Lawrence County, Alabama Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Moulton
Organized: February 6, 1818
Parent County(s): Cherokee, Chickasaw (MS), Choctaw[1]
Neighboring Counties
Colbert  • Cullman  • Franklin  • Lauderdale  • Limestone  • Morgan  • Winston
See County Maps
Courthouse
Lawrence County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
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Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named is in honor of J. Lawrence, a captain in the United States Navy from Vermont.[2] The County is located in the northwest area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Lawrence County Courthouse
14451 Market St, Ste 300
Moulton, AL 35650
Phone: 256-974-2432
Fax: 256-974-1118
Lawrence County

Probate Judge has marriage, divorce, probate and land records from 1810
Clerk Circuit Court has court records [4]

Lawrence 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
1881 1810 1881 1828 1810 1810 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]

Lawrence County had a destructive courthouse fire in 1859.[6]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

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

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

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
  • Brides Hill
  • Caddo
  • Chalybeate Springs
  • Concord
  • Courtland Downs
  • Edmond
  • Fairfield
  • Fish Pond
  • Five Points
  • Flat Rock
  • Flower Hill
  • Freeman Acres
  • Harmony
  • Hepsidam
Census-designated places


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • Northern Alabama, Historical and Biographical Birmingham, Ala.: Smith and De Land, 1888. Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library. Lawrence County begins on page 66.

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Lawrence, 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 Lawrence county cemeteries.

  • Interment.net Alabama cemetery records by county.
  • Indexes for Lawrence County Cemetery Records at Lawrence County, Alabama Archives
  • Cemetery Records: Barbour County with Cherokee & Lawrence Counties Alabama, Vol. 3 1966. Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library. Includes Hickory Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Mt. Hope Methodist Church Cemetery, Owens Cemetery, Rock Springs Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Smith Cemetery, Templeton Cemetery, Wear Cemetery, and Young Town Cemetery.
  • Douthat, James L. Wheeler Reservoir Cemeteries Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press. Mountain Press.$$

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 14,984
1840 13,313 −11.2%
1850 15,258 14.6%
1860 13,975 −8.4%
1870 16,658 19.2%
1880 21,392 28.4%
1890 20,725 −3.1%
1900 20,124 −2.9%
1910 21,984 9.2%
1920 24,307 10.6%
1930 26,942 10.8%
1940 27,880 3.5%
1950 27,128 −2.7%
1960 24,501 −9.7%
1970 27,281 11.3%
1980 30,170 10.6%
1990 31,513 4.5%
2000 34,803 10.4%
2010 34,339 −1.3%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

State Census

For individual censuses, see:

  • Parsly, Mrs. Lewis F. 1820 Census Lawrence County Alabama Territory n.d. Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library
  • 1820 State Census of Lawrence County, Alabama Huntsville, Ala.: The Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society, Inc., 1977. Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library

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

Index for Lawrence County Churches at Lawrence County, Alabama Archives

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]

Index for Lawrence County Family Files at Lawrence County, Alabama Archives

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.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Lawrence 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]

LaunderdaleLimestoneMorganCullmanWinstonFranklinColbertAL LAWRENCE.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Regiments. Men in Lawrence County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (part of a large regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Lawrence County:

- 4th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry (Roddy's), Company A and B
- 4th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry (Roddy's), Company D
- 5th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company C
- 9th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C "Pope Walker Guards"
- 16th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B, F and I
- 27th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D and I
- 35th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C and H


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]

Voting Records[edit | edit source]

Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Lawrence County has one book.

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security 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]

Lawrence County Archives
698 Main St.
PO Box 728
Moulton, AL 35630
Phone: 256-974-1757
Website

Indexes for Lawrence County Loose Case Papers at Website

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

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Lawrence County. For state-wide library facilities, see Alabama Archives and Libraries.

Lawrence County Public Library
401 College Street
Moulton, Alabama 35650
Telephone: 256-974
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 1568
Huntsville, Alabama 35807
Website

Publication: Valley Leaves

Lawrence County Historical Commission, Inc
P. O. Box 728
Moulton, AL 35650-0728
Phone: 256-974-1757
Website

Publication: Old Lawrence Reminiscences

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, “Lawrence County, Alabama Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ala/lawrence/ 6/07/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Lawrence, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_County,_Alabama 6/07/2017.
  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. Lawrence County in Encyclopedia of Alabama (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, "Lawrence County, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_County,_Alabama, accessed 19 October 2018.
  9. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/c/cf/Igialabamals.pdf.