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Perry County, Alabama
Map
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Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 13, 1819
County Seat Marion
Courthouse
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Address Perry County Courthouse
P O Box 478
Marion, Alabama 36756
Phone: 334-683-2200
County Website

Contents

County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage probate and land records [1]

History

Parent County

1819--Perry County was created 13 December 1819 from Montgomery County and the Creek Cession of 1814.
County seat: Marion [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

Biography

Cemeteries

Additional Perry County cemeteries are included in Alabama Cemetery Records Vol. 5 at FamilySearch Books Online - free.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18203,646
183011,490215.1%
184019,08666.1%
185022,28516.8%
186027,72424.4%
187024,975−9.9%
188030,74123.1%
189029,332−4.6%
190031,7838.4%
191031,222−1.8%
192025,373−18.7%
193026,3854.0%
194026,6100.9%
195020,439−23.2%
196017,358−15.1%
197015,388−11.3%
198015,012−2.4%
199012,759−15.0%
200011,861−7.0%
201010,591−10.7%
Est. 201110,373−12.5%
For tips on accessing Perry 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

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 Perry County, Alabama see:

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Perry County, Alabama: with Homesteads, Roads, Waterways, Towns, Cemeteries, Railroads, and More. Norman, Okla.: Arphax Pub. Co., 2009. 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 976.144 E7b.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Perry 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, 1861-1865

Civil War service men from Perry 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 Perry County.

- 1st Battalion, Alabama Artillery, Company C
- 3rd Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company F[formerly Murphy's Independent Co.]
- 4th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D(Canebrake Rifle Guards)
- 4th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company G(Marion Light Infantry)
- 8th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Comany A "Alabama Rangers"
- 8th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company K "Southern Guards"
- 11th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company K
- 20th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A, F and H
- 28th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A and K
- 40th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H
- 41st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E
- 51st Regiment, Alabama Partisan Rangers, Company I



Newspapers

Finding More Alabama Newspapers

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

Probate Records

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

  • 1830-1976 - Perry County, Alabama Probate Records, 1830-1976 at FamilySearch - free.

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 ($). Perry County is in District 2.

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
  • 1913 - Perry County Birth Index 1913. Batch C593396 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
Marriage
  • To 1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry – ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1818, 1820-1879, 1923, 1927, 1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969 at Ancestry – ($); 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.
  • 1820-1878 "Alabama Marriages, 1809–1920" at Ancestry – ($); Index. This database is a collection of marriage records from the state. Researchers will find the names of both bride and groom along with the marriage date. The county where the ceremony was performed is also provided. Containing about 150,000 records and the names of nearly 300,000 men and women.
  • 1858-1873 - Hageness, MariLee Beatty. Marriages 1858-1873 Perry County, Alabama. Anniston, Ala.: MLH Research, 2002. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.
Death
  • 1881–1974 Index to Deaths and Burials at Ancestry – ($); 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.  Perry County has three books, with two having working links:

Societies and Libraries

Societies

Perry County Genealogical Society
Box 310
Uniontown, Alabama 36786

Perry County Historical Society
Box 257
Marion, Alabama 36756

Libraries

Marion - Perry County Library
202 Washington Street
Marion, Alabama 36756
Telephone: 334-683-6411

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Perry 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. 3.0 3.1 3.2 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.
  4. 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.

 

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