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Guide to '''Sumter County Alabama genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1888</center>  
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1833</center>  
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1881</center>  
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#99d6ff" colspan="6" | '''For earlier dates, try...[[St. Clair County, Alabama#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[St. Clair County, Alabama#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[St. Clair County, Alabama#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]] &#124; [[St. Clair County, Alabama#Parent_County|Parent County]]'''
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*'''[[St. Clair County, Alabama#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[St. Clair County, Alabama#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[St. Clair County, Alabama#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]''' <br>
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*'''Parent counties'''&nbsp;
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*{{PAGENAME}} '''residents''' may also have records in<br>'''Neighboring Counties:'''
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*[http://ohsweb.Alabamahistory.org/death// Alabama][https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1661470 &nbsp;Births and Christenings 1881-1930]
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*{{RecordSearch|1932106|Alabama, County Births, 1856-1909}} [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1674672 Marriages 1816-1957]
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*{{RecordSearch|1614804|Alabama, County Marriages, 1789-1994}} [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1674670 Death and Burials 1881-1952]
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*{{RecordSearch|1307272|Alabama, Deaths, 1908-1953}}&nbsp;[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1307888 Deaths &nbsp;1908-1974]<br>
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*{{RecordSearch|1680845|Alabama, Births and Christenings, 1821-1962}}&nbsp;[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1916159 County Probate Records]<br>
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{{ALinfobox|Sumter|1832|December 18|Livingston}}  
 
{{ALinfobox|Sumter|1832|December 18|Livingston}}  
  
''[[United States|United States&nbsp;]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[Alabama|Alabama]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[{{PAGENAME}}|Sumter County]]''
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== County Courthouse  ==
  
== County Courthouse ==
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[[Image:Sumter County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg|thumb|right|250px]] [http://www.alabama.gov/portal/secondary.jsp?id=countiesMetropolitan&countyID=sumter Sumpter County Courthouse]<br>Washington Street<br>Livingston, AL 35470<br>Phone: (205) 652-2291
  
SUMTER COUNTY, Washington Street, Livingston, AL 35470, (205) 652-2291
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Probate Judge has a few birth records from 1888-1918<br>marriage and probate record from 1833, <br>land records and historical voters maps <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sumter 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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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=6930 Odd Fellows Cemetery, Gainesville]  
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=6930 Odd Fellows Cemetery, Gainesville]  
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=5999 Old Cemetery, Gainesville]  
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=5999 Old Cemetery, Gainesville]  
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=159092 Old Cemetery of African and American Minorities of African Descent, Boliger]
 
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=6318 Roy Cemetery, Epes] <br>  
 
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=6318 Roy Cemetery, Epes] <br>  
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=159126 Shady Grove Cemetery, Livingston]
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=159126 Shady Grove Cemetery, Livingston]
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Additional Sumter County cemeteries are included in ''Alabama Cemetery Records'' {{FSbook|185681|disp=Vol. 1}} at FamilySearch Books Online - free.
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
{{Census|Alabama}}  
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{{USCensusPop
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|1840= 29937
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|1850= 22250
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|1860= 24035
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|1870= 24109
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|1880= 28728
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|1890= 29574
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|1900= 32710
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|1910= 28699
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|1920= 25569
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|1930= 26929
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|1940= 27321
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|1950= 23610
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|1960= 20041
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|1970= 16974
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|1980= 16908
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|1990= 16174
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|2000= 14798
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|2010= 13763
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}} {{Census|Alabama}}  
  
==== Church  ====
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==== Church Records ====
  
==== Court  ====
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==== Court Records ====
  
 
'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''  
 
'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''  
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[[Alabama, Sumter County Circuit Court Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Alabama, Sumter County Circuit Court Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
[[Alabama, Sumter County Circuit Court Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Alabama, Sumter County Circuit Court Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
  
==== Land  ====
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==== Land and Property ====
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To place a grant or deed on a map within context of {{PAGENAME}} see:<br>
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*Boyd, Gregory A. ''Family Maps of Sumter County, Alabama: with Homesteads, Roads, Waterways, Towns, Cemeteries, Railroads, and More''. Norman, Okla.: Arphax Pub. Co., 2007. This is a definitive work and can be used as an index to land grants. Digital version at [http://www.historygeo.com/maplib/prjs/AL HistoryGeo.com] ($). Website includes free surname index. {{FHL|1408709|item|disp=FHL Book 976.141 E7b}}.
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
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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;Sumter 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;Sumter County.
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:- [[5th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|5th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company B
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:- [[5th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|5th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company F "Cahaba Rifles"
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:- [[36th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|36th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company A
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:- [[40th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|40th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company A and C
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==== Probate  ====
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==== Probate Records ====
  
 
==== 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] ($). Sumter 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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:*'''Dec 1916–May 1918''' - [http://theusgenweb.org/al/sumter/br191618.html#B Index for White Birth Records] in the [http://www.archives.alabama.gov/searchcoll.html Alabama State Archives] found at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free.
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===== Marriage  =====
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:*'''1816-1957''' - {{RecordSearch|1674672|Alabama, Marriages, 1816-1957}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection. - free. Incomplete.
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:*'''To 1825''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2080 ''Index to Marriages''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked. <br>
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:*'''1833-1838, 1847-1901, 1936–1969''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7838 ''Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); 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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:*'''1847-1900''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4192 "Alabama Marriages, 1809–1920"] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); Index. This database is a collection of marriage records from the state. Researchers will find the names of both bride and groom along with the marriage date. The county where the ceremony was performed is also provided. Containing about 150,000 records and the names of nearly 300,000 men and women. <br>
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:*[http://theusgenweb.org/al/sumter/marriages.html Marriages] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free.
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===== Death  =====
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:*'''1881-1952''' - {{RecordSearch|1674670|Alabama, Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection. - free.
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:*'''1881–1974''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2543 ''Index to Deaths and Burials''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); 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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:*'''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://theusgenweb.org/al/sumter/deaths.html Sumter County Deaths] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
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'''Sumter County Historical Society'''<br>p.o. Box 213<br>Livingston, Alabama 35470
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'''Hightower Memorial Library'''<br>630 Ave. A<br>York, Alabama 36925<br>Telephone: 205-392-2004
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[http://www.ci.livingston.al.us/library.htm '''Ruby Pickens Tartt Public Library''']<br>201 Monroe St.<br>Livingston, Alabama 35470
  
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
 
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== Web Sites  ==
 
== 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.  
*<span style="text-decoration: underline" />{{FHL|Alabama%2C+Sumter|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/al/sumter.htm USGenWeb Archives Project] ~ contains record transcriptions from Bibles, obituaries, court records and more.
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*[http://theusgenweb.org/al/sumter/ Sumter County ALGenWeb] ~ record transcriptions and information pertinent to the county.
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*{{FHL|Alabama%2C+Sumter|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AL/Sumter/ Sumter County, Alabama Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AL/Sumter/ Sumter County, Alabama Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  

Revision as of 01:16, 14 March 2013

United States  Gotoarrow.png  Alabama  Gotoarrow.png  Sumter County

Guide to Sumter County Alabama genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Tax
Land
Probate
1888
1833
1881
1865
1825
1828
For earlier dates, try...Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries | Parent County
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Online Records


Sumter County, Alabama
Map
Map of Alabama highlighting Sumter County
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 18, 1832
County Seat Livingston
Courthouse


Contents

County Courthouse

Sumter County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Sumpter County Courthouse
Washington Street
Livingston, AL 35470
Phone: (205) 652-2291

Probate Judge has a few birth records from 1888-1918
marriage and probate record from 1833,
land records and historical voters maps [1]

History

Parent County

1832--Sumter County was created 18 December 1832 from the Choctaw Cession of 1830.
County seat: Livingston [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1901 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

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

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

BillionGraves

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

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
184029,937
185022,250−25.7%
186024,0358.0%
187024,1090.3%
188028,72819.2%
189029,5742.9%
190032,71010.6%
191028,699−12.3%
192025,569−10.9%
193026,9295.3%
194027,3211.5%
195023,610−13.6%
196020,041−15.1%
197016,974−15.3%
198016,908−0.4%
199016,174−4.3%
200014,798−8.5%
201013,763−7.0%
For tips on accessing Sumter County, Alabama census records online, see: Alabama Census.

Church Records

Court Records

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Alabama, Sumter County Circuit Court Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Land and Property

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

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Sumter County, Alabama: with Homesteads, Roads, Waterways, Towns, Cemeteries, Railroads, and More. Norman, Okla.: Arphax Pub. Co., 2007. This is a definitive work and can be used as an index to land grants. Digital version at HistoryGeo.com ($). Website includes free surname index. FHL Book 976.141 E7b.

Local Histories

Maps

Military 

Civil War

Civil War service men from Sumter 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 Sumter County.

- 5th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B
- 5th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F "Cahaba Rifles"
- 36th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A
- 40th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A and C



Newspapers

Probate Records

Taxation

  • 1865-1866 - U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 at Ancestry ($). Sumter County is in District 2.

Vital Records

Birth
Marriage
  • To 1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry – ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1833-1838, 1847-1901, 1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969 at Ancestry – ($); 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.
  • 1847-1900 "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

Societies

Sumter County Historical Society
p.o. Box 213
Livingston, Alabama 35470

Libraries

Hightower Memorial Library
630 Ave. A
York, Alabama 36925
Telephone: 205-392-2004

Ruby Pickens Tartt Public Library
201 Monroe St.
Livingston, Alabama 35470

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

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