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*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,2130664,n,antioch%20cemetery.cfm Antioch Cemetery]  
 
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*''Houston County, Alabama, Cemetery Records.'' 1957. Digital version at {{FSbook|207044}} - free. Includes Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery, Center Baptist Church Cemetery, Christian Home Cemetery, First Freewill Cemetery, Harpers Joy Cemetery, Hodgesville Cemetery, New Hope Primitive Cemetery, New Providence Cemetery, Robinson Family Cemetery, Rocky Creek Methodist Cemetery, Smith Family Cemetery, Spring Hill Freewill Cemetery, and Union Springs Cemetery.
 
*''Houston County, Alabama, Cemetery Records.'' 1957. Digital version at {{FSbook|207044}} - free. Includes Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery, Center Baptist Church Cemetery, Christian Home Cemetery, First Freewill Cemetery, Harpers Joy Cemetery, Hodgesville Cemetery, New Hope Primitive Cemetery, New Providence Cemetery, Robinson Family Cemetery, Rocky Creek Methodist Cemetery, Smith Family Cemetery, Spring Hill Freewill Cemetery, and Union Springs Cemetery.
  
Additional Houston County cemeteries are included in ''Alabama Cemetery Records'' {{FSbook|185681|disp=Vol. 1}} and {{FSbook|185660|disp=Vol. 2}} at FamilySearch Books Online - free.  
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United States  Gotoarrow.png  Alabama  Gotoarrow.png  Houston County

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

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Houston County, Alabama
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 9, 1903
County Seat Dothan
Courthouse
Address Houston County Courthouse
462 North Oats Street
Dothan, AL 36303
Phone: (334) 677-4805 County Website

Contents

County Courthouse

Health Department has birth, death and burial records
Probate  Office has marriage, probate and land records from 1903
Clerk Circuit Court has court records from 1903
Registrar in Chancery has divorce records from 1903 [1]

History

Parent County

1903--Houston County was created 9 February 1903 from Dale, Geneva and Henry Counties.
County seat: Dothan [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

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

Cemeteries


  • Houston County, Alabama, Cemetery Records. 1957. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Includes Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery, Center Baptist Church Cemetery, Christian Home Cemetery, First Freewill Cemetery, Harpers Joy Cemetery, Hodgesville Cemetery, New Hope Primitive Cemetery, New Providence Cemetery, Robinson Family Cemetery, Rocky Creek Methodist Cemetery, Smith Family Cemetery, Spring Hill Freewill Cemetery, and Union Springs Cemetery.

Additional Houston County cemeteries are included in Alabama Cemetery Records Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 at FamilySearch Books Online - free.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
191032,414
192037,33415.2%
193045,93523.0%
194045,665−0.6%
195046,5221.9%
196050,7189.0%
197056,57411.5%
198074,63231.9%
199081,3319.0%
200088,7879.2%
2010101,54714.4%
Est. 2011102,36915.3%
For tips on accessing Houston 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.

Court Records

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.

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.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Houston 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


Newspapers

Finding More Alabama Newspapers

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

  • 1908-15, 1926, 1928-36, 1943-51 - The Dothan Eagle (Dothan, Ala.) at Ancestry ($).

Probate Records

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

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
  • 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.

Societies and Libraries

Libraries

Houston-Love Memorial Library
212 W Burdeshaw St.
P.O. Box 1369
Dothan, Alabama 36303
Telephone: 334-793-9767

Family History Center

Dothan Alabama
3199 Ross Clark Cir NW
Dothan, Houston, Alabama, United States
Phone: 334-793-7425


Enterprise Alabama
110 Shell Field Rd
Enterprise, Houston , Alabama, United States
Phone: 334-347-3631

Houston County Alabama Genealogy Websites

Houston County Alabama Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hancock County p. 37. 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/0/06/Igialabamadj.pdf.