Alabama Birth, Marriage, and Death Records

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=== Before 1881  ===
 
=== Before 1881  ===
  
No births were recorded by government agencies prior to 1881. See '''Substitute''' '''Records''' below.<br>  
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No births were recorded by government agencies prior to 1881. See '''Substitute''' '''Records''' below.<br>
  
 
=== 1881 to 1908  ===
 
=== 1881 to 1908  ===
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The [http://www.alabama.gov/portal/secondary.jsp?page=AboutAlabama_Genealogy State of Alabama] required the registration of births on a state level beginning in 1908. Early registration in this time period was sketchy. Most births were recorded by 1927. Early birth&nbsp;registers and certificates generally do not contain the name of the child but may contain other important information&nbsp;as&nbsp;shown in the&nbsp;table below. It is more common to find the child's name by the 1920's. Birth Certificates are confidential for 125 years following the date of birth. To obtain copies of original birth records, contact the [http://adph.org/vitalrecords/Default.asp?id=1559 Alabama Department of Public Health].&nbsp;  
 
The [http://www.alabama.gov/portal/secondary.jsp?page=AboutAlabama_Genealogy State of Alabama] required the registration of births on a state level beginning in 1908. Early registration in this time period was sketchy. Most births were recorded by 1927. Early birth&nbsp;registers and certificates generally do not contain the name of the child but may contain other important information&nbsp;as&nbsp;shown in the&nbsp;table below. It is more common to find the child's name by the 1920's. Birth Certificates are confidential for 125 years following the date of birth. To obtain copies of original birth records, contact the [http://adph.org/vitalrecords/Default.asp?id=1559 Alabama Department of Public Health].&nbsp;  
 
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|+ '''Information in Alabama Birth Records'''
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="50" valign="middle" width="60%" align="center" | '''Types of Information'''
 
| bgcolor="#99ccff" valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''1881 - 1908'''
 
| bgcolor="#99ccff" valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''1908 - present'''
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Name of Child'''
 
| bgcolor="#ffffcc" height="25" valign="middle" width="20%" align="center" | x&nbsp;
 
| height="25" valign="middle" width="20%" align="center" | &nbsp;&nbsp; Harvey Clinton Hughes
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Sex'''
 
| height="25" valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | x
 
| height="25" valign="middle" width="20%" align="center" | &nbsp;&nbsp;m
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Race'''<br>
 
| height="25" valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | x<br>
 
| height="25" valign="middle" width="20%" align="center" | &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;w
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Date and Place of Birth'''
 
| height="25" valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | x
 
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&nbsp;&nbsp;jan.26, 1914
 
 
alabama
 
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Parents' Names''' '''&amp; Ages'''
 
| height="25" valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | x
 
| height="25" valign="middle" width="20%" align="center" | &nbsp; x
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Midwife or Doctor'''
 
| height="25" valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | x
 
| height="25" valign="middle" width="20%" align="center" | &nbsp; x
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Occupation of Father'''<br>
 
| height="25" valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | &nbsp;
 
| height="25" valign="middle" width="20%" align="center" | &nbsp; x
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Number of Birth for Mother'''
 
| height="25" valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | <br>
 
| height="25" valign="middle" width="20%" align="center" | &nbsp;x
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Residence of Family'''
 
| height="25" valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | <br>
 
| height="25" valign="middle" width="20%" align="center" | &nbsp;x
 
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=== Resources for Alabama Birth Records  ===
 
=== Resources for Alabama Birth Records  ===
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Alabama started keeping statewide marriage records in August of 1936. For current fees and instructions for obtaining copies of the State’s records, contact the [http://adph.org/vitalrecords/ Alabama Department of Public Health].  
 
Alabama started keeping statewide marriage records in August of 1936. For current fees and instructions for obtaining copies of the State’s records, contact the [http://adph.org/vitalrecords/ Alabama Department of Public Health].  
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="50" valign="middle" width="330" align="center" | '''Types of Information'''
 
| bgcolor="#99ccff" valign="middle" width="110" align="center" | '''1799 - 1817'''
 
| bgcolor="#99ccff" valign="middle" width="110" align="center" | '''1818 - 1936'''
 
| bgcolor="#99ccff" valign="middle" width="110" align="center" | '''1936 - present'''
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Name of Bride/Groom'''
 
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | x
 
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | x
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Date of Marriage'''
 
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | &nbsp;x&nbsp;
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Location of Marriage'''
 
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x&nbsp;
 
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Presiding Official'''
 
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | &nbsp;x&nbsp;
 
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | x
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Bondsmen'''
 
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | &nbsp;x&nbsp;
 
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | x
 
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | <br>
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Occupation of Bride/Groom'''
 
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | &nbsp;
 
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | x
 
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | &nbsp;x
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Parents' Names'''
 
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | &nbsp;<br>
 
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | <br>
 
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | &nbsp;x
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Age of Bride/Groom'''
 
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | <br>
 
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | <br>
 
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | &nbsp;x
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Date of Birth of Bride/Groom'''
 
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | <br>
 
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | <br>
 
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | &nbsp;x
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Place of Birth''' '''of Bride/Groom'''<br>
 
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | <br>
 
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | <br>
 
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | x<br>
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Number of Marriages for Bride/Groom'''
 
| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | <br>
 
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=== Resources for Alabama Marriage Records  ===
 
=== Resources for Alabama Marriage Records  ===
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FamilySearch provides an [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1307888 index to death certificates from the state of Alabama, 1908-1974]. Background information regarding these historical records is available [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Alabama_Statewide_Death_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) here].  
 
FamilySearch provides an [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1307888 index to death certificates from the state of Alabama, 1908-1974]. Background information regarding these historical records is available [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Alabama_Statewide_Death_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) here].  
  
To obtain copies of original&nbsp;death records, contact the [http://adph.org/vitalrecords/Default.asp?id=1560 Alabama Department of Public Health]. <br>  
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To obtain copies of original&nbsp;death records, contact the [http://adph.org/vitalrecords/Default.asp?id=1560 Alabama Department of Public Health]. <br>
 
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="50" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Types of Information'''
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''1881 - 1908'''
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''1908 - present'''
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Name of Deceased'''
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Date and Place of Death'''
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Date and Place of Birth'''
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Age at Death'''
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| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | &nbsp;x
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| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | x&nbsp;
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Marital Status/Name of Spouse'''
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| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''<br>'''
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| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | x&nbsp;
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Parents' Names'''
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| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''<br>'''
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| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | x&nbsp;
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Name of Informant'''
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| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''<br>'''
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Occupation and Education of Deceased'''
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| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''<br>'''
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| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | x&nbsp;
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Whether Deceased was a Veteran'''
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| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | <br>
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| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | x&nbsp;
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Deceased's Social Security Number'''
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| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | <br>
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| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | x&nbsp;
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Cause of Death'''
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| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''<br>'''
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Date and Place of Burial'''
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| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''<br>'''
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| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | x&nbsp;
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| bgcolor="#99ccff" height="25" valign="middle" width="52%" align="center" | '''Funeral Home'''
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| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | '''<br>'''
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| valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | x&nbsp;
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=== Resources for Alabama Death Records  ===
 
=== Resources for Alabama Death Records  ===
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*Alabama. Department of Health. ''Death Records&nbsp;from 1908 to 1974&nbsp;and Death Indexes from 1908 to 1959''.&nbsp;Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1993-2000. (Starting {{FHL|683729|title-id|disp=FHL Film 1,909,110}}; also available at [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]; see also [[Alabama Statewide Death Certificates (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Alabama Statewide Death Certificates]] for information about the database.)<br>
 
*Alabama. Department of Health. ''Death Records&nbsp;from 1908 to 1974&nbsp;and Death Indexes from 1908 to 1959''.&nbsp;Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1993-2000. (Starting {{FHL|683729|title-id|disp=FHL Film 1,909,110}}; also available at [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]; see also [[Alabama Statewide Death Certificates (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Alabama Statewide Death Certificates]] for information about the database.)<br>
  
'''A wiki artice describing an online collection is found at:'''
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'''A wiki artice describing an online collection is found at:'''  
  
[[Alabama_Statewide_Death_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)|Alabama Statewide Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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[[Alabama Statewide Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Alabama Statewide Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
  
 
== Minorities  ==
 
== Minorities  ==
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=== African Americans  ===
 
=== African Americans  ===
  
When searching for birth, marriage, or death records for [[African American Research|African Americans]] after the Civil War, check the record types listed above. Birth, marriage, and death information for African Americans prior to the Civil War can be found in [[African American Slavery and Bondage|other sources]]. See [[Alabama Minorities|Alabama Minorities]] for more information. <br>  
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When searching for birth, marriage, or death records for [[African American Research|African Americans]] after the Civil War, check the record types listed above. Birth, marriage, and death information for African Americans prior to the Civil War can be found in [[African American Slavery and Bondage|other sources]]. See [[Alabama Minorities|Alabama Minorities]] for more information. <br>
  
 
=== Native Americans  ===
 
=== Native Americans  ===
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== Substitute Records  ==
 
== Substitute Records  ==
  
Use substitute records to verify and enrich knowledge about an event or where better records do not exist, to establish evidence of the birth, marriage or death of your ancestor.  
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Use substitute records to verify and enrich knowledge about an event or where better records do not exist, to establish evidence of the birth, marriage or death of your ancestor.
  
*[[Alabama Cemeteries|Cemetery Records]]  
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*[[Alabama Cemeteries|Cemetery Records]] : Cemetery records are a rich source of birth and death information. These records may also reveal family relationships.
*[[Alabama Census|Federal/State Censuses]] - some pre-1850 censuses included every name  
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*[[Alabama Census|Federal/State Censuses]] - some pre-1850 censuses included every name.&nbsp;&nbsp;Census records are a valuable source for birth and marriage information. You may also determine approximate time of death when the individual disappear from the census. This is a good place to begin a search
*[[Alabama Church Records|Church Records]]  
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*[[Alabama Church Records|Church Records]]:&nbsp;Depending on the denomination, church records may contain information about birth, marriage and death.
*[[Alabama History|Histories]]  
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*[[Social Security Death Index (SSDI)|Social Security Death Index (SSDI)]]: The SSDI indexes deaths for those who had social security numbers and the death was reported to the Social Security Administration.
*[[Alabama Newspapers|Newspapers]] - look for birth announcements, marriages, reports on divorces, death notices, and [[Alabama Obituaries|Obituaries]]  
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**[[Alabama History|Histories]]:&nbsp;&nbsp;Local histories, family histories and biographies can all be sources of birth, marriage and death information. Often this information is found in county-level records or in surname searches of the Family History Library catalog.
*[[Alabama Military Records|Military Records]]  
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*[[Alabama Newspapers|Newspapers]] - look for birth announcements, marriages, reports on divorces, death notices, and [[Alabama Obituaries|Obituaries]] : Besides obituaries, local newspapers may contain birth and marriage announcements and death notices. Also check newspaper social columns for additional information.
*[[Alabama Periodicals|Periodicals]] - search the Periodical Source Index ([[Periodical Source Index (PERSI)|PERSI]])
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*[[Alabama Military Records|Military Records]]: Military pension records can give birth, marriage and death information. In addition, soldiers' homes records can included this same information.
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*[[Alabama Periodicals|Periodicals]] - search the Periodical Source Index ([[Periodical Source Index (PERSI)|PERSI]]) Local genealogical and historical societies often publish periodicals which may contain abstracted early birth, marriage and death information.
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*Probate Records:  If no death record exists, probate records may be helpful in estimating when an individual has died. Probate records in the 20th Century often contain the exact death date. <br>
  
 
== Lost / Missing Records  ==
 
== Lost / Missing Records  ==
  
Some records for a given county or for the state of Alabama may have been burned or lost and may be unavailable. Check [[Alabama Lost/Missing Records|Alabama Lost/Missing Records]] for more information. <br>  
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Some records for a given county or for the state of Alabama may have been burned or lost and may be unavailable. Check [[Alabama Lost/Missing Records|Alabama Lost/Missing Records]] for more information. <br>
  
 
== Tips  ==
 
== Tips  ==
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Statewide [[Alabama Archives and Libraries|Archives]], [[Alabama Archives and Libraries|Libraries]], [[Alabama Societies|Historical Societies]] and [[Alabama Societies|Genealogical Societies]] as well as [http://www.archives.state.al.us/referenc/societies.pdf County Historical and Genealogical Societies] may have collections that can be of great value when doing Alabama research. Contact the specific Archive, Society, or Library for information on what record types are available, if the records are available online, or if copies of records can be obtained for a fee.&nbsp;  
 
Statewide [[Alabama Archives and Libraries|Archives]], [[Alabama Archives and Libraries|Libraries]], [[Alabama Societies|Historical Societies]] and [[Alabama Societies|Genealogical Societies]] as well as [http://www.archives.state.al.us/referenc/societies.pdf County Historical and Genealogical Societies] may have collections that can be of great value when doing Alabama research. Contact the specific Archive, Society, or Library for information on what record types are available, if the records are available online, or if copies of records can be obtained for a fee.&nbsp;  
  
== Alabama Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online ==
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== Online Alabama Birth, Marriage and Death Records  ==
  
 
The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Alabama Vital Records. Check [[Alabama, United States - Online Vital Records|Alabama Vital Records&nbsp;Online]] for more information about the resources listed below. Most online resources for Alabama Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to [[Contradictions and discrepancies|confirm the information]] in the index.  
 
The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Alabama Vital Records. Check [[Alabama, United States - Online Vital Records|Alabama Vital Records&nbsp;Online]] for more information about the resources listed below. Most online resources for Alabama Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to [[Contradictions and discrepancies|confirm the information]] in the index.  
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*[http://www.censusdiggins.com/alabama_marriages.html Alabama Marriages Before 1825]&nbsp;&nbsp;Free database at CensusDiggins.com  
 
*[http://www.censusdiggins.com/alabama_marriages.html Alabama Marriages Before 1825]&nbsp;&nbsp;Free database at CensusDiggins.com  
 
*[http://www.genealogybuff.com/al/state/webbbs_config.pl Alabama Obituary and Death Notices Collection] from GenealogyBuff.com -Free  
 
*[http://www.genealogybuff.com/al/state/webbbs_config.pl Alabama Obituary and Death Notices Collection] from GenealogyBuff.com -Free  
*[http://www.ancestorhunt.com/alabama-vital-records.htm Alabama Vital Records]&nbsp;Free guide to locating AL vital records at AncestorHunt.com.
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*[http://www.ancestorhunt.com/alabama-vital-records.htm Alabama Vital Records]&nbsp;Free guide to locating AL vital records at AncestorHunt.com.  
 
*USGenWeb.org [http://www.algenweb.us/ Alabama Site] - Free  
 
*USGenWeb.org [http://www.algenweb.us/ Alabama Site] - Free  
 
*Search for Alabama Collections on [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] under [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&region=NORTH_AMERICA Canada, USA, and Mexico] - Free  
 
*Search for Alabama Collections on [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] under [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&region=NORTH_AMERICA Canada, USA, and Mexico] - Free  

Revision as of 15:53, 10 April 2012

United States Gotoarrow.pngAlabama Gotoarrow.png Alabama Birth, Marriage and Death Records

Introduction to Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. United States Vital Records has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Alabama Vital Records State Department of Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also Alabama Statewide Indexes and Collections at the Family History Library.

Contents

 
Vital Records.jpg
  

Marriage Records  Death Records
Early - 1825 1808 - 1870   $
1800 - 1969  $ 1908 - 1959   $
1809 - 1920  $

1962 - Present


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Birth Records

Before 1881

No births were recorded by government agencies prior to 1881. See Substitute Records below.

1881 to 1908

Starting in 1881, the State of Alabama required individual counties to register the birth of children. Because most counties were slow to comply, not all births were recorded. In addition, many records from this time period are missing or were destroyed. Birth registers from this time period usually do not list the name of the child.

FamilySearch has a partial index of Births and Christenings, 1881-1930. Background information about the source of this index is available here

To obtain copies of birth records from this time period, contact the County Court where the birth occurred. (Microfilmed copies of county birth records for some Alabama Counties are also available through FamilySearch.)

1908 to Present

The State of Alabama required the registration of births on a state level beginning in 1908. Early registration in this time period was sketchy. Most births were recorded by 1927. Early birth registers and certificates generally do not contain the name of the child but may contain other important information as shown in the table below. It is more common to find the child's name by the 1920's. Birth Certificates are confidential for 125 years following the date of birth. To obtain copies of original birth records, contact the Alabama Department of Public Health

Resources for Alabama Birth Records

Adoption Records

Alabama adoption law requires the creation of a new birth certificate after a legal adoption has taken place. The original birth certificate and evidence of adoption are then placed in a sealed file and the new certificate is substituted for the original birth certificate in the State Department of Vital Statistics files. Starting August 1, 2000, original birth records (as well as all documents in the sealed file) became available to adoptees once they reached the age of 19. The Alabama Department of Public Health has detailed information about obtaining copies of sealed birth records. See Adoption Research for more information.

Marriage Records

1799 - March 3, 1817 Mississippi Territory

In 1799, a law passed in the Mississippi Territory (including present day Alabama) requiring marriage licenses and bonds to be registered at the Orphans Court in the county of the bride's residence. To obtain copies of original marriage records, contact the Probate Court in the county where the license was issued. Microfilmed copies of county marriage records for most Alabama Counties are also available through FamilySearch.

1818 - 1936 Alabama Territory/State

Marriage licenses and bonds were registered in the Orphans Court (renamed the Probate Court in 1850) in the county of the bride's residence. Starting in 1888, bonds were only required if the groom was under the age of 21 or the bride was under the age of 18. To obtain copies of original marriage records, contact the Probate Court in the county where the license was issued or the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Microfilmed copies of county marriage records for most Alabama Counties are also available through FamilySearch.

FamilySearch provides a name index to Alabama Marriages, 1816-1957.   Background information regarding these historical records is available here.  Also available for some counties are indexes and images of Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950. (Records are added as they become available.)

1936 - Present

Alabama started keeping statewide marriage records in August of 1936. For current fees and instructions for obtaining copies of the State’s records, contact the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Resources for Alabama Marriage Records

  • For indexes and other available online records, see Alabama Vital Records Online.
  • Alabama. Department of Health. Marriage Certificates for 1936–1992; and an Index for 1936–1959. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1993. (Starting FHL Film 1,907,711)
  • Early Alabama Marriages 1810–1850: Many Continue or End Between 1850 to 1900, a Few Continue Through from 1900–1936. 44 vols. San Antonio, Texas: Family Adventures, 1991. (WorldCat 24998145; FHL 976.1 V22e)
  • Early Alabama Marriage Records. Shreveport, Louisiana : J & W Ent., c1991. (WorldCat 33848720; FHL 976.1 V2e)
  • Dodd, Jordan R., Norman L. Moyes, and Liahona Research, Inc. Alabama Marriages Early to 1825: A Research Tool. Bountiful, Utah: Precision Indexing, 1991. (WorldCat 24915574; FHL 976.1 V2a)
  • Gandrud, Pauline Myra Jones. Marriage, Death and Legal Notices from Early Alabama Newspapers, 1819-1893. Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, c1981. (WorldCat 11372100; FHL 976.1 V2g)

Divorce Records

Early - 1950

Prior to 1950, divorces could be granted by the State Legislature, Circuit Courts, City Courts, and County Chancery Courts. In 1915, the County Chancery Courts were merged with the County Circuit Courts. Divorces finalized by the State Legislature can be found in the published Alabama Legislative Journals. To locate divorce records for this time period, contact the Clerk of Circuit Court in the county where the divorce was granted.

1950 - Present

In January 1950, Alabama started keeping statewide divorce records. Contact the Alabama Department of Public Health to obtain divorce records for this time period. Ancestry.com also has an index for divorces granted between 1950 and 1959.

Death Records

Before 1881

No deaths were recorded by government agencies. See Substitute Records below.

1881 to 1908

Starting in 1881, the State of Alabama required individual counties to register deaths. Because most counties were slow to comply, not all deaths were recorded. In addition, many records from this time period are missing or were destroyed.

FamilySearch has a partial index of Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952. Background information about the source of this index is available here.

To obtain copies of death records from this time period, contact the County Court where the death occurred. Microfilmed copies of county death records for some Alabama Counties are available through FamilySearch.

January 1908 - Present

Starting in January of 1908, Alabama State Law required the registration of all deaths occuring within the state of Alabama. Copies of death certificates were filed with the Alabama Center for Health Statistics. Information found on a death certificate is reported by an informant (usually a relative) and may or may not be accurate.

FamilySearch provides an index to death certificates from the state of Alabama, 1908-1974. Background information regarding these historical records is available here.

To obtain copies of original death records, contact the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Resources for Alabama Death Records

A wiki artice describing an online collection is found at:

Alabama Statewide Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Minorities

African Americans

When searching for birth, marriage, or death records for African Americans after the Civil War, check the record types listed above. Birth, marriage, and death information for African Americans prior to the Civil War can be found in other sources. See Alabama Minorities for more information.

Native Americans

In order to find birth, marriage, or death information on Native Americans living in Alabama you must know which tribe the individual belonged to.  Indians of Alabama has more specific information about tribes in the State.

Substitute Records

Use substitute records to verify and enrich knowledge about an event or where better records do not exist, to establish evidence of the birth, marriage or death of your ancestor.

  • Cemetery Records : Cemetery records are a rich source of birth and death information. These records may also reveal family relationships.
  • Federal/State Censuses - some pre-1850 censuses included every name.  Census records are a valuable source for birth and marriage information. You may also determine approximate time of death when the individual disappear from the census. This is a good place to begin a search
  • Church Records: Depending on the denomination, church records may contain information about birth, marriage and death.
  • Social Security Death Index (SSDI): The SSDI indexes deaths for those who had social security numbers and the death was reported to the Social Security Administration.
    • Histories:  Local histories, family histories and biographies can all be sources of birth, marriage and death information. Often this information is found in county-level records or in surname searches of the Family History Library catalog.
  • Newspapers - look for birth announcements, marriages, reports on divorces, death notices, and Obituaries : Besides obituaries, local newspapers may contain birth and marriage announcements and death notices. Also check newspaper social columns for additional information.
  • Military Records: Military pension records can give birth, marriage and death information. In addition, soldiers' homes records can included this same information.
  • Periodicals - search the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) Local genealogical and historical societies often publish periodicals which may contain abstracted early birth, marriage and death information.
  • Probate Records: If no death record exists, probate records may be helpful in estimating when an individual has died. Probate records in the 20th Century often contain the exact death date.

Lost / Missing Records

Some records for a given county or for the state of Alabama may have been burned or lost and may be unavailable. Check Alabama Lost/Missing Records for more information.

Tips

  • Information listed on vital records is given by an informant. Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record. The closer the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help you determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.
  • If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by governments, search in church records for christening, marriage, death, or burial records. A family Bible may also have been used to record family births, marriages and deaths.
  • Records for African Americans are often recorded in separate files with separate indexes.
  • Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records. Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except direct descendants and/or ancestors.
  • If the survival of a baby was questioned, the birth may not have been recorded.
  • Search for Vital Records in the Family History Library Catalog by using a Place Search and then choosing Vital Records. Search for Alabama to locate records filed by the State and then search the name of the county to locate records kept by that county.

Archives, Libraries & Societies

Statewide Archives, Libraries, Historical Societies and Genealogical Societies as well as County Historical and Genealogical Societies may have collections that can be of great value when doing Alabama research. Contact the specific Archive, Society, or Library for information on what record types are available, if the records are available online, or if copies of records can be obtained for a fee. 

Online Alabama Birth, Marriage and Death Records

The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Alabama Vital Records. Check Alabama Vital Records Online for more information about the resources listed below. Most online resources for Alabama Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to confirm the information in the index.

Wiki articles describing these collections are found at:

Bibliography

  • Barefield, Marilyn Davis. Researching in Alabama a Genealogical Guide, Southern Historical Press, 1987.
  • Nancy Dupree, Reference Consultant for Alabama Department of Archives and History. Telephone interview. 14 Jan. 2009.
  • http://www.adph.org/vitalrecords/Default.asp?id=1558 Alabama Center for Health Statistics - Vital Records].
  • Davis, Robert S., and Mary Bess Paluzzi. "Alabama" in Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 1992. pp. 21-34.