Alabama Goals:  1: Research and Records   2: Archives and Libraries   3: Vital and Census Records   4: Church and Cemetery Records   5: Emigration and Immigration   6: Military Records   7: Probate, Land and Court   8: Maps and Gazetteers   9: Newspapers   10: Websites   11: Search Records   12: Get Help  



Project 9: U.S.—Alabama

Explore research in Alabama.


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Goal 1: Learn about Alabama research and records.


Choices:

A Get started with research for your Alabama ancestors.

Summary
  1. Learn about basic Alabama research strategies.
    FS—Basic Alabama Research Tips and Strategies
  2. Explore resources for Alabama research on Ancestry.
    AC—Alabama Resources
  3. Study the Ancestry State Guide for Alabama research.
    AC—Alabama State Research Guide
  4. Use the Alabama Record Selection Table to decide on records to search.
    FS—Alabama Record Selection Table
  5. For African American research, study the Alabama state page on FamilySearch.
    FS—African American Resources for Alabama


Goal 2: Learn about Alabama archives and libraries.


Choices:

A Learn about Alabama archives and libraries.

Summary
  1. Learn about Alabama archives and libraries in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Alabama Archives and Libraries
    |
    AC—Wiki: Alabama Archives, Libraries, and Societies
  2. Explore the Alabama state archives.
  3. Explore the Alabama Dept. of Archives collection.
  4. Explore the State Archives and Libraries site for Alabama.
  5. Explore the Books We Own site for Alabama genealogy publications. Volunteers may be available for lookup services.
  6. Search for free online books on Alabama research on the FamilySearch site.
  7. Explore historical photo resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.

B Learn about Alabama city directories.

Summary
  1. Learn about Alabama city directories in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Alabama Directories
  2. Explore Alabama city directories.
  3. Find out more about city directories in this research guide from Ancestry.
    AC—Six Things to Find—3 pgs.
  4. Explore Alabama city directories on the Ancestry site.
  5. Explore Alabama historical directories by county.


Goal 3: Learn about Alabama vital records.


Choices:

A Learn about Alabama vital records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Alabama vital records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Alabama Vital Records
    | AC—Wiki: Alabama Vital Records
  2. Explore links for vital records on the Alabama Public Health site.
  3. Search for online Alabama vital records and find addresses for state offices to write to for records.
  4. Explore Alabama birth, marriage, and death records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Explore Alabama birth certificate records on the Birth-Certificates.net site.
  6. Explore Alabama adoption resources on the Alabama Adoptions Facebook site.
  7. Explore additional links for Alabama vital records on the Linkpendium site.
  8. Explore additional links for Alabama birth records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B Explore Alabama marriage and death records.

Summary
  1. Explore links for Alabama marriage records.
  2. Explore additional links for Alabama marriage records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  3. Learn about Alabama divorce records in this article.
    FS—Wiki: Alabama Divorce Records
  4. Learn about Alabama obituaries in this article.
    FS—Wiki: Alabama Obituaries
  5. Explore the Ancestors at Rest site for Alabama death records.
  6. Explore additional links for Alabama death records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  7. Explore the ObituariesHelp site for Alabama obituaries.
  8. Find additional resources for Alabama obituaries on the Linkpendium site.
  9. Explore Alabama death records, indexes, and obituaries.

C Explore Alabama census and voter records.

Summary
  1. Get an overview of Alabama censuses in this article. FS—Alabama Census
  2. Learn about Alabama census records.
    Census Records for Alabama
  3. Explore Alabama state census records on the Ancestry site.
  4. Explore the MyFreeCensus site for Alabama state and county census records.
  5. Explore Alabama census records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  6. Explore additional links for Alabama census records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  7. Learn about Alabama voter registers in this article.
    FS—Alabama Voting Registers


Goal 4: Learn about Alabama church and cemetery records.


Choices:

    A Learn about Alabama church records.

    Summary
    1. Get an overview of Alabama church records in this article.
      FS—Alabama Church Records
    2. Learn about Alabama church records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
      AC—Alabama Church Records
    3. Explore Alabama church records on the AccessGenealogy site.
    4. Explore additional links for Alabama church records on the LDSGenealogy site.

    B Explore Alabama cemetery records.

    Summary
    1. Learn about Alabama cemetery records in this article.
      FS—Alabama Cemetery Records
    2. Browse the Interment.net site for Alabama cemetery records.
    3. Search for Alabama cemetery records online.
    4. Explore Alabama cemetery records on the AccessGenealogy site.
    5. Explore additional links for Alabama cemetery records on the LDSGenealogy site.
    6. Explore the Tombstone Transcription Project on the U.S. GenWeb site.
    7. Search the FindaGrave site for cemetery records.
    8. Search the BillionGraves site for cemetery records.
    9. See additional cemetery resources on the Alabama Linkpendium site.


Goal 5: Learn about Alabama emigration and immigration.


Choices:

A Learn about Alabama emigration and immigration.

Summary
  1. Learn about Alabama emigration and immigration in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Alabama Emigration and Immigration
  2. Learn about Alabama migration routes in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Alabama Migration
  3. Explore additional links for Alabama immigration records on the LDSGenealogy site.


Goal 6: Learn about Alabama military records.


Choices:

A Learn about Alabama military records.

Summary
  1. Get an introduction to Alabama military records.
    Alabama Military Records
  2. Learn about Alabama military records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Alabama Military Records
  3. Explore Alabama military records on the AccessGenealogy site (scroll down).
  4. Explore Alabama military records on the Linkpendium site.
  5. Explore additional links for Alabama military records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  6. Explore Alabama military resources on Cyndi's List.


Goal 7: Learn about Alabama probate, land, and court records.


Choices:

A Learn about Alabama probate and land records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Alabama probate records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Alabama Probate Records
    | AC—Wiki: Alabama Probate Records
  2. Learn about Alabama land and property records.
    FS—Alabama Land and Property Records
  3. Learn about Alabama land records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Alabama Land Records
  4. Explore additional links for Alabama probate records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B Learn about Alabama court records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Alabama court records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Alabama Court Records
  2. Learn about Alabama court records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: Alabama Court Records


Goal 8: Learn about Alabama maps and gazetteers.


Choices:

A Learn about Alabama maps and gazetteers.

Summary
  1. Learn about Alabama maps in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Alabama Maps
  2. Learn about Alabama maps in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: Alabama Maps
  3. Learn about Alabama gazetteers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Alabama Gazetteers

B Explore Alabama maps and gazetteers.

  1. Explore the David Rumsey collection of Alabama maps.
  2. Explore the Perry-Castaneda site for maps of Alabama.
  3. Explore the historical Alabama maps on the University of Alabama site.
  4. Explore Alabama county maps on the University of Alabama site.
  5. Explore historical Alabama maps on the Historic Map Works site.
  6. Explore the Old Maps Online site for Alabama maps.


Goal 9: Learn about Alabama newspapers.


Choices:

A Learn about Alabama newspapers.

Summary
  1. Learn about Alabama newspapers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Alabama Newspapers
  2. Learn about Alabama newspapers, periodicals, and manuscript collections.
    AC—Wiki: Alabama Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscripts

B Explore Alabama newspapers.

Summary
  1. Search for Alabama historical newspapers in the Library of Congress collection.
  2. Search Alabama newspapers in the onlinenewspapers.com site.
  3. Search Alabama newspapers in the world-newspapers.com site.
  4. Search Alabama newspapers in the ABYZ News Link site.
  5. Explore Alabama newspaper resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.
  6. See additional Alabama newspaper resources on the Linkpendium site.
  7. Explore additional links for Alabama newspapers and obituaries on the LDSGenealogy site.


Goal 10: Explore additional websites for research.


Choices:

A There are a number of websites with valuable resources for Alabama research.

  1. Explore links in Cyndi's List.
  2. Explore links in Linkpendium.
  3. Explore links in Kindred Trails.
  4. Explore links in GenealogyLinks.net.
  5. Explore links in LDSGenealogy.com.
  6. Explore links for African American research in the AlabamaGenealogy.org site.


Goal 11: Search records from Alabama.


Choices:

A Use the QUIKLinks (top of page) or Alabama County links (bottom) to quickly search common record collections for Alabama.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered on the site or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. In the QUIKLinks, click the link for FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast, or MyHeritage to view the corresponding record collection.
  2. Scroll down near the bottom of this page to see available county records. Click the name of the county for FamilySearch, or A for Ancestry, or L for Linkpendium.

B Explore additional record collections.

  1. In FamilySearch, explore the Alabama Online Genealogy Records page for a variety of record collections.
  2. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, or Findmypast), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.


Goal 12: Get help with your Alabama research.


Choices:

A Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. Visit the Alabama Genealogy Network page on Facebook.
  2. Visit the Alabama Genealogy page on Facebook.
  3. Visit the U.S. South Genealogy Research page on Facebook.
  4. Visit the Alabama Genealogical Society page on Facebook.
  5. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with research for Alabama.

B Join a mailing list or message board for Alabama research.

  1. Join the RootsChat forum and post questions about Alabama research.
  2. Search the RootsWeb site for Alabama research mailing lists.
  3. Explore the Alabama research mailing lists on Cyndi's List.
  4. Use the RootsWeb message boards to read or post questions about Alabama research.

C Learn about Alabama genealogy societies.

  1. Learn about genealogy societies in Alabama in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Alabama Societies
  2. Visit the Alabama Genealogical Society sites.
  3. Explore Alabama genealogy society sites on Cyndi's list.




Alabama Counties

Name = FamilySearch; A = Ancestry; L = Linkpendium

Autauga    A    L Baldwin    A    L Barbour    A    L Bibb    A    L Blount    A    L Bullock    A    L
Butler    A    L Calhoun    A    L Chambers    A    L Cherokee    A    L Chilton    A    L Choctaw    A    L
Clarke    A    L Clay        L Cleburn        L Coffee    A    L Colbert    A    L Conecuh    A    L
Coosa    A    L Covington    A    L Crenshaw    A    L Cullman    A    L Dale    A    L Dallas    A    L
DeKalb    A    L Elmore    A    L Escambia    L Etowah    A    L Fayette    A    L Franklin    L
Geneva    L Greene    A    L Hale    A    L Henry    A    L Houston    A    L Jackson    A    L
Jefferson    A    L Lamar    A    L Lauderdale    A    L Lawrence    A    L Lee    L Limestone    A    L
Lowndes    A    L Macon    L Madison    A    L Marengo    A    L Marion    L Marshall    L
Mobile    A    L Monroe    L Montgomery    A    L Morgan    L Perry    L Pickens    A    L
Pike    L Randolph    L Russell    L Shelby    A    L St.Clair    L Sumter    L
Talladega    A    L Tallapoosa    A    L Tuscaloosa    L Walker    A    L Washington    L Wilcox    A    L
Winston    A    L