Alabama, Wills and Deeds - FamilySearch Historical Records

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This article describes a collection of records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.
Alabama, 
United States
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Location of Alabama
Record Description
Record Type Wills and Deeds
Collection years 1700-2017
FamilySearch Resources
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains an index and images of wills and deeds from various counties in Alabama. The index records were created by robokeying.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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For additional information about image restrictions, please see the Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections page.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

These records may contain the following information:

Bible entries

  • Husband and his birthday
  • Wife and her birthday
  • Marriage date
  • Names and birth dates of their children

Wills

  • Name of the individual whose will it is
  • Date will was filed
  • Name of spouse
  • Name or names of children
  • Place will filed
  • Witnesses

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]


How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the individual
  • The date of the event or name of parent or spouse

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

You will be able to search this collection when it is published.

View the Images[edit | edit source]

You will be able to view the images in this collection when it is published.

View the Images (Only for Fakey Browse Collections with a DFNL page)[edit | edit source]

To view images in this collection:

  1. Look at the [DFNL URL Link Text] article to determine the folder/film number for the images you want to see
  2. Go to the Browse Page
  3. Select the Film number to view the images


How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use a probate record to identify guardians, heirs and relatives
  • Use a will to approximate a death date, then find a death certificate
  • Use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records for earlier years
  • Use the information to locate census, christening, marriage and land records
  • Search for military records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names, or even initials

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Alabama.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

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