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{{Alabama-stub}}''[[United States|United States ]] > [[Alabama|Alabama]] > Morgan County''  
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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Alabama|Alabama]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[{{PAGENAME}}|Morgan County]]''  
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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>'''[[Morgan County, Alabama#Birth|Birth]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>'''[[Morgan County, Alabama#Marriage|Marriage]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Morgan County, Alabama#Death|Death]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Morgan County, Alabama#Taxation|Tax]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Morgan County, Alabama#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Morgan County, Alabama#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1893</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1821</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1893</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1865</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1818</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1818</center>
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#99d6ff" colspan="6" | '''For earlier dates, try...[[Morgan County, Alabama#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Morgan County, Alabama#Newspapers|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Morgan County, Alabama#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]] &#124; [[Morgan County, Alabama#Parent_County|Parent County]]'''
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{{ALinfobox|Morgan|1818|February 6|Decatur}}
  
 
== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
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[[Image:Morgan County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Morgan County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg]] [http://www.co.morgan.al.us/ Morgan County Alabama]<br>302 Lee Street NE<br>Decatur, Al 35601-1999<br>Phone: 256-351-4737
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Formerly Cotaco county,&nbsp; Name changed to Morgan 14 Jun 1821<br>Probate Judge has marriage and probate records from 1818 <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mongan County p. 39. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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[[Burned Counties Research]]
  
http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424  
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[http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424 Blogs]
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
  
==== Populated Places ====
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==== Populated Places ====
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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==== African American  ====
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:*'''1865-1932''' - {{RecordSearch|1743384|Morgan County, Alabama Colored Marriage Books A1-K}} 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 1910 and 1911)
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==== Biography  ====
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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 62.
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:*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/al/morgan/bios.htm Morgan County Biographies] at [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ The USGenWeb Archives Project] - free.
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
==== Church  ====
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=9816 Herrin Cemetery, Hartselle] BillionGraves
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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].
  
==== Court ====
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==== Census ====
  
==== Land  ====
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{{US Census population
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|1820= 5263
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|1830= 9062
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|1840= 9841
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|1850= 10125
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|1860= 11335
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|1870= 12187
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|1880= 16428
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|1890= 24089
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|1900= 28820
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|1910= 33781
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|1920= 40196
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|1930= 46176
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|1940= 48148
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|1950= 52924
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|1960= 60454
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|1970= 77306
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|1980= 90231
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|1990= 100043
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|2000= 111064
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|2010= 119490
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|estimate= 119953
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|estyear= 2011
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}} {{Census|Alabama}}
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==== Church Records  ====
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==== Court Records  ====
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==== Directories  ====
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[http://sites.google.com/site/onlinedirectorysite/Home/usa/al/morgan Morgan County,&nbsp;Alabama Online Historical Directories] - identifies historical city, county, business and other directories available online on both free and pay-to-access websites.
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==== Land and Property ====
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
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==== Maps  ====
 
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==== Military  ====
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==== Military&nbsp; ====
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===== Civil War  =====
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Civil War service men from&nbsp;Morgan 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;Morgan County.
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:- [[1st Regiment, Alabama Cavalry|1st Regiment, Alabama Cavalry]], Company C
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:- [[5th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry|5th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry]], Company D, F and G
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:- [[9th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|9th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company E "Decatur Sons of Liberty"
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:- [[12th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|12th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company H "Magnolia Rifles"
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:- [[27th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|27th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company H
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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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<br>{{Alabama Conf}}
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===== Civil War Battle Fought in Morgan County  =====
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*1864 - October 26-29 = Decatur (partly fought in Limestone County)
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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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==== Periodicals  ====
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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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:*[http://www.algw.org/morgan/wills/wills.html Morgan County Will Abstracts] at USGenWeb.org
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== 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] ($). Morgan 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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:*There is a growing list of [http://www.algw.org/morgan/births/births.html Morgan County Births] that have been submitted by descendants found at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - 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] – ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked. <br>
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:*'''1816-1957''' - {{RecordSearch|1674672|Alabama, Marriages, 1816-1957}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection. Incomplete. - free.
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:*'''1818-1860''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4192 "Alabama Marriages, 1809–1920"] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); 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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:*'''1821-1952''' - {{RecordSearch|1743384|Morgan County, Alabama Marriage Books A-QQ}} 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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:*'''1821-1825, 1848-1853, 1856-1862, 1917, 1936–1969''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7838 ''Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); Index. This collection is comprised of indexes created by several agencies - the Alabama Center for Health Statistics, Jordan Dodd of Liahona Research, and Hunting For Bears. <br>
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:*[http://www.algw.org/morgan/marriages/marriages.html Marriages] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free.
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===== Death  =====
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:*'''1881-1952''' - {{RecordSearch|1674670|Alabama, Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection - free.
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:*'''1881–1974''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2543 ''Index to Deaths and Burials''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); 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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:*'''March to September 1902''' - [http://www.algw.org/morgan/deaths/deaths.html Death Records Book C] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free.
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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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===== Vital Record Substitutes  =====
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A free collection of obituaries and death notices from various funeral homes in the Morgan County area has been put together by GenealogyBuffs.com:
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*[http://www.genealogybuff.com/al/morgan/webbbs_config.pl Morgan County, Alabama Obituary and Death Notices Collection]
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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[http://www.algw.org/morgan/mcgs/index.html '''Morgan County Genealogical Society''']<br>624 Bank Street NE<br>Decatur, Alabama 35601-1608
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==== Libraries  ====
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[http://www.decatur.lib.al.us/ '''Decatur Public Library''']<br>504 Cherry St. NE<br>Decatur, Alabama 35601<br>Telephone: 256-353-2993
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The [http://www.decatur.lib.al.us/alabama_room.html Alabama Room] has local histories, microfilmed newspapers, census records, directories, family histories, and more.<br>
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==== Family History Center<br>  ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*[[Decatur Alabama Family History Center|Decatur Alabama]]
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**2006 Modaus Rd SW<br>Decatur, Morgan, Alabama, United States<br>'''Phone''': 256-350-6586 <br>'''Hours''': W 6pm-8pm.<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.  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=192627&subject_disp=Alabama%2C+Morgan&columns=*,0,0 Family History Library Catalog]  
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*{{FHL|Alabama%2C+Morgan|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/al/morgan.htm USGenWeb Archives Project ]~ contains record transcriptions from Bibles, obituaries, court records and more.
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*[http://www.algw.org/morgan/ Morgan County ALGenWeb] ~ record transcriptions and information pertinent to the county.
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AL/Morgan/ Morgan County, Alabama Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AL/Morgan/ Morgan County, Alabama Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
 
== References  ==
 
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Revision as of 23:42, 26 November 2012

United States  Gotoarrow.png  Alabama  Gotoarrow.png  Morgan County

Dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Tax
Land
Probate
1893
1821
1893
1865
1818
1818
For earlier dates, try...Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries | Parent County
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Online Records


Morgan County, Alabama
Map
Map of Alabama highlighting Morgan County
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 6, 1818
County Seat Decatur
Courthouse


Contents

County Courthouse

Morgan County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Morgan County Alabama
302 Lee Street NE
Decatur, Al 35601-1999
Phone: 256-351-4737

Formerly Cotaco county,  Name changed to Morgan 14 Jun 1821
Probate Judge has marriage and probate records from 1818 [1]

History

Parent County

1818--Morgan County was created 6 February 1818 from the Cherokee Turkeytown Cession.
County seat: Decatur [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1925 and 1938 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

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

Burned Counties Research

Blogs

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

African American

Biography

  • Northern Alabama, Historical and Biographical. Birmingham, Ala.: Smith and De Land, 1888. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online. Morgan County, Alabama begins on page 62.

Cemeteries

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18205,263
18309,06272.2%
18409,8418.6%
185010,1252.9%
186011,33512.0%
187012,1877.5%
188016,42834.8%
189024,08946.6%
190028,82019.6%
191033,78117.2%
192040,19619.0%
193046,17614.9%
194048,1484.3%
195052,9249.9%
196060,45414.2%
197077,30627.9%
198090,23116.7%
1990100,04310.9%
2000111,06411.0%
2010119,4907.6%
Est. 2011119,9538.0%
For tips on accessing Morgan County, Alabama census records online, see: Alabama Census.

Church Records

Court Records

Directories

Morgan County, Alabama Online Historical Directories - identifies historical city, county, business and other directories available online on both free and pay-to-access websites.

Land and Property

Local Histories

Maps

Military 

Civil War

Civil War service men from Morgan 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 Morgan County.

- 1st Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company C
- 5th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company D, F and G
- 9th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E "Decatur Sons of Liberty"
- 12th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H "Magnolia Rifles"
- 27th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H
- 54th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H (formerly Co. "I", 1st AL, TN, and MS Infantry)



Civil War Battle Fought in Morgan County
  • 1864 - October 26-29 = Decatur (partly fought in Limestone County)

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

Map showing Civil War battles in Alabama.

Newspapers

Periodicals

Probate Records

Taxation

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

Vital Records

Birth
Marriage
  • To 1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry – ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1818-1860 "Alabama Marriages, 1809–1920" at Ancestry – ($); 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.
  • 1821-1825, 1848-1853, 1856-1862, 1917, 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.
Vital Record Substitutes

A free collection of obituaries and death notices from various funeral homes in the Morgan County area has been put together by GenealogyBuffs.com:

Societies and Libraries

Societies

Morgan County Genealogical Society
624 Bank Street NE
Decatur, Alabama 35601-1608

Libraries

Decatur Public Library
504 Cherry St. NE
Decatur, Alabama 35601
Telephone: 256-353-2993

The Alabama Room has local histories, microfilmed newspapers, census records, directories, family histories, and more.

Family History Center

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mongan County p. 39. 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.