Winston County, Alabama Genealogy
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|Winston County, Alabama|
Location in the state of Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
|Founded||February 12, 1850|
|County Seat||Double Springs|
- 1 County Courthouse
- 2 History
- 3 Places/Localities
- 4 Resources
- 5 Societies and Libraries
- 6 Web Sites
- 7 References
Winston was created on 12 Feb 1850 from Walker
Details (Formerly Hancock Co. Name Changed to Winston 22 Jan 1858
(Pro Judge has marriage, probate, land records from 1891; Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and Court Records
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.
1891 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.
For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:
For tips on accessing Winston County, Alabama Genealogy census records online, see: Alabama Census.
Societies and Libraries
Family History Centers
- USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
- Family History Library Catalog
- Winston County, Alabama Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- "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).
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).