Alabama, County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Alabama, United States
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Record Description
Record Type County Marriages
Collection years 1809-1950
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What Is in the Collection?

The collection consists of an index and images of marriage records created by Alabama counties for the years 1809 to 1950. The records are arranged by county, volume and date. Currently this collection is partially indexed; additional records will be added as they are completed. Be aware that some images in this collection are restricted. The earliest marriage bonds and licenses were usually handwritten on loose papers that were later bound into lettered volumes. Some marriage records had multiple entries on each page, while others had single records per page. Marriages were recorded by the clerk of the district court for each county from the time the county was formed. Persons desiring to marry obtained a license that they presented to the minister or other person authorized to marry, such as a justice of the peace. Once the marriage was performed, the officiator sent a return to the clerk confirming that the marriage had occurred.

Civil marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to protect the interests of the wife and other heirs to legal claims on property.

The marriage date, place, residence of the bride and groom, and occupations are relatively reliable. Other information, such as age or birthplace, is dependent on the knowledge, memory, and accuracy of the informants, usually the bride and groom.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Early marriage records include:

  • Name of the groom
  • Name of the bride, often including the maiden name of the bride
  • Date of the marriage
  • Event place

Later marriage records include:

  • Names of the parents or guardians of the bride and groom
  • Birthplaces of the bride and groom
  • Residences of the bride and groom
  • Age and races of the bride and groom
  • Marital status of the bride and groom
 

Collection Content

Coverage Table and Map

The coverage table shows the places and time periods covered in the indexed records in this collection. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Alabama marriages, click here.

Place (County) Years Covered in Index
Baldwin 1810, 1812, 1814-1825, 1827-1836, 1841, 1845-1936, 1958
Barbour 1807-1809, 1816-1818, 1823-1826, 1828-1829, 1832-1834, 1836, 1838-1941, 1946, 1948, 1950, 1954, 1959, 1971, 1985, 1988, 1995
Bibb 1803, 1805, 1810, 1812-1945, 1950-1953, 1957, 1959-1960, 1963-1965, 1968, 1970-1973, 1977, 1979-1981, 1988, 1992-1995, 1997
Bullock 1835, 1857, 1860, 1867-1893, 1899, 1916, 1929-1959, 1968-1969, 1973, 1981-1982, 1987
Chilton 1822, 1831, 1869-1883, 1888, 1890-1938, 1942-1945, 1956-1957, 1997
Cleburne 1834, 1837, 1867-1893, 1898, 1926, 1936-1954, 1960
Crenshaw 1868-1890, 1931-1958
Cullman 1844-1845, 1918, 1928-1951, 1987
Dallas 1818-1826, 1829-1832, 1835-1895, 1902-1930, 1938, 1965
Jefferson 1829, 1836, 1848, 1921, 1927-1951, 1968
Madison 1818-1831, 1853-1885, 1890-1895, 1919-1951, 1957, 1980, 1985
Mobile 1802, 1806, 1809, 1812-1828, 1833-1834, 1840-1842, 1844, 1849, 1852-1856, 1858-1930, 1934, 1936-1943, 1946-1951, 1953-1957, 1964-1968, 1970, 1972, 1981
Morgan 1821-1952, 1962, 1987, 1991
Perry 1803, 1814-1815, 1818-1931, 1935, 1943, 1945, 1948, 1973-1974, 1987, 2010
Pike 1805, 1830-1859, 1885, 1888-1894, 1896-1910
St. Clair 1833-1835, 1898-1938, 1945, 1963, 1982

For additional coverage tables for this collection, see the wiki article Alabama County Marriages Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical Records).

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How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the individual
  • The date of the event or the name of a parent or spouse

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.

  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.

  1. Select Film Number

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.


For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the age to calculate a birth date and to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members. Witnesses or bondsmen were usually relatives.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Alabama, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Library Catalog .


Known Issues With This Collection

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Citing This Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing offices of the Probate Judge of various counties..

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950.


Image citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950.


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