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Guide to Pike County Alabama genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Pike County, Alabama
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 17, 1821
County Seat Troy
Courthouse
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Address Pike County Courthouse
120 W Church Street
P O Box 1147
Troy, Alabama 36081
Phone: 334-566-6374
County Website

Contents

County Courthouse

Probate Judge has marriage, probate and land records from 1830
Birth Records 1881-1904 Death Records 1881-1891 and 1902-1905 [1]

History

Parent County

1821--Pike County was created 17 December 1821 from Henry and Montgomery Counties.
County seat: Troy [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 MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

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Pike County had a destructive courthouse fire in 1828. See Research in Alabama: A Genealogical Guide  page 28 for suggested alternative sources to overcome this loss.[3]

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

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

Places/Localities

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Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

African American

Biography

Cemeteries

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18307,108
184010,10842.2%
185015,92057.5%
186024,43553.5%
187017,423−28.7%
188020,64018.5%
189024,42318.3%
190029,17219.4%
191030,8155.6%
192031,6312.6%
193032,2401.9%
194032,4930.8%
195030,608−5.8%
196025,987−15.1%
197025,038−3.7%
198028,05012.0%
199027,595−1.6%
200029,6057.3%
201032,89911.1%
Est. 201132,91511.2%
For tips on accessing Pike 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.

LDS Ward and Church Records

  • Pike
  • Coffee

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 Pike County, Alabama see:

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Pike County, Alabama: with Homesteads, Roads, Waterways, Towns, Cemeteries, Railroads, and More. Norman, Okla.: Arphax Pub. Co., 2007. This is a definitive work and can be used as an index to land grants. Digital version at HistoryGeo.com ($). Website includes free surname index. FHL Book 976.135 E7b.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Pike 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.

Maps

  Military 

Civil War

Civil War service men from Pike 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 Pike County.

- 1st Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company A, F and I
- 1st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C (Perote Guards)
- 1st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E (Rough and Ready Pioneers)
- 4th Battalion, Alabama Cavalry (Love's), Company A
- 4th Battalion, Alabama Cavalry (Love's), Company A
- 7th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F
- 15th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F (Brundidge Guards)
- 15th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company I and L
- 17th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company I (Pike Rangers)
- 18th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H (A. B. Moore's Invincibles)
- 22nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company I and K
- 25th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B and K
- 37th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C, F and K
- 39th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A
- 46th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C and H
- 51st Regiment, Alabama Partisan Rangers, Company B
- 59th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company G
- 60th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A and G



  • Bullard, Karen C. and Annette J. Connor. Census of Confederate Soldiers Residing in Alabama, 1907 in Pike, Bullock and Crenshaw Counties. n.d. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.

Newspapers

Finding More Alabama Newspapers

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

Probate Records

Probate records are held by the Pike County, Alabama Probate Court. Most records are housed at the Pike 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.

Taxation

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 ($). Pike County is in District 1.

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


Birth
Marriage
  • 1830-1849 - Hageness, MariLee Beatty. Marriages 1830-1849 Pike County, Alabama. Anniston, Ala.: MLH Research, 1998. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.
  • To 1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry – ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969 at Ancestry – ($); 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.
Death
  • 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.

Voting Registers

Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.  Pike County has two books:

Societies and Libraries

Societies

Pike County Historical and Genealogical Society
1305 S. Brundidge St. STE A PMB# 277
Troy, Alabama 36081
Telephone: 334-372-3529

Libraries

Troy Public Library
300 North Three Notch Street
Troy, Alabama 36081
Telephone: 334-566-1314
Their genealogy collection includes probate records, newspapers, census, military records, local history books, family histories, and more.

Family History Centers

Pike County Alabama Genealogy Websites

Pike County Alabama Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pike County p. 39. 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. Marilyn Davis Barefield, Researching in Alabama: a Genealogical Guide (Birmingham, Alabama : Birmingham Public Library, 1998), 28. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Book 976.1 D27b 1998.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Coverage Table, "Alabama County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," FamilySearch Research Wiki, https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Alabama_County_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records), accessed 6 August 2012.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/c/cf/Igialabamals.pdf.

 

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