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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Alabama|Alabama]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[{{PAGENAME}}|Covington County]]''  
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Guide to '''Covington County, Alabama ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Click|Image:AL_ORP.png|Alabama Online Genealogy Records}}
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Covington County
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| state = Alabama
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| founded year = 1821
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| founded date = December 7
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| seat = Andalusia
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| building address = Covington County Courthouse<br>1 Court Square<br>Andalusia, AL 36420<br>Phone (334) 428-2520<br> [http://www.covcounty.com/index.php '''County Website'''] }}
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=== County Information ===
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==== Covington 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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| valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Covington County, Alabama#Birth|Birth]]'''</center>
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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>
| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>'''[[Covington County, Alabama#Marriage|Marriage]]'''</center>
 
| valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Covington County, Alabama#Death|Death]]'''</center>
 
| valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Covington County, Alabama#Taxation|Tax]]'''</center>
 
| valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Covington County, Alabama#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>
 
| valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Covington County, Alabama#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''</center>
 
 
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| style="height: 25px" valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>1889</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Covington County, Alabama Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
| style="height: 25px" valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>1895</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Covington County, Alabama Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
| style="height: 25px" valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>1909</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Covington County, Alabama Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
| style="height: 25px" valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>1866</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Covington County, Alabama Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
| style="height: 25px" valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>1881</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Covington County, Alabama Genealogy#Land_and_Property|'''Land''']]
| style="height: 25px" valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>1882</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Covington County, Alabama Genealogy#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
 
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| bgcolor="#99d6ff" width="100%" colspan="6" | '''For earlier dates, try...[[Covington County, Alabama#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Covington County, Alabama#Newspapers|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Covington County, Alabama#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]] &#124; [[Covington County, Alabama#Parent_County|Parent County]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1889
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1895
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1909
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1830
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1896
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1896
 
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{{ALinfobox|Covington|1821|December 7|Andalusia}}
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=== County Courthouse  ===
 
 
== County Courthouse  ==
 
 
 
[[Image:Covington County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg|right|250px|Covington County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg]] [http://www.covcounty.com/index.php Covington County Courthouse]<br>1 Court Square,&nbsp;<br>Andalusia, AL 36420,&nbsp;<br>Phone (334) 428-2520
 
  
 
Records burned 1895<br>Probate Judge has marriage, probate and land records<br>Clerk Circuit Court has court and divorce records&nbsp;&nbsp; <ref name="HBG">Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Covington County p. 36. ; .</ref>  
 
Records burned 1895<br>Probate Judge has marriage, probate and land records<br>Clerk Circuit Court has court and divorce records&nbsp;&nbsp; <ref name="HBG">Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Covington County p. 36. ; .</ref>  
  
== History  ==
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=== History  ===
  
 
Covington county was formed from Henry County,&nbsp;was called Jones County from August 1868 until October 1868, abolished: December 3, 1867, re-established: December 1, 1868.  
 
Covington county was formed from Henry County,&nbsp;was called Jones County from August 1868 until October 1868, abolished: December 3, 1867, re-established: December 1, 1868.  
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1821'''--Covington County was created 7 December 1821 from [[Henry County, Alabama|Henry]] County.<br>'''County seat''': Andalusia <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1821'''--Covington County was created 7 December 1821 from [[Henry County, Alabama Genealogy|Henry]] County.<br>'''County seat''': Andalusia <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  ====
  
'''1847--'''Courthouse destroyed by flood waters.<br>'''1839 and 1878--'''County records destroyed by fires
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{{Fire}}Covington County had destructive courthouse fires in 1839, 1878, and 1895, and was destroyed by flood in 1847. See ''Research in Alabama: A Genealogical Guide&nbsp;'' page 26-27 for suggested alternative sources to overcome this loss.<ref>Marilyn Davis Barefield, ''Researching in Alabama: a Genealogical Guide'' (Birmingham, Alabama : Birmingham Public Library, 1998), 26-27. {{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]] <br>
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=== Places/Localities  ===
*[http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424 http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424]
 
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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[[Image:Alcovington.jpg|200px|right|Alcovington.jpg]]
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Butler County, Alabama|Butler]]  
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*[[Butler County, Alabama Genealogy|Butler]]  
*[[Coffee County, Alabama|Coffee]]  
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*[[Coffee County, Alabama Genealogy|Coffee]]  
*[[Conecuh County, Alabama|Conecuh <br>]]
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*[[Conecuh County, Alabama Genealogy|Conecuh <br>]]  
*[[Conecuh County, Alabama|Crenshaw <br>]]
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*[[Conecuh County, Alabama Genealogy|Crenshaw <br>]]  
*[[Conecuh County, Alabama|Escambia]]  
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*[[Conecuh County, Alabama Genealogy|Escambia]]  
*[[Geneva County, Alabama|Geneva]]  
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*[[Geneva County, Alabama Genealogy|Geneva]]  
*[[Okaloosa County, Florida|Okaloosa County, Florida]]  
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*[[Okaloosa County, Florida Genealogy|Okaloosa County, Florida]]  
*[[Walton County, Florida|Walton County, Florida]]
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*[[Walton County, Florida Genealogy|Walton County, Florida]]
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Resources  ===
  
 
==== Biography  ====
 
==== Biography  ====
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,112896,n,able%20cemetery.cfm Able Cemetery]
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{{AL Cemeteries Intro|Covington}}
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSln=Chavers&GSiman=1&GScid=2258757& Adellum Cemetery]
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*[http://www.interment.net/data/us/al/covington/andalusia.htm Andalusia Memorial Garden]
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSln=McLelland&GSiman=1&GScty=3918& Beda Cemetery]
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*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,1730213,n,bethany%20cemetery.cfm Bethany Cemetery]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Covington, Alabama''' online and in print</center>
*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,1805681,n,bethel%20cemetery.cfm Bethel Cemetery]
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*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,114109,n,bethlehem%20cemetery.cfm Bethlehem Cemetery]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,1805644,n,beulah%20cemetery.cfm Beulah Cemetery]
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=vcsr&GSvcid=114810 Bozeman Cemetery]
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSln=Bush&GSiman=1&GScid=21807& Brooks Cemetery]
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSln=Jones&GSiman=1&GScid=21841& Bryant Cemetery]
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=21898 Bushfield Cemetery]
 
*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,1730289,n,carolina%20cemetery.cfm Carolina Cemetery]
 
*[http://test.histopolis.com/Place/US/AL/Covington_County/Carter_Cemetery Carter Cemetery]
 
*[http://test.histopolis.com/Place/US/AL/Covington_County/Cedar_Grove_Cemetery Cedar Grove Cemetery]
 
*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,1805645,n,chapel%20hill%20cemetery.cfm Chapel Hill Cemetery]
 
*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,116747,n,covington%20memorial%20gardens.cfm Covington Memorial Gardens]
 
*[http://algw.org/butler/cemeteries/fairmount/fairmount.htm Fairmount Cemetery]
 
*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,164052,n,feagin%20cemetery.cfm Feagin Cemetery]
 
*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,159604,n,five%20runs%20cemetery.cfm Five Runs Cemetery]
 
*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,1730290,n,friendship%20community%20cemetery.cfm Friendship Community Cemetery]
 
*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,118812,n,gantt%20cemetery.cfm Gantt Cemetery]
 
*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,164056,n,garwin%20cemetery.cfm Garwin Cemetery]
 
*[http://thehouseofjossey-josey.org/Pages/Cemeteries%20Compiled/Cemeteries%20Compiled%202/Henderson%20Cemetery,%20Hwy%2070,%20Covington%20Co,%20AL.htm Henderson Cemetery]
 
*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,133406,n,hillside%20memorial%20gardens.cfm Hillside Memorial Gardens]
 
*[http://test.histopolis.com/Place/US/AL/Covington_County/Johnson_Memorial_Cemetery Johnson Memorial Gardens]
 
*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,1805646,n,judson%20cemetery.cfm Judson Cemetery]
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.org/al/covington/cemeteries/kirvncem.txt Kervin Cemetery]
 
*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,163417,n,lockhart%20cemetery.cfm Lockhart Cemetery]
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSln=Acree&GSiman=1&GScid=24162& Magnolia Cemetery]
 
*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,163418,n,mancill%20cemetery.cfm Mancill Cemetery]
 
*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,122310,n,marshall%20memorial%20cemetery.cfm Marshall Memorial Cemetery]
 
*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,122893,n,mitchell%20cemetery.cfm Mitchell Cemetery]
 
*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,123164,n,mount%20carmel%20cemetery.cfm Mount Carmel Cemetery]
 
*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,1730305,n,new%20home%20cemetery.cfm New Home Cemetery]
 
*[http://boards.ancestry.com/topics.cemetery.cemetery/3443/mb.ashx Newell Cemetery]
 
*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,133425,n,north%20creek%20cemetery.cfm North Creek Cemetery]
 
*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,1805363,n,oakey%20ridge%20cemetery.cfm Oakey Ridge Cemetery]
 
*[http://www.interment.net/data/us/al/covington/peaceful.htm Peaceful Acres Memorial Gardens]
 
*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,163423,n,pilgrim%20rest%20cemetery.cfm Pilgrim Rest Cemetery]
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSln=Boutwell&GSiman=1&GScty=8277& River Falls Cemetery]
 
*[http://test.histopolis.com/Place/US/AL/Covington_County/Rose_Hill_Cemetery Rose Hill Cemetery]
 
*[http://www.histopolis.com/Place/US/AL/Covington_County/Sanford_Baptist_Church_Cemetery Sanford Baptist Church Cemetery]
 
*[http://test.histopolis.com/Place/US/AL/Covington_County/Shiloh_Cemetery/788329057 Shiloh Cemetery]
 
*[http://test.histopolis.com/Place/US/AL/Covington_County/Smith_Cemetery Smith Cemetery]
 
*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,127147,n,southside%20cemetery.cfm Southside Cemetery]
 
*[http://test.histopolis.com/Place/US/AL/Covington_County/Stewart_Cemetery Stewart Cemetery]
 
*[http://test.histopolis.com/Place/US/AL/Covington_County/Sweet_Home_Cemetery Sweet Home Cemetery]
 
  
*Odom, Edith. ''Covington Co., AL, Bushfield Cemetery.'' McKenzie, Ala., 1966. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=29647 Ancestry] ($).
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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=45&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]  
  
Additional Covington County cemeteries are included in ''Alabama Cemetery Records'' {{FSbook|185681|disp=Vol. 1}} at FamilySearch Books Online - free.  
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*[http://www.algw.org/covington/cemeteries.html ALGenWeb]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/al/covington/cemetery.htm ALGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/alabama/al-covington.htm Tombstone Project]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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*{{FHL|584673|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Covington+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=45 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=Covington&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/Covington-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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The following web site has additional information on Covington county cemeteries.
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/AL/Covington.htm Interment.net] Alabama cemetery records by county.
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*{{FSbook|185681|disp=Vol. 1}} Additional Covington County cemeteries are included in ''Alabama Cemetery Records''  at FamilySearch Books Online.
  
 
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==== Census  ====
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{{Census|Alabama}}  
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{{Census|Alabama}}
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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  ====
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==== Directories  ====
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[https://sites.google.com/site/onlinedirectorysite/Home/usa/al/covington Covington County, Alabama Online Historical Directories] - identifies historical city, county, business and other directories available online on both free and pay-to-access websites.
  
 
==== Land and Property  ====
 
==== Land and Property  ====
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{{AL Land Intro}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{AL History Intro}}
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/alabama/ Maps of Alabama (1799-1980)]
  
 
==== &nbsp;Military&nbsp;  ====
 
==== &nbsp;Military&nbsp;  ====
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:- [[40th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|40th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company I
 
:- [[40th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|40th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company I
  
<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  ====
 
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{{AL Newspaper abstracts|Covington}}
  
 
:*'''1865-1866''' - U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1264 Ancestry] ($). Covington 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] ($). Covington County is in District 1.
  
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==== 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 Ancestry $
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*'''1809 – 1985''' {{RecordSearch|1925446|Alabama Probate Records, 1809-1985}} at FamilySearch
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{AL Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== 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]
  
 
===== Birth  =====
 
===== Birth  =====
  
:*'''1881-1930''' - {{RecordSearch|1661470|Alabama, Births and Christenings, 1881-1930}} FamilySearch Historical Records Collection - free
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:*'''1881 1930''' {{RecordSearch|1661470|Alabama Births and Christenings, 1881-1930}} at FamilySearch
  
 
===== Marriage  =====
 
===== Marriage  =====
  
:*'''1816-1957''' - {{RecordSearch|1674672|Alabama, Marriages, 1816-1957}} FamilySearch Historical Records Collection. Incomplete. - free
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:*'''To 1825''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2080 ''Index to Marriages''] at Ancestry $. 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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:*'''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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:*'''1809 – 1950''' {{RecordSearch|1743384|Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950}} at FamilySearch
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:*'''1816 – 195'''7 {{RecordSearch|1674672|Alabama Marriages, 1816-1957}} at FamilySearch
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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 $
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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 Ancestry $. 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>
  
:*'''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>
 
 
:*'''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>
 
  
 
:*'''1908-1974''' - {{RecordSearch|1307888|Alabama, Deaths, 1908-1974}} FamilySearch Historical Records Collection - free
 
:*'''1908-1974''' - {{RecordSearch|1307888|Alabama, Deaths, 1908-1974}} FamilySearch Historical Records Collection - free
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:*[http://www.genealogybuff.com/al/covington/webbbs_config.pl Covington County, Alabama Obituary and Death Notices Collection]
 
:*[http://www.genealogybuff.com/al/covington/webbbs_config.pl Covington County, Alabama Obituary and Death Notices Collection]
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:*'''1881 – 1952''' {{RecordSearch|1674670|Alabama Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952}} at FamilySearch
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:*'''1908 – 1974''' {{RecordSearch|1307888|Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974}} at FamilySearch
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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,1908-59] at Ancestry $
  
 
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Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the&nbsp;[http://www.archives.alabama.gov/voterreg/countybooksmain.html Alabama Department of Archives and History]. &nbsp;Covington County has one [http://www.archives.alabama.gov/voterreg/books/covingtoncounty.pdf book].  
 
Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the&nbsp;[http://www.archives.alabama.gov/voterreg/countybooksmain.html Alabama Department of Archives and History]. &nbsp;Covington County has one [http://www.archives.alabama.gov/voterreg/books/covingtoncounty.pdf book].  
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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Covington County Historical Society <br>
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P. O. Box 1582 <br>
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Andalusia, AL <br>
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36420 <br>
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Publication: Newsletter<br>
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Covington Andalusia Public Library <br>
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334-222-6612 <br>
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[http://www.algw.org/covington/ Website]
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Florala Public Library <br>
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334-858-3525 <br>
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[http://www.floralalibrary.com Website]
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/alabama/al-society-archive/ List of Alabama Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
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*[http://www.algw.org/covington/ Covington County Webite]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~alcoving/ Covington County]
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*[http://www.trackingyourroots.com/covington.htm Tracking Your Roots Website]
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*[http://www.alabamagenealogy.org/covington2/ Alabama Genealogy Website]
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/roots-1/usa/al.html United States Resources: Alabama]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
== Web Sites  ==
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[http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp Family History Centre Locator] <br><br>
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/alabama/covington-county/ Covington 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/covington.htm USGenWeb Archives Project ]~ contains record transcriptions from Bibles, obituaries, court records and more.  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/al/covington.htm USGenWeb Archives Project ]~ contains record transcriptions from Bibles, obituaries, court records and more.  
 
*[http://www.algw.org/covington/ Covington County ALGenWeb] ~ record transcriptions and information pertinent to the county.  
 
*[http://www.algw.org/covington/ Covington County ALGenWeb] ~ record transcriptions and information pertinent to the county.  
*{{FHL|Alabama%2C+Covington|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*{{FHL|Alabama%2C+Covington|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AL/Covington/ Covington County, Alabama Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AL/Covington/ Covington County, Alabama Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
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Latest revision as of 20:41, 7 February 2017

United States
Alabama
Covington County

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

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Covington County, Alabama
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 7, 1821
County Seat Andalusia
Courthouse
Covington County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Address Covington County Courthouse
1 Court Square
Andalusia, AL 36420
Phone (334) 428-2520
County Website


County Information

Covington County, Alabama Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1889 1895 1909 1830 1896 1896

County Courthouse

Records burned 1895
Probate Judge has marriage, probate and land records
Clerk Circuit Court has court and divorce records   [2]

History

Covington county was formed from Henry County, was called Jones County from August 1868 until October 1868, abolished: December 3, 1867, re-established: December 1, 1868.

Parent County

1821--Covington County was created 7 December 1821 from Henry County.
County seat: Andalusia [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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Covington County had destructive courthouse fires in 1839, 1878, and 1895, and was destroyed by flood in 1847. See Research in Alabama: A Genealogical Guide  page 26-27 for suggested alternative sources to overcome this loss.[4]

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


Places/Localities

Alcovington.jpg

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Biography

Biographies of many notable residents of Covington County, Alabama Genealogy were published in Memorial Record of Alabama (1893). Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Begins on page 744.

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Covington, 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 Covington county cemeteries.

  • Vol. 1 Additional Covington County cemeteries are included in Alabama Cemetery Records at FamilySearch Books Online.

Census

Covington County, Alabama
Year Pop.  %±
1830 1,522
1840 2,435 60.0%
1850 3,645 49.7%
1860 6,469 77.5%
1870 4,868 −24.7%
1880 5,639 15.8%
1890 7,536 33.6%
1900 15,346 103.6%
1910 32,124 109.3%
1920 38,103 18.6%
1930 41,356 8.5%
1940 42,417 2.6%
1950 40,373 −4.8%
1960 35,631 −11.7%
1970 34,079 −4.4%
1980 36,850 8.1%
1990 36,478 −1.0%
2000 37,631 3.2%
2010 37,765 0.4%
Sources: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml.  through 1960

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

Directories

Covington County, Alabama Online Historical Directories - identifies historical city, county, business and other directories available online on both free and pay-to-access websites.

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 Covington 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 Covington 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 Covington County.

- 18th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B (Covington Hunters)
- 25th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A
- 40th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company I

Online Records

Newspapers

Finding More Alabama Newspapers

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

  • 1865-1866 - U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 at Ancestry ($). Covington County is in District 1.


Probate Records

Probate records are held by the Covington County, Alabama Genealogy Probate Court. Most records are housed at the Covington 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.

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
Marriage
  • To 1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry $. 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 $. 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.
Vital Record Substitutes

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

Voting Registers

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

Societies and Libraries

Covington County Historical Society
P. O. Box 1582
Andalusia, AL
36420
Publication: Newsletter

Covington Andalusia Public Library
334-222-6612
Website

Florala Public Library
334-858-3525
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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Covington County p. 36. ; .
  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), 26-27. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Book 976.1 D27b 1998.