Alabama County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Revision as of 20:21, 7 August 2012

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Record Description

The collection consists of a name index and images of marriage records created by Alabama counties. Records are arranged by county, volume and date.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation explains the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

Alabama County Clerks. "Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950." County Clerks throughout Alabama.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Genealogical facts found in early marriage records includes the following:

  • Name of the groom
  • Name of the bride, often including the maiden name of the bride
  • Date of the marriage
  • Names of the officiator and witnesses

Genealogical facts found in later marriage records also includes the following:

  • Names of the parents or guardians of the bride and groom
  • Birthplaces of the bride and groom
  • Residences of the bride and groom
  • Age and races of the bride and groom
  • Marital status of the bride and groom

Coverage Tables

Alabama Colored Marriages
(as of 6 August 2012)
County Year
Range
Original Courthouse
Volumes
FHL
Microfilm
Baldwin
1896-1935
3-5
1839624
Bullock
1867-1868
1-1A
1954390
Bullock
1874-1882
4
1033440
Bullock
1929-1945
33-34, 36
1954411
Bullock
1936-1944
36-38
1954412
Bullock
1944-1954
38, 40-41
1954413
Crenshaw
1937-1946
O, 2
1307739
Crenshaw
1947-1957
P
1307740
Dallas
1883-1888
L-N
1289635
Dallas
1888-1893
O, 2
1289636
Dallas
1925-1930
UU-VV
1289656
Jefferson
Pre-1930
118
2407060
Jefferson
Pre-1930
118-121
2407061
Jefferson
Pre-1930
121-123
2407118
Jefferson
1930-1931
124-126
2407119
Jefferson
1930-1931
126-129
2408933
Jefferson
Pre-1931
129-131
2407120
Jefferson
1942-1943
167-169
2408963
Jefferson
1943
172-174
2409222
Jefferson
1943-1944
174-177
2409223
Jefferson
1944-1945
177-180
2409224
Jefferson
1945
180-183
2409225
Jefferson
1945-1946
183-186
2409260
Jefferson
1946
186-189
2409261
Jefferson
1946-1947
189-192
2409262
Jefferson
1947
192-194
2409263
Jefferson
1947-1948
194-197
2409760
Jefferson
1948-1949
197-200
2409761
Jefferson
1949-1950
200-203
2409809
Jefferson
1950
203
2409810
Madison
1936-1940
66, 68
1993768
Madison
1938-1941
68
1993769
Madison
1941-1942
72
1993770
Madison
1942-1945
75
1993771
Madison
1943-1945
79
1993772
Madison
1944-1946
82
1993773
Madison
1946-1948
91
1993887
Madison
1948-1951
94
1993888
Mobile
1865-1967
Index A-Jon
1294441
Mobile
1865-1870
1-2
1294435
Mobile
1870-1873
2-4
1294436
Mobile
1878-1883
6-7
1294438
Mobile
1883-1887
7-9
1294439
Mobile
1886-1891
9-10
1550504
Mobile
1887-1891
9-10
1294440
Mobile
1891-1899
11-12
1550505
Mobile
1895-1899
12-13
1550506
Mobile
1899-1903
14-15
1550507
Mobile
1901-1905
15-17
1550508
Mobile
1904-1907
17-18
1550509
Mobile
1905-1907
22
1550512
Mobile
1907-1909
19-20
1550510
Mobile
1907-1910
20-21
1550511
Mobile
1911-1914
23-24
1550513
Mobile
1914-1917
24-26
1550514
Mobile
1916-1918
27-28
1550515
Mobile
1918-1919
28-29
1550516
Mobile
1918-1920
29-30
1550517
Mobile
1919-1923
30-32
1550518
Mobile
1922-1925
32-33
1550519
Mobile
1925-1927
34-35
1550520
Mobile
1926-1931
35-37
1550521
Mobile
1920s-1930s
31-32, 36-37, 39 (retakes)
1550522
Morgan
1865-1899
A1-C
2313220
Morgan
1899-1909
D-F
2313312
Morgan
1912-1919
F-H
2313313
Morgan
1919-1928
I-J
2313314
Morgan
1928-1932
K
2313315
Pike
1888-1892
L
1033199
Pike
1896-1900
O
1033201
Pike
1900-1902
Q
1033202
Pike
1902-1905
S
1033203
Pike
1905-1907
T
1033204
St. Clair
1914-1936
2
1035447
St. Clair
1929-1936
Folders 1-15
2419843
St. Clair
1930-1936
Folders 16-27
2418859
Alabama White Marriages
(as of 6 August 2012)
County Year
Range
Original Courthouse
Volumes
FHL
Microfilm
Baldwin
1801-1836
Licenses
1839621
Baldwin
1845-1869
Records
1839621
Baldwin
1871-1910
1
1839622
Baldwin
1896-1930
1-3
1839622
Barbour
1838-1855
1, 4
1289482
Barbour
1841-1940
Index
1289482
Barbour
1855-1873
4-5A
1289483
Barbour
1872-1881
5A-7
1289484
Barbour
1881-1886
8-10
1289484
Bibb
1817-1936
Index
1782870
Bibb
1817-1936
Box 1, Folders 1-20
1782870
Bibb
1817-1936
Box 1, Folders 20-38
1782871
Bibb
1817-1936
Box 2, Folders 1-12
1782872
Bibb
1817-1936
Box 2, Folders 11-33
1782873
Bibb
1817-1936
Box 2, Folders 11-33; Box 3, Folders 1-9
1783474
Bibb
1817-1936
Box 3, Folders 9-29
1784475
Bibb
1817-1936
Box 3, Folders 29-50; Box 4, Folders 1-2
1783475
Bibb
1817-1936
Box 4, Folders 2-28
1783476
Bibb
1817-1936
Box 4, Folders 28-50; Box 5, Folders 1-2
1784484
Bibb
1817-1936
Box 5, Folders 3-24
1783477
Bibb
1817-1936
Box 5, Folders 24-47
1783478
Bibb
1817-1936
Box 5, Folders 47-49; Box 6, Folders 1-20
1783479
Bibb
1817-1936
Box 6, Folders 21-42
1783750
Bibb
1817-1936
Box 6, Folders 42-48; Box 7, Folders 1-7
1783751
Bibb
1817-1936
Box 7, Folders 8-30
1783752
Bibb
1817-1936
Box 7, Folders 31-48; Box 8, Folders 1-5
1783753
Bibb
1817-1936
Box 8, Folders 5-28
1783754
Bibb
1817-1936
Box 8, Folders 28-35
1784513
Bibb
1817-1936
J-K
1031253
Bullock
1867-1868
1
1954390
Bullock
1870-1933
Licenses
2385668
Bullock
1882-1892
6
1033440
Bullock
1930s
35
1954411
Bullock
1944-1954
39
1954413
Chilton
1870-1883
1-3
1302414
Chilton
1890-1930
Licenses
1781678
Chilton
1890-1930
Licenses
1781679
Chilton
1890-1930
Licenses
1781680
Chilton
1890-1930
Licenses
1781681
Chilton
1890-1930
Licenses
1781779
Chilton
1890-1930
Licenses
1781780
Chilton
1890-1930
Licenses
1781781
Chilton
1890-1930
Licenses
1781782
Chilton
1890-1930
Licenses
1781783
Chilton
1890-1930
Licenses
1781784
Chilton
1890-1930
Licenses
1782403
Chilton
1890-1930
Licenses
1782404
Chilton
1890-1930
Licenses
1782405
Chilton
1890-1930
Licenses
1782620
Cleburne
1867-1885
A-C
1031047
Cleburne
1885-1893
D-E
1031048
Cleburne
1938-1940
17
1853969
Cleburne
1940-1947
18-20
1854161
Cleburne
1947-1954
20-21
1854162
Crenshaw
1867-1890
A-C
1288731
Crenshaw
1931-1951
N-R
1307959
Crenshaw
1947-1951
R
1307739
Cullman
1928-1931
19-21
1987669
Cullman
1931-1934
21-24
1987670
Cullman
1934-1937
24-27
1987671
Cullman
1937-1940
27-30
1987672
Cullman
1940-1942
30-32
1987673
Cullman
1942-1945
32-35
1987674
Cullman
1945-1947
35-38
1987675
Cullman
1947-1950
38-41
1987676
Cullman
1950-1951
41
1987677
Dallas
1818-1865
D, A
1289627
Dallas
1821-1980
Index
1289627
Dallas
1862-1890
F-K
1289628
Dallas
1903-1913
V, AA
1289630
Dallas
1913-1922
FF, MM
1289631
Dallas
1922-1929
QQ, TT
1289632
Jefferson
1928
records
2400815
Jefferson
1927-1928
110-111
1064589
Jefferson
1928
113-115
2404264
Jefferson
1928
115-117
2404264
Jefferson
1929-1930
117-120
2408938
Jefferson
1930
120-122
2408939
Jefferson
1930-1931
123
2403968
Jefferson
1931-1932
124-126
2404148
Jefferson
1931-1932
126-127b
2404149
Jefferson
1932-1933
127b-130
2408934
Jefferson
1933-1934
130-132
2408935
Jefferson
1933
131-134
2407743
Jefferson
1934
133-135
2408936
Jefferson
1933-1934
134-137
2407744
Jefferson
1934-1935
135-137
2404150
Jefferson
1934-1935
137-139
2407745
Jefferson
1934-1935
138-139
2404229
Jefferson
1935-1936
139-142
2407746
Jefferson
1936
140-141
2408932
Jefferson
1936
142-145
2407747
Jefferson
1930s
142-143
2404338
Jefferson
1930s
143-146
2404339
Jefferson
1937
145-148
2407748
Jefferson
1930s
146-148
2404340
Jefferson
1937-1938
148-150
2407749
Jefferson
1930s
149-151
2404341
Jefferson
1938-1939
150-153
2407763
Jefferson
1930s
151-154
2404451
Jefferson
1939
153-155
2408087
Jefferson
1930s
154-156
2404452
Jefferson
1939-1940
156-158
2408088
Jefferson
1930s
156-159
2404453
Jefferson
1940-1941
158-161
2408089
Jefferson
1930s
159-162
2404454
Jefferson
1941
161-164
2408090
Jefferson
1930s
162-165
2404455
Jefferson
1941-1942
164-166
2408091
Jefferson
1930s
165-167
2404456
Jefferson
1942
168-170
2408937
Jefferson
1943
169-171
2408964
Jefferson
1940s
170-173
2405727
Jefferson
1940s
173-176
2405728
Jefferson
1940s
176-179
2405729
Jefferson
1940s
179-182
2405730
Jefferson
1940s
182-184
2405963
Jefferson
1945-1946
184-187
2408940
Jefferson
1945-1946
187-190
2408941
Jefferson
1946
190-193
2408942
Jefferson
1946-1947
193-196
2408943
Jefferson
1940s
196-199
2405964
Jefferson
1947
199-202
2408959
Jefferson
1947-1948
202-205
2408960
Jefferson
1948
205-208
2408961
Jefferson
1948-1949
208-210
2408962
Jefferson
1940s
211-213
2407059
Jefferson
1940s
214-215
2407060

How to Use the Records

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • The county where the marriage occurred
  • The name of the person at the time of marriage
  • The approximate marriage date
  • The marriage place
  • The name of the intended spouse

Search the Collection

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information in the marriage record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination. Be aware there may be inaccuracies such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

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Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s marriage record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • Use the parents’ birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
  • Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

General Information About Marriage Records

The earliest marriage bonds and licenses were usually handwritten on loose papers that were later bound into lettered volumes. Some marriage records had multiple entries on each page, while others had single records per page. Marriages were recorded by the clerk of the district court for each county from the time the county was formed. Persons desiring to marry obtained a license that they presented to the minister or other person authorized to marry, such as a justice of the peace. Once the marriage was performed, the officiator sent a return to the clerk confirming that the marriage had occurred.

Civil marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to protect the interests of the wife and other heirs to legal claims on property.

The marriage date, place, residence of the bride and groom, and occupations are relatively reliable. Other information, such as age or birthplace, is dependent on the knowledge, memory, and accuracy of the informants, usually the bride and groom.

For a summary of this information see the wiki article: United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records).

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"Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XTW6-NY3: accessed 23 April 2012), William Halford and Sallie Bowden, married 22 January 1882. Alabama County Clerks. "Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950." County Clerks throughout Alabama.