Alabama Fast Facts and Key Resources

Alabama Fast Facts and Key Resources

Use these resources for tracing your Alabama kin.

Statehood: 1819

US territory status: part of Mississippi Territory in 1798, became Alabama Territory in 1817

First available federal census: 1830

Available colonial, territorial and state censuses: 1706, 1721, 1725, 1810, 1816, 1850, 1855 and 1866

Statewide birth and death records begin: 1908

Statewide marriage records: 1936

Counties: seven originally, 67 today

Public-land state

Contact for vital records:
Alabama Center for Health Statistics
Box 5625
Montgomery, AL 36103
(334) 206-5418

Web Sites

1835 Cherokee East of the Mississippi Census
Alabama Civil War Roots
Alabama in the Civil War
Alabama Genealogy
Alabama GenWeb
Along the Old Federal Road
Black Families of Alabama’s Black Belt
Encyclopedia of Alabama
Family Search: Alabama Research Outline
Historic Postcards of Alabama


Alabama Marriages Early to 1825 (Precision Indexing)

Early Alabama Marriages, 1810-1850 (Family Adventures)

Historical Atlas of Alabama by Donald B. Dodd (University of Alabama Press)

Index to Alabama Wills, 1808-1870 complied by Alabama DAR (Southern Historical Press)

Lists of Ships Passengers, Mobile, Alabama, 2 volumes, by Lucille Mai Ion Connick (self-published)

Marriage, Death, and Legal Notices from Early Alabama Newspapers, 1819-1893 by Pauline Gandrud and Myra Jones (Southern Historical Press)

Place Names in Alabama by Virginia O. Foscue (University of Alabama Press)

Researching in Alabama: A Genealogical Guide by Marilyn Davis Barefield (Southern Historical Press)

Research in Alabama by Wendy L. Elliott (American Genealogical Lending Library)

Tracing Your Alabama Past by Robert Scott Davis (University Press of Mississippi)

Organizations and Archives

Alabama Department of Archives and History

Box 300100, 624 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36130, (334) 242-4435, <>

Alabama Genealogical Society

Samford University Library, AGS Depository and Headquarters, 800 Lakeshore Drive, Box 2296, Birmingham, AL 35229, <>

Alabama Historical Association

Box 36972, Birmingham, AL 35236, (205) 909-3900, <>

Alabama Indian Affairs Commission

771 S. Lawrence St., Suite 106, Montgomery, AL 36130, (334) 242-2831, <>

Birmingham Public Library

2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203, (205) 226-3600, <>

Mobile Public Library Local History and Genealogy Department

701 Government St., Mobile, AL 36602, (334) 208-7073, <>

National Archives and Records Administration Southeast Region

5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, CA 30260, (770) 968-2100, <>


From the January 2008 Family Tree Magazine

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