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Lauderdale County, Alabama
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Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Founded February 6, 1818
County Seat Florence
Lauderdale County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Address Lauderdale County Courthouse
200 South Court Street
Florence, AL 35630
Phone: (256) 760-5728 County Website


County Courthouse

Probate Judge has marriage and probate records [1]


Parent County

1818--Lauderdale County was originally included in Houston County created by land speculators in 1784, then made a part of Elk County by the Mississipi territorial legislature before 1817. The present county was created 6 February 1818 from the Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Choctaw Cession of 1816.
County seat: Florence[2]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Alabama county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Alabama County Boundary Maps" (1799-1980) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss

For a list of record loss in Alabama counties see: Alabama Counties with Burned Courthouses



Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



  • Northern Alabama, Historical and Biographical. Birmingham, Ala.: Smith and De Land, 1888. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online. Lauderdale County, Alabama begins on page 90.


Find-A-Grave  ~  Listing of 328 Lauderdale County cemeteries with transcriptions or partial transriptions.

Lauderdale County Cemeteries   ~ ALGenWeb Lauderdale Co Site  ~  listing by Township with transcriptions or partial transcriptions.

  • Douthat, James L. Pickwick Landing Reservoir Cemeteries. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press. Free surname index and publisher's bookstore at Mountain Press.
  • Douthat, James L. Wheeler Reservoir Cemeteries. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press. Free surname index and publisher's bookstore at Mountain Press.

Additional Lauderdale County cemeteries are included in Alabama Cemetery Records Vol. 3, Vol. 4, and Vol. 5 at FamilySearch Books Online - free.


Lauderdale County, Alabama
Year Pop.  %±
1820 4,963
1830 11,781 137.4%
1840 14,485 23.0%
1850 17,172 18.6%
1860 17,420 1.4%
1870 15,091 −13.4%
1880 21,035 39.4%
1890 23,739 12.9%
1900 26,559 11.9%
1910 30,936 16.5%
1920 39,556 27.9%
1930 41,130 4.0%
1940 46,230 12.4%
1950 54,179 17.2%
1960 61,622 13.7%
1970 68,111 10.5%
1980 80,546 18.3%
1990 79,661 −1.1%
2000 87,966 10.4%
2010 92,709 5.4%
For tips on accessing Lauderdale County, Alabama census records online, see: Alabama Census.

Church Records

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Alabama denominations, view the Alabama Church Records wiki page.

Trinity Church, Florence

  • 1836-1869 - Trinity Church, Florence, Baptism Index 1836-1869. Batch C594161 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1836-1895 - Trinity Church, Florence, Marriage Index 1836-1895. Batch M594161 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

Court Records

Land and Property

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Alabama Land and Property for additional information about early Alabama land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.

To place a grant or deed on a map within context of Lauderdale County, Alabama see:

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Lauderdale 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 976.199 E7b.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Lauderdale County, Alabama. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Alabama Local Histories.



Civil War

Civil War service men from Lauderdale 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 Lauderdale County.

- 4th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry (Roddy's), Company F "The Rebel Troopers"
- 4th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry (Roddy's), Company H
- 4th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H(Lauderdale Volunteer Dragoons)
- 7th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company K(Florence Guards)
- 9th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company I "Calhoun Guards"
- 9th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D "Lauderdale Rifles"
- 16th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C
- 27th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C, E and K
- 35th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A and I
- 50th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H, formerly Comapnies D/B, 2nd Battalion


Finding More Alabama Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Lauderdale County, Alabama newspapers in online catalogs like:



Probate Records

Probate records are held by the Lauderdale County, Alabama Probate Court. Most records are housed at the Lauderdale County, Alabama Courthouse. Many records are on microfilm at the Family History Library.

See the wiki page Alabama Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their places of residence.

Record types: Wills, dower records, personal property sales, settlement records, orphans’ records, and bonds.


Alabama tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Alabama Taxation.

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

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Alabama State Department of Health , the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred or order electronically online.

For some online statewide indexes, see the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections for Alabama. See also How to order Alabama Vital Records

  • To 1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry – ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1818–1902, 1910, 1923,1935–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969 at Ancestry – ($); 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.
  • 1818-1857 - Crew, Robin and Betty Womble. Marriage Records: Lauderdale County, Alabama 1818-1857. n.d. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.
  • 1820-1857 - McClain, Mrs. W.E. Lauderdale County, Alabama Marriages 1820-1857. n.d. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Transcripts of Marriage Books 1-6.
  • 1833–1900 "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.

Societies and Libraries


Florence-Lauderdale Public Library
350 N. Wood Ave.
Florence, Alabama 35630
Telephone: 256-764-6564

The Genealogy and Local History Room offers local histories, family files, newspapers, yearbooks, maps, photographs, and more.

Family History Center

Lauderdale County Alabama Genealogy Websites

Lauderdale County Alabama Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lauderdale County p. 38. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at


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