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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Alabama|Alabama]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Winston_County,_Alabama|Winston County]]''
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Guide to '''Winston County Alabama genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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*'''[[Winston County, Alabama#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Winston County, Alabama#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Winston 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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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
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Some Winston County cemeteries are included in ''Alabama Cemetery Records'' {{FSbook|185672|disp=Vol. 6}} at FamilySearch Books Online - free.  
 
Some Winston County cemeteries are included in ''Alabama Cemetery Records'' {{FSbook|185672|disp=Vol. 6}} at FamilySearch Books Online - free.  
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*Ivison, Hazle R. Collins. ''Index to Alabama Cemeteries: Blount County, Coosa County, St. Clair County, Talladega County, Winston County.'' n.d. Digital version at {{FSbook|212970}} - free.
  
 
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==== Church  ====
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==== Church Records ====
  
==== Court  ====
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==== Court Records ====
  
 
==== Land and Property  ====
 
==== Land and Property  ====
  
To place a grant or deed on a map within context of {{PAGENAME}} see:<br>
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To place a grant or deed on a map within context of {{PAGENAME}} see:<br>  
  
 
*Boyd, Gregory A. ''Family Maps of Winston County, Alabama: with Homesteads, Roads, Waterways, Towns, Cemeteries, Railroads, and More''. Norman, Okla.: Arphax Pub. Co., 2008. 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|1540021|item|disp=FHL Book 976.174 E7bg}}.
 
*Boyd, Gregory A. ''Family Maps of Winston County, Alabama: with Homesteads, Roads, Waterways, Towns, Cemeteries, Railroads, and More''. Norman, Okla.: Arphax Pub. Co., 2008. 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|1540021|item|disp=FHL Book 976.174 E7bg}}.
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==== 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] ($). Winston County is in District 3.
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
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===== Birth  =====
 
===== Birth  =====
  
:*'''1881-1930''' - {{RecordSearch|1661470|Alabama, Births and Christenings, 1881-1930}} FamilySearch Historical Records Collection
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:*'''1881-1930''' - {{RecordSearch|1661470|Alabama, Births and Christenings, 1881-1930}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection. - free.
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:*[http://www.freestateofwinston.org/vitals.htm Winston County Births] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free.
  
 
===== Marriage  =====
 
===== Marriage  =====
  
:*'''1816-1957''' - {{RecordSearch|1674672|Alabama, Marriages, 1816-1957}} FamilySearch Historical Records Collection. 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] – ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked. <br>
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:*'''1816-1957''' - {{RecordSearch|1674672|Alabama, Marriages, 1816-1957}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection. - free. Incomplete.
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:*'''1891-1901, 1936–1969''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7838 ''Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); 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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:*'''1891-1900''' [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://www.freestateofwinston.org/vitals.htm Winston County marriages] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free.
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===== Death  =====
 
===== Death  =====
  
:*'''1881-1952''' - {{RecordSearch|1674670|Alabama, Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952}} FamilySearch Historical Records Collection
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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://www.freestateofwinston.org/vitals.htm Wilcox County Deaths] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free.
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==== Voting Registers  ====
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Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the&nbsp;[http://www.archives.alabama.gov/voterreg/countybooksmain.html Alabama Department of Archives and History]. &nbsp;Winston County has two books:
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*[http://www.archives.alabama.gov/voterreg/books/winstoncountyvol1.pdf Book 1]
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*[http://www.archives.alabama.gov/voterreg/books/winstoncountyvol2.pdf Book 2]
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== Societies and Libraries<br>  ==
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==== Societies  ====
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[http://www.freestateofwinston.org/wcgs.htm Winston County Genealogical Society]<br>P.O. Box 112<br>Double Springs, Alabama 35553
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The society helps to staff the [http://www.freestateofwinston.org/wcabrochure.pdf Winston County Archives] (P.O. Box 27, Double Springs, Alabama 35553), which includes the Society's holdings.
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==== Libraries  ====
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The [http://www2.youseemore.com/cerl/ '''Carl Elliott Regional Library'''] has the following libraries in Winston County:
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:Arley Public Library<br>P.O. Box 146<br>Arley, Alabama 35541<br>Telephone: 205-387-0129
  
:*'''1908-1974''' - {{RecordSearch|1307888|Alabama, Deaths, 1908-1974}} FamilySearch Historical Records Collection
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:Double Springs Public Library<br>P.O. Box 555<br>Double Springs, Alabama 35553<br>Telephone: 205-489-2412
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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:Haleyville Public Library<br>913 20th Street<br>Haleyville, Alabama 35565<br>Telephone: 205-486-7450
  
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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United States  Gotoarrow.png  Alabama  Gotoarrow.png  Winston County

Guide to Winston 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
1891
1888
1865
1891
1891
For earlier dates, try...Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries | Parent County
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Online Records


Winston County, Alabama
Map
Map of Alabama highlighting Winston County
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 12, 1850
County Seat Double Springs
Courthouse


Contents

County Courthouse

Winston County Alabama Courthouse.jpg
 Winston County Courthouse
195 Main Street
Courthouse Square
Double Springs, AL 35553
Phone: (205) 489-5533

Pro Judge has marriage, probate, land records from 1891;
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and Court Records [1]

History

Winston County was formed as Hancock County from Walker County on 12 February 1850, renamed Winston County on 22 January 1858.

"The Free State of Winston is a popular name given to Civil War-era Winston County, as a reflection of the county's generally pro-Union stance and resistance to Confederate rule during the war." The name comes from a series of resolutions made by unionists on 4 July 1861 at Looney's tavern. The resolutions stated that Alabama did not have the right to secede, but if it did, then Winston County had the right to secede from Alabama.[2]

Parent County

1850--Winston County was created 12 February 1850 from Walker County.  County seat: Double Springs [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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1891 -- 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

Some Winston County cemeteries are included in Alabama Cemetery Records Vol. 6 at FamilySearch Books Online - free.

  • Ivison, Hazle R. Collins. Index to Alabama Cemeteries: Blount County, Coosa County, St. Clair County, Talladega County, Winston County. n.d. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18501,542
18603,576131.9%
18704,15516.2%
18804,2532.4%
18906,55254.1%
19009,55445.8%
191012,85534.6%
192014,37811.8%
193015,5968.5%
194018,74620.2%
195018,250−2.6%
196014,858−18.6%
197016,65412.1%
198021,95331.8%
199022,0530.5%
200024,84312.7%
201024,484−1.4%
For tips on accessing Winston County, Alabama census records online, see: Alabama Census.

Church Records

Court Records

Land and Property

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

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Winston County, Alabama: with Homesteads, Roads, Waterways, Towns, Cemeteries, Railroads, and More. Norman, Okla.: Arphax Pub. Co., 2008. 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 976.174 E7bg.

Local Histories

Maps

Military


Newspapers

Probate Records

Research Guides

  • Inventory of the County Archives of Alabama: Winston County. Birmingham, Ala.: The Survey, 1941. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Taxation

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

Vital Records

Birth
Marriage
  • To 1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry – ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1891-1901, 1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969 at Ancestry – ($); 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.
  • 1891-1900 "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.

Voting Registers

Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.  Winston County has two books:

Societies and Libraries

Societies

Winston County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 112
Double Springs, Alabama 35553

The society helps to staff the Winston County Archives (P.O. Box 27, Double Springs, Alabama 35553), which includes the Society's holdings.

Libraries

The Carl Elliott Regional Library has the following libraries in Winston County:

Arley Public Library
P.O. Box 146
Arley, Alabama 35541
Telephone: 205-387-0129
Double Springs Public Library
P.O. Box 555
Double Springs, Alabama 35553
Telephone: 205-489-2412
Haleyville Public Library
913 20th Street
Haleyville, Alabama 35565
Telephone: 205-486-7450

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Winston County p. 40. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "Free State of Winston," Encyclopedia of Alabama (http://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org : accessed 19 September 2011); citing Donald B. Dodd and Amy Bartlett-Dodd, The Free State of Winston (Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia Publishing, 2000).
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).