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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Alabama|Alabama]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[{{PAGENAME}}|Houston County]]''  
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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Alabama Genealogy|Alabama]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[{{PAGENAME}}|Houston County]]''  
  
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Guide to '''Houston 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 = Houston County
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| state = Alabama
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| founded year = 1903
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| founded date = February 9
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| seat = Dothan
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| building image =  
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| building address =  Houston County Courthouse<br>462 North Oats Street<br>Dothan, AL 36303<br>Phone: (334) 677-4805 [http://www.houstoncounty.org/ '''County Website'''] }}
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=== County Information ===
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==== Houston County, Alabama Record Dates  ====
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Houston 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>'''[[Houston County, Alabama#Marriage|Marriage]]'''</center>
 
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Houston County, Alabama#Death|Death]]'''</center>  
 
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Houston County, Alabama#Taxation|Tax]]'''</center>
 
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Houston County, Alabama#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>  
 
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Houston County, Alabama#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''</center>
 
 
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1908</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Houston County, Alabama Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1903</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Houston County, Alabama Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1908</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Houston County, Alabama Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <br>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Houston County, Alabama Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1903</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Houston County, Alabama Genealogy#Land_and_Property|'''Land''']]
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1903</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Houston County, Alabama Genealogy#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
 
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#99d6ff" colspan="6" | '''For earlier dates, try...[[Houston County, Alabama#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Houston County, Alabama#Newspapers|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Houston County, Alabama#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]] &#124; [[Houston County, Alabama#Parent County|Parent Counties]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1908
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1903
 
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== County Courthouse  ==
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1903
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[[Image:Houston County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg|thumb|right|250px]] [http://www.houstoncounty.org/ Houston County Courthouse]<br>&nbsp;462 North Oats Street<br>Dothan, AL 36303 <br>Phone:&nbsp;(334) 677-4805
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=== County Courthouse ===
  
 
Health Department has birth, death and burial records<br>Probate&nbsp; Office has marriage, probate and land records from 1903<br>Clerk Circuit Court has court records from 1903<br>Registrar in Chancery has divorce records from 1903 <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hancock County p. 37. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
Health Department has birth, death and burial records<br>Probate&nbsp; Office has marriage, probate and land records from 1903<br>Clerk Circuit Court has court records from 1903<br>Registrar in Chancery has divorce records from 1903 <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hancock County p. 37. {{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  ====
  
'''1903'''--[http://www.houstoncounty.org/ Houston County] was created 9 February 1903&nbsp;from [[Dale County, Alabama|Dale]], [[Geneva County, Alabama|Geneva]] and [[Henry County, Alabama|Henry]] Counties.<br>'''County seat:&nbsp;'''Dothan <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1903'''--[http://www.houstoncounty.org/ Houston County] was created 9 February 1903&nbsp;from [[Dale County, Alabama Genealogy|Dale]], [[Geneva County, Alabama Genealogy|Geneva]] and [[Henry County, Alabama Genealogy|Henry]] Counties.<br>'''County seat:&nbsp;'''Dothan <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  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Places/Localities  ===
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[[Image:Alhouston.jpg|right|300px|Alhouston.jpg]]
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Dale County, Alabama|Dale]]  
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*[[Dale County, Alabama Genealogy|Dale]]  
*[[Early County, Georgia|Early County, Georgia]]  
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*[[Early County, Georgia Genealogy|Early County, Georgia]]  
*[[Geneva County, Alabama|Geneva]]  
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*[[Geneva County, Alabama Genealogy|Geneva]]  
*[[Henry County, Alabama|Henry]]  
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*[[Henry County, Alabama Genealogy|Henry]]  
*[[Holmes County, Florida|Holmes County, Florida]]<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1230067343218_11" />  
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*[[Holmes County, Florida Genealogy|Holmes County, Florida]]<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1230067343218_11" />  
*[[Jackson County, Florida|Jackson County, Florida]]  
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*[[Jackson County, Florida Genealogy|Jackson County, Florida]]  
*[[Seminole County, Georgia|Seminole County, Georgia]]
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*[[Seminole County, Georgia Genealogy|Seminole County, Georgia]]
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Resources  ===
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
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<div style="overflow:scroll;height:250px;width:400px;background-color:#f5f5dc">
 
*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,2130664,n,antioch%20cemetery.cfm Antioch Cemetery]  
 
*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,2130664,n,antioch%20cemetery.cfm Antioch Cemetery]  
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=rapList&rapMode=cemetery&rapCemeteryId=1963050 Ashford City Cemetery]  
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=rapList&rapMode=cemetery&rapCemeteryId=1963050 Ashford City Cemetery]  
 
*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,1729900,n,bay%20springs%20cemetery.cfm Bay Springs Cemetery]  
 
*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,1729900,n,bay%20springs%20cemetery.cfm Bay Springs Cemetery]  
 
*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,149899,n,bethlehem%20cemetery.cfm Bethlehem Cemetery]  
 
*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,149899,n,bethlehem%20cemetery.cfm Bethlehem Cemetery]  
*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,149900,n,beulah%20cemetery.cfm Beulah Cemetery] Information about cemetery.  
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*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,149900,n,beulah%20cemetery.cfm Beulah Cemetery] Information about &lt;g class="gr_ gr_165 gr-alert gr_gramm Grammar only-ins doubleReplace replaceWithoutSep" id="165" data-gr-id="165"&gt;cemetery&lt;/g&gt;.  
 
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=159834 Beulah Cemetery, Dothan] BillionGraves, with data and photos.  
 
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=159834 Beulah Cemetery, Dothan] BillionGraves, with data and photos.  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~alhousto/cemeteries/bluffsprings/bluffsprings.htm Bluff Springs Baptist Church Cemetery]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~alhousto/cemeteries/bluffsprings/bluffsprings.htm Bluff Springs Baptist Church Cemetery]  
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*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,2130663,n,union%20springs%20cemetery.cfm Union Springs Cemetery]  
 
*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,2130663,n,union%20springs%20cemetery.cfm Union Springs Cemetery]  
 
*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,1730238,n,webb%20cemetery.cfm Webb Cemetery]
 
*[http://alabama.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,1730238,n,webb%20cemetery.cfm Webb Cemetery]
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*''Houston County, Alabama, Cemetery Records.'' 1957. Digital version at {{FSbook|207044}} - free. Includes Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery, Center Baptist Church Cemetery, Christian Home Cemetery, First Freewill Cemetery, Harpers Joy Cemetery, Hodgesville Cemetery, New Hope Primitive Cemetery, New Providence Cemetery, Robinson Family Cemetery, Rocky Creek Methodist Cemetery, Smith Family Cemetery, Spring Hill Freewill Cemetery, and Union Springs Cemetery.
 
*''Houston County, Alabama, Cemetery Records.'' 1957. Digital version at {{FSbook|207044}} - free. Includes Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery, Center Baptist Church Cemetery, Christian Home Cemetery, First Freewill Cemetery, Harpers Joy Cemetery, Hodgesville Cemetery, New Hope Primitive Cemetery, New Providence Cemetery, Robinson Family Cemetery, Rocky Creek Methodist Cemetery, Smith Family Cemetery, Spring Hill Freewill Cemetery, and Union Springs Cemetery.
  
Additional Houston County cemeteries are included in ''Alabama Cemetery Records'' {{FSbook|185681|disp=Vol. 1}} and {{FSbook|185660|disp=Vol. 2}} at FamilySearch Books Online - free.  
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Additional Houston County cemeteries are included in ''Alabama Cemetery Records'' {{FSbook|185681|disp=Vol. 1}} and {{FSbook|185660|disp=Vol. 2}} at FamilySearch Books Online - free.
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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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=60&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|479124|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=60 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.algw.org/houston/cemeteries/cemeteries.htm ALGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Houston+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=Houston&cemetery_name=a Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/al/houston/cemetery.htm ALGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/alabama/al-houston.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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|estimate= 102369
 
|estimate= 102369
 
|estyear= 2011
 
|estyear= 2011
}} {{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
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==== Church Records  ====
  
==== Church Records ====
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{{AL Church Intro}}
  
 
==== Court Records  ====
 
==== Court Records  ====
  
==== Land and Property ====
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{{AL Land Intro}}
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==== Directories  ====
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[https://sites.google.com/site/onlinedirectorysite/Home/usa/al/houston Houston County, Alabama Online Historical Directories] - identifies historical city, county, business and other directories available online on both free and pay-to-access websites.
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==== 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)]
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
{{Alabama Conf}}  
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===== Civil War =====
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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|Houston}}&nbsp;
  
 
:*'''1908-15, 1926, 1928-36, 1943-51''' - ''The Dothan Eagle'' (Dothan, Ala.) at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6510 Ancestry] ($).
 
:*'''1908-15, 1926, 1928-36, 1943-51''' - ''The Dothan Eagle'' (Dothan, Ala.) at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6510 Ancestry] ($).
  
 
==== 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}}
  
 
==== 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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:*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~alhousto/vitalrecords/vitalrecords.htm Houston County Vital Records] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free
 
:*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~alhousto/vitalrecords/vitalrecords.htm Houston County Vital Records] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free
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===== Birth  =====
 
===== Birth  =====
  
:*'''1881-1930''' - {{RecordSearch|1661470|Alabama, Births and Christenings, 1881-1930}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection - 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}} at 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 [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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:*'''1903-1931''' - Houston County Marriage Books 1-8 Index 1903-1931 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igialabamadj.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/0/06/Igialabamadj.pdf]].</ref>
  
:*'''1936–1969''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7838 ''Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); Index. This collection is comprised of indexes created by several agencies - the Alabama Center for Health Statistics, Jordan Dodd of Liahona Research, and Hunting For Bears. <br>
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:*'''1936–1969''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7838 ''Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); 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 [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]
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:*'''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}} at 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] – ($); Index. Volunteers extracted the details in this index from microfilmed copies of &lt;g class="gr_ gr_172 gr-alert gr_gramm Grammar only-ins doubleReplace replaceWithoutSep" id="172" data-gr-id="172"&gt;church&lt;/g&gt;, civil, family, and other records of Alabama deaths and burials. details vary depending on the original record. Note that the number of available records can vary widely by &lt;g class="gr_ gr_171 gr-alert gr_gramm Punctuation only-del replaceWithoutSep" id="171" data-gr-id="171"&gt;&lt;g class="gr_ gr_169 gr-alert gr_spell ContextualSpelling ins-del" id="169" data-gr-id="169"&gt;county&lt;/g&gt;,&lt;/g&gt; and this database does not necessarily represent a comprehensive set of death records for the state during this time.<br>
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:*'''1908–1959''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5188 ''Index to Deaths recorded by the state of Alabama''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); Index. The index includes &lt;g class="gr_ gr_175 gr-alert gr_gramm Grammar only-ins doubleReplace replaceWithoutSep" id="175" data-gr-id="175"&gt;name&lt;/g&gt; 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}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection - 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]
  
:*'''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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:*'''1908-59''' at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
  
:*'''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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=== Societies and Libraries ===
  
:*'''1908-1974''' - {{RecordSearch|1307888|Alabama, Deaths, 1908-1974}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection - free
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'''Southeast Alabama Genealogical and Historical Society'''  <br>P. O. Box 246 <br>Dothan, AL <br>36302-0246 <br>334-794-8378 <br>Publications: Wiregrass Roots SEAGHS Magazine
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'''Troy University-Dothan Campus'''<br>P. O. Box 8368 <br>Dothan, AL <br>36304 <br>334-983-6556 ext. 327
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'''Houston Houston-Love Memorial Library''' <br>334-793-9767 <br>[https://www.librarything.com/venue/42239/Houston-Love-Memorial-Library Houston Love Memorial Library 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.genealogyinc.com/alabama/houston-county/ Houston County, Alabama]
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*[http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/AL/Houston/ Houston 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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[[Dothan Alabama Family History Center|Dothan Alabama]] <br>3199 Ross Clark Cir NW<br>Dothan, Houston, Alabama, United States<br>Phone: 334-793-7425  
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[[Dothan Alabama Family History Center|Dothan Alabama]] <br>3199 Ross Clark Cir NW<br>Dothan, Houston, Alabama, United States<br>Phone: 334-793-7425<br>
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[http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp Familysearch]
  
 
<br>[[Enterprise Alabama Family History Center|Enterprise Alabama]] <br>110 Shell Field Rd<br>Enterprise, Houston , Alabama, United States<br>Phone: 334-347-3631
 
<br>[[Enterprise Alabama Family History Center|Enterprise Alabama]] <br>110 Shell Field Rd<br>Enterprise, Houston , Alabama, United States<br>Phone: 334-347-3631
  
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[http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp Family History Centre Locator] <br><br>
  
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=== Houston County Alabama Genealogy Websites  ===
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/alabama/houston-county/ Houston 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.  
*{{FHL|Alabama%2C+Houston|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*{{FHL|Alabama%2C+Houston|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/al/houston.htm USGenWeb Archives Project] ~ contains record transcriptions from Bibles, obituaries, court records and more.  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/al/houston.htm USGenWeb Archives Project] ~ contains record transcriptions from Bibles, obituaries, court records and more.  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~alhousto/ Houston County ALGenWeb] ~ record transcriptions and information pertinent to the county.  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~alhousto/ Houston County ALGenWeb] ~ record transcriptions and information pertinent to the county.  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AL/Houston/ Houston County, Alabama Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AL/Houston/ Houston County, Alabama Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
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Latest revision as of 00:59, 20 November 2016

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

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Houston County, Alabama
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 9, 1903
County Seat Dothan
Courthouse
Address Houston County Courthouse
462 North Oats Street
Dothan, AL 36303
Phone: (334) 677-4805 County Website


County Information

Houston County, Alabama Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1908 1903 1908 1830 1903 1903

County Courthouse

Health Department has birth, death and burial records
Probate  Office has marriage, probate and land records from 1903
Clerk Circuit Court has court records from 1903
Registrar in Chancery has divorce records from 1903 [2]

History

Parent County

1903--Houston County was created 9 February 1903 from Dale, Geneva and Henry Counties.
County seat: Dothan [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

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities

Alhouston.jpg

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries


  • Houston County, Alabama, Cemetery Records. 1957. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Includes Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery, Center Baptist Church Cemetery, Christian Home Cemetery, First Freewill Cemetery, Harpers Joy Cemetery, Hodgesville Cemetery, New Hope Primitive Cemetery, New Providence Cemetery, Robinson Family Cemetery, Rocky Creek Methodist Cemetery, Smith Family Cemetery, Spring Hill Freewill Cemetery, and Union Springs Cemetery.

Additional Houston County cemeteries are included in Alabama Cemetery Records Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 at FamilySearch Books Online - free.

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
191032,414
192037,33415.2%
193045,93523.0%
194045,665−0.6%
195046,5221.9%
196050,7189.0%
197056,57411.5%
198074,63231.9%
199081,3319.0%
200088,7879.2%
2010101,54714.4%
Est. 2011102,36915.3%
For tips on accessing Houston 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

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.

Directories

Houston 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 Houston 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

Online Records

Newspapers

Finding More Alabama Newspapers

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

  • 1908-15, 1926, 1928-36, 1943-51 - The Dothan Eagle (Dothan, Ala.) at Ancestry ($).

Probate Records

Probate records are held by the Houston County, Alabama Genealogy Probate Court. Most records are housed at the Houston 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 – ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969 at Ancestry – ($); 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.


Death
  • 1881–1974 Index to Deaths and Burials at Ancestry – ($); Index. Volunteers extracted the details in this index from microfilmed copies of <g class="gr_ gr_172 gr-alert gr_gramm Grammar only-ins doubleReplace replaceWithoutSep" id="172" data-gr-id="172">church</g>, civil, family, and other records of Alabama deaths and burials. details vary depending on the original record. Note that the number of available records can vary widely by <g class="gr_ gr_171 gr-alert gr_gramm Punctuation only-del replaceWithoutSep" id="171" data-gr-id="171"><g class="gr_ gr_169 gr-alert gr_spell ContextualSpelling ins-del" id="169" data-gr-id="169">county</g>,</g> and this database does not necessarily represent a comprehensive set of death records for the state during this time.
  • 1908–1959 Index to Deaths recorded by the state of Alabama at Ancestry – ($); Index. The index includes <g class="gr_ gr_175 gr-alert gr_gramm Grammar only-ins doubleReplace replaceWithoutSep" id="175" data-gr-id="175">name</g> of the deceased, county of death, date of death, and the state certificate number (volume and page).

Societies and Libraries

Southeast Alabama Genealogical and Historical Society
P. O. Box 246
Dothan, AL
36302-0246
334-794-8378
Publications: Wiregrass Roots SEAGHS Magazine

Troy University-Dothan Campus
P. O. Box 8368
Dothan, AL
36304
334-983-6556 ext. 327

Houston Houston-Love Memorial Library
334-793-9767
Houston Love Memorial Library Website

Libraries

Houston-Love Memorial Library
212 W Burdeshaw St.
P.O. Box 1369
Dothan, Alabama 36303
Telephone: 334-793-9767

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.

Dothan Alabama
3199 Ross Clark Cir NW
Dothan, Houston, Alabama, United States
Phone: 334-793-7425
Familysearch


Enterprise Alabama
110 Shell Field Rd
Enterprise, Houston , Alabama, United States
Phone: 334-347-3631

Family History Centre Locator

Houston County Alabama Genealogy Websites

Houston County Alabama Genealogy 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), Hancock County p. 37. 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. 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.