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<br><br>Church records and the information they provide vary greatly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age; dates of baptism, christening or birth; marriage information, such as the bride’s maiden name and the names of both sets of parents; death or burial date; admissions; and removals. Records may include names of other relatives who were witnesses or members of the congregation. The members of some churches were predominately of one nationality or ethnic group. Church records are important for Alabama family research because civil authorities in Alabama did not begin registering vital statistics until after 1908.
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=== Alabama Churches General Information  ===
  
Roman Catholic church records for Mobile date from about 1700. In the 1800s, the largest religious groups in [[Alabama|Alabama]] were the [[Baptist Church in the United States|Baptist]], [[Methodist Church in the United States|Methodist]], and [[Presbyterian Church in the United States|Presbyterian]] churches.{{cn}}  
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Church records and the information they provide vary greatly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age; dates of baptism, christening or birth; marriage information, such as the bride’s maiden name and the names of both sets of parents; death or burial date; admissions; and removals. Records may include names of other relatives who were witnesses or members of the congregation. The members of some churches were predominately of one nationality or ethnic group. Church records are important for Alabama family research because civil authorities in Alabama did not begin registering vital statistics until after 1908.
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Roman Catholic church records for Mobile date from about 1700. In the 1800s, the largest religious groups in [[Alabama|Alabama]] were the [[Baptist Church in the United States|Baptist]], [[Methodist Church in the United States|Methodist]], and [[Presbyterian Church in the United States|Presbyterian]] churches.<ref>Sydney E. Ahlstrom, ''A Religious History of the American People'' (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1972). {{FHL|282712|item|disp=FHL book 973 K2ah}}.</ref><ref>[http://www.thearda.com/mapsReports/reports/state/01_2000.asp Association of Religion Data Archives]) </ref>
  
 
To find information about churches up to 1870, such as when the churches were founded, names of ministers and early members, and associated cemeteries, see:  
 
To find information about churches up to 1870, such as when the churches were founded, names of ministers and early members, and associated cemeteries, see:  
  
*Daughters of the American Revolution (Alabama). ''Some Early Alabama Churches (Established Before 1870).'' Birmingham, Alabama: Parchment Press, 1973. {{FHL|216586|item}} book 976.1 K2d; film 1026262 item 8
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*Daughters of the American Revolution (Alabama). ''Some Early Alabama Churches (Established Before 1870).'' Birmingham, Alabama: Parchment Press, 1973. {{FHL|216586|item|disp=FHL book 976.1 K2d, film 1026262 item 8}}
  
The [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] has a few church records for Alabama, but most remain with the local churches. Some denominations have collected their records into central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where records of a particular denomination are located.  
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The {{FHL|405785|subject_id|disp=Family History Library}} has a few church records for Alabama, but most remain with the local churches. Also search for local (city and county) church records in the&nbsp;[[Family History Library Catalog Place-name Search|Family History Library Catalog]]. Some denominations have collected their records into central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where records of a particular denomination are located.  
  
 
=== Baptist  ===
 
=== Baptist  ===
  
Special Collection, Samford University Library. See [[Alabama Archives and Libraries|Alabama Archives and Libraries]]. The Samford University Library Website has an inventory of their records.  
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Special Collection, Samford University Library. See [[Alabama Archives and Libraries|Alabama Archives and Libraries]]. The Samford University Library Website has an inventory of their records and contains many different Alabama denominations in their collection besides Baptist. Also included are [http://library3.samford.edu/search~S27?/X(american%20Missionary%20association)&SORT=D/X(american%20Missionary%20association)&SORT=D&SUBKEY=(american%20Missionary%20association)/1%2C38%2C38%2CB/frameset&FF=X(american%20Missionary%20association)&SORT=D&1%2C1%2C microfilmed records] of the American Missionary Association, a interdenominational missionary society devoted to abolitionist principles beginning in 1846.  
  
 
For histories of the Baptist Church, see:  
 
For histories of the Baptist Church, see:  
  
*Holcombe, Hosea. ''A History of the Rise and Progress of the Baptists in Alabama. 1840.'' Reprint, Bessemer, Alabama: West Jefferson County Historical Society, 1974. {{FHL|192489|item}} book 976.1 K21h. This history of the Baptist Church to 1840 is indexed.  
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*Holcombe, Hosea. ''A History of the Rise and Progress of the Baptists in Alabama. 1840.'' Reprint, Bessemer, Alabama: West Jefferson County Historical Society, 1974. {{FHL|192489|item|disp=FHL book 976.1 K21h}} This history of the Baptist Church to 1840 is indexed.  
*Flynt, F. Wayne. ''Alabama Baptists: Southern Baptists in the Heart of Dixie.'' Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1998.
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*Flynt, F. Wayne. ''Alabama Baptists: Southern Baptists in the Heart of Dixie.'' Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1998.
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*Bledsoe, W.C. ''History of the Liberty (East) Baptist Association of Alabama.'' Atlanta, Ga.: Constitution Job Office, 1886. Digital version at {{FSbook|187764}} - free.
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*Riley, B.F. ''A Memorial History of the Baptists of Alabama: Being an Account of the Struggles and Achievements of the Denomination from 1808 to 1923.'' Philadelphia: The Judson Press, 1923. Digital version at {{FSbook|187841}} - free.
  
An 1899 directory of Baptist ministers lists biographical details about many ministers born or serving in the state:<ref>Davis points out that not all ministers participated, see: Robert S. Davis, "Some Baptist Ministers of South Carolina at the Turn of the Century," ''The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research,'' Vol. 32, No. 1 (Winter 2004):13-22. {{FHL|43856|item|disp=FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 32}}</ref>  
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An 1899 directory of Baptist ministers lists biographical details about many ministers born or serving in the state: <ref>Davis points out that not all ministers participated, see: Robert S. Davis, "Some Baptist Ministers of South Carolina at the Turn of the Century," ''The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research,'' Vol. 32, No. 1 (Winter 2004):13-22. {{FHL|43856|item|disp=FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 32}}</ref>  
  
 
*''The Ministerial Directory of the Baptist Churches in the United States of America.'' Oxford, Ohio: Ministerial Directory Co., 1899. Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=f9gpAAAAYAAJ Google Books].
 
*''The Ministerial Directory of the Baptist Churches in the United States of America.'' Oxford, Ohio: Ministerial Directory Co., 1899. Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=f9gpAAAAYAAJ Google Books].
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=== Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)  ===
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Early church records, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for Alabama Wards and Branches can be found on film and are located at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The film numbers, for each ward, can be located through the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog&nbsp;] or by referring to Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. {{FHL|129780|item|disp=FHL book 979.2258 A3j; fiche 6031507}}. These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films.
  
 
=== Episcopal  ===
 
=== Episcopal  ===
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{| border="1" width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1"
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| bgcolor="#cccccc" colspan="7" | <center>'''Episcopal Statistics in Alabama 1830 to 1898<ref>R.H. Cobbs and W.C. Whitaker, "Statistics of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Alabama," ''Transactions of the Alabama Historical Society,'' Vol. 2 (1898):83-89. Digital version at {{FSbook|88951}} - free.</ref>'''</center>
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| Baptisms
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| Confirmations
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| Marriages
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| Burials
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| Deacons Made
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| Priests Ordained
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| Churches Consecrated
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| <center>24,921</center>
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| <center>15,402</center>
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| <center>5,574</center>
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| <center>11,184</center>
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| <center>75</center>
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| <center>65</center>
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| <center>30</center>
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|}
  
 
A list of the Episcopal congregations in Alabama before 1939 is:  
 
A list of the Episcopal congregations in Alabama before 1939 is:  
  
*''Inventory of the Church Archives of Alabama: Protestant Episcopal Church.'' Birmingham, Alabama: Alabama Historical Records Survey Project, 1939. {{FHL|214903|item}} book 976.1 K2h; film 897366 item 3; digital version at [http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/FH36,61974 Family History Archives]. This gives the location of each church with a brief history and describes the types and years of records that existed for each congregation in 1939.
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*''Inventory of the Church Archives of Alabama: Protestant Episcopal Church.'' Birmingham, Alabama: Alabama Historical Records Survey Project, 1939. {{FHL|214903|item|disp=FHL book 976.1 K2h; film 897366 item 3}}; digital version at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE88487 FamilySearch Books]. This gives the location of each church with a brief history and describes the types and years of records that existed for each congregation in 1939.
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For a history, consult:
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*Whitaker, Walter C. ''History of the Protestant Episcopal Church in Alabama 1763-1891.'' Birmingham, Ala.: Roberts &amp; Son, 1898. Digital version at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE202365 FamilySearch Books] - free.
  
 
=== Methodist  ===
 
=== Methodist  ===
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[http://library.bsc.edu/about.htm Charles Andrew Rush Library]<br>Birmingham-Southern College<br>900 Arkadelphia Road<br>P.O. Box 549020 <br>Birmingham, AL 35254-9990 <br>Phone: (205) 226-4740 <br>Fax: (205) 226-4743  
 
[http://library.bsc.edu/about.htm Charles Andrew Rush Library]<br>Birmingham-Southern College<br>900 Arkadelphia Road<br>P.O. Box 549020 <br>Birmingham, AL 35254-9990 <br>Phone: (205) 226-4740 <br>Fax: (205) 226-4743  
  
A history of the Methodist Church in Alabama is:  
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Histories of the Methodist Church in Alabama include:  
  
*Lazenby, Marion Elias, ''History of Methodism in Alabama and West Florida''. N.p., 1960. {{FHL|192480|item}} book 976.1 K2L. This book includes a list of deceased ministers and a name and subject index.
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*Lazenby, Marion Elias, ''History of Methodism in Alabama and West Florida''. N.p., 1960. {{FHL|192480|item|disp=FHL book 976.1 K2L}}. This book includes a list of deceased ministers and a name and subject index.
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*West, Anson. ''A History of Methodism in Alabama.'' Nashville, Tenn.: Pub. House, Methodist Episcopal Church South, 1893. Digital version at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE78543 FamilySearch Books] - free.
  
 
=== Presbyterian  ===
 
=== Presbyterian  ===
  
 
[http://www.history.pcusa.org/ Presbyterian Historical Society ]<br>425 Lombard Street<br>Philadelphia, PA 19147 <br>Phone: (215) 627-1852 <br>Fax: (215) 627-0509  
 
[http://www.history.pcusa.org/ Presbyterian Historical Society ]<br>425 Lombard Street<br>Philadelphia, PA 19147 <br>Phone: (215) 627-1852 <br>Fax: (215) 627-0509  
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Early Presbyteries (with years organized): Alabama Presbytery (1821), Elyton Presbytery&nbsp;(1831), Birmingham Presbytery (1896), Talladega Presbytery (1836), Springville Presbytery (1880), Robert Donnell Presbytery (1890), The New Hope Presbytery(1838), and The McGready Presbytery (1840/1).<ref>James H.B. Hall, "The History of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Alabama Prior to 1826," ''Transactions of the Alabama Historical Society,'' Vol. 4 (1904):392-394. Digital version at [http://archive.org/stream/transactionsala03socigoog#page/n408/mode/2up Internet Archive] - free.</ref>
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Histories of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church include:
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*Hall, James H.B. "The History of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Alabama Prior to 1826," ''Transactions of the Alabama Historical Society,'' Vol. 4 (1904):365-394. Digital version at [http://archive.org/stream/transactionsala03socigoog#page/n380/mode/2up Internet Archive] - free. Identifies minute books available for early Presbyteries. The early Presbyteries did not keep records of baptisms, marriages, and burials.
  
 
=== Roman Catholic  ===
 
=== Roman Catholic  ===
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[http://www.bhmdiocese.org/ Diocese of Birmingham]<br>2121 3rd Ave.<br>P.O. Box 12047<br>North Birmingham, AL 35202-2047<br>Phone: (205) 838-8322  
 
[http://www.bhmdiocese.org/ Diocese of Birmingham]<br>2121 3rd Ave.<br>P.O. Box 12047<br>North Birmingham, AL 35202-2047<br>Phone: (205) 838-8322  
  
The diocese includes the counties of: [[Bibb County, Alabama|Bibb]], [[Blount County, Alabama|Blount]], [[Calhoun County, Alabama|Calhoun]], [[Chambers County, Alabama|Chambers]], [[Cherokee County, Alabama|Cherokee]], [[Chilton County, Alabama|Chilton]], [[Clay County, Alabama|Clay]], [[Cleburne County, Alabama|Cleburne]], [[Colbert County, Alabama|Colbert]], [[Coosa County, Alabama|Coosa]], [[Cullman County, Alabama|Cullman]] , [[DeKalb County, Alabama|DeKalb]], [[Etowah County, Alabama|Etowah]], [[Fayette County, Alabama|Fayette]], [[Franklin County, Alabama|Franklin]], [[Greene County, Alabama|Greene]], [[Hale County, Alabama|Hale]], [[Jackson County, Alabama|Jackson]], [[Jefferson County, Alabama|Jefferson]], [[Lamar County, Alabama|Lamar]], [[Lauderdale County, Alabama|Lauderdale]], [[Lawrence County, Alabama|Lawrence]], [[Limestone County, Alabama|Limestone]], [[Madison County, Alabama|Madison]], [[Marengo County, Alabama|Marengo]], [[Marion County, Alabama|Marion]], [[Marshall County, Alabama|Marshall]], [[Morgan County, Alabama|Morgan]], [[Perry County, Alabama|Perry]], [[Pickens County, Alabama|Pickens]], [[Randolph County, Alabama|Randolph]], [[Shelby County, Alabama|Shelby]], [[Sumter County, Alabama|Sumter]], [[St. Clair County, Alabama|St. Clair]], [[Talladega County, Alabama|Talladega]], [[Tallapoosa County, Alabama|Tallapoosa]], [[Tuscaloosa County, Alabama|Tuscaloosa]], [[Walker County, Alabama|Walker]] and [[Winston County, Alabama|Winston]]  
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The diocese includes the counties of: [[Bibb County, Alabama|Bibb]], [[Blount County, Alabama|Blount]], [[Calhoun County, Alabama|Calhoun]], [[Chambers County, Alabama|Chambers]], [[Cherokee County, Alabama|Cherokee]], [[Chilton County, Alabama|Chilton]], [[Clay County, Alabama|Clay]], [[Cleburne County, Alabama|Cleburne]], [[Colbert County, Alabama|Colbert]], [[Coosa County, Alabama|Coosa]], [[Cullman County, Alabama|Cullman]] , [[DeKalb County, Alabama|DeKalb]], [[Etowah County, Alabama|Etowah]], [[Fayette County, Alabama|Fayette]], [[Franklin County, Alabama|Franklin]], [[Greene County, Alabama|Greene]], [[Hale County, Alabama|Hale]], [[Jackson County, Alabama|Jackson]], [[Jefferson County, Alabama|Jefferson]], [[Lamar County, Alabama|Lamar]], [[Lauderdale County, Alabama|Lauderdale]], [[Lawrence County, Alabama|Lawrence]], [[Limestone County, Alabama|Limestone]], [[Madison County, Alabama|Madison]], [[Marengo County, Alabama|Marengo]], [[Marion County, Alabama|Marion]], [[Marshall County, Alabama|Marshall]], [[Morgan County, Alabama|Morgan]], [[Perry County, Alabama|Perry]], [[Pickens County, Alabama|Pickens]], [[Randolph County, Alabama|Randolph]], [[Shelby County, Alabama|Shelby]], [[Sumter County, Alabama|Sumter]], [[St. Clair County, Alabama|St. Clair]], [[Talladega County, Alabama|Talladega]], [[Tallapoosa County, Alabama|Tallapoosa]], [[Tuscaloosa County, Alabama|Tuscaloosa]], [[Walker County, Alabama|Walker]] and [[Winston County, Alabama|Winston]].<ref name="rome">[http://www.cdeducation.org/oym/connections/dioceseusmap.htm Map of the Roman Catholic Dioceses in the United States of America], Office of Catholic Schools Diocese of Columbus, accessed 3 Nov 2010.</ref>
  
 
[http://www.mobilearchdiocese.org/archives/archives.cfm?AOMDeptID=21 Archdiocese of Mobile Archives]<br>14 S. Franklin St.<br>Mobile, AL 36602<br>Phone: (251) 415-3850  
 
[http://www.mobilearchdiocese.org/archives/archives.cfm?AOMDeptID=21 Archdiocese of Mobile Archives]<br>14 S. Franklin St.<br>Mobile, AL 36602<br>Phone: (251) 415-3850  
  
The Archdiocese includes the counties of: [[Autauga County, Alabama|Autauga]], [[Baldwin County, Alabama|Baldwin]], [[Barbour County, Alabama|Barbour]], [[Bullock County, Alabama|Bullock]], [[Butler County, Alabama|Butler]], [[Choctaw County, Alabama|Choctaw]], [[Clarke County, Alabama|Clarke]], [[Coffee County, Alabama|Coffee]], [[Conecuh County, Alabama|Conecuh]], [[Covington County, Alabama|Covington]], [[Crenshaw County, Alabama|Crenshaw]], [[Dale County, Alabama|Dale]], [[Dallas County, Alabama|Dallas]], [[Elmore County, Alabama|Elmore]], [[Escambia County, Alabama|Escambia]], [[Geneva County, Alabama|Geneva]], [[Henry County, Alabama|Henry]], [[Houston County, Alabama|Houston]], [[Lee County, Alabama|Lee]], [[Lowndes County, Alabama|Lowndes]], [[Macon County, Alabama|Macon]], [[Mobile County, Alabama|Mobile]], [[Monroe County, Alabama|Monroe]], [[Montgomery County, Alabama|Montgomery]], [[Pike County, Alabama|Pike]], [[Russell County, Alabama|Russell]], [[Washington County, Alabama|Washington]] and [[Wilcox County, Alabama|Wilcox]]  
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The Archdiocese includes the counties of: [[Autauga County, Alabama|Autauga]], [[Baldwin County, Alabama|Baldwin]], [[Barbour County, Alabama|Barbour]], [[Bullock County, Alabama|Bullock]], [[Butler County, Alabama|Butler]], [[Choctaw County, Alabama|Choctaw]], [[Clarke County, Alabama|Clarke]], [[Coffee County, Alabama|Coffee]], [[Conecuh County, Alabama|Conecuh]], [[Covington County, Alabama|Covington]], [[Crenshaw County, Alabama|Crenshaw]], [[Dale County, Alabama|Dale]], [[Dallas County, Alabama|Dallas]], [[Elmore County, Alabama|Elmore]], [[Escambia County, Alabama|Escambia]], [[Geneva County, Alabama|Geneva]], [[Henry County, Alabama|Henry]], [[Houston County, Alabama|Houston]], [[Lee County, Alabama|Lee]], [[Lowndes County, Alabama|Lowndes]], [[Macon County, Alabama|Macon]], [[Mobile County, Alabama|Mobile]], [[Monroe County, Alabama|Monroe]], [[Montgomery County, Alabama|Montgomery]], [[Pike County, Alabama|Pike]], [[Russell County, Alabama|Russell]], [[Washington County, Alabama|Washington]] and [[Wilcox County, Alabama|Wilcox]].<ref name="rome" />
  
THE DROUIN COLLECTION:
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For further information about local church records, please refer to county or city pages.
  
Drouin Collection 1621-1967 at Ancestry.ca. When searching these databases, be creative in the spellings as well as the various focuses in searching for an ancestor. The French language has many possible spellings for a name, as well as there are errors in the indexing.
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'''The Drouin Collection'''
  
This French-Canadian collection has over 15 million genealogical and vital records entries; they were microfilmed by the Institut Généalogique Drouin. In Quebec, under the French Regime, there were two sets of records kept: a copy for the civil government archives and a copy for the ecclesiastical church archives. The Drouin collection is a civil copy of these entries. Please note that the cutoff date of this collection is in the early 1940s; only a small percentage of entries were covered from 1948 to 1967.  
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[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1111 Early U.S. French Catholic Church Records, 1695-1954]&nbsp; Ancestry ($). This database only contains the French Catholic parish records from the United States in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, and Pennsylvania. It is the U.S. part of the U.S. and French-Canadian Drouin Collection. For more details see ''[[The Drouin Collection: Six databases]]''
  
This collection is divided into six databases: 1. Quebec Vital and Church Records, 1621-1967 2. Ontario French Catholic Church Records, 1747-1967, 3. Early U.S. French Catholic Church Records, 1695-1954, 4. Acadia French Catholic Church Records, 1670-1946, 5. Quebec Notarial Records, 1647-1942, and 6. Miscellaneous French Records, 1651-1941. For details about these six databases, see [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/The_Drouin_Collection:_Six_databases "The Drouin Collection: Six Databases"].  
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The types of records include baptisms, marriages, and burials as well as confirmations, dispensations, censuses, statements of readmission to the church, and so on. They are written mainly in French, as well as English, Latin, and Italian.  
  
'''Early U.S. French Catholic Church Records, 1695-1954''':&nbsp; This database only contains the French Catholic parish records from the United States; in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, and Pennsylvania. The types of records include baptisms, marriages, and burials as well as confirmations, dispensations, censuses, statements of readmission to the church, and so on. They are written mainly in French, as well as English, Latin, and Italian.&nbsp;&nbsp;
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'''State of Alabama'''  
  
For further information about local church records, please refer to county or city pages.<br>
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[http://www.archives.state.al.us/ Dept. of Archives and History]<br>624 Washington Ave.<br>Montgomery, AL 36130-3601<br>Collection includes:
  
'''State of Alabama'''<br>Dept. of Archives and History<br>624 Washington Ave.<br>Montgomery, AL 36130-3601<br>Collection includes:<br>Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Mobile, Alabama)<br>Family Records, 1700-1860<br>Scattered issues of Mobile and Birmingham Catholic newspapers in originals<br>Local Catholic cemetery gravestone transcriptions and funeral home records<br>Items pertaining to Catholic education in Alabama (yearbooks, students and faculty lists), scattered localities and dates.  
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*Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Mobile, Alabama)  
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*Family Records, 1700-1860  
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*Scattered issues of Mobile and Birmingham Catholic newspapers in originals  
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*Local Catholic cemetery gravestone transcriptions and funeral home records  
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*Items pertaining to Catholic education in Alabama (yearbooks, students and faculty lists), scattered localities and dates.
  
 
Some of the records of this diocese are available on microfilms at the Family History Library.  
 
Some of the records of this diocese are available on microfilms at the Family History Library.  
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Alabama church records are listed in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:  
 
Alabama church records are listed in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:  
  
ALABAMA- CHURCH HISTORY
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:ALABAMA — '''CHURCH RECORDS'''
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:ALABAMA, [COUNTY] — '''CHURCH RECORDS'''
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:ALABAMA, [COUNTY], [TOWN] — '''CHURCH RECORDS'''
  
ALABAMA- CHURCH RECORDS
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*http://www.genealogy.com/5_grnwd.html  
 
*http://www.genealogy.com/5_grnwd.html  
 
*http://www.accessgenealogy.com/church/alabama.htm  
 
*http://www.accessgenealogy.com/church/alabama.htm  
 
*http://www.censusfinder.com/alabama.htm
 
*http://www.censusfinder.com/alabama.htm
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First Baptist Church, Opelika, AL.

Contents

Alabama Churches General Information

Church records and the information they provide vary greatly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age; dates of baptism, christening or birth; marriage information, such as the bride’s maiden name and the names of both sets of parents; death or burial date; admissions; and removals. Records may include names of other relatives who were witnesses or members of the congregation. The members of some churches were predominately of one nationality or ethnic group. Church records are important for Alabama family research because civil authorities in Alabama did not begin registering vital statistics until after 1908.

Roman Catholic church records for Mobile date from about 1700. In the 1800s, the largest religious groups in Alabama were the Baptist, Methodist, and Presbyterian churches.[1][2]

To find information about churches up to 1870, such as when the churches were founded, names of ministers and early members, and associated cemeteries, see:

The Family History Library has a few church records for Alabama, but most remain with the local churches. Also search for local (city and county) church records in the Family History Library Catalog. Some denominations have collected their records into central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where records of a particular denomination are located.

Baptist

Special Collection, Samford University Library. See Alabama Archives and Libraries. The Samford University Library Website has an inventory of their records and contains many different Alabama denominations in their collection besides Baptist. Also included are microfilmed records of the American Missionary Association, a interdenominational missionary society devoted to abolitionist principles beginning in 1846.

For histories of the Baptist Church, see:

  • Holcombe, Hosea. A History of the Rise and Progress of the Baptists in Alabama. 1840. Reprint, Bessemer, Alabama: West Jefferson County Historical Society, 1974. FHL book 976.1 K21h This history of the Baptist Church to 1840 is indexed.
  • Flynt, F. Wayne. Alabama Baptists: Southern Baptists in the Heart of Dixie. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1998.
  • Bledsoe, W.C. History of the Liberty (East) Baptist Association of Alabama. Atlanta, Ga.: Constitution Job Office, 1886. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.
  • Riley, B.F. A Memorial History of the Baptists of Alabama: Being an Account of the Struggles and Achievements of the Denomination from 1808 to 1923. Philadelphia: The Judson Press, 1923. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.

An 1899 directory of Baptist ministers lists biographical details about many ministers born or serving in the state: [3]

  • The Ministerial Directory of the Baptist Churches in the United States of America. Oxford, Ohio: Ministerial Directory Co., 1899. Digital version at Google Books.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)

Early church records, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for Alabama Wards and Branches can be found on film and are located at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The film numbers, for each ward, can be located through the Family History Library Catalog  or by referring to Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. FHL book 979.2258 A3j; fiche 6031507. These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films.

Episcopal

Episcopal Statistics in Alabama 1830 to 1898[4]
Baptisms Confirmations Marriages Burials Deacons Made Priests Ordained Churches Consecrated
24,921
15,402
5,574
11,184
75
65
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A list of the Episcopal congregations in Alabama before 1939 is:

  • Inventory of the Church Archives of Alabama: Protestant Episcopal Church. Birmingham, Alabama: Alabama Historical Records Survey Project, 1939. FHL book 976.1 K2h; film 897366 item 3; digital version at FamilySearch Books. This gives the location of each church with a brief history and describes the types and years of records that existed for each congregation in 1939.

For a history, consult:

  • Whitaker, Walter C. History of the Protestant Episcopal Church in Alabama 1763-1891. Birmingham, Ala.: Roberts & Son, 1898. Digital version at FamilySearch Books - free.

Methodist

Houghton Memorial Library
Huntingdon College
1500 E. Fairview Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36106-2148
Phone: (334) 833-4421
Fax: (334) 263-4465
E-mail: edidwell@huntingdon.edu

Charles Andrew Rush Library
Birmingham-Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Road
P.O. Box 549020
Birmingham, AL 35254-9990
Phone: (205) 226-4740
Fax: (205) 226-4743

Histories of the Methodist Church in Alabama include:

  • Lazenby, Marion Elias, History of Methodism in Alabama and West Florida. N.p., 1960. FHL book 976.1 K2L. This book includes a list of deceased ministers and a name and subject index.
  • West, Anson. A History of Methodism in Alabama. Nashville, Tenn.: Pub. House, Methodist Episcopal Church South, 1893. Digital version at FamilySearch Books - free.

Presbyterian

Presbyterian Historical Society
425 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone: (215) 627-1852
Fax: (215) 627-0509

Early Presbyteries (with years organized): Alabama Presbytery (1821), Elyton Presbytery (1831), Birmingham Presbytery (1896), Talladega Presbytery (1836), Springville Presbytery (1880), Robert Donnell Presbytery (1890), The New Hope Presbytery(1838), and The McGready Presbytery (1840/1).[5]

Histories of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church include:

  • Hall, James H.B. "The History of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Alabama Prior to 1826," Transactions of the Alabama Historical Society, Vol. 4 (1904):365-394. Digital version at Internet Archive - free. Identifies minute books available for early Presbyteries. The early Presbyteries did not keep records of baptisms, marriages, and burials.

Roman Catholic

Diocese of Birmingham
2121 3rd Ave.
P.O. Box 12047
North Birmingham, AL 35202-2047
Phone: (205) 838-8322

The diocese includes the counties of: Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Colbert, Coosa, Cullman , DeKalb, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Hale, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marengo, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, Perry, Pickens, Randolph, Shelby, Sumter, St. Clair, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Winston.[6]

Archdiocese of Mobile Archives
14 S. Franklin St.
Mobile, AL 36602
Phone: (251) 415-3850

The Archdiocese includes the counties of: Autauga, Baldwin, Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Choctaw, Clarke, Coffee, Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Dallas, Elmore, Escambia, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Mobile, Monroe, Montgomery, Pike, Russell, Washington and Wilcox.[6]

For further information about local church records, please refer to county or city pages.

The Drouin Collection

Early U.S. French Catholic Church Records, 1695-1954  Ancestry ($). This database only contains the French Catholic parish records from the United States in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, and Pennsylvania. It is the U.S. part of the U.S. and French-Canadian Drouin Collection. For more details see The Drouin Collection: Six databases

The types of records include baptisms, marriages, and burials as well as confirmations, dispensations, censuses, statements of readmission to the church, and so on. They are written mainly in French, as well as English, Latin, and Italian.

State of Alabama

Dept. of Archives and History
624 Washington Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36130-3601
Collection includes:

  • Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Mobile, Alabama)
  • Family Records, 1700-1860
  • Scattered issues of Mobile and Birmingham Catholic newspapers in originals
  • Local Catholic cemetery gravestone transcriptions and funeral home records
  • Items pertaining to Catholic education in Alabama (yearbooks, students and faculty lists), scattered localities and dates.

Some of the records of this diocese are available on microfilms at the Family History Library.

Alabama church records are listed in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:

ALABAMA — CHURCH RECORDS
ALABAMA, [COUNTY] — CHURCH RECORDS
ALABAMA, [COUNTY], [TOWN] — CHURCH RECORDS

Websites

References

  1. Sydney E. Ahlstrom, A Religious History of the American People (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1972). FHL book 973 K2ah.
  2. Association of Religion Data Archives)
  3. Davis points out that not all ministers participated, see: Robert S. Davis, "Some Baptist Ministers of South Carolina at the Turn of the Century," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 32, No. 1 (Winter 2004):13-22. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 32
  4. R.H. Cobbs and W.C. Whitaker, "Statistics of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Alabama," Transactions of the Alabama Historical Society, Vol. 2 (1898):83-89. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.
  5. James H.B. Hall, "The History of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Alabama Prior to 1826," Transactions of the Alabama Historical Society, Vol. 4 (1904):392-394. Digital version at Internet Archive - free.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Map of the Roman Catholic Dioceses in the United States of America, Office of Catholic Schools Diocese of Columbus, accessed 3 Nov 2010.