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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Alabama|Alabama]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[{{PAGENAME}}|Monroe County]]''  
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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Alabama Genealogy|Alabama]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[{{PAGENAME}}|Monroe County]]''  
  
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Guide to '''Monroe County, Alabama ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Monroe County
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| state = Alabama
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| founded year = 1815
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| founded date = June 29
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| seat = Monroeville
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| building image = Monroe County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
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| building address = Monroe County Courthouse Square<br>Monroeville, Al&nbsp; 36461<br>Phone: 251-743-2283 [http://www.alabama.gov/ '''County Website'''] }}
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=== County Information ===
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==== Monroe County, Alabama Record Dates  ====
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#cccc99" align="center" colspan="6" | '''Dates for major county records'''
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 13-28. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992</ref> </center>
 
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Monroe County, Alabama#Birth|Birth]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Monroe County, Alabama Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''  
| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>'''[[Monroe County, Alabama#Marriage|Marriage]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Monroe County, Alabama Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''  
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Monroe County, Alabama#Death|Death]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Monroe County, Alabama Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''  
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Monroe County, Alabama#Taxation|Tax]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Monroe County, Alabama Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''  
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Monroe County, Alabama#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Monroe County, Alabama Genealogy#Land_and_Property|'''Land''']]
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Monroe County, Alabama#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1881
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1833</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1833
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1908</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1908
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1866</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1830
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1833</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1833
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1833</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1833
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#99d6ff" colspan="6" | '''For earlier dates, try...[[Monroe County, Alabama#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Monroe County, Alabama#Newspapers|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Monroe County, Alabama#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]] &#124; [[Monroe County, Alabama#Parent_County|Parent County]]'''
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=== County Courthouse  ===
 
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{{ALinfobox|Monroe|1815|June 29|Monroeville}}
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== County Courthouse  ==
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[[Image:Monroe County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Monroe County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg]] [http://www.alabama.gov/portal/secondary.jsp?id=countiesGulf&countyID=monroe Monroe County, Alabama]<br>Courthouse Square<br>Monroeville, Al&nbsp; 36461<br>Phone: 251-743-2283
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Courthouse Fire destroyed all records prior to 1833<br>Probate Judge has marriage probate and land record from 1832<br>1816 Census of Monroe County published by Monroe Journal Monroeville, Alabama <ref name="HBG">Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Monroe County p. 39. ; .</ref>  
 
Courthouse Fire destroyed all records prior to 1833<br>Probate Judge has marriage probate and land record from 1832<br>1816 Census of Monroe County published by Monroe Journal Monroeville, Alabama <ref name="HBG">Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Monroe County p. 39. ; .</ref>  
  
== History  ==
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=== History  ===
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1815'''--Monroe County was created 29 June 1815&nbsp;from [[Washington County, Alabama|Washington ]]County and the Creek Cession of 1814.<br>'''County seat''': Monroeville <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1815'''--Monroe County was created 29 June 1815&nbsp;from [[Washington County, Alabama Genealogy|Washington ]]County and the Creek Cession of 1814.<br>'''County seat''': Monroeville <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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For animated maps illustrating Alabama county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/alabama/ "Rotating Formation Alabama County Boundary Maps"] (1799-1980) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
'''1833--'''A courthouse fire destroyed all records.  
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{{Fire}}Monroe County had a destructive courthouse fire in 1832. See ''Research in Alabama: A Genealogical Guide&nbsp;'' page 28 for suggested alternative sources to overcome this loss.<ref>Marilyn Davis Barefield, ''Researching in Alabama: a Genealogical Guide'' (Birmingham, Alabama : Birmingham Public Library, 1998), 28. {{WorldCat|42306439|item|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|817729|item|disp=FHL Book 976.1 D27b 1998}}.</ref><br><br>
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For a list of record loss in Alabama counties see: [http://www.genealogyinc.com/alabama/al-counties.html#courthouse Alabama Counties with Burned Courthouses]
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=== Places/Localities  ===
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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[[Image:Almonroe.jpg|right|Almonroe.jpg]]
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Baldwin County, Alabama|Baldwin]]  
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*[[Baldwin County, Alabama Genealogy|Baldwin]]  
*[[Butler County, Alabama|Butler]]  
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*[[Butler County, Alabama Genealogy|Butler]]  
*[[Clarke County, Alabama|Clarke]]  
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*[[Clarke County, Alabama Genealogy|Clarke]]  
*[[Conecuh County, Alabama|Conecuh]]  
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*[[Conecuh County, Alabama Genealogy|Conecuh]]  
*[[Escambia County, Alabama|Escambia]]  
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*[[Escambia County, Alabama Genealogy|Escambia]]  
*[[Wilcox County, Alabama|Wilcox]]
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*[[Wilcox County, Alabama Genealogy|Wilcox]]
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Resources  ===
  
 
==== African-American  ====
 
==== African-American  ====
  
*see obituary abstracts from the African-American newspaper, The Eagle, in the Newspaper section below
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*See obituary abstracts from the African-American newspaper, The Eagle, in the Newspaper section below.&nbsp; Section below also contains community news, marriage and birth announcements.
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*Slaves and owners recorded in the [http://www.afrigeneas.com/forumd/index.cgi/md/read/id/23495/ Philadelphia Baptist Church Minutes], Tunnel Springs, Monroe Co, AL - 1840-1899.
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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==== Church Records  ====
 
==== Church Records  ====
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{{AL Church Intro}}
  
 
==== Court Records  ====
 
==== Court Records  ====
  
 
==== Land and Property  ====
 
==== Land and Property  ====
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{{AL Land Intro}}
  
 
To place a grant or deed on a map within context of {{PAGENAME}} see:<br>  
 
To place a grant or deed on a map within context of {{PAGENAME}} see:<br>  
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==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{AL History Intro}}
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/alabama/ Maps of Alabama (1799-1980)]
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
  
 
==== Military&nbsp;  ====
 
==== Military&nbsp;  ====
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==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{AL Newspaper abstracts|Monroe}}
  
 
*[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.  
 
*[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.  
*[http://afrigeneas.com/library/AL/The_Eagle_Obituaries.pdf Obituaries &amp; Death Notices published in The Eagle, 1891-1914] - an African-American newspaper of the county. Provided via Afrigeneas.com
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*[http://afrigeneas.com/library/AL/The_Eagle_Obituaries.pdf Obituaries &amp; Death Notices published in The Eagle, 1891-1914] - an African-American newspaper of the county. Provided via Afrigeneas.com  
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*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/webbbs/attach/newspaper/0/547_3.pdf Community News published in The Eagle, 1891-1914] - an African American newspaper.&nbsp; Also [http://www.afrigeneas.com/webbbs/attach/newspaper/0/547_2.pdf marriage announcements] and [http://www.afrigeneas.com/webbbs/attach/newspaper/0/547_4.pdf birth announcements.]&nbsp; <br>
  
 
==== Probate Records  ====
 
==== Probate Records  ====
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{{AL Probate Intro}}
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{AL Tax Intro}}
  
 
:*'''1816''' - ''Inhabitants of Alabama in 1816.'' Broken Arrow Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, 1955. Digital version at {{FSbook|88626}} - free. Includes Monroe County.
 
:*'''1816''' - ''Inhabitants of Alabama in 1816.'' Broken Arrow Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, 1955. Digital version at {{FSbook|88626}} - free. Includes Monroe County.
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
===== Birth  =====
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{{AL Vital Intro}} See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/alabama/al-vital-records/ How to order Alabama Vital Records]
  
:*'''1881-1930''' - {{RecordSearch|1661470|Alabama, Births and Christenings, 1881-1930}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection - free.
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===== Birth Records =====
  
:*There is a growing list of [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~almonroe/vitals/births.htm Monroe County Births] that have been submitted by descendants found at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free.
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*There is a growing list of [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~almonroe/vitals/births.htm Monroe County Births] that have been submitted by descendants found at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free.  
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*1881 – 1930 {{RecordSearch|1661470|Alabama Births and Christenings, 1881-1930}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
  
===== Marriage  =====
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===== Marriage Records =====
  
:*'''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] – ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
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*&nbsp;'''1825, 1833-1838, 1936–1969''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7838 ''Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); 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.
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*'''1833-1838''' [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.
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*'''1833-1895''' - Monroe County Marriage Books A and B Index 1833-1895. Batch {{IGI|M593381}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/c/cf/Igialabamals.pdf.</ref>
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*'''1881-1895''' - Monroe County Marriage Books C and D Index 1881-1895. Batch {{IGI|M593382}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />&nbsp;
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*'''1895''' - Monroe County Marriage Books E and F Index 1895. Batch {{IGI|M593383}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~almonroe/vitals/marriages.htm Marriages] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free.
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*1809 – 1950 {{RecordSearch|1743384|Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index/images
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*1816 – 1957 {{RecordSearch|1674672|Alabama Marriages, 1816-1957}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*1800 – 1969 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7838 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800-1969] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*1809 – 1920 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4192 Alabama Marriages,
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*1809-1920 (Selected Counties)] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
  
:*'''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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<br>  
  
:*'''1825, 1833-1838, 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 Records  =====
  
:*'''1833-1838''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4192 "Alabama Marriages, 1809–1920"] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); Index. This database is a collection of marriage records from the state. Researchers will find the names of both bride and groom along with the marriage date. The county where the ceremony was performed is also provided. Containing about 150,000 records and the names of nearly 300,000 men and women. <br>
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*'''1881–1974''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2543 ''Index to Deaths and Burials''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); 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.  
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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).  
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*'''1908-1974''' - {{RecordSearch|1307888|Alabama, Deaths, 1908-1974}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection - free.&nbsp;:*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~almonroe/vitals/deaths.htm Deaths] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free
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*1881 – 1952 {{RecordSearch|1674670|Alabama Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*1908 – 1974 {{RecordSearch|1307888|Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*1881 – 1974 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2543 Alabama, Deaths and Burials Index, 1881-1974] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*1908 – 1959 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5188 Alabama Deaths,
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*1908-59] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
  
:*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~almonroe/vitals/marriages.htm Marriages] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free.
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=== Societies and Libraries  ===
  
===== Death  =====
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Monroe County Heritage Museum <br>31 N. Alabama Ave. <br>Monroeville, AL <br>36460 <br>251-575-7433 <br>[http://www.monroecountymuseum.org Link]
  
:*'''1881-1952''' - {{RecordSearch|1674670|Alabama, Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection - free.
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Monroe County Heritage Museums <br>P. O.  Box 1637 <br>Monroeville, AL <br>36461<br> 344-575-7433 <br>Publication: Quarterly Newsletter<br>
  
:*'''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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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/alabama/al-society-archive/ List of Alabama Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
 
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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.
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:*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~almonroe/vitals/deaths.htm Deaths] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free
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== Societies and Libraries  ==
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==== Libraries  ====
 
==== Libraries  ====
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==== Family History Center<br>  ====
 
==== Family History Center<br>  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
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*[[Monroe Alabama Family History Center|Monroe Alabama]]  
 
*[[Monroe Alabama Family History Center|Monroe Alabama]]  
**430 Goodway Road<br>Goodway, Monroe, Alabama, United States<br>'''Phone''': 251-862-2937 <br><br>
 
  
== Web Sites ==
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**430 Goodway Road<br>Goodway, Monroe, Alabama, United States<br>'''Phone''': 251-862-2937 <br>
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[http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp Family History Center Locator]<br>
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=== Monroe County Alabama Genealogy Websites ===
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/alabama/monroe-county/ Monroe County, AL History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~almonroe/ Monroe County, ALGenWeb] - free genealogical resources; part of the national USGenWeb Project  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~almonroe/ Monroe County, ALGenWeb] - free genealogical resources; part of the national USGenWeb Project  
*{{FHL|Alabama%2C+Monroe|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*{{FHL|Alabama%2C+Monroe|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
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*[http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/AL/Monroe/ Monroe Co. AL]
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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.  
 
*[http://usgenweb.org 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://www.usgwarchives.net/al/monroe.htm USGenWeb Archives Project] ~ contains record transcriptions from Bibles, obituaries, court records and more.  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/al/monroe.htm USGenWeb Archives Project] ~ contains record transcriptions from Bibles, obituaries, court records and more.  
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AL/Monroe/ Monroe County, Alabama Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AL/Monroe/ Monroe County, Alabama Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
== References  ==
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=== Monroe County Alabama Genealogy References  ===
  
 
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Latest revision as of 03:37, 6 August 2015

United States  Gotoarrow.png  Alabama  Gotoarrow.png  Monroe County

Guide to Monroe County, Alabama ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Hand and keyboard.jpg Alabama
Online Records



Monroe County, Alabama
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Facts
Founded June 29, 1815
County Seat Monroeville
Courthouse
Monroe County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Address Monroe County Courthouse Square
Monroeville, Al  36461
Phone: 251-743-2283 County Website

Contents

County Information

Monroe County, Alabama Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1881 1833 1908 1830 1833 1833

County Courthouse

Courthouse Fire destroyed all records prior to 1833
Probate Judge has marriage probate and land record from 1832
1816 Census of Monroe County published by Monroe Journal Monroeville, Alabama [2]

History

Parent County

1815--Monroe County was created 29 June 1815 from Washington County and the Creek Cession of 1814.
County seat: Monroeville [3]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Alabama county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Alabama County Boundary Maps" (1799-1980) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

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Monroe County had a destructive courthouse fire in 1832. See Research in Alabama: A Genealogical Guide  page 28 for suggested alternative sources to overcome this loss.[4]

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:


For a list of record loss in Alabama counties see: Alabama Counties with Burned Courthouses

Places/Localities

Almonroe.jpg

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

African-American

  • See obituary abstracts from the African-American newspaper, The Eagle, in the Newspaper section below.  Section below also contains community news, marriage and birth announcements.
  • Slaves and owners recorded in the Philadelphia Baptist Church Minutes, Tunnel Springs, Monroe Co, AL - 1840-1899.

Cemeteries

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18208,838
18308,782−0.6%
184010,68021.6%
185012,01312.5%
186015,66730.4%
187014,214−9.3%
188017,09120.2%
189018,99011.1%
190023,66624.6%
191027,15514.7%
192028,8846.4%
193030,0704.1%
194029,465−2.0%
195025,732−12.7%
196022,372−13.1%
197020,883−6.7%
198022,6518.5%
199023,9685.8%
200024,3241.5%
201023,068−5.2%
For tips on accessing Monroe County, Alabama Genealogy census records online, see: Alabama Census.


Church Records

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Alabama denominations, view the Alabama Church Records wiki page.

Court Records

Land and Property

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Alabama Land and Property for additional information about early Alabama land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.

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

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Monroe County, Alabama: with Homesteads, Roads, Waterways, Towns, Cemeteries, Railroads, and More. Norman, Okla.: Arphax Pub. Co., 2009. 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 976.125 E7b.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Monroe County, Alabama Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Alabama Local Histories.

Maps

Military 

Civil War

Civil War service men from Monroe 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 Monroe County.

- 1st Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company E "J. Powell's Dragoons"
- 1st Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company H "Sandy Williams' Guards"
- 2nd Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company H
- 2nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C
- 3rd Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company B [formerly, Co. "M", Wirt Adams' Cavalry]
- 4th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry (Russell's), Company A [formerly 3rd TN Cavalry]
- 5th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D "Monroe Guards
- 17th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H
- 23rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E
- 36th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F and G
- 42nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A and H
- 42nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H



Newspapers

Finding More Alabama Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Monroe County, Alabama Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Probate Records

Probate records are held by the Monroe County, Alabama Genealogy Probate Court. Most records are housed at the Monroe County, Alabama Genealogy Courthouse. Many records are on microfilm at the Family History Library.

See the wiki page Alabama Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their places of residence.

Record types: Wills, dower records, personal property sales, settlement records, orphans’ records, and bonds.

Taxation

Alabama tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Alabama Taxation.

  • 1816 - Inhabitants of Alabama in 1816. Broken Arrow Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, 1955. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Includes Monroe County.
  • 1865-1866 - U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 at Ancestry ($). Monroe County is in District 1.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Alabama State Department of Health , the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred or order electronically online.

For some online statewide indexes, see the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections for Alabama. See also How to order Alabama Vital Records

Birth Records
Marriage Records


Death Records

Societies and Libraries

Monroe County Heritage Museum
31 N. Alabama Ave.
Monroeville, AL
36460
251-575-7433
Link

Monroe County Heritage Museums
P. O. Box 1637
Monroeville, AL
36461
344-575-7433
Publication: Quarterly Newsletter

Libraries

Monroe County Public Library
121 Pineville Road
Monroeville, Alabama 36460
Telephone: 251-743-3818

Family History Center

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Centers for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

    • 430 Goodway Road
      Goodway, Monroe, Alabama, United States
      Phone: 251-862-2937

Family History Center Locator

Monroe County Alabama Genealogy Websites

  • USGenWeb project may have maps, name indexes, history, or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.

Monroe County Alabama Genealogy References

  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 13-28. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Monroe County p. 39. ; .
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Marilyn Davis Barefield, Researching in Alabama: a Genealogical Guide (Birmingham, Alabama : Birmingham Public Library, 1998), 28. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Book 976.1 D27b 1998.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/c/cf/Igialabamals.pdf.

 

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