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Alabama State Law

Section 1: Be it ordained by the people of the State of Alabama in convention assembled, That all marriages between freedmen and freedwomen, whether in a state of slavery or since their emapcipation, heretofore solemnized by any one acting or officiating as a minister, or any one claiming to exercise the right to solemnize the rites of matrimony, whether bond or free, are hereby ratified and made valid, provided the parties are now living togher as man and wife; and in all cases of freedmen and freedwomen who are now living together recognizing each other as man and wife, be it ordained that the same are hereby declared to be man and wife, and bound by the legal obligation of such relationship.[1]

1866 Alabama State Census

Alabama created a state census in 1866 which can be used as an equivalent to the cohabitation registers. Both "white" and "colored" enumerations are included together in the record itself. The top of each page identifies which enumeration you are reviewing.

 

County FHL Film
Autauga 1533830 items 11-12
Baldwin 1533830 items 15-16
Barbour 1533830 items 17-18
Bibb ("white" enumeration) 1533830 item 19
Bibb (continues "white" enumeration and begins "colored" enumeration) 1533831 items 1-2
Blount 1533831 items 4-5
Butler 1533831 item 9
Calhoun 1533831 items 6-8
Cherokee 1533831 item 10
Clarke 1533831 item 11
Coffee 1533831 items 13-14
Conecuh ("white" enumeration) 1533831 item 15
Conecuh (continues "white" enumeration and begins "colored" enumeration) 1533832 item 1
Coosa 1533832 items 2-3
Covington 1533832 items 4-5
Dale 1533832 items 6-7
Dallas 1533832 items 8-10
DeKalb 1533832 item 11
Franklin 1533832 item 13
Franklin 1533832 item 14
Fayette 1533832 item 14
Fayette 1533832 item 15
Greene 1533833 items 1-2
Henry 1533833 item 4
Jackson 1533833 item 5
Jefferson 1533833 item 6
Lauderdale 1533833 items 7-8
Lawrence 1533833 items 10-11
Limestone 1533833 items 12-13
Lowndes 1533833 items 15-17
Macon 1533834 items 2-4
Marengo 1533834 items 5-8
Marion 1533834 item 9
Marshall 1533834 items 10-11
Mobile ("white" enumeration and begins "colored" enumeration) 1533834 items 13-14
Mobile (continues "colored" enumeration) 1533835 item 1
Monroe 1533835 items 2-3
Morgan 1533835 items 4-5
Montgomery 1533835 items 7-8
Perry 1533835 items 10-12
Pickens 1533835 items 14-15
Pike ("white" enumeration begins) 1533835 item 16
Pike (continues "white" enumeration and "colored" enumeration) 1492022 item 1
Randolph 1492022 item 2
Russell 1492022 items 3-4
St. Clair 1492022 items 5-6
Shelby 1492022 items 7-8
Sumter 1492022 items 10-11
Talladega 1492022 items 12-13
Tallapoosa 1492022 items 15-16
Tuscaloosa 1492023 items 2-3
Walker 1492023 items 4-5
Washington 1492023 items 6-7
Wilcox 1492023 items 9-10
Winston 1492023 items 11-12

 

References

  1. White, Barnetta McGhee, Ph.D.,Somebody Knows My Name: Marriages of Freed People in N.C. County by County.(Athens, GA: Iberian Publishing Co.), 1995: xxix.

See also:

Rural Records of the Southern United States


 

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