites at RootswWeb - Alabama] This list of sites and resources includes a large, regularly updated research coordination list. For more information see [[Mailing Lists at RootsWeb - Alabama|Mailing Lists at RootsWeb - Alabama]]><br><br>
=== References Courthouse Fires ===
[[Image:Fire.png|left|50px|Fire.png]]Fires or other disasters occurred in many county courthouses. If records are missing , you can often find substitute records such as cemetery records, censuses, church records, newspapers, Bible records, military service and pension records, delayed birth certificates, or records in neighboring counties that have similar information. See [[Burned Counties Research]]. Sometimes landowners re-registered their deeds after a courthouse fire. The following list shows when Alabama courthouses were damaged by fire or other disasters:<ref>Marilyn Davis Barefield, ''Researching in Alabama: a Genealogical Guide'' (Birmingham, Alabama: Birmingham Public Library, 1998), 25. {{reflistWorldCat|42306439}} ; {{FHL|817729|item|disp=FHL Book 976.1 D27b 1998}}.</ref> <ref>Wendy L. Elliott, ''Research in Alabama'' (Bountiful, Utah: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1987). {{WorldCat|607423538}}; {{FHL|672266|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6117558 (2 fiche); Book 976.1 D27e}}.</ref><br><br>
{{Alabama|Alabama}}{{U.S. Archives and Libraries}} width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1" align="left"|-| Baker 1870<br>Butler 1853<br>Calhoun 1861, 1865<br>Cherokee 1882<br>Chilton 1870<br>Choctaw 1871<br>Clay 1875<br>Coffee 1877 | Conecuh 1868, 1875, 1885, 1895, 1900<br>Coosa 1900<br>Covington 1839, 1847, 1878, 1895<br>Crenshaw 1898<br>Dale 1869, 1885<br>Fayette 1866, 1916<br>Franklin 1890<br>Geneva 1898 | Greene 1868<br>Jackson 1864, 1920<br>Jefferson 1870<br>Lawrence 1859<br>Limestone 1862<br>Marengo 1848, 1965<br>Marion 1866, 1883<br>Mobile 1823, 1840, 1872 | Monroe 1832<br>Morgan 1926, 1938<br>Pickens 1864, 1876<br>Pike 1828<br>Randolph 1897<br>Sumter 1901<br>Walker 1865, 1877, 1886, 1932</divbr> Winston 1891|}
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