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Guide to '''Morgan 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 = Morgan County
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| state = Alabama
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| founded year = 1818
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| founded date = February 6
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| seat = Decatur
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| building image = Morgan County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
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| building address = Morgan County Courthouse<br>302 Lee Street NE<br>Decatur, Al 35601-1999<br>Phone: 256-351-4737 [http://www.co.morgan.al.us/ '''County Website'''] }}
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=== County Information ===
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==== Morgan County, Alabama Record Dates  ====
  
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 13-28. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992</ref> </center>
 
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| valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Morgan County, Alabama#Birth|Birth]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Morgan County, Alabama Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''  
| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>'''[[Morgan County, Alabama#Marriage|Marriage]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Morgan County, Alabama Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''  
| valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Morgan County, Alabama#Death|Death]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Morgan County, Alabama Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''  
| valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Morgan County, Alabama#Taxation|Tax]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Morgan County, Alabama Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''  
| valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Morgan County, Alabama#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Morgan County, Alabama Genealogy#Land_and_Property|'''Land''']]
| valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Morgan County, Alabama#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Morgan County, Alabama Genealogy#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
 
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| style="height: 25px" valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>1893</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1893
| style="height: 25px" valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>1821</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1821
| style="height: 25px" valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>1893</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1893
| style="height: 25px" valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>1865</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1830
| style="height: 25px" valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>1818</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1818
| style="height: 25px" valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>1818</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1818
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| bgcolor="#99d6ff" width="100%" colspan="6" | '''For earlier dates, try...[[Morgan County, Alabama#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Morgan County, Alabama#Newspapers|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Morgan County, Alabama#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]] &#124; [[Morgan County, Alabama#Parent_County|Parent County]]'''
 
 
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{{ALinfobox|Morgan|1818|February 6|Decatur}}
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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Probate Judge has marriage and probate records from 1818 <ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mongan County p. 39. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
[[Image:Morgan County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Morgan County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg]] [http://www.co.morgan.al.us/ Morgan County Alabama]<br>302 Lee Street NE<br>Decatur, Al 35601-1999<br>Phone: 256-351-4737
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=== History  ===
  
Formerly Cotaco county,&nbsp; Name changed to Morgan 14 Jun 1821<br>Probate Judge has marriage and probate records from 1818 <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mongan County p. 39. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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==== Parent County ====
  
== History  ==
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'''1818'''--Morgan County was created 6 February 1818&nbsp;from the Cherokee Turkeytown Cession.<br>'''County seat: '''Decatur <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
==== Parent County ====
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Formerly Cotaco County. Name changed to Morgan 14 Jun 1821.
  
'''1818'''--Morgan County was created 6 February 1818&nbsp;from the Cherokee Turkeytown Cession.<br>'''County seat: '''Decatur <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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==== 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  ====
  
'''1925 and 1938 '''-- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.  
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{{Fire}}Morgan County had destructive courthouse fires in '''1926''', and '''1938'''.<ref>[http://www.archives.state.al.us/counties/Morgan.html Alabama Counties: Morgan County] in ''Alabama Department of Archives and History'' (accessed 16 March 2014).</ref><br><br>
 
 
For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:  
 
  
[[Burned Counties Research]]
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{{Fire+}}
  
[http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424 Blogs]
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=== Places/Localities  ===
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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[[Image:Almorgan.jpg|right|Almorgan.jpg]]
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Cullman County, Alabama|Cullman]]  
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*[[Cullman County, Alabama Genealogy|Cullman]]  
*[[Lawrence County, Alabama|Lawrence]]  
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*[[Lawrence County, Alabama Genealogy|Lawrence]]  
*[[Limestone County, Alabama|Limestone]]  
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*[[Limestone County, Alabama Genealogy|Limestone]]  
*[[Madison County, Alabama|Madison]]  
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*[[Madison County, Alabama Genealogy|Madison]]  
*[[Marshall County, Alabama|Marshall]]  
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*[[Marshall County, Alabama Genealogy|Marshall]]  
*[[Winston County, Alabama|Winston]]
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*[[Winston County, Alabama Genealogy|Winston]]
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Resources  ===
  
 
==== African American  ====
 
==== African American  ====
  
:*'''1865-1932''' - {{RecordSearch|1743384|Morgan County, Alabama Colored Marriage Books A1-K}} in "Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950," at [[FamilySearch.org]] - free.<ref name="cov">Coverage Table, "Alabama County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," ''FamilySearch Research Wiki,'' https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Alabama_County_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records), accessed 6 August 2012.</ref> (skips 1910 and 1911)
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:*'''1865-1932''' - {{RecordSearch|1743384|Morgan County, Alabama Colored Marriage Books A1-K}} in "Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950," at [[FamilySearch.org]] - free.<ref>Coverage Table, "Alabama County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," ''FamilySearch Research Wiki,'' https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Alabama_County_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records), accessed 6 August 2012.</ref> (skips 1910 and 1911)  
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:*''Morgan County, Alabama, 1850 Federal Census''. Compiled by Janet Baker Burks. - Hartselle, Ala.&nbsp;: Marine/Walls Historical Publication, c1984. - ii, 146p.&nbsp;: ill&nbsp; F332.M8 B87 1984&nbsp; FHL book 976.193 X2b
  
 
==== Biography  ====
 
==== Biography  ====
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=9816 Herrin Cemetery, Hartselle] BillionGraves
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{{AL Cemeteries Intro|Morgan}}
*Douthat, James L. ''Wheeler Reservoir Cemeteries.'' Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press. Free surname index and publisher's bookstore at [http://www.mountainpress.com/books/al/details/al-0002w.html Mountain Press].
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Morgan, Alabama''' online and in print</center>
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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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=77&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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*[http://www.algw.org/morgan/cemeteries/index.html ALGenWeb]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/al/morgan/cemetery.htm ALGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/alabama/al-morgan.htm Tombstone Project]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>''' TombstoneTranscriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
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*{{FHL|338381|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Morgan+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=77 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=Morgan&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/Morgan-county-Alabama-cemetery-records.htm Alabama Cemeteries]
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The following web site has additional information on Morgan county cemeteries.
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/AL/Morgan.htm Interment.net] Alabama cemetery records by county.
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*Douthat, James L. ''Wheeler Reservoir Cemeteries.'' Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, at [http://www.mountainpress.com/books/al/details/al-0002w.html Mountain Press]. $$
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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|estimate= 119953
 
|estimate= 119953
 
|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
  
 
==== Church Records  ====
 
==== Church Records  ====
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{{AL Church Intro}}
  
 
==== Court Records  ====
 
==== Court Records  ====
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==== Directories  ====
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[http://sites.google.com/site/onlinedirectorysite/Home/usa/al/morgan Morgan County,&nbsp;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)]
  
 
==== Military&nbsp;  ====
 
==== Military&nbsp;  ====
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Civil War service men from&nbsp;Morgan 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&nbsp;Morgan County.  
 
Civil War service men from&nbsp;Morgan 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&nbsp;Morgan County.  
  
:- [[1st Regiment, Alabama Cavalry|1st Regiment, Alabama Cavalry]], Company C
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:- [[1st Regiment, Alabama Cavalry|1st Regiment, Alabama Cavalry]], Company C  
:- [[5th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry|5th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry]], Company D, F and G
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:- [[5th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry|5th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry]], Company D, F and G  
 
:- [[9th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|9th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company E "Decatur Sons of Liberty"  
 
:- [[9th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|9th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company E "Decatur Sons of Liberty"  
 
:- [[12th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|12th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company H "Magnolia Rifles"  
 
:- [[12th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|12th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company H "Magnolia Rifles"  
 
:- [[27th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|27th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company H  
 
:- [[27th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|27th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company H  
:- [[54th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|54th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company H (formerly Co. "I", 1st AL, TN, and MS Infantry)  
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:- [[54th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|54th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company H (formerly Co. "I", 1st AL, TN, and MS Infantry)
  
<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
  
 
===== Civil War Battle Fought in Morgan County  =====
 
===== Civil War Battle Fought in Morgan County  =====
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Battle information from [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/bystate.htm#al Civil War Battle Summaries by State], by the Heritage Preservation Services.  
 
Battle information from [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/bystate.htm#al Civil War Battle Summaries by State], by the Heritage Preservation Services.  
  
[http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/abpp/battles/ALmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in Alabama.
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[http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/abpp/battles/ALmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in Alabama.  
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{AL Newspaper abstracts|Morgan}}
  
 
==== Periodicals  ====
 
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==== Probate Records  ====
 
==== Probate Records  ====
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{{AL Probate Intro}}
  
 
:*[http://www.algw.org/morgan/wills/wills.html Morgan County Will Abstracts] at USGenWeb.org
 
:*[http://www.algw.org/morgan/wills/wills.html Morgan County Will Abstracts] at USGenWeb.org
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1753 – 1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8799 Alabama Wills and Probate Records 1753-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1809 – 1985''' {{RecordSearch|1925446|Alabama Probate Records, 1809-1985}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{AL Tax Intro}}
  
 
:*'''1865-1866''' - U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1264 Ancestry] ($). Morgan County is in District 3.
 
:*'''1865-1866''' - U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1264 Ancestry] ($). Morgan County is in District 3.
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
===== Birth  =====
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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 Records =====
  
 
:*'''1881-1930''' - {{RecordSearch|1661470|Alabama, Births and Christenings, 1881-1930}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection - free.
 
:*'''1881-1930''' - {{RecordSearch|1661470|Alabama, Births and Christenings, 1881-1930}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection - free.
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:*There is a growing list of [http://www.algw.org/morgan/births/births.html Morgan County Births] that have been submitted by descendants found at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free.
 
:*There is a growing list of [http://www.algw.org/morgan/births/births.html Morgan County Births] that have been submitted by descendants found at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free.
  
===== Marriage  =====
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:*1881 – 1930 {{RecordSearch|1661470|Alabama Births and Christenings, 1881-1930}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
  
:*'''To 1825''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2080 ''Index to Marriages''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked. <br>
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===== Marriage Records  =====
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:*'''To 1825''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2080 ''Index to Marriages''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); 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>
  
 
:*'''1816-1957''' - {{RecordSearch|1674672|Alabama, Marriages, 1816-1957}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection. Incomplete. - free.
 
:*'''1816-1957''' - {{RecordSearch|1674672|Alabama, Marriages, 1816-1957}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection. Incomplete. - free.
  
:*'''1818-1860''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4192 "Alabama Marriages, 1809–1920"] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); Index. This database is a collection of marriage records from the state. Researchers will find the names of both bride and groom along with the marriage date. The county where the ceremony was performed is also provided. Containing about 150,000 records and the names of nearly 300,000 men and women. <br>
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:*'''1818-1860''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4192 "Alabama Marriages, 1809–1920"] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); Index. This database is a collection of marriage records from the state. Researchers will find the names of both bride and groom along with the marriage date. The county where the ceremony was performed is also provided. Containing about 150,000 records and the names of nearly 300,000 men and women. <br>
  
:*'''1821-1952''' - {{RecordSearch|1743384|Morgan County, Alabama Marriage Books A-QQ}} in "Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950," at [[FamilySearch.org]] - free.<ref name="cov">Coverage Table, "Alabama County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," ''FamilySearch Research Wiki,''https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Alabama_County_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records), accessed 6 August 2012.</ref>
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:*'''1821-1952''' - {{RecordSearch|1743384|Morgan County, Alabama Marriage Books A-QQ}} in "Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950," at [[FamilySearch.org]] - free.<ref>Coverage Table, "Alabama County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," ''FamilySearch Research Wiki,''https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Alabama_County_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records), accessed 6 August 2012.</ref>
  
:*'''1821-1825, 1848-1853, 1856-1862, 1917, 1936–1969''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7838 ''Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); Index. This collection is comprised of indexes created by several agencies - the Alabama Center for Health Statistics, Jordan Dodd of Liahona Research, and Hunting For Bears. <br>
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:*'''1821-1825, 1848-1853, 1856-1862, 1917, 1936–1969''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7838 ''Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); 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>
  
 
:*[http://www.algw.org/morgan/marriages/marriages.html Marriages] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free.
 
:*[http://www.algw.org/morgan/marriages/marriages.html Marriages] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free.
  
===== Death  =====
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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 Records =====
  
 
:*'''1881-1952''' - {{RecordSearch|1674670|Alabama, Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection - free.
 
:*'''1881-1952''' - {{RecordSearch|1674670|Alabama, Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection - free.
  
:*'''1881–1974''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2543 ''Index to Deaths and Burials''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); Index. Volunteers extracted the details in this index from microfilmed copies of church, civil, family, and other records of Alabama deaths and burials. details vary depending on the original record. Note that the number of available records can vary widely by county, and this database does not necessarily represent a comprehensive set of death records for the state during this time.<br>
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:*'''1881–1974''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2543 ''Index to Deaths and Burials''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); 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>
  
 
:*'''March to September 1902''' - [http://www.algw.org/morgan/deaths/deaths.html Death Records Book C] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free.
 
:*'''March to September 1902''' - [http://www.algw.org/morgan/deaths/deaths.html Death Records Book C] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free.
  
:*'''1908–1959''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5188 ''Index to Deaths Recorded by the State of Alabama''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); Index. The index includes name of the deceased, county of death, date of death, and the state certificate number (volume and page).<br>
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:*'''1908–1959''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5188 ''Index to Deaths Recorded by the State of Alabama''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); Index. The index includes name of the deceased, county of death, date of death, and the state certificate number (volume and page).<br>
  
 
:*'''1908-1974''' - {{RecordSearch|1307888|Alabama, Deaths, 1908-1974}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection - free.
 
:*'''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,
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:*1908-59] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
  
 
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*[http://www.genealogybuff.com/al/morgan/webbbs_config.pl Morgan County, Alabama Obituary and Death Notices Collection]
 
*[http://www.genealogybuff.com/al/morgan/webbbs_config.pl Morgan County, Alabama Obituary and Death Notices Collection]
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Societies and Libraries  ===
  
==== Societies ====
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==== Societies ====
  
 
[http://www.algw.org/morgan/mcgs/index.html '''Morgan County Genealogical Society''']<br>624 Bank Street NE<br>Decatur, Alabama 35601-1608  
 
[http://www.algw.org/morgan/mcgs/index.html '''Morgan County Genealogical Society''']<br>624 Bank Street NE<br>Decatur, Alabama 35601-1608  
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'''Morgan County Archives''' <br>624 Bank Street <br>Decatur, AL  <br>35601 <br>256-351-4726<br>
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'''Morgan County Historical Society''' <br>624 Bank Street <br>Decatur, AL <br>35601<br>
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'''Hartselle Historical Society''' <br>P.O. Box 852 <br>Hartselle, AL <br>35640<br>
  
 
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[http://www.decatur.lib.al.us/ '''Decatur Public Library''']<br>504 Cherry St. NE<br>Decatur, Alabama 35601<br>Telephone: 256-353-2993  
 
[http://www.decatur.lib.al.us/ '''Decatur Public Library''']<br>504 Cherry St. NE<br>Decatur, Alabama 35601<br>Telephone: 256-353-2993  
  
The [http://www.decatur.lib.al.us/alabama_room.html Alabama Room] has local histories, microfilmed newspapers, census records, directories, family histories, and more.<br>
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The [http://www.decatur.lib.al.us/alabama_room.html Alabama Room] has local histories, microfilmed newspapers, census records, directories, family histories, and more.<br>  
  
 
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
 
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**2006 Modaus Rd SW<br>Decatur, Morgan, Alabama, United States<br>'''Phone''': 256-350-6586 <br>'''Hours''': W 6pm-8pm.<br><br>
 
**2006 Modaus Rd SW<br>Decatur, Morgan, Alabama, United States<br>'''Phone''': 256-350-6586 <br>'''Hours''': W 6pm-8pm.<br><br>
  
== Web Sites  ==
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'''LDS Family History Center''' <br>906 Fremont St SW <br>Decatur <br>256-350-6586 <br>[http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp Family History Center Locator]
  
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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/morgan-county/ Morgan 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+Morgan|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*{{FHL|Alabama%2C+Morgan|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/al/morgan.htm USGenWeb Archives Project ]~ contains record transcriptions from Bibles, obituaries, court records and more.  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/al/morgan.htm USGenWeb Archives Project ]~ contains record transcriptions from Bibles, obituaries, court records and more.  
 
*[http://www.algw.org/morgan/ Morgan County ALGenWeb] ~ record transcriptions and information pertinent to the county.  
 
*[http://www.algw.org/morgan/ Morgan County ALGenWeb] ~ record transcriptions and information pertinent to the county.  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AL/Morgan/ Morgan County, Alabama Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AL/Morgan/ Morgan County, Alabama Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
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Latest revision as of 20:40, 15 May 2017

United States
Alabama
Morgan County

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

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Morgan County, Alabama
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 6, 1818
County Seat Decatur
Courthouse
Morgan County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Address Morgan County Courthouse
302 Lee Street NE
Decatur, Al 35601-1999
Phone: 256-351-4737 County Website


County Information

Morgan County, Alabama Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1893 1821 1893 1830 1818 1818

County Courthouse

Probate Judge has marriage and probate records from 1818 [2]

History

Parent County

1818--Morgan County was created 6 February 1818 from the Cherokee Turkeytown Cession.
County seat: Decatur [3]

Formerly Cotaco County. Name changed to Morgan 14 Jun 1821.

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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Morgan County had destructive courthouse fires in 1926, and 1938.[4]

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


Places/Localities

Almorgan.jpg

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

African American

  • 1865-1932 - Morgan County, Alabama Colored Marriage Books A1-K in "Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950," at FamilySearch.org - free.[5] (skips 1910 and 1911)
  • Morgan County, Alabama, 1850 Federal Census. Compiled by Janet Baker Burks. - Hartselle, Ala. : Marine/Walls Historical Publication, c1984. - ii, 146p. : ill  F332.M8 B87 1984  FHL book 976.193 X2b

Biography

  • Northern Alabama, Historical and Biographical. Birmingham, Ala.: Smith and De Land, 1888. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online. Morgan County, Alabama Genealogy begins on page 62.

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Morgan, 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 Morgan county cemeteries.

  • Douthat, James L. Wheeler Reservoir Cemeteries. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, at Mountain Press. $$

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18205,263
18309,06272.2%
18409,8418.6%
185010,1252.9%
186011,33512.0%
187012,1877.5%
188016,42834.8%
189024,08946.6%
190028,82019.6%
191033,78117.2%
192040,19619.0%
193046,17614.9%
194048,1484.3%
195052,9249.9%
196060,45414.2%
197077,30627.9%
198090,23116.7%
1990100,04310.9%
2000111,06411.0%
2010119,4907.6%
Est. 2011119,9538.0%
For tips on accessing Morgan 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

Morgan 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 Morgan 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 Morgan 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 Morgan County.

- 1st Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company C
- 5th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company D, F and G
- 9th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E "Decatur Sons of Liberty"
- 12th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H "Magnolia Rifles"
- 27th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H
- 54th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H (formerly Co. "I", 1st AL, TN, and MS Infantry)

Online Records

Civil War Battle Fought in Morgan County
  • 1864 - October 26-29 = Decatur (partly fought in Limestone County)

Battle information from Civil War Battle Summaries by State, by the Heritage Preservation Services.

Map showing Civil War battles in Alabama.

Newspapers

Finding More Alabama Newspapers

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

Periodicals

Probate Records

Probate records are held by the Morgan County, Alabama Genealogy Probate Court. Most records are housed at the Morgan 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 ($). Morgan County is in District 3.

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 Records
Marriage Records
  • To 1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry – ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1818-1860 "Alabama Marriages, 1809–1920" at Ancestry – ($); Index. This database is a collection of marriage records from the state. Researchers will find the names of both bride and groom along with the marriage date. The county where the ceremony was performed is also provided. Containing about 150,000 records and the names of nearly 300,000 men and women.
  • 1821-1825, 1848-1853, 1856-1862, 1917, 1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969 at Ancestry – ($); Index. This collection is comprised of indexes created by several agencies - the Alabama Center for Health Statistics, Jordan Dodd of Liahona Research, and Hunting For Bears.
Death Records
  • 1881–1974 Index to Deaths and Burials at Ancestry – ($); 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.
Vital Record Substitutes

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

Societies and Libraries

Societies

Morgan County Genealogical Society
624 Bank Street NE
Decatur, Alabama 35601-1608

Morgan County Archives
624 Bank Street
Decatur, AL
35601
256-351-4726

Morgan County Historical Society
624 Bank Street
Decatur, AL
35601

Hartselle Historical Society
P.O. Box 852
Hartselle, AL
35640

Libraries

Decatur Public Library
504 Cherry St. NE
Decatur, Alabama 35601
Telephone: 256-353-2993

The Alabama Room has local histories, microfilmed newspapers, census records, directories, family histories, and more.

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
906 Fremont St SW
Decatur
256-350-6586
Family History Center Locator

Websites

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), Mongan County p. 39. 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. Alabama Counties: Morgan County in Alabama Department of Archives and History (accessed 16 March 2014).
  5. Coverage Table, "Alabama County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," FamilySearch Research Wiki, https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Alabama_County_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records), accessed 6 August 2012.
  6. Coverage Table, "Alabama County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," FamilySearch Research Wiki,https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Alabama_County_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records), accessed 6 August 2012.