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{{Alabama-stub}}''[[United States|United States ]] > [[Alabama|Alabama]] > Limestone County''  
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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Alabama|Alabama]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[{{PAGENAME}}|Limestone County]]''  
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Limestone County
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| state = Alabama
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| founded year = 1818
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| founded date = February 6
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| seat = Athens
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| building address = Limestone County Courthouse]<br>310 W. Washington Ave.,<br>Athens, AL 35611<br>Phone:(256) 233-6406 [http://www.limestonecounty.net/ '''Limestone County Website'''] }}
  
 
== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
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[[Image:Limestone County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Limestone County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg]] [http://www.limestonecounty.net/ Limestone County Courthouse]<br>310 W. Washington Ave.,<br>Athens, AL 35611<br>Phone:(256) 233-6406
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County Archives has bird and death records 1881-1913 <br>marriage records 1832-1900 divorce records 1896-1947 <br>land and court records 1818-1900, tax records 1861-1900,<br>Newspapers 1868-1985 Probate Judge has marriage probate land records from after 1900<br>Clerk Circuit Court has court records after 1900 and divorce records after 1947<br><ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Limestone County p. 38. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1818'''--Limestone County was created 6 February 1818 from the Cherokee and Chicksaw&nbsp;Cession in 1816.<br>'''County seat:'''&nbsp;Athens <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1818'''--Limestone County was created 6 February 1818 from the Cherokee and Chicksaw&nbsp;Cession in 1816.<br>'''County seat:''' Athens <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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==== Biographies  ====
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:*''Northern Alabama, Historical and Biographical.'' Birmingham, Ala.: Smith and De Land, 1888. Digital version at {{FSbook|185722}}. {{PAGENAME}} begins on page 71.
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:*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/al/limestone/bios.htm Limestone County Biographies] at [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ The USGenWeb Archives Project] - free.
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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*Douthat, James L. ''Wheeler Reservoir Cemeteries.'' Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press. Free surname index and publisher's bookstore at [http://www.mountainpress.com/books/al/details/al-0002w.html Mountain Press].
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Additional Limestone County cemeteries are included in ''Alabama Cemetery Records'' {{FSbook|185681|disp=Vol. 1}} at FamilySearch Books Online - free.
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
{{Census|Alabama}}  
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{{Historical populations
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|title = Limestone County, Alabama
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|type = USA
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|1820 | 9871
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|1830 | 14807
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|1840 | 14374
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|1850 | 16483
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|1860 | 15306
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|1870 | 15017
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|1880 | 21600
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|1890 | 21201
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|1900 | 22387
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|1910 | 26880
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|1920 | 31341
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|1930 | 36629
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|1940 | 35642
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|1950 | 35766
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|1960 | 36513
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|1970 | 41699
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|1980 | 46005
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|1990 | 54135
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|2000 | 65676
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|2010 | 82782
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}} {{Census|Alabama}}  
  
==== Church  ====
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==== Church Records ====
  
 
LDS Ward and Branch&nbsp;Records  
 
LDS Ward and Branch&nbsp;Records  
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*Elkmont
 
*Elkmont
  
==== Court  ====
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==== Court Records ====
  
==== Land  ====
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==== Land and Property ====
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To place a grant or deed on a map within context of {{PAGENAME}} see:<br>
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*Boyd, Gregory A. ''Family Maps of Limestone County, Alabama: with Homesteads, Roads, Waterways, Towns, Cemeteries, Railroads, and More''. Norman, Okla.: Arphax Pub. Co., 2007. This is a definitive work and can be used as an index to land grants. Digital version at [http://www.historygeo.com/maplib/prjs/AL HistoryGeo.com] ($). Website includes free surname index. {{FHL|1390178|item|disp=FHL Book 976.198 E7b}}.
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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==== Maps  ====
 
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==== Military  ====
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==== &nbsp;Military&nbsp; ====
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===== Civil War  =====
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Civil War service men from&nbsp;Limestone County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of&nbsp;Limestone County.
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:- [[9th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|9th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company F "Limestone Troopers"
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:- [[9th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|9th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company H "Limestone Grays"
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:- [[35th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|35th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company D and G
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:- [[50th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|50th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company B, formerly Company C, 2nd Battalion
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:- [[50th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|50th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company E, formerly Companies B/G, 2nd Battalion "Limestone Rebels"
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:- [[54th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|54th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company B (formerly Co. "A", 40th TN Infantry)
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:- [[54th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|54th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company H (formerly Co. "I", 1st AL, TN, and MS Infantry)
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===== Civil War Battles Fought in Limestone County  =====
 
===== Civil War Battles Fought in Limestone County  =====
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*1864 - October 26-29 = Decatur
 
*1864 - October 26-29 = Decatur
  
Battle information from [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/bystate.htm#ga Civil War Battle Summaries by State], by the Heritage Preservation Services  
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Battle information from [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/bystate.htm#al Civil War Battle Summaries by State], by the Heritage Preservation Services.
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[http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/abpp/battles/ALmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in Alabama.
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
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==== Probate  ====
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Abstracts of ''The Limestone County News'' (1859), ''The Union Banner'' (1860), and ''The Athens Post'' (1865-1870) were published in:
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:*'''1859-1870''' - Caver, Larry E. ''Abstracts from Alabama Newspapers, Volume II: Limestone County, Madison County, Marshall County, Jackson County.'' Carrollton, Miss.: Pioneer Publishing Co., 2007. Digital version at {{FSbook|64196}} - free.
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:*'''1931, 1941, 1942, 1944-1949, 1968''' - ''The Alabama Courier'' (Athens, Ala.) at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=50347 Ancestry] ($).
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*''Valley Leaves''. 1966–. Published by the Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1568, Huntsville, Alabama 35807. {{FHL|976.19 B2v|disp=FHL Book 976.19 B2v}}. Website identifies [http://www.tvgs.org/ articles relating to {{PAGENAME}}] (click "Search by County").
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==== Probate Records ====
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:*'''1866-1870''' - Hageness, MariLee Beatty. ''Probate Records 1866-1870 Limestone County Alabama.'' Anniston, Ala.: MLH Research, 2001. Digital version at {{FSbook|65098}} - free.
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
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:*'''1865-1866''' - U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1264 Ancestry] ($). Limestone County is in District 3.
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
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===== Birth  =====
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:*'''1881-1930''' - {{RecordSearch|1661470|Alabama, Births and Christenings, 1881-1930}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection - free
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===== Marriage  =====
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:*'''1816-1957''' - {{RecordSearch|1674672|Alabama, Marriages, 1816-1957}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection. Incomplete. - free
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:*'''To 1825''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2080 ''Index to Marriages''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked. <br>
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:*'''1821–1862, 1924, 1936–1969''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7838 ''Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); Index. This collection is comprised of indexes created by several agencies - the Alabama Center for Health Statistics, Jordan Dodd of Liahona Research, and Hunting For Bears. <br>
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===== Death  =====
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:*'''1881-1952''' - {{RecordSearch|1674670|Alabama, Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection - free
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:*'''1881–1974''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2543 ''Index to Deaths and Burials''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); Index. Volunteers extracted the details in this index from microfilmed copies of church, civil, family, and other records of Alabama deaths and burials. details vary depending on the original record. Note that the number of available records can vary widely by county, and this database does not necessarily represent a comprehensive set of death records for the state during this time.<br>
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:*'''1908–1959''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5188 ''Index to Deaths recorded by the state of Alabama''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); Index. The index includes name of the deceased, county of death, date of death, and the state certificate number (volume and page).<br>
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:*'''1908-1974''' - {{RecordSearch|1307888|Alabama, Deaths, 1908-1974}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection - free
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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[http://www.athenslimestone.lib.al.us/default.html '''Athens-Limestone Public Library''']<br>405 E. South St.<br>Athens, Alabama 35611<br>Telephone: 256-232-1233
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=== Limestone County Archives  ===
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*Intro to the Archives&nbsp;([http://www.limestonecounty-al.gov/LC_Archives.html http://www.limestonecounty-al.gov/LC_Archives.html])
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*Online research of Archives records (follow link from home page)
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*Friends of the Archives ([http://www.limestonefoa.org/ http://www.limestonefoa.org/])
  
 
=== Family History Center<br>  ===
 
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
 
*[[Athens Alabama Family History Center|Athens Alabama Family History Center]]  
 
*[[Athens Alabama Family History Center|Athens Alabama Family History Center]]  
**Athens, Alabama, <br><br>
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**1716 W Market St<br>Athens, Limestone, Alabama, United States<br>'''Phone''': 256-771-9968 <br>'''Hours''':&nbsp;T 10am-4pm;<br>W 6:30pm-8:30pm;<br>Sat 9am-12pm.<br>Closures: Closed First Saturday of each month;<br>Closed Dec 21 - 31<br><br>
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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*[http://usgenweb.org USGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*{{FHL|Alabama%2C+Limestone|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
 
*{{FHL|Alabama%2C+Limestone|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AL/Limestone/ Limestone <span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1281339716421_574" />County, Alabama Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/al/limestone.htm USGenWeb Archives Project] ~ contains record transcriptions from Bibles, obituaries, court records and more.
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*[http://www.algw.org/limestone/ Limestone County ALGenWeb ]~ record transcriptions and information pertinent to the county.
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AL/Limestone/ Limestone County, Alabama Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==

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Limestone County, Alabama
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 6, 1818
County Seat Athens
Courthouse
Address Limestone County Courthouse]
310 W. Washington Ave.,
Athens, AL 35611
Phone:(256) 233-6406 Limestone County Website

Contents

County Courthouse

Limestone County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Limestone County Courthouse
310 W. Washington Ave.,
Athens, AL 35611
Phone:(256) 233-6406

County Archives has bird and death records 1881-1913
marriage records 1832-1900 divorce records 1896-1947
land and court records 1818-1900, tax records 1861-1900,
Newspapers 1868-1985 Probate Judge has marriage probate land records from after 1900
Clerk Circuit Court has court records after 1900 and divorce records after 1947
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History

Parent County

1818--Limestone County was created 6 February 1818 from the Cherokee and Chicksaw Cession in 1816.
County seat: Athens [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1862 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Burned Counties Research

http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Ardmore Decatur Lester Tanner
Athens Elkmont Madison
Belle Mina Huntsville Mooresville

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Biographies

  • Northern Alabama, Historical and Biographical. Birmingham, Ala.: Smith and De Land, 1888. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online. Limestone County, Alabama begins on page 71.

Cemeteries

  • Douthat, James L. Wheeler Reservoir Cemeteries. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press. Free surname index and publisher's bookstore at Mountain Press.

Additional Limestone County cemeteries are included in Alabama Cemetery Records Vol. 1 at FamilySearch Books Online - free.

Census

Limestone County, Alabama
Year Pop.  %±
1820 9,871
1830 14,807 50.0%
1840 14,374 −2.9%
1850 16,483 14.7%
1860 15,306 −7.1%
1870 15,017 −1.9%
1880 21,600 43.8%
1890 21,201 −1.8%
1900 22,387 5.6%
1910 26,880 20.1%
1920 31,341 16.6%
1930 36,629 16.9%
1940 35,642 −2.7%
1950 35,766 0.3%
1960 36,513 2.1%
1970 41,699 14.2%
1980 46,005 10.3%
1990 54,135 17.7%
2000 65,676 21.3%
2010 82,782 26.0%
For tips on accessing Limestone County, Alabama census records online, see: Alabama Census.

Church Records

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Elkmont

Court Records

Land and Property

To place a grant or deed on a map within context of Limestone County, Alabama see:

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Limestone County, Alabama: with Homesteads, Roads, Waterways, Towns, Cemeteries, Railroads, and More. Norman, Okla.: Arphax Pub. Co., 2007. This is a definitive work and can be used as an index to land grants. Digital version at HistoryGeo.com ($). Website includes free surname index. FHL Book 976.198 E7b.

Local Histories

Maps

 Military 

Civil War

Civil War service men from Limestone County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Limestone County.

- 9th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F "Limestone Troopers"
- 9th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H "Limestone Grays"
- 35th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D and G
- 50th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B, formerly Company C, 2nd Battalion
- 50th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E, formerly Companies B/G, 2nd Battalion "Limestone Rebels"
- 54th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B (formerly Co. "A", 40th TN Infantry)
- 54th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H (formerly Co. "I", 1st AL, TN, and MS Infantry)



Civil War Battles Fought in Limestone County
  • 1864 - January 26 = Athens
  • 1864 - October 26-29 = Decatur

Battle information from Civil War Battle Summaries by State, by the Heritage Preservation Services.

Map showing Civil War battles in Alabama.

Newspapers

Abstracts of The Limestone County News (1859), The Union Banner (1860), and The Athens Post (1865-1870) were published in:

  • 1859-1870 - Caver, Larry E. Abstracts from Alabama Newspapers, Volume II: Limestone County, Madison County, Marshall County, Jackson County. Carrollton, Miss.: Pioneer Publishing Co., 2007. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.
  • 1931, 1941, 1942, 1944-1949, 1968 - The Alabama Courier (Athens, Ala.) at Ancestry ($).

Periodicals

Probate Records

  • 1866-1870 - Hageness, MariLee Beatty. Probate Records 1866-1870 Limestone County Alabama. Anniston, Ala.: MLH Research, 2001. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.

Taxation

  • 1865-1866 - U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 at Ancestry ($). Limestone County is in District 3.

Vital Records

Birth
Marriage
  • To 1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry – ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1821–1862, 1924, 1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969 at Ancestry – ($); Index. This collection is comprised of indexes created by several agencies - the Alabama Center for Health Statistics, Jordan Dodd of Liahona Research, and Hunting For Bears.
Death
  • 1881–1974 Index to Deaths and Burials at Ancestry – ($); Index. Volunteers extracted the details in this index from microfilmed copies of church, civil, family, and other records of Alabama deaths and burials. details vary depending on the original record. Note that the number of available records can vary widely by county, and this database does not necessarily represent a comprehensive set of death records for the state during this time.

Societies and Libraries

Libraries

Athens-Limestone Public Library
405 E. South St.
Athens, Alabama 35611
Telephone: 256-232-1233

Limestone County Archives

Family History Center

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Limestone County p. 38. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).