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United States  Gotoarrow.png  Alabama  Gotoarrow.png  Dale County

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

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Dale County, Alabama
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 22, 1824
County Seat Ozark
Courthouse
Dale County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Address Dale County Courthouse
Court Square
Ozark, AL 36360
Phone:(334) 774-5003
Dale County Website

Contents

County Courthouse

Probate Judge has marriage and probate records from 1884 and land records;
Clerk Circuit Court has court records and divorce records from 1885
County Health Department has birth records  [1]

History

Parent County

1824--Dale County was created 22 December 1824 from Covington, Henry and Pike Counties.
County seat: Ozark [2]

Boundary Changes

1869 and 1884 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Burned Counties Research

http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Barbour
Coffee
Geneva
Henry
Houston
Pike

Resources

Biographies

Biographies of many notable residents of Dale County, Alabama were published in Memorial Record of Alabama (1893). Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Begins on page 802.

Cemeteries

  • Cemetery Records of Dale County, Alabama. Salt Lake City, Utah: The Society?, 1945. Digital version at Ancestry ($). Includes Asbury Cemetery, Bethel Cemetery, Ewell Cemetery, Lee Cemetery, Mabson Cemetery, Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Newton Cemetery, Mt. Zion Cemetery, Ozark Cemetery, and Piney Grove Cemetery.
  • Hayes, E. Howard. Inscriptions from the Cemeteries of Dale County, Alabama. Dothan, Ala., 1956. Digital version at Ancestry ($). Includes Alberson Cemetery, Antioch Cemetery, Ariton Cemetery, Asbury Cemetery, Averett (or McCarty) Cemetery, Barnes Cemetery, Beersheba Cemetery, Bell (old) Cemetery, Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery, Bethel Methodist Church Cemetery, Beulah Cemetery, Brown's Cemetery, Byrd Cemetery, Carroll Cemetery, Cedar Grove Cemetery, Cemetery in Byrd's Old Field, Centeridge Cemetery, Chalkhead Cemetery, Christian Hill Cemetery, City-Ozark (or Union) Cemetery, Claybank Cemetery, Clopton Cemetery, Carrin Cemetery, County Line Cemetery, Daleville Cemetery, Daleville (old) Cemetery, Dean Cemetery, Dick Cemetery, Dykes Cemetery, Ebenezer-Zion Cemetery, Echo Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery, Echo Methodist Church Cemetery, Evergreen Cemetery, Ewell Cemetery, Garner Cemetery, Grimes Methodist Episcopal Church Cemetery, Hawridge Cemetery, Jones Cemetery, Hopeful Cemetery, Judah or Piney Grove Cemetery, Lee Cemetery, Lee Stevens Cemetery, Mabson Cemetery, McDonald Cemetery, Macedonia Cemetery, Magnolia Cemetery, Magnolia Church Cemetery, Maund Cemetery, Metcalf (old) Cemetery, Midland City Cemetery, Mossey Grove Cemetery, Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Mt. Ennon Cemetery, Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Mt. Liberty Cemetery, Mt. Olive Cemetery, Mt. Pisgah Cemetery, Mt. Zion Cemetery, Mullins Cemetery, Newhope Cemetery, Newton Cemetery, Penile Cemetery, Pinchard or Borland Cemetery, Piney Grove Cemetery, Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Pleasant Hill Methodist Church Cemetery, Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery, Pleasant Ridge Methodist Church Cemetery, Post Oak Cemetery, Powell Cemetery, Providence Cemetery, Rocky Hill Cemetery, Salem Cemetery, Salem (old) Cemetery, Shiloh Cemetery, Skipperville Cemetery, Springfield Cemetery, Summer Hill Cemetery, Strickland Cemetery, Sylvan Grove Cemetery, Union Cemetery, Union Cemetery, Union Hill Cemetery, Universalist Cemetery, Wesley Chapel Cemetery, West View Cemetery, Wiggins Cemetery, Windham (old) Cemetery, Woodham Cemetery, and Zion Cemetery.

Additional Dale County cemeteries are included in Alabama Cemetery Records Vol. 1 at FamilySearch Books Online - free.

Census

Dale County, Alabama
Year Pop.  %±
1830 2,031
1840 7,397 264.2%
1850 6,382 −13.7%
1860 12,197 91.1%
1870 11,325 −7.1%
1880 12,677 11.9%
1890 17,225 35.9%
1900 21,189 23.0%
1910 21,608 2.0%
1920 22,711 5.1%
1930 23,175 2.0%
1940 22,685 −2.1%
1950 20,828 −8.2%
1960 31,066 49.2%
1970 52,995 70.6%
1980 47,821 −9.8%
1990 49,633 3.8%
2000 49,129 −1.0%
2010 50,251 2.3%
For tips on accessing Dale County, Alabama census records online, see: Alabama Census.

Church Records

Methodist
  • Wells, Glenn L. History of the First United Methodist Church of Ozark, Alabama. Ozark, Ala.: The Church?, 1973. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Court

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 Dale County, Alabama see:

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Dale 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 976.133 E7bg.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Dale 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.

  • Hayes, Eustus Howard. Miscellaneous Records, Dale County, Alabama. n.d. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.

Maps

  Military 

Civil War

Civil War service men from Dale 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 Dale County.

- 1st Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company A and F
- 15th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E (Beauregards)
- 15th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F (Brundidge Guards)
- 15th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H (Glenville Guards)
- 33rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B, G and I
- 59th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E



Newspapers

Finding More Alabama Newspapers

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

Probate Records

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

  • 1865-1866 - U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 at Ancestry ($). Dale 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.

Birth
Marriage
  • To 1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry – ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1884–1901, 1933, 1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969 at Ancestry – ($); 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.
  • 1884–1900 "Alabama Marriages, 1809–1920"at Ancestry – ($); Index. This database is a collection of marriage records from the state. Researchers will find the names of both bride and groom along with the marriage date. The county where the ceremony was performed is also provided. Containing about 150,000 records and the names of nearly 300,000 men and women.
Death
  • 1881–1974 Index to Deaths and Burials at Ancestry – ($); 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.
Vital Record Substitutes

A free collection of obituaries and death notices from various funeral homes in the Dale County area has been put together by GenealogyBuffs.com.

Voting Registers

Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.  Dale County has one book.

Societies and Libraries

Family History Center

  • Introduction to LDS Family History Centers
  • Dothan Alabama
    • 3199 Ross Clark Cir NW
      Dothan, Dale/Houston/Henry/Geneva, Alabama, United States
      Phone: 334-793-7425
      Hours: T 8:30-11:30pm, 1:30pm-4pm; T-Th 6:30pm-8:30pm; Th 9am-12pm, 1pm-3:30pm

  • Enterprise Alabama
    • 110 Shell Field Rd
      Enterprise, Coffee, Dale, Houston, Geneva, Alabama, United States
      Phone: 334-347-3631
      Hours: Tues & Thurs 10 am -2pm Wed 4pm-8pm;
      other times by appt.
      Closures: Closed on Holidays
  • Ozark Alabama
    • Mixon School Rd
      Ozark, Dale, Alabama, United States
      Phone: 334-774-9405
      Hours: T-Th 6pm-8pm

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Dale County p. 36. 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. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/8/8d/Igialabama.pdf.