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'''Introduction to Vital Records'''  
 
'''Introduction to Vital Records'''  
  
[[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]] consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]] recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. [[Locating United States Vital Records|United States Vital Records]] has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/alabama.htm Alabama Vital Records State Department of Health] or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also {{FHL|471426|subject_id|disp=Alabama indexes}} and {{FHL|377581|subject_id|disp=Alabama Record Collections}} found in the Family History Library Catalog.  
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[[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]] consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]] recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. [[Locating United States Vital Records|United States Vital Records]] has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/alabama.htm Alabama Vital Records State Department of Health] or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also {{FHL|471426|subject_id|disp=Alabama indexes}} and {{FHL|377581|subject_id|disp=Alabama Record Collections}} found in the FamilySearch Catalog.  
  
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== Online Resources ==
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'''Marriages:'''<br>
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1898&path= Alabama, Marriages, Deaths, Wills, Court, and Other Records, 1784-1920] Book ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7838 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800-1969] Index only ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2080 Alabama Marriages to 1825] Abstracts ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61365 Alabama, County Marriages, 1805-1967] Index and images ($)
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*{{RecordSearch|1743384|Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950}} Index and images.
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4192 Alabama Marriages, 1809-1920 (Selected Counties)] ($)
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*{{RecordSearch|1674672|Alabama Marriages, 1816-1957}} Index only.
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60000 Alabama, Select Marriages, 1816-1957] ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60922 Alabama, Marriage Indexes, 1814-1935], index, images, ($)
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*{{RecordSearch|2534485|Alabama County Marriages, 1818-1936}}, Index and images
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'''Deaths:'''<br>
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1898&path= Alabama, Marriages, Deaths, Wills, Court, and Other Records, 1784-1920] Book ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1710 Alabama Death Record of State Convicts, 1843-1951]
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*{{RecordSearch|1674670|Alabama, Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952}} Index only.
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2543 Alabama, Deaths and Burials Index, 1881-1974] ($)
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*{{RecordSearch|1307888|Alabama, Deaths, 1908-1974}} Index only.
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5188 Alabama Deaths, 1908-59] Index only ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1710 Alabama Death Record of State Convicts, 1843-1951]($)
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*{{RecordSearch|1202535|United States Social Security Death Index}}.
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60901 U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007], incomplete, ($).
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*[http://www.deathindexes.com/alabama/index.html Online Alabama Death Records, Indexes &amp; Obituaries]
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'''Divorce:'''<br>
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8976 Alabama Divorce Index, 1950-1959] ($)
  
 
== Birth Records  ==
 
== Birth Records  ==
  
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To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Alabama county birth records, click [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/AL_FRB.html here].
 
=== Before 1881  ===
 
=== Before 1881  ===
  
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To obtain copies of birth records from this time period, contact the County Court where the birth occurred.  
 
To obtain copies of birth records from this time period, contact the County Court where the birth occurred.  
  
To access microfilmed copies of county birth records for some Alabama Counties do a "Place-name Search" of the[https://familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog] for the appropriate county name in the folllowing format: &nbsp;"Alabama, &lt;county name&gt;". &nbsp;(See [[Family History Library Catalog Place-name Search|How to do a Place-name search]] wiki page.)  
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To access microfilmed copies of county birth records for some Alabama Counties do a "Place-name Search" of the[https://familysearch.org/catalog-search FamilySearch Catalog] for the appropriate county name in the folllowing format: &nbsp;"Alabama, &lt;county name&gt;". &nbsp;(See [[FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search|How to do a Place-name search]] wiki page.)  
  
 
=== 1908 to Present  ===
 
=== 1908 to Present  ===
  
The [http://www.alabama.gov/portal/secondary.jsp?page=AboutAlabama_Genealogy State of Alabama] required the registration of births on a state level beginning in 1908. Early registration in this time period was sketchy. Most births were recorded by 1927. Early birth&nbsp;registers and certificates generally do not contain the name of the child but may contain other important information&nbsp;as&nbsp;shown in the&nbsp;table below. It is more common to find the child's name by the 1920's. Birth Certificates are confidential for 125 years following the date of birth. To obtain copies of original birth records, contact the&nbsp; [http://adph.org/vitalrecords/Default.asp?id=1559 Alabama Department of Public Health].&nbsp; Also see&nbsp; [[Alabama, United States - Birth - 1908-Present]].  
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The [http://adph.org/vitalrecords/index.asp?id=1559 State of Alabama] required the registration of births on a state level beginning in 1908. Early registration in this time period was sketchy. Most births were recorded by 1927. Early birth&nbsp;registers and certificates generally do not contain the name of the child but may contain other important information&nbsp;as&nbsp;shown in the&nbsp;table below. It is more common to find the child's name by the 1920's. Birth Certificates are confidential for 125 years following the date of birth. To obtain copies of original birth records, contact the&nbsp; [http://adph.org/vitalrecords/Default.asp?id=1559 Alabama Department of Public Health].&nbsp; Also see&nbsp; [[Alabama, United States - Birth - 1908-Present]].  
  
 
=== Resources for Alabama Birth Records  ===
 
=== Resources for Alabama Birth Records  ===
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== Marriage Records  ==
 
== Marriage Records  ==
  
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To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Alabama county marraige records, click [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/AL_FRM.html here].
 
=== 1799 - March 3, 1817 Mississippi Territory  ===
 
=== 1799 - March 3, 1817 Mississippi Territory  ===
  
In 1799, a law passed in the Mississippi Territory (including present day Alabama) requiring marriage licenses and bonds to be registered at the Orphans Court in the county of the bride's residence. To obtain copies of original marriage records, contact the Probate Court in the county where the license was issued.<br> To access microfilmed copies of county marriage records for some Alabama Counties do a "Place-name Search" of the [https://familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog] for the appropriate county name in the folllowing format: &nbsp;"Alabama, &lt;county name&gt;". &nbsp;(See [[Family History Library Catalog Place-name Search|How to do a Place-name search]] wiki page.)  
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In 1799, a law passed in the Mississippi Territory (including present day Alabama) requiring marriage licenses and bonds to be registered at the Orphans Court in the county of the bride's residence. To obtain copies of original marriage records, contact the Probate Court in the county where the license was issued.<br> To access microfilmed copies of county marriage records for some Alabama Counties do a "Place-name Search" of the [https://familysearch.org/catalog-search FamilySearch Catalog] for the appropriate county name in the folllowing format: &nbsp;"Alabama, &lt;county name&gt;". &nbsp;(See [[FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search|How to do a Place-name search]] wiki page.)  
  
 
=== 1818 - 1957 Alabama Territory/State  ===
 
=== 1818 - 1957 Alabama Territory/State  ===
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Marriage licenses and bonds were registered in the Orphans Court (renamed the Probate Court in 1850) in the county of the bride's residence. Starting in 1888, bonds were only required if the groom was under the age of 21 or the bride was under the age of 18. To obtain copies of original marriage records, contact the Probate Court in the county where the license was issued or the [http://www.archives.alabama.gov/ Alabama Department of Archives and History].  
 
Marriage licenses and bonds were registered in the Orphans Court (renamed the Probate Court in 1850) in the county of the bride's residence. Starting in 1888, bonds were only required if the groom was under the age of 21 or the bride was under the age of 18. To obtain copies of original marriage records, contact the Probate Court in the county where the license was issued or the [http://www.archives.alabama.gov/ Alabama Department of Archives and History].  
  
To access microfilmed copies of county marriage records for some Alabama Counties do a "Place-name Search" of the [https://familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog] for the appropriate county name in the folllowing format: "Alabama, &lt;county name&gt;". &nbsp;(See [[Family History Library Catalog Place-name Search|How to do a Place-name search]] wiki page.)  
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To access microfilmed copies of county marriage records for some Alabama Counties do a "Place-name Search" of the [https://familysearch.org/catalog-search FamilySearch Catalog] for the appropriate county name in the folllowing format: "Alabama, &lt;county name&gt;". &nbsp;(See [[FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search|How to do a Place-name search]] wiki page.)  
  
 
FamilySearch provides a name index to [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1674672 Alabama&nbsp;Marriages, 1816-1957].&nbsp;&nbsp; Background information regarding these historical records is available [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Alabama_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) here].&nbsp; Also available for some counties are&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1743384 indexes and images of Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950]. (Records are added as they become available.)  
 
FamilySearch provides a name index to [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1674672 Alabama&nbsp;Marriages, 1816-1957].&nbsp;&nbsp; Background information regarding these historical records is available [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Alabama_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) here].&nbsp; Also available for some counties are&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1743384 indexes and images of Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950]. (Records are added as they become available.)  
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=== Early - 1950  ===
 
=== Early - 1950  ===
  
Prior to 1950, divorces could be granted by the State Legislature, Circuit Courts, City Courts, and County Chancery Courts. In 1915, the County Chancery Courts were merged with the County Circuit Courts. Divorces finalized by the State Legislature can be found in the published Alabama [http://www.legislature.state.al.us/misc/history/timeline.html Legislative Journals]. To locate divorce records for this time period, contact the [http://www.acadv.org/courts.html Clerk of Circuit Court] in the county where the divorce was granted.  
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Prior to 1950, divorces could be granted by the State Legislature, Circuit Courts, City Courts, and County Chancery Courts. In 1915, the County Chancery Courts were merged with the County Circuit Courts. Divorces finalized by the State Legislature can be found in the published Alabama [http://www.legislature.state.al.us/aliswww/AlaLegHistory.htm Legislative Journals]. To locate divorce records for this time period, contact the [http://www.acadv.org/courts.html Clerk of Circuit Court] in the county where the divorce was granted.  
  
 
=== 1950 - Present  ===
 
=== 1950 - Present  ===
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== Death Records  ==
 
== Death Records  ==
 
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To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Alabama county death records, click [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/AL_FRD.html here].
 
=== Before 1881  ===
 
=== Before 1881  ===
  
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To obtain copies of death records from this time period, contact the County Court where the death occurred.  
 
To obtain copies of death records from this time period, contact the County Court where the death occurred.  
  
To access microfilmed copies of county marriage records for some Alabama Counties do a "Place-name Search" of the [https://familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog] for the appropriate county name in the folllowing format: "Alabama, &lt;county name&gt;". &nbsp;(See [[Family History Library Catalog Place-name Search|How to do a Place-name search]] wiki page.)  
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To access microfilmed copies of county marriage records for some Alabama Counties do a "Place-name Search" of the [https://familysearch.org/catalog-search FamilySearch Catalog] for the appropriate county name in the folllowing format: "Alabama, &lt;county name&gt;". &nbsp;(See [[FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search|How to do a Place-name search]] wiki page.)  
  
 
=== January 1908 - Present  ===
 
=== January 1908 - Present  ===
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FamilySearch provides an [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1307888 index to death certificates from the state of Alabama, 1908-1974]. Background information regarding these historical records is available [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Alabama_Statewide_Death_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) here].  
 
FamilySearch provides an [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1307888 index to death certificates from the state of Alabama, 1908-1974]. Background information regarding these historical records is available [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Alabama_Statewide_Death_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) here].  
  
To obtain copies of original&nbsp;death records, contact the [http://adph.org/vitalrecords/Default.asp?id=1560 Alabama Department of Public Health]. Also see[[Alabama, United States - Death - 1900-Present]].  
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To obtain copies of original&nbsp;death records, contact the [http://adph.org/vitalrecords/Default.asp?id=1560 Alabama Department of Public Health]. Also see[[Alabama, United States - Death - 1900-Present]].
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=== Fetal Deaths ===
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Only parents may request a copy of a "Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth."  A "Fetal Death Report" is a statistical report and no certified copies are issued.  However, for a period of two years after the event, a non-certified copy may be requested by the parent.<ref>“United States Fetal Death Records,” ''Lake Superior Roots, v 29, no 2.''  (Marquette, Michigan:  Marquette County Genealogical Society, 2016), 11.</ref>
  
 
=== Resources for Alabama Death Records  ===
 
=== Resources for Alabama Death Records  ===
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*[[Alabama Church Records|Church Records]]:&nbsp;Depending on the denomination, church records may contain information about birth, marriage and death.  
 
*[[Alabama Church Records|Church Records]]:&nbsp;Depending on the denomination, church records may contain information about birth, marriage and death.  
 
*[[Social Security Death Index (SSDI)|Social Security Death Index (SSDI)]]: The SSDI indexes deaths for those who had social security numbers and the death was reported to the Social Security Administration.  
 
*[[Social Security Death Index (SSDI)|Social Security Death Index (SSDI)]]: The SSDI indexes deaths for those who had social security numbers and the death was reported to the Social Security Administration.  
*[[Alabama History|Histories]]:&nbsp;&nbsp;Local histories, family histories and biographies can all be sources of birth, marriage and death information. Often this information is found in county-level records or in surname searches of the Family History Library catalog.  
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*[[Alabama History|Histories]]:&nbsp;&nbsp;Local histories, family histories and biographies can all be sources of birth, marriage and death information. Often this information is found in county-level records or in surname searches of the FamilySearch Catalog.  
 
*[[Alabama Newspapers|Newspapers]] - look for birth announcements, marriages, reports on divorces, death notices, and [[Alabama Obituaries|Obituaries]]&nbsp;: Besides obituaries, local newspapers may contain birth and marriage announcements and death notices. Also check newspaper social columns for additional information.  
 
*[[Alabama Newspapers|Newspapers]] - look for birth announcements, marriages, reports on divorces, death notices, and [[Alabama Obituaries|Obituaries]]&nbsp;: Besides obituaries, local newspapers may contain birth and marriage announcements and death notices. Also check newspaper social columns for additional information.  
 
*[[Alabama Military Records|Military Records]]: Military pension records can give birth, marriage and death information. In addition, soldiers' homes records can included this same information.  
 
*[[Alabama Military Records|Military Records]]: Military pension records can give birth, marriage and death information. In addition, soldiers' homes records can included this same information.  
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*Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records. Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except direct descendants and/or ancestors.  
 
*Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records. Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except direct descendants and/or ancestors.  
 
*If the survival of a baby was questioned, the birth may not have been recorded.  
 
*If the survival of a baby was questioned, the birth may not have been recorded.  
*Search for Vital Records in the [https://www.familysearch.org/ Family History Library Catalog] by using a '''Place Search''' and then choosing '''Vital Records'''. Search for '''Alabama''' to locate records filed by the State and then search the&nbsp;'''name of the county''' to locate records kept by that county.
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*Search for Vital Records in the [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Catalog] by using a '''Place Search''' and then choosing '''Vital Records'''. Search for '''Alabama''' to locate records filed by the State and then search the&nbsp;'''name of the county''' to locate records kept by that county.
  
 
== Archives, Libraries &amp; Societies  ==
 
== Archives, Libraries &amp; Societies  ==
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The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Alabama Vital Records. Check [[Alabama, United States - Online Vital Records|Alabama Vital Records&nbsp;Online]] for more information about the resources listed below. Most online resources for Alabama Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to [[Contradictions and discrepancies|confirm the information]] in the index.  
 
The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Alabama Vital Records. Check [[Alabama, United States - Online Vital Records|Alabama Vital Records&nbsp;Online]] for more information about the resources listed below. Most online resources for Alabama Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to [[Contradictions and discrepancies|confirm the information]] in the index.  
  
*[http://www.fhlfavorites.info/Links/USA_States/States_Frames/Alabama/Alabama_Frame.htm Alabama Links] from [http://fhlfavorites.info/ fhlfavorites.info] -&nbsp;Free
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/alabama/al-vital-records/ How to order Alabama Vital Records]  
 
*[http://lrp.algensoc.org/lrpw/loader2.html Alabama Loose Records Index] created by the [http://www.archives.alabama.gov/research.html Alabama&nbsp;Department of Archives and History]&nbsp;- Free  
 
*[http://lrp.algensoc.org/lrpw/loader2.html Alabama Loose Records Index] created by the [http://www.archives.alabama.gov/research.html Alabama&nbsp;Department of Archives and History]&nbsp;- Free  
 
*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/regional.html#Alabama Alabama Databases] listed on [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Rootsweb.com]&nbsp;- Free  
 
*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/regional.html#Alabama Alabama Databases] listed on [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Rootsweb.com]&nbsp;- Free  
 
*[http://www.censusdiggins.com/alabama_marriages.html Alabama Marriages Before 1825]&nbsp;&nbsp;Free database at CensusDiggins.com  
 
*[http://www.censusdiggins.com/alabama_marriages.html Alabama Marriages Before 1825]&nbsp;&nbsp;Free database at CensusDiggins.com  
 
*[http://www.genealogybuff.com/al/state/webbbs_config.pl Alabama Obituary and Death Notices Collection] from GenealogyBuff.com -Free  
 
*[http://www.genealogybuff.com/al/state/webbbs_config.pl Alabama Obituary and Death Notices Collection] from GenealogyBuff.com -Free  
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*[http://www.deathindexes.com/alabama/index.html Alabama Death Records, Indexex and Obituaries]
 
*[http://www.ancestorhunt.com/alabama-vital-records.htm Alabama Vital Records]&nbsp;Free guide to locating AL vital records at AncestorHunt.com.  
 
*[http://www.ancestorhunt.com/alabama-vital-records.htm Alabama Vital Records]&nbsp;Free guide to locating AL vital records at AncestorHunt.com.  
 
*USGenWeb.org [http://www.algenweb.us/ Alabama Site] - Free  
 
*USGenWeb.org [http://www.algenweb.us/ Alabama Site] - Free  
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*Germanroots Links for Alabama [http://www.germanroots.com/vitalrecords.html#Alabama Birth &amp; Marriage]&nbsp;and [http://www.germanroots.com/deathrecords.html Death] Records -&nbsp;Free/$ (for everyone, not just for German ancestry)  
 
*Germanroots Links for Alabama [http://www.germanroots.com/vitalrecords.html#Alabama Birth &amp; Marriage]&nbsp;and [http://www.germanroots.com/deathrecords.html Death] Records -&nbsp;Free/$ (for everyone, not just for German ancestry)  
 
*Linkpendium Links for [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AL/ Alabama Genealogy and History], including individual Counties&nbsp;-&nbsp;Free/$&nbsp;  
 
*Linkpendium Links for [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AL/ Alabama Genealogy and History], including individual Counties&nbsp;-&nbsp;Free/$&nbsp;  
*Progenealogists Links for the [http://progenealogists.com/genealogysleuthb.htm United States]. Press '''Ctrl + F''' on the keyboard to search for '''Alabama''' or '''AL''' -&nbsp;Free/$
 
 
*Search the [http://www.ancestry.com/search/locality/dbpage.aspx?tp=2&p=3&categoryFilterID=34&showPaging=true Alabama Birth, Marriage &amp; Death] Records at Ancestry.com - $&nbsp;  
 
*Search the [http://www.ancestry.com/search/locality/dbpage.aspx?tp=2&p=3&categoryFilterID=34&showPaging=true Alabama Birth, Marriage &amp; Death] Records at Ancestry.com - $&nbsp;  
*Order [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/alabama.htm Alabama Certificates] online -&nbsp;<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1247073573052_30" /><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1247073573052_178" />
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*Order [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/alabama.htm Alabama Certificates] online -&nbsp;<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1247073573052_30" /><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1247073573052_178" />  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/alabama/links/ Alabama Genealogy Links] - links to records where researchers can trace their Alabama ancestry.
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*[http://www.learnwebskills.com/family/vitalrecords1.htm#al Alabama Vital Records and Probate Records]
  
 
*[https://wiki.familysearch.org wiki.familysearch.org]
 
*[https://wiki.familysearch.org wiki.familysearch.org]
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*[[Alabama Statewide Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Alabama Statewide Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[Alabama Statewide Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Alabama Statewide Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[Alabama County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Alabama County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[Alabama County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Alabama County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Alabama Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Alabama Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Alabama Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Alabama Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[:Category:Alabama FamilySearch Historical Records]] All pages in the FamilySearch Wiki on FamilySearch Historical Records about Alabama.
  
 
== Bibliography  ==
 
== Bibliography  ==
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*[http://www.adph.org/vitalrecords/Default.asp?id=1558 Alabama Center for Health Statistics - Vital Records].  
 
*[http://www.adph.org/vitalrecords/Default.asp?id=1558 Alabama Center for Health Statistics - Vital Records].  
 
*Davis, Robert S., and Mary Bess Paluzzi. "Alabama" in ''Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources'', 3rd ed. Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 1992. pp. 21-34. {{WorldCat|55947869|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}} {{FHL|611946|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27rb}}
 
*Davis, Robert S., and Mary Bess Paluzzi. "Alabama" in ''Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources'', 3rd ed. Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 1992. pp. 21-34. {{WorldCat|55947869|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}} {{FHL|611946|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27rb}}
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Introduction to Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. United States Vital Records has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Alabama Vital Records State Department of Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also Alabama indexes and Alabama Record Collections found in the FamilySearch Catalog.

 
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Marriage Records  Death Records
Early - 1825 Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974
Alabama Marriages, 1816-1957 1808 - 1870   $
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Birth Records

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Alabama county birth records, click here.

Before 1881

No births were recorded by government agencies prior to 1881. See Alabama, United States - Birth - 1817-1849, Alabama, United States - Birth - 1850-1907 or Substitute Records below.

1881 to 1908

Starting in 1881, the State of Alabama required individual counties to register the birth of children. Because most counties were slow to comply, not all births were recorded. In addition, many records from this time period are missing or were destroyed. Birth registers from this time period usually do not list the name of the child.

FamilySearch has a partial index of Births and Christenings, 1881-1930. Background information about the source of this index is available here.

To obtain copies of birth records from this time period, contact the County Court where the birth occurred.

To access microfilmed copies of county birth records for some Alabama Counties do a "Place-name Search" of theFamilySearch Catalog for the appropriate county name in the folllowing format:  "Alabama, <county name>".  (See How to do a Place-name search wiki page.)

1908 to Present

The State of Alabama required the registration of births on a state level beginning in 1908. Early registration in this time period was sketchy. Most births were recorded by 1927. Early birth registers and certificates generally do not contain the name of the child but may contain other important information as shown in the table below. It is more common to find the child's name by the 1920's. Birth Certificates are confidential for 125 years following the date of birth. To obtain copies of original birth records, contact the  Alabama Department of Public Health.  Also see  Alabama, United States - Birth - 1908-Present.

Resources for Alabama Birth Records

Adoption Records

Alabama adoption law requires the creation of a new birth certificate after a legal adoption has taken place. The original birth certificate and evidence of adoption are then placed in a sealed file and the new certificate is substituted for the original birth certificate in the State Department of Vital Statistics files. Starting August 1, 2000, original birth records (as well as all documents in the sealed file) became available to adoptees once they reached the age of 19. The Alabama Department of Public Health has detailed information about obtaining copies of sealed birth records. See Adoption Research for more information.

Marriage Records

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Alabama county marraige records, click here.

1799 - March 3, 1817 Mississippi Territory

In 1799, a law passed in the Mississippi Territory (including present day Alabama) requiring marriage licenses and bonds to be registered at the Orphans Court in the county of the bride's residence. To obtain copies of original marriage records, contact the Probate Court in the county where the license was issued.
To access microfilmed copies of county marriage records for some Alabama Counties do a "Place-name Search" of the FamilySearch Catalog for the appropriate county name in the folllowing format:  "Alabama, <county name>".  (See How to do a Place-name search wiki page.)

1818 - 1957 Alabama Territory/State

Marriage licenses and bonds were registered in the Orphans Court (renamed the Probate Court in 1850) in the county of the bride's residence. Starting in 1888, bonds were only required if the groom was under the age of 21 or the bride was under the age of 18. To obtain copies of original marriage records, contact the Probate Court in the county where the license was issued or the Alabama Department of Archives and History.

To access microfilmed copies of county marriage records for some Alabama Counties do a "Place-name Search" of the FamilySearch Catalog for the appropriate county name in the folllowing format: "Alabama, <county name>".  (See How to do a Place-name search wiki page.)

FamilySearch provides a name index to Alabama Marriages, 1816-1957.   Background information regarding these historical records is available here.  Also available for some counties are indexes and images of Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950. (Records are added as they become available.)

1936 - Present

Alabama started keeping statewide marriage records in August of 1936. For current fees and instructions for obtaining copies of the State’s records, contact the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Resources for Alabama Marriage Records

Divorce Records

Early - 1950

Prior to 1950, divorces could be granted by the State Legislature, Circuit Courts, City Courts, and County Chancery Courts. In 1915, the County Chancery Courts were merged with the County Circuit Courts. Divorces finalized by the State Legislature can be found in the published Alabama Legislative Journals. To locate divorce records for this time period, contact the Clerk of Circuit Court in the county where the divorce was granted.

1950 - Present

In January 1950, Alabama started keeping statewide divorce records. Contact the Alabama Department of Public Health to obtain divorce records for this time period. Ancestry.com also has an index for divorces granted between 1950 and 1959. ($)

Death Records

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Alabama county death records, click here.

Before 1881

No deaths were recorded by government agencies. See Substitute Records below. Also see Alabama, United States - Death - 1702-1816, Alabama, United States - Death - 1817-1849 and Alabama, United States - Death - 1850-1899

1881 to 1908

Starting in 1881, the State of Alabama required individual counties to register deaths. Because most counties were slow to comply, not all deaths were recorded. In addition, many records from this time period are missing or were destroyed.

FamilySearch has a partial index of Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952. Background information (including county names and number of records indexed)  is available here.

To obtain copies of death records from this time period, contact the County Court where the death occurred.

To access microfilmed copies of county marriage records for some Alabama Counties do a "Place-name Search" of the FamilySearch Catalog for the appropriate county name in the folllowing format: "Alabama, <county name>".  (See How to do a Place-name search wiki page.)

January 1908 - Present

Starting in January of 1908, Alabama State Law required the registration of all deaths occuring within the state of Alabama. Copies of death certificates were filed with the Alabama Center for Health Statistics. Information found on a death certificate is reported by an informant (usually a relative) and may or may not be accurate.

FamilySearch provides an index to death certificates from the state of Alabama, 1908-1974. Background information regarding these historical records is available here.

To obtain copies of original death records, contact the Alabama Department of Public Health. Also seeAlabama, United States - Death - 1900-Present.

Fetal Deaths

Only parents may request a copy of a "Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth." A "Fetal Death Report" is a statistical report and no certified copies are issued. However, for a period of two years after the event, a non-certified copy may be requested by the parent.[1]

Resources for Alabama Death Records

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Minorities

African Americans

When searching for birth, marriage, or death records for African Americans after the Civil War, check the record types listed above. Birth, marriage, and death information for African Americans prior to the Civil War can be found in other sources. See Alabama Minorities for more information.

Native Americans

In order to find birth, marriage, or death information on Native Americans living in Alabama you must know which tribe the individual belonged to.  Indians of Alabama has more specific information about tribes in the State.

Substitute Records

Use substitute records to verify and enrich knowledge about an event or where better records do not exist, to establish evidence of the birth, marriage or death of your ancestor.

Lost / Missing Records

Some records for a given county or for the state of Alabama may have been burned or lost and may be unavailable. Check Alabama Lost/Missing Records for more information.

Tips

Archives, Libraries & Societies

Statewide Archives, Libraries, Historical Societies and Genealogical Societies as well as County Historical and Genealogical Societies may have collections that can be of great value when doing Alabama research. Contact the specific Archive, Society, or Library for information on what record types are available, if the records are available online, or if copies of records can be obtained for a fee. 

Online Alabama Birth, Marriage and Death Records

The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Alabama Vital Records. Check Alabama Vital Records Online for more information about the resources listed below. Most online resources for Alabama Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to confirm the information in the index.

Wiki articles describing these collections are found at:

Bibliography

  1. “United States Fetal Death Records,” Lake Superior Roots, v 29, no 2. (Marquette, Michigan: Marquette County Genealogical Society, 2016), 11.



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