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Statewide registration of births began in 1908 in Alabama with general compliance by 1927.

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Births before 1881

Before 1881, no births were recorded by the county or state. You must search substitute records to locate your ancestor’s birth date and place.

  Records that give birth information:
Death Records
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Births from 1881 thru 1908

In 1881, Alabama began requiring counties to record births, although not all counties complied or continued to record them on a consistent basis. Birth registers during this period usually do not list the name of the child. If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for birth information in substitute records.

For births that exist during the time period, try the following database:

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Alabama Births, 1881-1930 FamilySearch - Free; index only; incomplete
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Obtain the Record

With approximate birth years and places, you can locate birth records from 1881-1908 on microfilm available through the Family History Library by searching in the Catalog for ALABAMA [COUNTY] VITAL RECORDS or by contacting the appropriate Alabama county court.


There are no restrictions on these records.

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Births after 1908

Statewide registration of births began in 1908 in Alabama, with general compliance by 1927. Currently, there are no online indexes to Alabama births from 1908 to the present.

Obtain the Certificate

With full names, dates and places of an event, you can order a copy of the birth certificate for a fee from the Alabama Department of Public Health or VitalChek.


Restrictions for persons born within the last 125 years:
To obtain a copy of the birth certificate for those born within the last 125 years, you must be:

  • The person on the certificate
  • The parent or grandparent of the person on the certificate
  • The spouse of the person on the certificate
  • The child of the person on the certificate
  • The sibling of the person on the certificate
  • The legal guardian of the person on the certificate
  • Anyone who has legal interest in the certificate
NOTE: A copy of the birth certificate cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above until 125 years have passed from the date of the birth.

If you do not want to order the birth record, there are other records with birth information you can search.

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