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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 Table

Alabama Colored Marriages
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
2409222
Jefferson
Pre-1930
118-121
2409225
Jefferson
Pre-1930
121-123
2409261
Jefferson
1930-1931
124-126
2409263
Jefferson
1930-1931
126-129
2409810
Jefferson
Pre-1931
129-131
2407060
Jefferson
1942-1943
167-169
2407061
Jefferson
1943
172-174
2407118
Jefferson
1943-1944
174-177
2407120
Jefferson
1944-1945
177-180
2407119
Jefferson
1945
180-183
2408933
Jefferson
1945-1946
183-186
2408963
Jefferson
1946
186-189
2409223
Jefferson
1946-1947
189-192
2409224
Jefferson
1947
192-194
2409260
Jefferson
1947-1948
194-197
2409262
Jefferson
1948-1949
197-200
2409760
Jefferson
1949-1950
200-203
2409761
Jefferson
1950
203
2409809
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
2313220
Morgan
2313312
Morgan
2313313
Morgan
2313314
Morgan
2313315
Pike
1033199
Pike
1033201
Pike
1033202
Pike
1033203
Pike
1033204
St. Clair
1035447
St. Clair
2419843
St. Clair
2418859

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.


 

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