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Alabama became a state in 1819. County registration of birth records began in 1881, with a few earlier death records in probate court records. Statewide registration of deaths began 1 January 1908, with full compliance by 1925. Pre-1908 county records may be accessible through county clerks. Deaths after 1908 now filed with Alabama Department of Public Health.

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Deaths before 1908

County registration of birth records began in 1881, with a few earlier death records in probate court records. Statewide registration of deaths began 1 January 1908, with full compliance by 1925. Pre-1908 county records may be accessible through county clerks.

For deaths that exist during the time period, try the following databases. Try each link.

Alabama Deaths Databases - Includes Index Only

Try 1st:


Alabama, Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952 - At FamilySearch.org Free; Name index to death and burial records from the state of Alabama. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed.
Try 2nd:

Ancestry Database - Choose one of the following:


1881 - 1974 use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center




1881 - 1974 - use your Ancestry subscription $, To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available for free through your local public library



Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No death record for your ancestor? Other records with death information
  Records that give death information:
Cemetery Records
Newspapers
Probate (wills, etc)
Tax Records
Church Records
Census
Bible Records
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Deaths from 1908 to the present

Deaths after 1908 are now filed with Alabama Department of Public Health.

STEP ONE: Find Death Information

Alabama Deaths Databases - Index Only

Try 1st:


1908-1974 - At FamilySearch.org Free; name index to death and burial records from the state of Alabama.
Try 2nd:

Ancestry Database - Choose one of the following:


1908-1959 - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center




1908-1959 - use your Ancestry subscription $, To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available for free through your local public library



Social Security Death Index (SSDI)


1937 to present at Genealogy Bank Free; most current version; few records before 1962; gives place where the last benefit was sent
Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No death record for your ancestor? Other records with death information

STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate

PART A: You know the exact date of death

To Order Death Certificates
From County of Death From Alabama Dept. of Health State office
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state County websites can be more difficult to use Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee May be more expensive than ordering from the county

If you do not want to order the death record, you can search other records with death information.

PART B: You don't know the exact date of death

If you do not know the exact date or place of death:
For a fee, the Alabama Department of Health office will conduct a search.

Individual counties will also search their records for deaths that occurred in their municipality.

If you do not want to order the death record, you can search other records with death information.

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