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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Alabama|Alabama]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[{{PAGENAME}}|Mobile County]]''
  
{{ALinfobox|Mobile|1812|August 1|Mobile}}
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#cccc99" align="center" colspan="6" | '''Dates for major county records'''
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Mobile County, Alabama#Birth|Birth]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>'''[[Mobile County, Alabama#Marriage|Marriage]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Mobile County, Alabama#Death|Death]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Mobile County, Alabama#Taxation|Tax]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Mobile County, Alabama#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Mobile County, Alabama#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1920</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1813</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1876</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1814</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1813</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1813</center>
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#99d6ff" colspan="6" | '''For earlier dates, try...[[Mobile County, Alabama#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Mobile County, Alabama#Newspapers|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Mobile County, Alabama#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]] &#124; [[Mobile County, Alabama#Parent_County|Parent County]]'''
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''[[United States|United States&nbsp;]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[Alabama|Alabama]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[{{PAGENAME}}|Mobile County]]''
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{{ALinfobox|Mobile|1812|August 1|Mobile}}
 
== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
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[[Image:Mobile County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Mobile County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg]] [http://www.mobilecountyal.gov/ Mobile County Courthouse]<br>109 Government Street<br>Mobile, Al 36602- 3108<br>Phone: 334-690-8700
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Probate Judge has marriage records from 1813<br>Probate Records&nbsp; from 1812 and land records from 1813<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mobile County, Alabama p. 38. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
Mobile initially fell within the bounds of Mississippi Territory.
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Mobile initially fell within the bounds of Mississippi Territory.  
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1812'''--Mobile County was created 1 August 1812 from West Florida.<br> '''County seat:''' Mobile<ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1812'''--Mobile County was created 1 August 1812 from West Florida.<br>'''County seat:''' Mobile<ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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July 5, 1916  
 
July 5, 1916  
  
1916-MOBILE IS SWEPT BY 85-MILE-AN-HOUR WIND . . The county courthouse was severely damaged, and faces of the clock on all four sides were blown off. . . The courthouse tower was wrecked and rain poured into the court rooms. . .<br>(source:[http://www.gendisasters.com/data1/al/storms/mobile-windstorm1916.htm ''GenDisasters''])
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1916-MOBILE IS SWEPT BY 85-MILE-AN-HOUR WIND . . The county courthouse was severely damaged, and faces of the clock on all four sides were blown off. . . The courthouse tower was wrecked and rain poured into the court rooms. . .<br>(source:[http://www.gendisasters.com/data1/al/storms/mobile-windstorm1916.htm ''GenDisasters''])  
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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==== African American  ====
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:*'''1865-1930s''' - {{RecordSearch|1743384|Mobile County, Alabama Colored Marriage Books 1-39}} in "Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950," at [[FamilySearch.org]] - free.<ref name="cov">Coverage Table, "Alabama County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," ''FamilySearch Research Wiki,'' https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Alabama_County_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records), accessed 6 August 2012.</ref> (skips books 5 and 38)
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==== Biography  ====
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:*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/al/mobile/bios.htm Mobile County Biographies] at [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ The USGenWeb Archives Project] - free.
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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*[http://magnoliacemetery.com/default.htm Magnolia Cemetery], Mobile, AL
 
*[http://magnoliacemetery.com/default.htm Magnolia Cemetery], Mobile, AL
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Additional Mobile County cemeteries are included in ''Alabama Cemetery Records'' {{FSbook|185681|disp=Vol. 1}} and {{FSbook|185678|disp=Vol. 5}} at FamilySearch Books Online - free.
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
{{Census|Alabama}}  
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{{US Census population
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|1820= 2672
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|1830= 6267
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|1840= 18741
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|1850= 27600
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|1860= 41131
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|1870= 49311
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|1880= 48653
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|1890= 51587
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|1900= 62740
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|1910= 80854
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|1920= 100117
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|1930= 118363
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|1940= 141974
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|1950= 231105
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|1960= 314301
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|1970= 317308
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|1980= 364980
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|1990= 378643
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|2000= 399843
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|2010= 412992
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|estimate= 412577
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|estyear= 2011
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}} {{Census|Alabama}}  
  
{{Historical populations
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==== Church Records (Rural)  ====
|title = Mobile County, Alabama
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|type = USA
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|footnote = Sources: {{cite web|url=http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml|publisher=[[United States Census Bureau]]|title=American FactFinder}} [http://fisher.lib.virginia.edu/collections/stats/histcensus/php/newlong.php?subject=1 through 1960]
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|1820 |  2672
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|1830 |  6267
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|1840 | 18741
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|1850 | 27600
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|1860 | 41131
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|1870 | 49311
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|1880 | 48653
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|1890 | 51587
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|1900 | 62740
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|1910 | 80854
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|1920 |100117
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|1930 |118363
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|1940 |141974
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|1950 |231105
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|1960 |314301
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|1970 |317308
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|1980 |364980
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|1990 |378643
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|2000 |399843
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|2010 |412992
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}}
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==== Court  ====
  
==== Church History and Records (Rural) ====
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==== Directories ====
  
==== Court  ====
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:*[http://sites.google.com/site/onlinedirectorysite/Home/usa/al/mobile Mobile County,&nbsp;Alabama Online Historical Directories]&nbsp;- identifies historical city, county, business and other directories available online on both free and pay-to-access websites.
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:*'''1890-1892''' - ''Mobile, Alabama City Directories, 1890-92'' at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4473 Ancestry] ($). Includes 1890, 1891, and 1892 directories.
  
==== Land  ====
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==== Land and Property ====
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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:*''Bi-centennial Celebration, May 26-28, 1911, of the Founding of Mobile by Jean Baptiste de Bienville, 1711.'' Mobile: Commercial Print. Co., 1912. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=22959 Ancestry] ($).
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:*Craighead, Erwin. ''Mobile: Fact and Tradition, Noteworthy People and Events.'' Mobile, Ala.: Powers Print. Co., 1930. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=23027 Ancestry] ($).
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:*Delaney, Caldwell. ''Remember Mobile.'' Mobile, Ala., 1948. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=23038 Ancestry] ($).
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:*Hamilton, Peter J. ''Colonial Mobile: An Historical Study, Largely from Original Sources, of the Alabama-Tombigbee Basin and the old South West from the Discovery of the Spiritu Santo in 1519 Until the Demolition of Fort Charlotte in 1821.'' Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1910. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=22966 Ancestry] ($).
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:*Hamilton, Peter J. ''Mobile of the Five Flags: The Story of the River Basin and Coast about Mobile from the Earliest Times to the Present.'' Mobile: Gill Print. Co., 1913. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=23028 Ancestry] ($).
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
==== Military  ====
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==== &nbsp;Military  ====
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===== Civil War  =====
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Civil War service men from Mobile 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 Mobile County.
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:- [[1st Battalion, Alabama Artillery|1st Battalion, Alabama Artillery]], Company A
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:- [[1st Regiment, Alabama Infantry|1st Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company D (Red Eagles)
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:- [[2nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry|2nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company F, G, H and I
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:- [[3rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry|3rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company A "Mobile Cadets
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:- [[3rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry|3rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company B "Gulf City Guards"
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:- [[3rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry|3rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company E "Washington Light Infantry"
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:- [[3rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry|3rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company K "Mobile Rifles"
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:- [[3rd Regiment, Alabama Cavalry|3rd Regiment, Alabama Cavalry]], Company E, Mobile Humphries Dragoons [formerly Co. "D", Wirt Adams' Cavalry]
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:- [[8th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|8th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company C "Alex Stephens' Guards"
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:- [[8th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|8th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company E "Hamp Smith Rifles"
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:- [[8th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|8th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company G "German Fusileers
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:- [[8th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|8th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company H "Mobile Independent Scouts"
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:- [[8th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|8th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company I "Emerald Guards"
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:- [[9th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|9th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company A "Beauregard Rifles"
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:- [[12th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|12th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company A "Lafayette Guards"
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:- [[12th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|12th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company C "Independent Rifles
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:- [[12th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|12th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company I "Southern Foresters"
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:- [[21st Regiment, Alabama Infantry|21st Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company A "Washington Light Infantry"
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:- [[21st Regiment, Alabama Infantry|21st Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company D "Mobile Battle Guards:
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:- [[21st Regiment, Alabama Infantry|21st Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company E "Chamberlain Rifles or Woodruff Rifles"
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:- [[21st Regiment, Alabama Infantry|21st Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company G
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:- [[21st Regiment, Alabama Infantry|21st Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company H "Swanson Guards or French Guards"
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:- [[21st Regiment, Alabama Infantry|21st Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company I "Independence Rifles or United Rangers"
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:- [[21st Regiment, Alabama Infantry|21st Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company K "Mobile Cadets"
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:- [[22nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry|22nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company H "Sam Cooper Rifles"
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:- [[24th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|24th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company A "Washington Guards"
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:- [[24th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|24th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company B "Emmett Guards"
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:- [[24th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|24th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company D "Beulah Guards"
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:- [[24th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|24th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company F "Alabama Guards"
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:- [[24th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|24th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company G
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:- [[24th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|24th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company I "Confederate Guards"
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:- [[32nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry|32nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company B, C, F, I and K
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:- [[36th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|36th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company E
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:- [[38th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|38th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company G and K
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:- [[40th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|40th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company F, H, I and K
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:- [[42nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry|42nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company I
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:- [[43rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry|43rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company F
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:- [[51st Regiment, Alabama Partisan Rangers|51st Regiment, Alabama Partisan Rangers]], Company K
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===== Civil War Battle Fought in Mobile County  =====
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====== Civil War Battle Fought in Mobile County  ======
  
 
*Mobile Bay, also known as Passing of Forts Morgan and Gaines, August 2-23, 1864 (partly fought in Baldwin County)
 
*Mobile Bay, also known as Passing of Forts Morgan and Gaines, August 2-23, 1864 (partly fought in Baldwin County)
  
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, by the Heritage Preservation Services.
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
==== Probate  ====
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[http://sites.google.com/site/onlinenewspapersite/Home/usa/al Alabama Online Historical Newspapers] - identifies historical archived and digitized newspapers available online on both free and pay-to-access websites.
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==== Probate Records ====
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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:*'''1816-1817''' - {{RecordSearch|1919687|Territorial Tax Rolls}}, courtesy: [http://www.familysearch.org FamilySearch] - free.
 
:*'''1816-1817''' - {{RecordSearch|1919687|Territorial Tax Rolls}}, courtesy: [http://www.familysearch.org FamilySearch] - free.
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:*'''1816''' - ''Inhabitants of Alabama in 1816.'' Broken Arrow Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, 1955. Digital version at {{FSbook|88626}} - free. Includes Mobile County.
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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] ($). Autauga County is in District 2.
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== 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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:*'''To 1825''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2080 ''Index to Marriages''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked. <br>
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:*'''1813-1821, 1823-1825, 1827-1840, 1844, 1846-1849, 1851-1853, 1878, 1924, 1936–1969''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7838 ''Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); 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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:*'''1813-1929''' - {{RecordSearch|1743384|Mobile County, Alabama Marriage Books 12-58, Licenses, Bonds}} in "Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950," at [[FamilySearch.org]] - free.<ref name="cov">Coverage Table, "Alabama County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," ''FamilySearch Research Wiki,'' https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Alabama_County_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records), accessed 6 August 2012.</ref>
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:*'''1813-1855''' - King, Clinton P. and Merlem A. Barlow. ''Marriages of Mobile County Alabama, 1813-1855. ''Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1985. [http://www.genealogical.com/ '''Free Name Search''']<ref name="name">Name Search at Genealogical.com is a comprehensive name index to 638 books and CDs published or reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Company (now Genealogical.com). For a complete list of the works included, see [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Publications_in_Name_Search_at_Genealogical.com Publications in Name Search at Genealogical.com]</ref>; publisher's bookstore: [http://www.genealogical.com/products/Marriages_of_Mobile_County_Alabama_1813_1855/3175.html Genealogical.com]&nbsp;; {{FHL| 320496 | item| disp=FHL Book 976.122 V2km }}.
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:*'''1816-1957''' - {{RecordSearch|1674672|Alabama, Marriages, 1816-1957}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection. Incomplete. - free
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:*'''1878''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4192 "Alabama Marriages, 1809–1920"] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); Index. This database is a collection of marriage records from the state. Researchers will find the names of both bride and groom along with the marriage date. The county where the ceremony was performed is also provided. Containing about 150,000 records and the names of nearly 300,000 men and women. <br>
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:*'''Before 1821''' [http://www.censusdiggins.com/alabama_marriages.html Marriages] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free
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:*[http://www.algw.org/bibb/marriages/marriagess.htm Marriages S–Z] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free
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:*[http://www.algw.org/mobile/mbmrsg1.html Mobile County Marriages by Groom] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free
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:*[http://www.algw.org/mobile/mbmrsb1.html Mobile County Marriages by Bride] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free
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===== Death  =====
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:*'''1881-1952''' - {{RecordSearch|1674670|Alabama, Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection - free
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:*'''1881–1974''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2543 ''Index to Deaths and Burials''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); 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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==== Library  ====
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'''[http://www.mplonline.org/index.html Mobile Public Library]'''<br>Local History Dept.<br>704 Government Street<br>Mobile, AL 36602-149 <br>Telephone: 334-208-7093
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Collections include local histories, newspaper clippings, city directories, censuses, probate index, military records, and more.
  
 
==== Family History Center<br>  ====
 
==== Family History Center<br>  ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
 
*[[Mobile Alabama Family History Center|Mobile Alabama]]  
 
*[[Mobile Alabama Family History Center|Mobile Alabama]]  
**Mobile,&nbsp; Alabama
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**5520 Ziegler Blvd<br>Mobile, Mobile, Alabama, United States<br>'''Phone''': 251-344-9270 <br>'''Hours''':&nbsp;M - F: 10 am - 12 pm;<br>Th: 6 pm - 8 pm.<br>Closures: May 30;<br>Jul 4;<br>Sep 5;<br>Nov 21 - 25;<br>Dec 23 - Jan 6<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+Mobile|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
 
*{{FHL|Alabama%2C+Mobile|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/al/mobile.htm USGenWeb Archives Project ]~ contains record transcriptions from Bibles, obituaries, court records and more.
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*[http://www.algw.org/mobile/ Mobile County ALGenWeb] ~ record transcriptions and information pertinent to the county.
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AL/Mobile/ Mobile County, Alabama Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AL/Mobile/ Mobile County, Alabama Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  

Revision as of 23:39, 26 November 2012

United States  Gotoarrow.png  Alabama  Gotoarrow.png  Mobile County

Dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Tax
Land
Probate
1920
1813
1876
1814
1813
1813
For earlier dates, try...Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries | Parent County
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Online Records


Mobile County, Alabama
Map
Map of Alabama highlighting Mobile County
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Facts
Founded August 1, 1812
County Seat Mobile
Courthouse


Contents

County Courthouse

Mobile County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Mobile County Courthouse
109 Government Street
Mobile, Al 36602- 3108
Phone: 334-690-8700

Probate Judge has marriage records from 1813
Probate Records  from 1812 and land records from 1813[1]

History

Mobile initially fell within the bounds of Mississippi Territory.

Parent County

1812--Mobile County was created 1 August 1812 from West Florida.
County seat: Mobile[2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Mobile, Alabama Wind Storm

July 5, 1916

1916-MOBILE IS SWEPT BY 85-MILE-AN-HOUR WIND . . The county courthouse was severely damaged, and faces of the clock on all four sides were blown off. . . The courthouse tower was wrecked and rain poured into the court rooms. . .
(source:GenDisasters)

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Cities

Bayou La Batre | Chickasaw | Citronelle | Creola | Mobile | Prichard | Saraland | Satsuma

Towns

Dauphin Island | Mount Vernon

Census Designation Places

Grand Bay | Theodore | Tillmans Corner

Unincorporated communities

Bucks | Eight Mile | Kushla | Mauvilla | St. Elmo | Semmes | Whistler

Ghost town

Beaver Mills

Neighboring Counties

Baldwin | Clarke | Washington | Mississippi counties: George | Greene  | Jackson

Resources

African American

Biography

Cemeteries

BillionGraves:

Websites operated by the cemetery itself:

Additional Mobile County cemeteries are included in Alabama Cemetery Records Vol. 1 and Vol. 5 at FamilySearch Books Online - free.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18202,672
18306,267134.5%
184018,741199.0%
185027,60047.3%
186041,13149.0%
187049,31119.9%
188048,653−1.3%
189051,5876.0%
190062,74021.6%
191080,85428.9%
1920100,11723.8%
1930118,36318.2%
1940141,97419.9%
1950231,10562.8%
1960314,30136.0%
1970317,3081.0%
1980364,98015.0%
1990378,6433.7%
2000399,8435.6%
2010412,9923.3%
Est. 2011412,5773.2%
For tips on accessing Mobile County, Alabama census records online, see: Alabama Census.

Church Records (Rural)

Court

Directories

Land and Property

Local Histories

  • Bi-centennial Celebration, May 26-28, 1911, of the Founding of Mobile by Jean Baptiste de Bienville, 1711. Mobile: Commercial Print. Co., 1912. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Craighead, Erwin. Mobile: Fact and Tradition, Noteworthy People and Events. Mobile, Ala.: Powers Print. Co., 1930. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Delaney, Caldwell. Remember Mobile. Mobile, Ala., 1948. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Hamilton, Peter J. Colonial Mobile: An Historical Study, Largely from Original Sources, of the Alabama-Tombigbee Basin and the old South West from the Discovery of the Spiritu Santo in 1519 Until the Demolition of Fort Charlotte in 1821. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1910. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Hamilton, Peter J. Mobile of the Five Flags: The Story of the River Basin and Coast about Mobile from the Earliest Times to the Present. Mobile: Gill Print. Co., 1913. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Maps

 Military

Civil War

Civil War service men from Mobile 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 Mobile County.

- 1st Battalion, Alabama Artillery, Company A
- 1st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D (Red Eagles)
- 2nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F, G, H and I
- 3rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A "Mobile Cadets
- 3rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B "Gulf City Guards"
- 3rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E "Washington Light Infantry"
- 3rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company K "Mobile Rifles"
- 3rd Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company E, Mobile Humphries Dragoons [formerly Co. "D", Wirt Adams' Cavalry]
- 8th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C "Alex Stephens' Guards"
- 8th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E "Hamp Smith Rifles"
- 8th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company G "German Fusileers
- 8th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H "Mobile Independent Scouts"
- 8th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company I "Emerald Guards"
- 9th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A "Beauregard Rifles"
- 12th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A "Lafayette Guards"
- 12th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C "Independent Rifles
- 12th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company I "Southern Foresters"
- 21st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A "Washington Light Infantry"
- 21st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D "Mobile Battle Guards:
- 21st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E "Chamberlain Rifles or Woodruff Rifles"
- 21st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company G
- 21st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H "Swanson Guards or French Guards"
- 21st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company I "Independence Rifles or United Rangers"
- 21st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company K "Mobile Cadets"
- 22nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H "Sam Cooper Rifles"
- 24th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A "Washington Guards"
- 24th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B "Emmett Guards"
- 24th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D "Beulah Guards"
- 24th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F "Alabama Guards"
- 24th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company G
- 24th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company I "Confederate Guards"
- 32nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B, C, F, I and K
- 36th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E
- 38th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company G and K
- 40th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F, H, I and K
- 42nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company I
- 43rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F
- 51st Regiment, Alabama Partisan Rangers, Company K



Civil War Battle Fought in Mobile County
  • Mobile Bay, also known as Passing of Forts Morgan and Gaines, August 2-23, 1864 (partly fought in Baldwin County)

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

Map showing Civil War battles in Alabama, by the Heritage Preservation Services.

Newspapers

Alabama Online Historical Newspapers - identifies historical archived and digitized newspapers available online on both free and pay-to-access websites.

Probate Records

Taxation

  • 1816 - Inhabitants of Alabama in 1816. Broken Arrow Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, 1955. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Includes Mobile County.
  • 1865-1866 - U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 at Ancestry ($). Autauga County is in District 2.

Vital Records

Birth
Marriage
  • To 1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry – ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1813-1821, 1823-1825, 1827-1840, 1844, 1846-1849, 1851-1853, 1878, 1924, 1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969 at Ancestry – ($); 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.
  • 1878 "Alabama Marriages, 1809–1920" at Ancestry – ($); Index. This database is a collection of marriage records from the state. Researchers will find the names of both bride and groom along with the marriage date. The county where the ceremony was performed is also provided. Containing about 150,000 records and the names of nearly 300,000 men and women.
Death
  • 1881–1974 Index to Deaths and Burials at Ancestry – ($); 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

Library

Mobile Public Library
Local History Dept.
704 Government Street
Mobile, AL 36602-149
Telephone: 334-208-7093

Collections include local histories, newspaper clippings, city directories, censuses, probate index, military records, and more.

Family History Center

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mobile County, Alabama 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).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Coverage Table, "Alabama County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," FamilySearch Research Wiki, https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Alabama_County_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records), accessed 6 August 2012.
  4. Name Search at Genealogical.com is a comprehensive name index to 638 books and CDs published or reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Company (now Genealogical.com). For a complete list of the works included, see Publications in Name Search at Genealogical.com