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Guide to '''Winston County, Alabama ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
 
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#cccc99" align="center" colspan="6" | '''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>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Winston County, Alabama#Birth|Birth]]'''</center>  
 
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Winston County, Alabama#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''</center>
 
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1888</center>  
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1889</center>  
 
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1891</center>  
 
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1888</center>  
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1912</center>  
 
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1865</center>  
 
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1891</center>  
 
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{{Click|Image:AL_ORP.png|Alabama Online Genealogy Records}}  
  
 
{{ALinfobox|Winston|1850|February 12|Double Springs}}  
 
{{ALinfobox|Winston|1850|February 12|Double Springs}}  
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1850'''--Winston County was&nbsp;created 12 February 1850&nbsp;from [[Walker County, Alabama|Walker]] County.&nbsp;&nbsp;'''County seat''': Double Springs <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1850'''--Winston County was&nbsp;created 12 February 1850&nbsp;from [[Walker County, Alabama Genealogy|Walker]] County.&nbsp;&nbsp;'''County seat''': Double Springs <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  ====
  
{{Fire}} '''1891''' -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.  
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{{Fire}}Winston County had a destructive courthouse fire in '''1891'''. See ''Research in Alabama: A Genealogical Guide&nbsp;'' page 29 for suggested alternative sources to overcome this loss.<ref>Marilyn Davis Barefield, ''Researching in Alabama: a Genealogical Guide'' (Birmingham, Alabama : Birmingham Public Library, 1998), 29. {{WorldCat|42306439|item|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|817729|item|disp=FHL Book 976.1 D27b 1998}}.</ref><br><br>
  
For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:
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*[[Burned Counties Research]] <br>
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== Places/Localities  ==
*[http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424 http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424]
 
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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[[Image:Alwinston.jpg|right|Alwinston.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]]  
*[[Franklin County, Alabama|Franklin]]  
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*[[Franklin County, Alabama Genealogy|Franklin]]  
*[[Lawrence County, Alabama|Lawrence]]  
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*[[Lawrence County, Alabama Genealogy|Lawrence]]  
*[[Marion County, Alabama|Marion]]  
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*[[Marion County, Alabama Genealogy|Marion]]  
*[[Morgan County, Alabama|Morgan]]  
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*[[Morgan County, Alabama Genealogy|Morgan]]  
*[[Walker County, Alabama|Walker]]
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*[[Walker County, Alabama Genealogy|Walker]]
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
Some Winston County cemeteries are included in ''Alabama Cemetery Records'' {{FSbook|185672|disp=Vol. 6}} at FamilySearch Books Online - free.  
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{{AL Cemeteries Intro|Winston}}
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Winston, 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=92&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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*[http://www.freestateofwinston.org/cemetery.htm ALGenWeb]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/al/winston/cemetery.htm ALGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/alabama/al-winston.htm Tombstone Project]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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*{{FHL|373439|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Winston+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=92 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=Winston&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/Winston-county-Alabama-cemetery-records.htm Alabama Cemeteries]
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The following web site has additional information on Winston county cemeteries.
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/AL/Winston.htm Interment.net] Alabama cemetery records by county.
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*Some Winston County cemeteries are included in ''Alabama Cemetery Records'' {{FSbook|185672|disp=Vol. 6}} at FamilySearch Books Online - free.  
  
 
*Ivison, Hazle R. Collins. ''Index to Alabama Cemeteries: Blount County, Coosa County, St. Clair County, Talladega County, Winston County.'' n.d. Digital version at {{FSbook|212970}} - free.
 
*Ivison, Hazle R. Collins. ''Index to Alabama Cemeteries: Blount County, Coosa County, St. Clair County, Talladega County, Winston County.'' n.d. Digital version at {{FSbook|212970}} - free.
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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  ====
  
 
==== 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  ====
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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.
  
 
==== 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|Winston}}
  
 
==== 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
  
 
==== Research Guides  ====
 
==== Research Guides  ====
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==== 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] ($). Winston 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] ($). Winston 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.
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:*'''1888-1918''' - Winston County Birth Index 1888-1918 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>
  
 
:*[http://www.freestateofwinston.org/vitals.htm Winston County Births] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free.
 
:*[http://www.freestateofwinston.org/vitals.htm Winston County Births] 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
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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>
  
:*'''1816-1957''' - {{RecordSearch|1674672|Alabama, Marriages, 1816-1957}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection. - free. Incomplete.
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:*'''1891-1895''' - Winston County Marriage Books 1 and 2 Index 1891-1895. Batch {{IGI|M593481}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
  
 
:*'''1891-1901, 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>
 
:*'''1891-1901, 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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:*[http://www.freestateofwinston.org/vitals.htm Winston County marriages] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free.
 
:*[http://www.freestateofwinston.org/vitals.htm Winston County marriages] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free.
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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 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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:*'''1888, 1901-1918''' - Winston County Death Index 1888 and 1901-1918 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
  
 
:*'''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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:*[http://www.freestateofwinston.org/vitals.htm Wilcox County Deaths] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free.
 
:*[http://www.freestateofwinston.org/vitals.htm Wilcox County Deaths] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - 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 $
  
 
==== Voting Registers  ====
 
==== Voting Registers  ====
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==== Societies  ====
 
==== Societies  ====
  
[http://www.freestateofwinston.org/wcgs.htm Winston County Genealogical Society]<br>P.O. Box 112<br>Double Springs, Alabama 35553  
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'''[http://www.freestateofwinston.org/wcgs.htm Winston County Genealogical Society]'''<br>P.O. Box 112<br>Double Springs, Alabama 35553  
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The society helps to staff the '''[http://www.freestateofwinston.org/wcabrochure.pdf Winston County Archives]''' (P.O. Box 27, Double Springs, Alabama 35553), which includes the Society's holdings.
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Publication: Winston County Trail Tracker '''[http://www.freestateofwinston.org/ Publication: Winston County Trail Tracker]'''
  
The society helps to staff the [http://www.freestateofwinston.org/wcabrochure.pdf Winston County Archives] (P.O. Box 27, Double Springs, Alabama 35553), which includes the Society's holdings.
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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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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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[http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp Family History Center Locator]
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/alabama/winston-county/ Winston 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+Winston|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*{{FHL|Alabama%2C+Winston|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/al/winston.htm USGenWeb Archives Project] ~ contains record transcriptions from Bibles, obituaries, court records and more.  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/al/winston.htm USGenWeb Archives Project] ~ contains record transcriptions from Bibles, obituaries, court records and more.  
 
*[http://www.freestateofwinston.org/ Winston County ALGenWeb] ~ record transcriptions and information pertinent to the county.  
 
*[http://www.freestateofwinston.org/ Winston County ALGenWeb] ~ record transcriptions and information pertinent to the county.  
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Latest revision as of 17:46, 14 February 2017

United States
Alabama


Winston County

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

Dates for major county records[1]
Birth
Marriage
Death
Tax
Land
Probate
1889
1891
1912
1865
1891
1891
For earlier dates, try...Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries | Parent County


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Winston County, Alabama
Map
Map of Alabama highlighting Winston County
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 12, 1850
County Seat Double Springs
Courthouse



County Courthouse

Winston County Alabama Courthouse.jpg
 Winston County Courthouse
195 Main Street
Courthouse Square
Double Springs, AL 35553
Phone: (205) 489-5533

Pro Judge has marriage, probate, land records from 1891;
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and Court Records [2]

History

Winston County was formed as Hancock County from Walker County on 12 February 1850, renamed Winston County on 22 January 1858.

"The Free State of Winston is a popular name given to Civil War-era Winston County, as a reflection of the county's generally pro-Union stance and resistance to Confederate rule during the war." The name comes from a series of resolutions made by unionists on 4 July 1861 at Looney's tavern. The resolutions stated that Alabama did not have the right to secede, but if it did, then Winston County had the right to secede from Alabama.[3]

Parent County

1850--Winston County was created 12 February 1850 from Walker County.  County seat: Double Springs [4]

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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Winston County had a destructive courthouse fire in 1891. See Research in Alabama: A Genealogical Guide  page 29 for suggested alternative sources to overcome this loss.[5]

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


Places/Localities

Alwinston.jpg

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Winston, 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 Winston county cemeteries.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18501,542
18603,576131.9%
18704,15516.2%
18804,2532.4%
18906,55254.1%
19009,55445.8%
191012,85534.6%
192014,37811.8%
193015,5968.5%
194018,74620.2%
195018,250−2.6%
196014,858−18.6%
197016,65412.1%
198021,95331.8%
199022,0530.5%
200024,84312.7%
201024,484−1.4%
For tips on accessing Winston 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 Winston County, Alabama Genealogy see:

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Winston 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 Winston County, Alabama Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Probate Records

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

Research Guides

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 ($). Winston 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 – ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1891-1895 - Winston County Marriage Books 1 and 2 Index 1891-1895. Batch M593481 at FamilySearch - free.[6]
  • 1891-1901, 1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969 at Ancestry – ($); 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.
  • 1891-1900 "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.


Death
  • 1881–1974 Index to Deaths and Burials at Ancestry – ($); Index. Volunteers extracted the details in this index from microfilmed copies of church, civil, family, and other records of Alabama deaths and burials. details vary depending on the original record. Note that the number of available records can vary widely by county, and this database does not necessarily represent a comprehensive set of death records for the state during this time.

Voting Registers

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

Societies and Libraries

Societies

Winston County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 112
Double Springs, Alabama 35553

The society helps to staff the Winston County Archives (P.O. Box 27, Double Springs, Alabama 35553), which includes the Society's holdings.

Publication: Winston County Trail Tracker Publication: Winston County Trail Tracker

Libraries

The Carl Elliott Regional Library has the following libraries in Winston County:

Arley Public Library
P.O. Box 146
Arley, Alabama 35541
Telephone: 205-387-0129
Double Springs Public Library
P.O. Box 555
Double Springs, Alabama 35553
Telephone: 205-489-2412
Haleyville Public Library
913 20th Street
Haleyville, Alabama 35565
Telephone: 205-486-7450

Family History Centers

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

Family History 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), Winston County p. 40. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. "Free State of Winston," Encyclopedia of Alabama (http://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org : accessed 19 September 2011); citing Donald B. Dodd and Amy Bartlett-Dodd, The Free State of Winston (Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia Publishing, 2000).
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Marilyn Davis Barefield, Researching in Alabama: a Genealogical Guide (Birmingham, Alabama : Birmingham Public Library, 1998), 29. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Book 976.1 D27b 1998.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 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.
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