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Guide to '''Butler County, Alabama ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Butler County
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| state = Alabama
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| founded year = 1819
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| founded date = December 13
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| seat = [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenville,_Alabama Greenville]
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| building image = Butler County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
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| building address =  Butler County Courthouse<br>700 Court Square,<br>Greenville, AL 36037<br>Phone:(334) 382-7166<br> [http://butlercountyal.com/ '''Butler County Website'''] }}
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=== County Information ===
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==== Butler County, Alabama Record Dates  ====
  
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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>'''[[Butler County, Alabama#Birth|Birth]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Butler County, Alabama Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''  
| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>'''[[Butler County, Alabama#Marriage|Marriage]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Butler County, Alabama Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''  
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Butler County, Alabama#Death|Death]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Butler County, Alabama Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''  
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Butler County, Alabama#Taxation|Tax]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Butler County, Alabama Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''  
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Butler County, Alabama#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Butler County, Alabama Genealogy#Land_and_Property|'''Land''']]
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Butler County, Alabama#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1894</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1894  
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1853</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1853  
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1894</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1894  
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1865</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1820
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1853</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1853  
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1853</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1853
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#99d6ff" colspan="6" | '''For earlier dates, try...[[Butler County, Alabama#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Butler County, Alabama#Newspapers|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Butler County, Alabama#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]] &#124; [[Butler County, Alabama#Parent_County|Parent Counties]]'''
 
 
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{{ALinfobox|Butler|1819|December 13|Greenville}}
 
  
 
== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
 
[http://butlercountyal.com/ Butler County Courthouse][[Image:Butler County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg|thumb|right|200px]]<br>700 Court Square,<br>Greenville, AL 36037<br>Phone:(334) 382-7166&nbsp;
 
  
 
Courthouse burned April 1853 <br>Probate Judge has birth and death records 1894-1919 <br>Marriage, probate and land records <ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 35.</ref>  
 
Courthouse burned April 1853 <br>Probate Judge has birth and death records 1894-1919 <br>Marriage, probate and land records <ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 35.</ref>  
  
== History  ==
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=== History  ===
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1819'''--Butler County was&nbsp;created 13 December 1819&nbsp;from[[Conecuh County, Alabama|&nbsp;Conecuh]] and [[Montgomery County, Alabama|Montgomery]] Counties.<br>'''County seat''': Greenville <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1819'''--Butler County was&nbsp;created 13 December 1819&nbsp;from[[Conecuh County, Alabama Genealogy|&nbsp;Conecuh]] and [[Monroe County, Alabama Genealogy|Monroe]] Counties.<br>'''County seat''': Greenville <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
==== Record Loss&nbsp; ====
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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.
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==== Record Loss  ====
  
'''1853''' -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.
 
  
For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:
 
  
*[[Burned Counties Research|Burned Counties Research in FamilySearch Wiki]]
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{{Fire}}'''1853''' Butler County had a destructive courthouse fire in 1853. See ''Research in Alabama: A Genealogical Guide&nbsp;'' page 25 for suggested alternative sources to overcome this loss.<ref>Marilyn Davis Barefield, ''Researching in Alabama: a Genealogical Guide'' (Birmingham, Alabama : Birmingham Public Library, 1998), 25. {{WorldCat|42306439|item|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|817729|item|disp=FHL Book 976.1 D27b 1998}}.</ref><br><br>
*[http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424 Michael John Neill, ''Burned Counties'' in Family History Circle]
 
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Places/Localities  ===
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[[Image:Butler.jpg|200px|right|Butler.jpg]]
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Conecuh County, Alabama|Conecuh]]  
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*[[Conecuh County, Alabama Genealogy|Conecuh]]  
*[[Covington County, Alabama|Covington]]  
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*[[Covington County, Alabama Genealogy|Covington]]  
*[[Crenshaw County, Alabama|Crenshaw]]  
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*[[Crenshaw County, Alabama Genealogy|Crenshaw]]  
*[[Lowndes County, Alabama|Lowndes]]  
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*[[Lowndes County, Alabama Genealogy|Lowndes]]  
*[[Monroe County, Alabama|Monroe]]  
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*[[Monroe County, Alabama Genealogy|Monroe]]  
*[[Wilcox County, Alabama|Wilcox]]
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*[[Wilcox County, Alabama Genealogy|Wilcox]]
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Resources  ===
  
 
==== African American  ====
 
==== African American  ====
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*[http://thehouseofjossey-josey.org/Pages/Cemeteries%20Compiled/Cemeteries%20Compiled%202/Union%20Baptist%20Cemetery,%20Butler%20Co,%20AL.htm Union Baptist Cemetery]
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{{AL Cemeteries Intro|Butler}}
*[http://files.usgwarchives.org/al/butler/cemeteries/stpaul.txt St. Paul Methodist Church Cemetery]
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*[http://maps.google.com/maps/place?rls=com.microsoft:*&oe=UTF-8&startIndex=&startPage=1&rlz=1I7GPEA_en&safe=active&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=st.+luke+cemetery+butler+county+alabama&fb=1&gl=us&hq=st.+luke+cemetery&hnear=0x888e3a2cb4b20bbf:0xf8699dc8c72386f7,Butler,+AL&cid=15970211707705848035 St. Luke Cemetery]  
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*[http://algw.org/butler/cemeteries/newprospect/newpros.htm New Prospect Methodist Church]  
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2415049&CScnty=32& Brooks Chapel]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Butler, Alabama''' online and in print</center>
*[http://algw.org/butler/cemeteries/littlebrown/litbrn.htm Little Brown Church]  
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*[http://algw.org/butler/cemeteries/sobutler.htm South Butler Cemetery]  
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
*[http://algw.org/butler/cemeteries/ebenezer/ebenw2.htm Ebenezer West Cemetery]  
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/al/butler/cemeteries/smith.txt Smith Family Cemetery]  
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*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,135761,n,elizabeth%20cemetery.cfm Elizabeth Cemetery] <span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1328809146179_15" />
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*[http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=3&GScnty=32&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]  
*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,135784,n,oaky%20streak%20cemetery.cfm Oakey Streek Cemetery]  
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/al/butler/cemeteries/stamps.txt Stamps Cemetery]
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*[http://algw.org/butler/cem.htm ALGenWeb]
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/al/butler/cemeteries/may.txt The May Cemetery]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/al/butler/cemeteries/springhill.txt The Springhill Cemetery]  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/al/butler/cemetery.htm ALGenWeb Archives]
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/al/butler/cemeteries/pressley.txt Pressley Cemetery]  
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/al/butler/cemeteries/bennett.txt Bennett Cemetery]  
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/alabama/al-butler.htm Tombstone Project]
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/al/butler/cemeteries/consolation.txt Consolation Primitive Baptist Church]
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*[http://Alabamagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=7 Alabama Gravestones]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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*{{FHL|331590|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Butler+Alabama&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=3&CScnty=32 Findagrave.com]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Alabama&county=Butler&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/Butler-county-Alabama-cemetery-records.htm Alabama Cemeteries]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Alabama Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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Additional Butler County cemeteries are included in ''Alabama Cemetery Records'' {{FSbook|185681|disp=Vol. 1}} at FamilySearch Books Online - free.  
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The following web site has additional information on Butler county cemeteries.
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/AL/Butler.htm Interment.net] Alabama cemetery records by county.
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*{{FSbook|185681|disp=Alabama Cemetery Records}} may have additional Butler County cemeteries.
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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|2000 | 21399
 
|2000 | 21399
 
|2010 | 20947
 
|2010 | 20947
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'''State Census'''
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*'''1866''' - {{RecordSearch|1915987|Alabama State Census, 1866}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
  
 
==== Church Records  ====
 
==== Church Records  ====
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{{AL Church Intro}}
  
 
==== Court Records  ====
 
==== Court Records  ====
  
 
==== 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}}
  
 
:*Little, John Buckner. ''The History of Butler County, Alabama 1815 to 1885.'' Cincinnati, Ohio: Elm St. Printing, 1885. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7813 Ancestry] ($).
 
:*Little, John Buckner. ''The History of Butler County, Alabama 1815 to 1885.'' Cincinnati, Ohio: Elm St. Printing, 1885. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7813 Ancestry] ($).
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==== 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.
  
 
==== &nbsp;Military&nbsp;  ====
 
==== &nbsp;Military&nbsp;  ====
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:- [[61st Regiment, Alabama Infantry|61st Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company C
 
:- [[61st Regiment, Alabama Infantry|61st Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company C
  
<br>{{Alabama Conf}}  
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'''''Online Records'''''
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932389|Alabama Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932139|Alabama Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancesstry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1861-1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1907, 1921, 1927''' - {{RecordSearch|2487274|Alabama, Census of Confederate Veterans, 1907, 1921, 1927}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{AL Newspaper abstracts|Butler}}
  
 
==== 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] ($). Butler County is in District 1.
 
:*'''1865-1866''' - U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1264 Ancestry] ($). Butler County is in District 1.
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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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  =====
 
===== Birth  =====
  
:*'''1881-1930''' - {{RecordSearch|1661470|Alabama, Births and Christenings, 1881-1930}} FamilySearch Historical Records Collection. - free.
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:*'''1894-1920''' - Butler County Marriage Index 1894-1920 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igialabama.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/8/8d/Igialabama.pdf]].</ref>
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:*'''1906-1910''' - Greenville Birth Index 1906-1910. Batch {{IGI|C545462}} at FamilySearch - free.
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:*'''1906-1916''' - Greenville Birth Index 1906-1916. Batch {{IGI|C545467}} at FamilySearch - free.
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:*'''1881 1930''' {{RecordSearch|1661470|Alabama Births and Christenings, 1881-1930}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
  
 
===== Marriage  =====
 
===== Marriage  =====
 
:*'''1816-1957''' - {{RecordSearch|1674672|Alabama, Marriages, 1816-1957}} FamilySearch Historical Records Collection. Incomplete. - free.
 
  
 
:*'''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]– ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked. <br>
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:*'''1853–1870''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4192 "Alabama Marriages, 1809-1920"]at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]– ($); 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>
 
:*'''1853–1870''' [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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:*'''1853-1929''' - Butler County Marriage Books 1-6, K-O Index 1853-1929 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.
  
 
:*[http://algw.org/butler/marriages.htm Marriages] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free.
 
:*[http://algw.org/butler/marriages.htm Marriages] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free.
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:*'''1809 – 1950''' {{RecordSearch|1743384|Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index/images
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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, 1809-1920 (Selected Counties)] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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===== Death  =====
 
===== Death  =====
  
:*'''1881-1952''' - {{RecordSearch|1674670|Alabama, Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952}} 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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:*'''1894-1920''' - Butler County Marriage Index 1894-1920 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.
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:*'''1906-1910''' - Greenville Death Index 1906-1910. Batch {{IGI|B545461}} at FamilySearch - free.
  
:*'''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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:*'''1908-1914''' - Greenville Death Index 1908-1914. Batch {{IGI|B545468}} at FamilySearch - free.
  
 
:*'''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>
 
:*'''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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:*[http://algw.org/butler/deaths.htm Deaths] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free.
 
:*[http://algw.org/butler/deaths.htm Deaths] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free.
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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  ==
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'''Butler County Historical and Genealogical Society Inc.''' <br>
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P. O.  Box 561<br>
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Greenville, AL <br> 
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36037 334-383-9564<br>
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Publication: Quarterly historyroom@alaweb.com<br>
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~albchgs/ The Butler County Historical & Genealogical Society, Inc.]
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~albchgs/researchroom.html The Butler County Historical & Genealogical Society Research Room]
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'''Butler County Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc.'''<br>
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P. O.  Box 561 <br>
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Greenville, AL <br> 
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36037 <br>
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334-383-9564 <br>
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Publication: Quarterly historyroom@camelliacom.com
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'''Butler Greenville-Butler County Public Library'''<br>
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334-382-3216<br>
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[http://www.greenville-bcpl.org/ Website]
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/alabama/al-society-archive/ List of Alabama Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
  
== Web Sites  ==
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*[http://www.algw.org/butler/ Welcome to Butler County, Alabama]
  
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*[http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/AL/Butler/ Butler Co. AL]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/roots-1/usa/al.html United States Resources: Alabama]
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*[http://www.algw.org/ Al Gen Web]
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=== Family History Centers  ===
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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[http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp Family History Centre Locator] <br><br>
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=== Web Sites  ===
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/alabama/butler-county/ Butler 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/butler. USGenWeb Archives Project] ~ contains record transcriptions from Bibles, obituaries, court records and more.  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/al/butler. USGenWeb Archives Project] ~ contains record transcriptions from Bibles, obituaries, court records and more.  
 
*[http://www.algw.org/butler/ Butler County ALGenWeb ]~ record transcriptions and information pertinent to the county.  
 
*[http://www.algw.org/butler/ Butler County ALGenWeb ]~ record transcriptions and information pertinent to the county.  
*{{FHL|Alabama%2C+Butler|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*{{FHL|Alabama%2C+Butler|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AL/Butler/ Butler County, Alabama Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AL/Butler/ Butler County, Alabama Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
== References  ==
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Latest revision as of 21:34, 28 February 2017

United States
Alabama


Butler County

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

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Butler County, Alabama
Map
Map of Alabama highlighting Butler County
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 13, 1819
County Seat Greenville
Courthouse
Butler County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Address Butler County Courthouse
700 Court Square,
Greenville, AL 36037
Phone:(334) 382-7166
Butler County Website


County Information

Butler County, Alabama Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1894 1853 1894 1820 1853 1853

County Courthouse

Courthouse burned April 1853
Probate Judge has birth and death records 1894-1919
Marriage, probate and land records [2]

History

Parent County

1819--Butler County was created 13 December 1819 from Conecuh and Monroe Counties.
County seat: Greenville [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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1853 Butler County had a destructive courthouse fire in 1853. See Research in Alabama: A Genealogical Guide  page 25 for suggested alternative sources to overcome this loss.[4]

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:


Places/Localities

Butler.jpg

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.  Both should be used:

Biography

Biographies of many notable residents of Butler County, Alabama Genealogy were published in Memorial Record of Alabama (1893). Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Begins on page 551.

  • Little, John Buckner. The History of Butler County, Alabama: From 1815 to 1885: With Sketches of Some of Her Most Distinguished Citizens and Glances at Her Rich and Varied Resources. Cincinnati: Elm St. Print. Co., 1885. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Butler, Alabama online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Alabama Cemeteries for more information

The following web site has additional information on Butler county cemeteries.

Census

For tips on accessing Butler County, Alabama Genealogy census records online, see: Alabama Census.

Historical populations
Year Pop.  %±
1820 1,405
1830 5,650 302.1%
1840 8,685 53.7%
1850 10,836 24.8%
1860 18,122 67.2%
1870 14,981 −17.3%
1880 19,649 31.2%
1890 21,641 10.1%
1900 25,761 19.0%
1910 29,030 12.7%
1920 29,531 1.7%
1930 30,195 2.2%
1940 32,447 7.5%
1950 29,228 −9.9%
1960 24,560 −16.0%
1970 22,007 −10.4%
1980 21,680 −1.5%
1990 21,892 1.0%
2000 21,399 −2.3%
2010 20,947 −2.1%
Sources: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml.  through 1960

State 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

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 Butler County, Alabama Genealogy see:

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Butler 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.

  • Little, John Buckner. The History of Butler County, Alabama 1815 to 1885. Cincinnati, Ohio: Elm St. Printing, 1885. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Little, John Buckner. The History of Butler County, Alabama: From 1815 to 1885: With Sketches of Some of Her Most Distinguished Citizens and Glances at Her Rich and Varied Resources. Cincinnati: Elm St. Print. Co., 1885. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Maps

 Military 

Civil War

Civil War service men from Butler 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 Butler County.

- 1st Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company E "J. Powell's Dragoons"
- 1st Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company H "Sandy Williams' Guards"
- 1st Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company I
- 2nd Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company E
- 7th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F
- 8th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F "Greenville Guards"
- 9th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company G "Jeff Davis Rangers"
- 17th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B and K
- 17th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C (Butler Rifles)
- 18th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F (Tom Watts Rifles)
- 33rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C, D and H
- 58th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E
- 59th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H and I
- 60th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H
- 61st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C

Online Records

Newspapers

Finding More Alabama Newspapers

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

Probate Records

Probate records are held by the Butler County, Alabama Genealogy Probate Court. Most records are housed at the Butler 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 ($). Butler County is in District 1.

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
  • 1906-1910 - Greenville Birth Index 1906-1910. Batch C545462 at FamilySearch - free.
  • 1906-1916 - Greenville Birth Index 1906-1916. Batch C545467 at FamilySearch - free.
Marriage
  • To 1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry– ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1853–1870, 1913, 1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800-1969 at Ancestry– ($); 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.
  • 1853–1870 "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.
  • 1906-1910 - Greenville Death Index 1906-1910. Batch B545461 at FamilySearch - free.
  • 1908-1914 - Greenville Death Index 1908-1914. Batch B545468 at FamilySearch - free.
Vital Record Substitutes

A free collection of obituaries and death notices from various funeral homes in the Butler County area has been put together by GenealogyBuffs:

Voting Registers

Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.  Butler County has one book.


Societies and Libraries

Butler County Historical and Genealogical Society Inc.
P. O. Box 561
Greenville, AL
36037 334-383-9564
Publication: Quarterly historyroom@alaweb.com
The Butler County Historical & Genealogical Society, Inc.

The Butler County Historical & Genealogical Society Research Room

Butler County Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc.
P. O. Box 561
Greenville, AL
36037
334-383-9564
Publication: Quarterly historyroom@camelliacom.com

Butler Greenville-Butler County Public Library
334-382-3216
Website

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. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 35.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Marilyn Davis Barefield, Researching in Alabama: a Genealogical Guide (Birmingham, Alabama : Birmingham Public Library, 1998), 25. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Book 976.1 D27b 1998.
  5. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/8/8d/Igialabama.pdf.
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