Geneva County, Alabama Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Geneva
Organized: December 26, 1868
Parent County(s): Dale, Henry, Coffee[1]
Neighboring Counties
Coffee  • Covington  • Dale  • Holmes (FL)  • Houston  • Jackson (FL)  • Walton (FL)
See County Maps
Courthouse
Geneva County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
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Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named after Geneva, New York which was named after Geneva, Switzerland.[2] The County is located in the southeast area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Geneva County Courthouse
200 North Commerce Street
PO Box 86
Geneva, AL 36340
Phone: 334-684-5620
Geneva County Websites

Probate Judge has marriage records from 1898 and military discharge records from 1890
Clerk Circuit Court has court records from 1923 and divorce records.[4]

Geneva County, Alabama Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[5]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate Census
1909 1898 1909 1898 1898 1883 1816
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1908. General compliance for births by 1927 and for deaths 1925.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1898 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.[6]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1868--Geneva County was created 26 December 1868 from Dale, Henry and Coffee Counties.
  • County seat: Geneva[7]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in Geneva County:[8]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator.

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • Biographies of many notable residents of Geneva County were published in Memorial Record of Alabama (1893). Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library. Begins on page 1031.

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Geneva, 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 Geneva county cemeteries.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1870 2,959
1880 4,342 46.7%
1890 10,690 146.2%
1900 19,096 78.6%
1910 26,230 37.4%
1920 29,315 11.8%
1930 30,104 2.7%
1940 29,172 −3.1%
1950 25,899 −11.2%
1960 22,310 −13.9%
1970 21,924 −1.7%
1980 24,253 10.6%
1990 23,647 −2.5%
2000 25,764 9.0%
2010 26,790 4.0%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

State Census

Church Records[edit | edit source]

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.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

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 Geneva County see:

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Geneva County. The 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 and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

ConvingtonCoffeeDaleHoustonJackson County, FLHolmes County, FLWalton County, FLAL GENEVA.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries


Dothan Alabama Family History Center
3199 Ross Clark Cir NW
Dothan, Alabama, United States
334-793-7425
Website

Enterprise Alabama Family History Center
110 Shell Field Rd
Enterprise, Alabama, United States
334-347-3631
Website

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Geneva Emma Knox Kenan Public Library
312 S. Commerce St.
Geneva, AL 36340
Phone: 334-684-2459
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Southeast Alabama Genealogical and Historical Society
P. O. Box 246
Dothan, AL 36302-0246
Phone:334-794-8378
Website

Publication: Wiregrass Roots SEAGHS Magazine

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Geneva County, Alabama Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ala/geneva/ 06/06/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Geneva, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geneva_County,_Alabama 06/06/2017.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Geneva County Alabama in AllFreeRecords.com (accessed 16 March 2014).
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Geneva County, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geneva_County,_Alabama, accessed 16 October 2018.