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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Alabama|Alabama]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[{{PAGENAME}}|Sumter County]]''  
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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Alabama Genealogy|Alabama]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[{{PAGENAME}}|Sumter County]]''  
  
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Guide to '''Sumter County, Alabama ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Click|Image:AL_ORP.png|Alabama Online Genealogy Records}}
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Sumter County
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| state = Alabama
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| founded year = 1832
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| founded date = December 18
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| seat = Livingston
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| building image = Sumter County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
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| building address = Sumter County Courthouse<br>Washington Street<br>Livingston, AL 35470<br>Phone: (205) 652-2291 [http://www.alabama.gov/ '''Sumter County Website'''] }}
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=== County Information ===
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==== Sumter 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>'''[[St. Clair County, Alabama#Birth|Birth]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Sumter County, Alabama Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''  
| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>'''[[St. Clair County, Alabama#Marriage|Marriage]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Sumter County, Alabama Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''  
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[St. Clair County, Alabama#Death|Death]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Sumter County, Alabama Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''  
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[St. Clair County, Alabama#Taxation|Tax]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Sumter County, Alabama Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''  
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[St. Clair County, Alabama#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Sumter County, Alabama Genealogy#Land_and_Property|'''Land''']]
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[St. Clair County, Alabama#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Sumter County, Alabama Genealogy#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
 
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1888</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1888
| 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>1881</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1881
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1865</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1830
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1825</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1825
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1828</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1828
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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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=== County Courthouse  ===
 
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{{ALinfobox|Sumter|1832|December 18|Livingston}}
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== County Courthouse  ==
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[[Image:Sumter County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Sumter County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg]] [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
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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>  
 
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  ==
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=== History  ===
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
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==== 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  ====
  
'''1901''' -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.  
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{{Fire}}Sumter County had a destructive courthouse fire in '''1901'''.<ref>[http://www.archives.state.al.us/counties/Sumter.html Alabama Counties: Sumter County] in ''Alabama Department of Archives and History'' (accessed 16 March 2014).</ref><br><br>
  
For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:
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*[[Burned Counties Research]] <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]  
*[http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424 http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424]
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== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Places/Localities  ===
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[[Image:Alsumiter.jpg|right|Alsumiter.jpg]]
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Choctaw County, Alabama|Choctaw]]  
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*[[Choctaw County, Alabama Genealogy|Choctaw]]  
*[[Greene County, Alabama|Greene]]  
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*[[Greene County, Alabama Genealogy|Greene]]  
*[[Kemper County, Mississippi|Kemper County, Mississippi]]  
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*[[Kemper County, Mississippi Genealogy|Kemper County, Mississippi]]  
*[[Lauderdale County, Mississippi|Lauderdale County, Mississippi]]  
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*[[Lauderdale County, Mississippi Genealogy|Lauderdale County, Mississippi]]  
*[[Marengo County, Alabama|Marengo]]  
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*[[Marengo County, Alabama Genealogy|Marengo]]  
*[[Noxubee County, Mississippi|Noxubee County, Mississippi]]  
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*[[Noxubee County, Mississippi Genealogy|Noxubee County, Mississippi]]  
*[[Pickens County, Alabama|Pickens]]
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*[[Pickens County, Alabama Genealogy|Pickens]]
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=== Resources  ===
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==== African American  ====
  
== Resources  ==
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*'''1867-1895''' - Sumter County Colored Marriage Books 2-7 Index 1867-1895 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=5620 Livingston Memorial Gardens, Livingston]  
 
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=5620 Livingston Memorial Gardens, Livingston]  
 
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=8925 Maye Cemetery, Livingston]  
 
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=8925 Maye Cemetery, Livingston]  
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=158981 Myrtlewood Cenetery, Livingston]  
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=158981 Myrtlewood Cemetery, Livingston]  
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=160036 New Prospect Cemetery, Livingston]  
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=160036 New Prospect Cemetery, Livingston]  
 
*[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]  
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==== Church Records  ====
 
==== Church Records  ====
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{{AL Church Intro}}
  
 
==== Court Records  ====
 
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==== 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|Sumter}}
  
 
==== Probate Records  ====
 
==== Probate Records  ====
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{{AL Probate Intro}}
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1753 – 1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8799 Alabama Wills and Probate Records 1753-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1809 – 1985''' {{RecordSearch|1925446|Alabama Probate Records, 1809-1985}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{AL Tax Intro}}
  
 
:*'''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.
 
:*'''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.
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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]
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===== Birth Records =====
  
:*'''1881-1930''' - {{RecordSearch|1661470|Alabama, Births and Christenings, 1881-1930}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection. - free.
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:*'''1913-1919''' - Sumter County Marriage Index 1913-1919 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] 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>
  
 
:*'''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.
 
:*'''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.
  
===== Marriage  =====
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:*1881 – 1930 {{RecordSearch|1661470|Alabama Births and Christenings, 1881-1930}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
  
:*'''1816-1957''' - {{RecordSearch|1674672|Alabama, Marriages, 1816-1957}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection. - free. Incomplete.
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===== Marriage Records =====
  
 
:*'''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>
 
:*'''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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:*'''1833-1895''' - Sumter County Marriage Books 1-6 Index 1833-1895 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
  
 
:*'''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>
 
:*'''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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:*[http://theusgenweb.org/al/sumter/marriages.html Marriages] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free.
 
:*[http://theusgenweb.org/al/sumter/marriages.html Marriages] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free.
  
===== Death  =====
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:*1809 – 1950 {{RecordSearch|1743384|Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index/images
  
:*'''1881-1952''' - {{RecordSearch|1674670|Alabama, Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection. - free.
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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 $
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===== Death Records  =====
  
 
:*'''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>
 
:*'''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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:*'''1908-1974''' - {{RecordSearch|1307888|Alabama, Deaths, 1908-1974}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection. - free
 
:*'''1908-1974''' - {{RecordSearch|1307888|Alabama, Deaths, 1908-1974}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection. - free
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:*'''1913-1918''' - Sumter County Death Index 1913-1918 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
  
 
:*[http://theusgenweb.org/al/sumter/deaths.html Sumter County Deaths] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free
 
:*[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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:*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 $
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=== Societies and Libraries  ===
  
 
==== Societies  ====
 
==== Societies  ====
  
 
'''Sumter County Historical Society'''<br>p.o. Box 213<br>Livingston, Alabama 35470  
 
'''Sumter County Historical Society'''<br>p.o. Box 213<br>Livingston, Alabama 35470  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/alabama/al-society-archive/ List of Alabama Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
  
 
==== Libraries  ====
 
==== Libraries  ====
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'''Hightower Memorial Library'''<br>630 Ave. A<br>York, Alabama 36925<br>Telephone: 205-392-2004  
 
'''Hightower Memorial Library'''<br>630 Ave. A<br>York, Alabama 36925<br>Telephone: 205-392-2004  
  
[http://www.ci.livingston.al.us/library.htm '''Ruby Pickens Tartt Public Library''']<br>201 Monroe St.<br>Livingston, Alabama 35470  
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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 <br>205-652-2349
  
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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[http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp Family History Centre Locator] <br><br>
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Web Sites  ===
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/alabama/sumter-county/ Sumter County, AL History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
 
*[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.  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/al/sumter.htm USGenWeb Archives Project] ~ contains record transcriptions from Bibles, obituaries, court records and more.  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/al/sumter.htm USGenWeb Archives Project] ~ contains record transcriptions from Bibles, obituaries, court records and more.  
 
*[http://theusgenweb.org/al/sumter/ Sumter County ALGenWeb] ~ record transcriptions and information pertinent to the county.  
 
*[http://theusgenweb.org/al/sumter/ Sumter County ALGenWeb] ~ record transcriptions and information pertinent to the county.  
*{{FHL|Alabama%2C+Sumter|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*{{FHL|Alabama%2C+Sumter|subject|disp=FamilySearch 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)
  
== References  ==
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=== References  ===
  
 
<references />  
 
<references />  
  
{{Alabama|Alabama}}
 
  
[[Category:Sumter_County,_Alabama]]
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[[Category:IGIcheck]] [[Category:Sumter_County,_Alabama]]

Latest revision as of 02:57, 11 December 2015

United States  Gotoarrow.png  Alabama  Gotoarrow.png  Sumter County

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

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Sumter County, Alabama
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 18, 1832
County Seat Livingston
Courthouse
Sumter County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Address Sumter County Courthouse
Washington Street
Livingston, AL 35470
Phone: (205) 652-2291 Sumter County Website

Contents

County Information

Sumter County, Alabama Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1888 1833 1881 1830 1825 1828

County Courthouse

Probate Judge has a few birth records from 1888-1918
marriage and probate record from 1833,
land records and historical voters maps [2]

History

Parent County

1832--Sumter County was created 18 December 1832 from the Choctaw Cession of 1830.
County seat: Livingston [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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Sumter County had a destructive courthouse fire in 1901.[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

Alsumiter.jpg

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

African American

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 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

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Alabama, Sumter County Circuit Court Files (FamilySearch Historical 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 Sumter County, Alabama Genealogy 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

Local histories are available for Sumter 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 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

Finding More Alabama Newspapers

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

Probate Records

Probate records are held by the Sumter County, Alabama Genealogy Probate Court. Most records are housed at the Sumter 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.

Online Probate Records

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.

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

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
  • 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 Records
  • 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
205-652-2349

Family History Centers

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 Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


Family History Centre Locator

Web Sites

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), Sumter County p. 39. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Alabama Counties: Sumter County in Alabama Department of Archives and History (accessed 16 March 2014).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 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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