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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Alabama|Alabama]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[{{PAGENAME}}|Choctaw County]]''  
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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Alabama Genealogy|Alabama]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[{{PAGENAME}}|Choctaw County]]''  
  
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Guide to '''Choctaw 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 = Choctaw County
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| state = Alabama
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| founded year = 1847
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| founded date = December 29
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| seat = Butler
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| building image = Choctaw County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
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| building address = Choctaw County Courthouse<br>117 S. Mulberry St.<br>Butler, AL 36904 <br>Phone:(205) 459-2155<br> [http://www.alabama.gov/portal/secondary.jsp '''County Website'''] }}
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=== County Information ===
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==== Choctaw County, Alabama Record Dates  ====
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| bgcolor="#cccc99" width="100%" colspan="6" align="center" | '''Dates for major county records'''
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 13-28. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992</ref></center>
 
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| valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Choctaw County, Alabama#Birth|Birth]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Choctaw County, Alabama Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''  
| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>'''[[Choctaw County, Alabama#Marriage|Marriage]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Choctaw County, Alabama Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''  
| valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Choctaw County, Alabama#Death|Death]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Choctaw County, Alabama Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''  
| valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Choctaw County, Alabama#Taxation|Tax]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Choctaw County, Alabama Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''  
| valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Choctaw County, Alabama#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Choctaw County, Alabama Genealogy#Land_and_Property|'''Land''']]
| valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Choctaw County, Alabama#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Choctaw County, Alabama Genealogy#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
 
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| style="height: 25px" valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>1881</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1881-93
| style="height: 25px" valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>1871</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1871
| style="height: 25px" valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>1881</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1881-93
| style="height: 25px" valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>1866</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1830
| style="height: 25px" valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>1871</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1873
| style="height: 25px" valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>1871</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1873
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| bgcolor="#99d6ff" width="100%" colspan="6" | '''For earlier dates, try...[[Choctaw County, Alabama#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Choctaw County, Alabama#Newspapers|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Choctaw County, Alabama#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]] &#124; [[Choctaw County, Alabama#Parent_County|Parent Counties]]'''
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{{ALinfobox|Choctaw|1847|December 29|Butler}}
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=== County Courthouse  ===
 
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== County Courthouse  ==
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[[Image:Choctaw County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Choctaw County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg]] [http://www.alabama.gov/portal/secondary.jsp?id=countiesRiver&countyID=choctaw Choctaw County Courthouse]<br>117 S. Mulberry St.<br>Butler, AL 36904 <br>Phone:(205) 459-2155<br>
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County Clerk has marriage probate and land records from 1873<br>Clerk Circuit Cout has court and divorce records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Choctaw County p. 36. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
County Clerk has marriage probate and land records from 1873<br>Clerk Circuit Cout has court and divorce records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Choctaw County p. 36. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
== History  ==
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=== History  ===
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1847'''--Choctaw County was&nbsp;created 29 December 1847&nbsp;from [[Washington County, Alabama|Washington]] and [[Sumter County, Alabama|Sumter]] Counties.<br>'''County seat: '''Butler <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1847'''--Choctaw County was&nbsp;created 29 December 1847&nbsp;from [[Washington County, Alabama Genealogy|Washington]] and [[Sumter County, Alabama Genealogy|Sumter]] Counties.<br>'''County seat: '''Butler <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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For animated maps illustrating Alabama county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/alabama/ "Rotating Formation Alabama County Boundary Maps"] (1799-1980) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
'''1859 and 1871''' -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.  
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{{Fire}}Choctaw County had destructive courthouse fires in 1859 and 1871. See ''Research in Alabama: A Genealogical Guide&nbsp;'' page 26 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>
  
For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:
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{{Fire+}}
  
*[[Burned Counties Research|Burned Counties Research in FamilySearch Wiki]]
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=== Places/Localities  ===
*[http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424 Michael John Neill, ''Burned Counties'' in Family History Circle]
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== Places/Localities  ==
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[[Image:Alchoctaw.jpg|200px|right|Alchoctaw.jpg]]
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Clarke County, Mississippi|Clarke County, Mississippi]]  
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*[[Clarke County, Mississippi Genealogy|Clarke County, Mississippi]]  
*[[Lauderdale County, Mississippi|Lauderdale County, Mississippi]]  
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*[[Lauderdale County, Mississippi Genealogy|Lauderdale County, Mississippi]]  
*[[Marengo County, Alabama|Marengo]]  
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*[[Marengo County, Alabama Genealogy|Marengo]]  
*[[Sumter County, Alabama|Sumter]]  
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*[[Sumter County, Alabama Genealogy|Sumter]]  
*[[Washington County, Alabama|Washington]]  
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*[[Washington County, Alabama Genealogy|Washington]]  
*[[Wayne County, Mississippi|Wayne County, Mississippi]]
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*[[Wayne County, Mississippi Genealogy|Wayne County, Mississippi]]
 
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== Resources  ==
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=== Resources  ===
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
 
*''Cemetery Records of Choctaw County, Alabama.'' 1945. Digital version at {{FSbook|185669}} - free. Includes Baptist Cemetery (Mount Sterling), Birdsong Baptist Church Cemetery, Brightwater Cemetery, Camp Spring Cemetery, Christophers Chapel Cemetery, Clear Creek Cemetery, Concord Cemetery, Ebenezor Cemetery, Episcopal Cemetery (Pushmataha), Kinibish Cemetery, Lisman Cemetery, Methodist Cemetery (Old Bethlehem), Mount Sterling Cemetery, Old Bethel Cemetery, Old Providence Cemetery, Old Tompkinsville Cemetery, Rehobath Baptist Church Cemetery (Pushmataha).
 
*''Cemetery Records of Choctaw County, Alabama.'' 1945. Digital version at {{FSbook|185669}} - free. Includes Baptist Cemetery (Mount Sterling), Birdsong Baptist Church Cemetery, Brightwater Cemetery, Camp Spring Cemetery, Christophers Chapel Cemetery, Clear Creek Cemetery, Concord Cemetery, Ebenezor Cemetery, Episcopal Cemetery (Pushmataha), Kinibish Cemetery, Lisman Cemetery, Methodist Cemetery (Old Bethlehem), Mount Sterling Cemetery, Old Bethel Cemetery, Old Providence Cemetery, Old Tompkinsville Cemetery, Rehobath Baptist Church Cemetery (Pushmataha).
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.org/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=3&GScnty=37&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|894553|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=3&CScnty=37 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.algw.org/choctaw/cemeteriesindex.html ALGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Choctaw+Alabama&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Alabama&county=Choctaw&cemetery_name=a Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/al/choctaw/cemetery.htm ALGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/alabama/al-choctaw.htm Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3" | See [[Alabama Cemeteries|Alabama Cemeteries]] for more information.
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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|title = Choctaw County, Alabama
 
|title = Choctaw County, Alabama
 
|type = USA
 
|type = USA
|footnote = Sources:<REF>{{cite web|url=http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml|publisher=[[United States Census Bureau]]|title=American FactFinder}}</REF><REF>[http://fisher.lib.virginia.edu/collections/stats/histcensus/php/newlong.php?subject=1 through 1960]</REF><REF>Columbia-Lippincott Gazeteer. (New York: Columbia University Press, 1952) p. 403</REF><REF>2006 World Almanac, p. 525</REF>
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|footnote = Sources:<ref>{{cite web|url=http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml|publisher=[[United States Census Bureau]]|title=American FactFinder}}</ref><ref>[http://fisher.lib.virginia.edu/collections/stats/histcensus/php/newlong.php?subject=1 through 1960]</ref><ref>Columbia-Lippincott Gazeteer. (New York: Columbia University Press, 1952) p. 403</ref><ref>2006 World Almanac, p. 525</ref>
 
|1850 | 8389
 
|1850 | 8389
 
|1860 | 13877
 
|1860 | 13877
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|2000 | 15922
 
|2000 | 15922
 
|2010 | 13859
 
|2010 | 13859
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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  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
 
==== Land and Property  ====
 
==== Land and Property  ====
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{{AL Land Intro}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{AL History Intro}}
  
 
*''Alokoli: The Choctaw County Bicentennial Book.'' Butler, Ala.: Choctaw County Bicentennial Commission, 1976. Digital version at {{FSbook|97061}} - free; {{FHL|33190|item|disp=FHL Book 976.1395 H2a}}.
 
*''Alokoli: The Choctaw County Bicentennial Book.'' Butler, Ala.: Choctaw County Bicentennial Commission, 1976. Digital version at {{FSbook|97061}} - free; {{FHL|33190|item|disp=FHL Book 976.1395 H2a}}.
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
==== &nbsp;&nbsp;Military&nbsp; ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/alabama/ Maps of Alabama (1799-1980)]
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==== Military  ====
  
 
===== Civil War  =====
 
===== Civil War  =====
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:- [[23rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry|23rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company G  
 
:- [[23rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry|23rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company G  
 
:- [[32nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry|32nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company F  
 
:- [[32nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry|32nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company F  
:- [[40th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|40th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company D, E and F
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:- [[40th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|40th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company D, E and F  
 
:- [[54th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|54th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company C (formerly Co. "B", 1st AL, TN, and MS Infantry)  
 
:- [[54th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|54th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company C (formerly Co. "B", 1st AL, TN, and MS Infantry)  
:- [[54th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|54th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company F (formerly Co. "F", 1st AL, TN, and MS Infantry)  
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:- [[54th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|54th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company F (formerly Co. "F", 1st AL, TN, and MS Infantry)
  
<br>{{Alabama Conf}}  
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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)
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{AL Newspaper abstracts|Choctaw}}
  
 
==== Probate Records  ====
 
==== Probate Records  ====
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{{AL Probate Intro}}
  
 
:*[http://www.algw.org/choctaw/wills.htm Wills, Choctaw County, Alabama] at USGenWeb.com Includes Indexes to Will Book A, B and C beginning in the year 1871.
 
:*[http://www.algw.org/choctaw/wills.htm Wills, Choctaw County, Alabama] at USGenWeb.com Includes Indexes to Will Book A, B and C beginning in the year 1871.
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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  Ancestry $
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*'''1809 – 1985''' {{RecordSearch|1925446|Alabama Probate Records, 1809-1985}} at FamilySearch
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
  
:*'''1865-1866''' - U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1264 Ancestry] ($). Choctaw County is in District 1.
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{{AL Tax Intro}}
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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] $. Choctaw 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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:'''1916''' - Choctaw County Birth Index 1916. Batch {{IGI|C545611}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">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>
  
:*[http://www.algw.org/choctaw/death.html Birth and Death Index] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free
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:*[http://www.algw.org/choctaw/death.html Birth and Death Index ALGenWeb ]  
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:*'''1881 – 1930''' {{RecordSearch|1661470|Alabama Births and Christenings, 1881-1930}} at FamilySearch
  
 
===== Marriage  =====
 
===== Marriage  =====
  
:*'''To 1825''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2080 ''Index to Marriages''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]– ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked. <br>
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:*'''To 1825''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2080 ''Index to Marriages''] at Ancestry$. 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>
  
:*'''1816-1957''' - {{RecordSearch|1674672|Alabama, Marriages, 1816-1957}} FamilySearch Historical Records Collection. Incomplete. - free
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:*'''1936–1969''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7838 ''Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969''] at Ancestry$. 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>
  
:*'''1936–1969''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7838 ''Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]– ($); Index. This collection is comprised of indexes created by several agencies - the Alabama Center for Health Statistics, Jordan Dodd of Liahona Research, and Hunting For Bears. <br>
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:*[http://www.algw.org/choctaw/marriages.html Marriage Index] at ALGenWeb- free
  
:*[http://www.algw.org/choctaw/marriages.html Marriage Index] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free
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:*'''1809 – 1950''' {{RecordSearch|1743384|Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950}} at FamilySearch
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:*'''1816 – 1957''' {{RecordSearch|1674672|Alabama Marriages, 1816-1957}} at FamilySearch.org
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:*'''1800 – 1969''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7838 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800-1969] at Ancestry $
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:*'''1809 – 1920''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4192 Alabama Marriages, 1809-1920 (Selected Counties)] at Ancestry $
  
 
===== 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 Ancestry $. The number of available records can vary widely by county, and this database does not necessarily represent a comprehensive set of death records for the state during this time.<br>
  
:*'''1881–1974''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2543 ''Index to Deaths and Burials''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]– ($); Index. Volunteers extracted the details in this index from microfilmed copies of church, civil, family, and other records of Alabama deaths and burials. details vary depending on the original record. Note that the number of available records can vary widely by county, and this database does not necessarily represent a comprehensive set of death records for the state during this time.<br>
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:*'''1908–1959''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5188 ''Index to Deaths recorded by the state of Alabama''] at Ancestry$. 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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:*'''1908–1959''' [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}} FamilySearch Historical Records Collection - free
 
:*'''1908-1974''' - {{RecordSearch|1307888|Alabama, Deaths, 1908-1974}} FamilySearch Historical Records Collection - free
  
:*[http://www.algw.org/choctaw/death.html Birth and Death Index] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free
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:*[http://www.algw.org/choctaw/death.html Birth and Death Index] at ALGenWeb- free
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:*'''1881 – 1952''' {{RecordSearch|1674670|Alabama Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952}} at FamilySearch — index
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:*'''1908 – 1974''' {{RecordSearch|1307888|Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974}} at FamilySearch — index
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:*'''1881 – 1974''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2543 Alabama, Deaths and Burials Index, 1881-1974] at  Ancestry $
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:*'''1908 – 1959''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5188  Alabama Deaths,
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1908-59] at Ancestry $
  
 
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==== Voting Registers  ====
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== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
==== Family History Center<br> ====
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'''Choctaw County Genealogical Society''' <br>
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4244 County Rd. 43 <br>
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Butler, AL  <br>
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36904<br>
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~alccgs/ The Choctaw County Genealogical Society]
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'''Choctaw County Historical and Genealogical Society & Choctaw County Historical Museum''' <br>
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P. O.  Box 162 <br>
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Gilbertown, AL <br>
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36908 <br>
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205-459-3888
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'''Choctaw Choctaw County Public Library''' <br>
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205-459-2542 <br>
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[https://www.facebook.com/pages/Choctaw-County-Public-Library/45631505467 Facebook]<br>
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[http://www.algw.org/choctaw/sources.htm Choctaw County, Alabama Some Sources For Research]<br>
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~alccgs/navmap/choctawmap.html Choctaw County, Alabama]
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*[http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/AL/Choctaw/ Choctaw Co. AL]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/roots-1/usa/al.html United States Resources: Alabama]
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**21290 Highway 17<br>Gilbertown, Choctaw, Alabama, United States<br>'''Phone''': 205-673-2344 <br>'''Hours''': W 10am-3pm; and by appointment.<br>Closed: Weeks of major holidays.<br>
 
**21290 Highway 17<br>Gilbertown, Choctaw, Alabama, United States<br>'''Phone''': 205-673-2344 <br>'''Hours''': W 10am-3pm; and by appointment.<br>Closed: Weeks of major holidays.<br>
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*[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/choctaw.htm USGenWeb Archives Project] ~ contains record transcriptions from Bibles, obituaries, court records and more.  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/al/choctaw.htm USGenWeb Archives Project] ~ contains record transcriptions from Bibles, obituaries, court records and more.  
 
*[http://www.algw.org/choctaw/ Choctaw County ALGenWeb] ~ record transcriptions and information pertinent to the county.  
 
*[http://www.algw.org/choctaw/ Choctaw County ALGenWeb] ~ record transcriptions and information pertinent to the county.  
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Guide to Choctaw County, Alabama ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Choctaw County, Alabama
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 29, 1847
County Seat Butler
Courthouse
Choctaw County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Address Choctaw County Courthouse
117 S. Mulberry St.
Butler, AL 36904
Phone:(205) 459-2155
County Website


County Information

Choctaw County, Alabama Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1881-93 1871 1881-93 1830 1873 1873

County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage probate and land records from 1873
Clerk Circuit Cout has court and divorce records. [2]

History

Parent County

1847--Choctaw County was created 29 December 1847 from Washington and Sumter Counties.
County seat: Butler [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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Choctaw County had destructive courthouse fires in 1859 and 1871. See Research in Alabama: A Genealogical Guide  page 26 for suggested alternative sources to overcome this loss.[4]

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


Places/Localities

Alchoctaw.jpg

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

  • Cemetery Records of Choctaw County, Alabama. 1945. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Includes Baptist Cemetery (Mount Sterling), Birdsong Baptist Church Cemetery, Brightwater Cemetery, Camp Spring Cemetery, Christophers Chapel Cemetery, Clear Creek Cemetery, Concord Cemetery, Ebenezor Cemetery, Episcopal Cemetery (Pushmataha), Kinibish Cemetery, Lisman Cemetery, Methodist Cemetery (Old Bethlehem), Mount Sterling Cemetery, Old Bethel Cemetery, Old Providence Cemetery, Old Tompkinsville Cemetery, Rehobath Baptist Church Cemetery (Pushmataha).
Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
ALGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
ALGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Alabama Cemeteries for more information.

Census

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

Choctaw County, Alabama
Year Pop.  %±
1850 8,389
1860 13,877 65.4%
1870 12,676 −8.7%
1880 15,731 24.1%
1890 17,526 11.4%
1900 18,136 3.5%
1910 18,483 1.9%
1920 20,753 12.3%
1930 20,513 −1.2%
1940 20,195 −1.6%
1950 19,152 −5.2%
1960 17,870 −6.7%
1970 16,589 −7.2%
1980 16,839 1.5%
1990 16,018 −4.9%
2000 15,922 −0.6%
2010 13,859 −13.0%
Sources:[5][6][7][8]

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

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.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Choctaw County, Alabama Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Alabama Local Histories.

Maps

Military

Civil War

Civil War service men from Choctaw 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 Choctaw County.

- 3rd Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company A, Ruffin Dragoons
- 22nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C "Brownrigg Warriors"
- 23rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company G
- 32nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F
- 40th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D, E and F
- 54th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C (formerly Co. "B", 1st AL, TN, and MS Infantry)
- 54th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F (formerly Co. "F", 1st AL, TN, and MS Infantry)


Newspapers

Finding More Alabama Newspapers

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

Probate Records

Probate records are held by the Choctaw County, Alabama Genealogy Probate Court. Most records are housed at the Choctaw 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 $. Choctaw 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
1916 - Choctaw County Birth Index 1916. Batch C545611 at FamilySearch - free.[9]
Marriage
  • To 1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry$. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969 at Ancestry$. 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.
Death
  • 1881–1974 Index to Deaths and Burials at Ancestry $. 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.

1908-59] at Ancestry $

Voting Registers

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

Societies and Libraries

Choctaw County Genealogical Society
4244 County Rd. 43
Butler, AL
36904
The Choctaw County Genealogical Society

Choctaw County Historical and Genealogical Society & Choctaw County Historical Museum
P. O. Box 162
Gilbertown, AL
36908
205-459-3888

Choctaw Choctaw County Public Library
205-459-2542
Facebook
Choctaw County, Alabama Some Sources For Research

Family History Center

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.


    • LDS Family History Center
    • 21290 Highway 17
      Gilbertown, Choctaw, Alabama, United States
      Phone: 205-673-2344
      Hours: W 10am-3pm; and by appointment.
      Closed: Weeks of major holidays.

Find a Family History Center

Web Sites

References

  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 13-28. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Choctaw County p. 36. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. 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. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml. 
  6. through 1960
  7. Columbia-Lippincott Gazeteer. (New York: Columbia University Press, 1952) p. 403
  8. 2006 World Almanac, p. 525
  9. 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.