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United States  Gotoarrow.png  Alabama  Gotoarrow.png  Greene County

Guide to Greene County Alabama genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Greene County, Alabama
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Founded December 13, 1819
County Seat Eutaw
Address Greene County Courthouse
400 Morrow Avenue
Eutaw, AL 35462
Phone:(205) 372-3598 Greene County Website

County Courthouse

Greene County Courthouse
Greene County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg

400 Morrow Avenue
Eutaw, AL 35462
Phone: (205) 372-3598

Probate Judge has marriage records from 1823,
probate records from 1821,
land records from 1820 and military discharge records[1]


Parent County

1819--Greene County was created 13 December 1819 from Marengo and Tuscaloosa Counties.
County seat: Eutaw [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1868 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:



Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



Biographies of many notable residents of Greene County, Alabama Genealogy were published in Memorial Record of Alabama (1893). Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Begins on page 1042.



Historical populations
Census Pop.
For tips on accessing Greene County, Alabama Genealogy census records online, see: Alabama 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.



  • 1855-1856 - Snedecor, V. Gayle. 1963 Reprint of Snedecor's 1855-1856 Directory of Greene County, Alabama. Eutaw, Ala., 1963. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

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 Greene 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.



Civil War, 1861-1865

Civil War service men from Greene 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 Greene County.

- 1st Battalion, Alabama Artillery, Company B
- 2nd Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company C
- 5th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company I [subsequently, Company D]
- 7th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company I
- 11th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B "Greene County Grays"
- 11th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C "Confederate Guards"
- 20th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E and I
- 36th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B, C and H
- 41st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E
- 43rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C


Finding More Alabama Newspapers

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

Probate Records

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

  • 1824-1829 Persons Named in the Greene County, Alabama Orphans Court Record A-L
  • 1824-1829 Persons Named in the Greene County, Alabama Orphans Court Record M-Z
  • 1830-1976 - Greene County, Alabama Genealogy Probate Records, 1830-1976 at FamilySearch - free.


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 ($). Greene County is in District 2.

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.

  • To 1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry – ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1822-1860, 1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969 at Ancestry – ($); 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.
  • 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.

Voting Registers

Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.  Green County has 2 books:

Societies and Libraries


James C. Poole, Jr. Memorial Library
420 Prairie Avenue
Eutaw, AL 35462
Telephone: 205-372-9026

Family History Centers

Greene County Alabama Genealogy Websites

Greene County Alabama Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Greene County p. 37. ; .
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/0/06/Igialabamadj.pdf.