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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Alabama|Alabama]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[{{PAGENAME}}|Tuscaloosa County]]''  
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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Alabama Genealogy|Alabama]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[{{PAGENAME}}|Tuscaloosa County]]''  
  
Guide to '''Tuscaloosa County Alabama genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''Tuscaloosa County, Alabama ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records. {{Click|Image:AL_ORP.png|Alabama Online Genealogy Records}} {{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Tuscaloosa 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 = Tuscaloosa
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| building image = Tuscaloosa County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
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| building address = Tuscaloosa County Courthouse<br>714 Greensboro Avenue<br>Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 <br>Phone:&nbsp;(205) 349-3870 [http://www.tuscco.com/ '''County Website'''] }}
  
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=== County Information  ===
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#cccc99" align="center" colspan="6" | '''Dates for major county records'''
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==== Tuscaloosa County, Alabama Record Dates  ====
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Tuscaloosa 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>'''[[Tuscaloosa County, Alabama#Marriage|Marriage]]'''</center>
 
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Tuscaloosa County, Alabama#Death|Death]]'''</center>  
 
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Tuscaloosa County, Alabama#Taxation|Tax]]'''</center>
 
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Tuscaloosa County, Alabama#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>  
 
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Tuscaloosa County, Alabama#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''</center>
 
 
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1880</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Tuscaloosa County, Alabama Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1823</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Tuscaloosa County, Alabama Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1880</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Tuscaloosa County, Alabama Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1837</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Tuscaloosa County, Alabama Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1823</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Tuscaloosa County, Alabama Genealogy#Land_and_Property|'''Land''']]
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1821</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Tuscaloosa County, Alabama Genealogy#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
 
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#99d6ff" colspan="6" | '''For earlier dates, try...[[Tuscaloosa County, Alabama#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Tuscaloosa County, Alabama#Newspapers|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Tuscaloosa County, Alabama#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]] &#124; [[Tuscaloosa County, Alabama#Parent_County|Parent County]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1880
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1823
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1880
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1830
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1823
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1821
 
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{{ALDC}}
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=== County Courthouse  ===
 
 
{{ALinfobox|Tuscaloosa|1818|February 6|Tuscaloosa}}
 
 
 
== County Courthouse  ==
 
 
 
[[Image:Tuscaloosa County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg|thumb|right|250px]] [http://www.tuscco.com/ Tuscaloosa County Courthouse]<br>714 Greensboro Avenue<br>Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 <br>Phone:&nbsp;(205) 349-3870
 
  
 
Probate Judge has marriage and probate records from 1823 <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tuscaloosa County p. 40. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
Probate Judge has marriage and probate records from 1823 <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tuscaloosa County p. 40. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
== History  ==
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=== History <br> ===
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
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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  ====
  
Besides many other ways record loss can occur, tornadoes have been common and sometimes very damaging.&nbsp; Tuscaloosa County has been no stranger to very damaging tornadoes in its history, and in April 2011 alone it was hit twice by damaging twisters in separate tornado events. The second one on 27 April 2011 was the most devastating, and some city and possibly county offices, mainly in the southern half of the city, were hit directly by that tornado.&nbsp; It is also possible that other places where one might look for records, such as funeral homes, also were damaged, as other reports about other tornadoes in the two April 2011 outbreaks reported many places of that type were directly hit and destroyed in other areas of Alabama and several surrounding states.&nbsp;
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Besides many other ways record loss can occur, tornadoes have been common and sometimes very damaging.Tuscaloosa County has been no stranger to very damaging tornadoes in its history, and in April 2011 alone it was hit twice by damaging twisters in separate tornado events. The second one on 27 April 2011 was the most devastating, and some city and possibly county offices, mainly in the southern half of the city, were hit directly by that tornado.It is also possible that other places where one might look for records, such as funeral homes, also were damaged, as other reports about other tornadoes in the two April 2011 outbreaks reported many places of that type were directly hit and destroyed in other areas of Alabama and several surrounding states.  
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No government buildings were hit by the tornadoes of 2011.
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=== Places/Localities  ===
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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[[Image:Altuscaloosa.jpg|right|300px|Altuscaloosa.jpg]]
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Bibb County, Alabama|Bibb]]  
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*[[Bibb County, Alabama Genealogy|Bibb]]  
*[[Fayette County, Alabama|Fayette]]  
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*[[Fayette County, Alabama Genealogy|Fayette]]  
*[[Greene County, Alabama|Greene]]  
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*[[Greene County, Alabama Genealogy|Greene]]  
*[[Hale County, Alabama|Hale]]  
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*[[Hale County, Alabama Genealogy|Hale]]  
*[[Jefferson County, Alabama|Jefferson]]  
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*[[Jefferson County, Alabama Genealogy|Jefferson]]  
*[[Pickens County, Alabama|Pickens]]  
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*[[Pickens County, Alabama Genealogy|Pickens]]  
*[[Walker County, Alabama|Walker]]
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*[[Walker County, Alabama Genealogy|Walker]]
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Resources  ===
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=8958 Old Prewitte Cemetery, Northport] BillionGraves
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=8958 Old Prewitte Cemetery, Northport] BillionGraves
  
Additional Tuscaloosa County cemeteries are included in ''Alabama Cemetery Records'' {{FSbook|185681|disp=Vol. 1}} at FamilySearch Books Online - free.  
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Additional Tuscaloosa County cemeteries are included in ''Alabama Cemetery Records'' {{FSbook|185681|disp=Vol. 1}} 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=88&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|331062|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=88 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.algw.org/tuscaloosa/cemetery/index.html ALGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Tuscaloosa+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=Tuscaloosa&cemetery_name=a Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/al/tuscaloosa/cemetery.htm ALGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/alabama/al-tuscaloosa.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= 197211
 
|estimate= 197211
 
|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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==== Land and Property  ====
 
==== Land and Property  ====
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{{AL Land Intro}}
  
 
To place a grant or deed on a map within context of {{PAGENAME}} see:<br>  
 
To place a grant or deed on a map within context of {{PAGENAME}} see:<br>  
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==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{AL History Intro}}
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
==== Military&nbsp; ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/alabama/ Maps of Alabama (1799-1980)]
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
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==== Military  ====
  
 
===== Civil War  =====
 
===== Civil War  =====
  
Civil War service men from&nbsp;Tuscaloosa 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;Tuscaloosa County.  
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Civil War service men from Tuscaloosa 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 Tuscaloosa County.  
  
 
:- [[2nd Regiment, Alabama Cavalry|2nd Regiment, Alabama Cavalry]], Company D  
 
:- [[2nd Regiment, Alabama Cavalry|2nd Regiment, Alabama Cavalry]], Company D  
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:- [[51st Regiment, Alabama Partisan Rangers|51st Regiment, Alabama Partisan Rangers]], Company G
 
:- [[51st Regiment, Alabama Partisan Rangers|51st Regiment, Alabama Partisan Rangers]], Company G
  
<br>{{Alabama Conf}}  
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932389|Alabama Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932139|Alabama Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancesstry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1861-1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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==== Minorities  ====
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Sellers, James B. ''Free Negroes of Tuscaloosa County Before the Thirteenth Amendmen''t. ''Alabama Review''. 23 April 1970: 110-27.
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_____. ''Slavery in Alabama''. University, Alabama: University of Alabama Press, 1950. {{FHL|706908|item|desp=FHL book 976.1F2s}}&nbsp; [http://www.worldcat.org/title/slavery-in-alabama/oclc/3112989 WorldCat]
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{AL Newspaper abstracts|Tuscaloosa}}
  
 
[http://sites.google.com/site/onlinenewspapersite/Home/usa/al Alabama Online Historical Newspapers] - identifies historical archived and digitized newspapers available online on both free and pay-to-access websites.  
 
[http://sites.google.com/site/onlinenewspapersite/Home/usa/al Alabama Online Historical Newspapers] - identifies historical archived and digitized newspapers available online on both free and pay-to-access websites.  
  
 
==== 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}}
  
 
:*'''1865-1866''' - U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1264 Ancestry] ($). Tuscaloosa County is in District 2.
 
:*'''1865-1866''' - U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1264 Ancestry] ($). Tuscaloosa County is in District 2.
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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]
  
:*'''1881-1930''' - {{RecordSearch|1661470|Alabama, Births and Christenings, 1881-1930}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection. - free.
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===== Birth Records =====
  
===== Marriage  =====
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:*'''1910-1922''' - Tuscaloosa County Birth Index 1910-1922 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:Igialabamatz.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/4/4d/Igialabamatz.pdf]].</ref>
  
:*'''1816-1957''' - {{RecordSearch|1674672|Alabama, Marriages, 1816-1957}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection. - free. Incomplete.
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:*1881 – 1930 {{RecordSearch|1661470|Alabama Births and Christenings, 1881-1930}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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===== Marriage Records =====
  
 
:*'''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>
  
:*'''1821-1860, 1936–1969''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7838 ''Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); Index. This collection is comprised of indexes created by several agencies - the Alabama Center for Health Statistics, Jordan Dodd of Liahona Research, and Hunting For Bears. <br>
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:*'''1821-1860, 1936–1969''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7838 ''Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); 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.
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:*'''1823-1895''' - Tuscaloosa County Marriage Index 1823-1895 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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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,
  
===== Death  =====
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:*1809-1920 (Selected Counties)] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
  
:*'''1881-1952''' - {{RecordSearch|1674670|Alabama, Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection. - free.
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===== Death Records =====
  
 
:*'''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>
 
:*'''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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:*'''1908-1922''' - Tuscaloosa County Death Index 1908-1922 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 https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/4/4d/Igialabamatz.pdf.</ref>
  
 
:*'''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>
 
:*'''1908–1959''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5188 ''Index to Deaths Recorded by the State of Alabama''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); Index. The index includes name of the deceased, county of death, date of death, and the state certificate number (volume and page).<br>
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:*'''1908-1974''' - {{RecordSearch|1307888|Alabama, Deaths, 1908-1974}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection. - free.
 
:*'''1908-1974''' - {{RecordSearch|1307888|Alabama, Deaths, 1908-1974}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection. - free.
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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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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=== Societies and Libraries  ===
  
 
==== Societies  ====
 
==== Societies  ====
  
 
[http://www.tuscaloosagenealogy.com/ '''Tuscaloosa Genealogical Society''']<br>TGS Treasurer<br>P.O. Box 020802<br>Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401  
 
[http://www.tuscaloosagenealogy.com/ '''Tuscaloosa Genealogical Society''']<br>TGS Treasurer<br>P.O. Box 020802<br>Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/alabama/al-society-archive/ List of Alabama Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
  
 
==== Libraries  ====
 
==== Libraries  ====
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==== Family History Centers  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
For information about the resources at Family History centers, see&nbsp;[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]].  
 
For information about the resources at Family History centers, see&nbsp;[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]].  
  
[[Tuscaloosa Alabama Family History Center|Tuscaloosa Alabama Family History Center<br>]]2015 N 3rd Ave<br>Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States<br>'''Phone''': 205-758-4820<br>'''Hours''': T 6pm-9pm; W 9am-12pm, 6pm-9pm;<br>Closures: July 8 6-9pm;<br>July 14 6-9pm;<br>July 15 9-12noon;<br>July 28 6-9pm;<br>August 5 9-12noon;<br>August 11 6-9pm;<br>August 12 6-9pm  
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[[Tuscaloosa Alabama Family History Center|Tuscaloosa Alabama Family History Center<br>]]2015 N 3rd Ave<br>Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States<br>'''Phone''': 205-758-4820<br>'''Hours''': T 6pm-9pm; W 9am-12pm, 6pm-9pm;<br>Closures: July 8 6-9pm;<br>July 14 6-9pm;<br>July 15 9-12noon;<br>July 28 6-9pm;<br>August 5 9-12noon;<br>August 11 6-9pm;<br>August 12 6-9pm<br><br> [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp Family History Center Locator]
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/alabama/tuscaloosa-county/ Tuscaloosa 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.  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/al/tuscaloosa.htm USGenWeb Archives Project] ~ contains record transcriptions from Bibles, obituaries, court records and more.  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/al/tuscaloosa.htm USGenWeb Archives Project] ~ contains record transcriptions from Bibles, obituaries, court records and more.  
 
*[http://www.tuscaloosagenealogy.org/ Tuscaloosa County ALGenWeb] ~ record transcriptions and information pertinent to the county.  
 
*[http://www.tuscaloosagenealogy.org/ Tuscaloosa County ALGenWeb] ~ record transcriptions and information pertinent to the county.  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AL/Tuscaloosa/ Tuscaloosa County, Alabama Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AL/Tuscaloosa/ Tuscaloosa County, Alabama Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
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Guide to Tuscaloosa County, Alabama ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records. {{{link}}}

Tuscaloosa County, Alabama
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 6, 1818
County Seat Tuscaloosa
Courthouse
Tuscaloosa County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Address Tuscaloosa County Courthouse
714 Greensboro Avenue
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Phone: (205) 349-3870 County Website


County Information

Tuscaloosa County, Alabama Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1880 1823 1880 1830 1823 1821

County Courthouse

Probate Judge has marriage and probate records from 1823 [2]

History

Parent County

1818--Tuscaloosa County was created 6 February 1818 from the Cherokee and Choctaw Cession of 1816.
County seat: Tuscaloosa [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

Besides many other ways record loss can occur, tornadoes have been common and sometimes very damaging.Tuscaloosa County has been no stranger to very damaging tornadoes in its history, and in April 2011 alone it was hit twice by damaging twisters in separate tornado events. The second one on 27 April 2011 was the most devastating, and some city and possibly county offices, mainly in the southern half of the city, were hit directly by that tornado.It is also possible that other places where one might look for records, such as funeral homes, also were damaged, as other reports about other tornadoes in the two April 2011 outbreaks reported many places of that type were directly hit and destroyed in other areas of Alabama and several surrounding states.

No government buildings were hit by the tornadoes of 2011.

Places/Localities

Altuscaloosa.jpg

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Additional Tuscaloosa County cemeteries are included in Alabama Cemetery Records Vol. 1 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.
18208,229
183013,64665.8%
184016,58321.5%
185018,0568.9%
186023,20028.5%
187020,081−13.4%
188024,95724.3%
189030,35221.6%
190036,14719.1%
191047,55931.6%
192053,68012.9%
193064,15319.5%
194076,03618.5%
195094,09223.7%
1960109,04715.9%
1970116,0296.4%
1980137,54118.5%
1990150,5229.4%
2000164,8759.5%
2010194,65618.1%
Est. 2011197,21119.6%
For tips on accessing Tuscaloosa 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

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.

To place a grant or deed on a map within context of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama Genealogy see:

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama: with Homesteads, Roads, Waterways, Towns, Cemeteries, Railroads, and More. Norman, Okla.: Arphax Pub. Co., 2006. This is a definitive work and can be used as an index to land grants. Digital version at HistoryGeo.com ($). Website includes free surname index. FHL Book 976.184 E7b.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Tuscaloosa 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 Tuscaloosa 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 Tuscaloosa County.

- 2nd Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company D
- 5th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company B
- 5th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H "Warrior Guards"
- 11th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company G "North Port Rifles"
- 18th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E (Confederate Stars)
- 20th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company K
- 32nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company I
- 36th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D and K
- 41st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A, F and G
- 43rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D, H, I and K
- 50th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F, formerly Company D, 2nd Battalion
- 51st Regiment, Alabama Partisan Rangers, Company G


Minorities

Sellers, James B. Free Negroes of Tuscaloosa County Before the Thirteenth Amendment. Alabama Review. 23 April 1970: 110-27.

_____. Slavery in Alabama. University, Alabama: University of Alabama Press, 1950. FHL Collection  WorldCat

Newspapers

Finding More Alabama Newspapers

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

Alabama Online Historical Newspapers - identifies historical archived and digitized newspapers available online on both free and pay-to-access websites.

Probate Records

Probate records are held by the Tuscaloosa County, Alabama Genealogy Probate Court. Most records are housed at the Tuscaloosa 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 ($). Tuscaloosa 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. See also How to order Alabama Vital Records

Birth Records
Marriage Records
  • To 1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry – ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1821-1860, 1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969 at Ancestry – ($); 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.


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.

Societies and Libraries

Societies

Tuscaloosa Genealogical Society
TGS Treasurer
P.O. Box 020802
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401

Libraries

Tuscaloosa Library
1801 Jack Warner Parkway
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401
Telephone: 205-345-5820

Library collections include materials of local, state, and regional history as well as microfilms of the Tuscaloosa News. Limited research requests are honored; copy fees apply.

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


For information about the resources at Family History centers, see Introduction to LDS Family History Centers.

Tuscaloosa Alabama Family History Center
2015 N 3rd Ave
Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States
Phone: 205-758-4820
Hours: T 6pm-9pm; W 9am-12pm, 6pm-9pm;
Closures: July 8 6-9pm;
July 14 6-9pm;
July 15 9-12noon;
July 28 6-9pm;
August 5 9-12noon;
August 11 6-9pm;
August 12 6-9pm

Family History Center Locator

Web Sites

References

  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 13-28. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tuscaloosa County p. 40. 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. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/4/4d/Igialabamatz.pdf. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "vr" defined multiple times with different content