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Record Description

The collection consists of an index and images of marriage records created by Alabama counties for the years 1809 to 1950. The records are arranged by county, volume and date. Currently this collection is partially indexed; additional records will be added as they are completed. Be aware that some images in this collection are restricted.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950.

Coverage Table

The Coverage Table shows the places and time periods covered in the indexed records in this collection. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.

Place (County) Years Covered in Index
Baldwin 1810, 1812, 1814-1825, 1827-1836, 1841, 1845-1936, 1958
Barbour 1807-1809, 1816-1818, 1823-1826, 1828-1829, 1832-1834, 1836, 1838-1941, 1946, 1948, 1950, 1954, 1959, 1971, 1985, 1988, 1995
Bibb 1803, 1805, 1810, 1812-1945, 1950-1953, 1957, 1959-1960, 1963-1965, 1968, 1970-1973, 1977, 1979-1981, 1988, 1992-1995, 1997
Bullock 1835, 1857, 1860, 1867-1893, 1899, 1916, 1929-1959, 1968-1969, 1973, 1981-1982, 1987
Chilton 1822, 1831, 1869-1883, 1888, 1890-1938, 1942-1945, 1956-1957, 1997
Cleburne 1834, 1837, 1867-1893, 1898, 1926, 1936-1954, 1960
Crenshaw 1868-1890, 1931-1958
Cullman 1844-1845, 1918, 1928-1951, 1987
Dallas 1818-1826, 1829-1832, 1835-1895, 1902-1930, 1938, 1965
Jefferson 1829, 1836, 1848, 1921, 1927-1951, 1968
Madison 1818-1831, 1853-1885, 1890-1895, 1919-1951, 1957, 1980, 1985
Mobile 1802, 1806, 1809, 1812-1828, 1833-1834, 1840-1842, 1844, 1849, 1852-1856, 1858-1930, 1934, 1936-1943, 1946-1951, 1953-1957, 1964-1968, 1970, 1972, 1981
Morgan 1821-1952, 1962, 1987, 1991
Perry 1803, 1814-1815, 1818-1931, 1935, 1943, 1945, 1948, 1973-1974, 1987, 2010
Pike 1805, 1830-1859, 1885, 1888-1894, 1896-1910
St. Clair 1833-1835, 1898-1938, 1945, 1963, 1982

Additional Coverage Tables

For additional coverage tables for this collection, see the wiki article Alabama County Marriages Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical Records).

Record Content

Early marriage records may include the following:

  • Name of the groom
  • Name of the bride, often including the maiden name of the bride
  • Date of the marriage
  • Event place

Later marriage records may also include the following:

  • Names of the parents or guardians of the bride and groom
  • Birthplaces of the bride and groom
  • Residences of the bride and groom
  • Age and races of the bride and groom
  • Marital status of the bride and groom

How to Use the Records

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • The name of the person at the time of marriage
  • The approximate marriage date
  • The marriage place
  • The name of the intended spouse

Search the Collection

To search the collection by name fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.

If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection by image.
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the “Film Number (Digital Folder Number)" category which takes you to the images

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

With either search keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s marriage record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • Use the parents’ birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

General Information About These Records

The earliest marriage bonds and licenses were usually handwritten on loose papers that were later bound into lettered volumes. Some marriage records had multiple entries on each page, while others had single records per page. Marriages were recorded by the clerk of the district court for each county from the time the county was formed. Persons desiring to marry obtained a license that they presented to the minister or other person authorized to marry, such as a justice of the peace. Once the marriage was performed, the officiator sent a return to the clerk confirming that the marriage had occurred.

Civil marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to protect the interests of the wife and other heirs to legal claims on property.

The marriage date, place, residence of the bride and groom, and occupations are relatively reliable. Other information, such as age or birthplace, is dependent on the knowledge, memory, and accuracy of the informants, usually the bride and groom.

For a summary of this information see the wiki article: United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records).

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citations for this Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

"Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950.

Image Citation:

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950.

 

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