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''{{breadcrumb| link1=[[United StatesGenealogy|United States]] | link2=[[Image:GotoarrowUnited States Vital Records|U.pngS. Vital Records]] | link3=[[Alabama , United States Genealogy|Alabama]] | link4=| link5=[[Image:Gotoarrow.pngAlabama Vital Records|Vital Records]]'' '''Alabama Birth, Marriage, and Death Records''' }}{{AL-sidebar}}
'''Introduction to Vital Records'''
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| valign="middle" height="35" bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | {{RecordSearch|1674672|Alabama Marriages, 1816 [http://search.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=7838&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 1800 -1957}} 1969]  $
| valign="middle" height="35" bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/iexec/default.aspx?htx=BookList&dbid=48006 1808 - 1870]   $
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| valign="middle" height="35" bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=7838&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 1800 - 1969]  $ | valign="middle" height="35" bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | [http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5188 1908 - 1959]   $
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== Online Resources ==
'''Births:'''<br>
*{{RecordSearch|1661470|Alabama, Births and Christenings, 1881-1930}} Index only.
*{{RecordSearch|3335352|Alabama, County Birth Registers, 1881-1930}} Index only.
'''Marriages:'''<br>
*[https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=alabama United States Marriages – Alabama, 1733-2013] ($) index and images
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1898&path= Alabama, Marriages, Deaths, Wills, Court, and Other Records, 1784-1920] Book ($)
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7838 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800-1969] Index only ($)
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2080 Alabama Marriages to 1825] Abstracts ($)
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61365 Alabama, County Marriages, 1805-1967] Index and images ($)
*{{RecordSearch|1743384|Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950}} Index and images.
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4192 Alabama Marriages, 1809-1920 (Selected Counties)] ($)
*{{RecordSearch|1674672|Alabama Marriages, 1816-1957}} Index only.
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60000 Alabama, Select Marriages, 1816-1957] ($)
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60922 Alabama, Marriage Indexes, 1814-1935], index, images, ($)
*{{RecordSearch|2534485|Alabama County Marriages, 1818-1936}}, Index and images
'''Deaths:'''<br>
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1898&path= Alabama, Marriages, Deaths, Wills, Court, and Other Records, 1784-1920] Book ($)
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1710 Alabama Death Record of State Convicts, 1843-1951]
*{{RecordSearch|1674670|Alabama, Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952}} Index only.
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2543 Alabama, Deaths and Burials Index, 1881-1974] ($)
*{{RecordSearch|1307888|Alabama, Deaths, 1908-1974}} Index only.
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5188 Alabama Deaths, 1908-59] Index only ($)
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1710 Alabama Death Record of State Convicts, 1843-1951]($)
*{{RecordSearch|1202535|United States Social Security Death Index}}.
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60901 U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007], incomplete, ($).
*[http://www.deathindexes.com/alabama/index.html Online Alabama Death Records, Indexes &amp; Obituaries]
'''Divorce:'''<br>
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8976 Alabama Divorce Index, 1950-1959] ($)
*'''1816-1957''' - [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-30177/alabama-marriages-1816-1957?s=275764761 Alabama, Marriages, 1816-1957]- index ($)
== Birth Records ==
To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Alabama county birth records, click [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/AL_FRB.html here].
=== Before 1881 ===
Starting in 1881, the State of Alabama required individual counties to register the birth of children. Because most counties were slow to comply, not all births were recorded. In addition, many records from this time period are missing or were destroyed. Birth&nbsp;registers from this time period usually <u>do</u> <u>not</u> list the name of the child.
FamilySearch has a&nbsp;partial index of [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1661470 Births and Christenings, 1881-1930]. Background information about the source of this index is available [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Alabama_Births_and_Christenings_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) here].
To obtain copies of birth records from this time period, contact the County Court where the birth occurred.
To access microfilmed copies of county birth records for some Alabama Counties do a "Place-name Search" of the[https://familysearch.org/catalog-search FamilySearch Catalog] for the appropriate county name in the folllowing format: &nbsp;"Alabama, &lt;county name&gt;". &nbsp;(See [[FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search|How to do a Place-name search]] wiki page.)
=== 1908 to Present ===
== Adoption Records ==
See, [[http://laws.adoption.com/statutes/alabama-laws.html Alabama adoption law] requires the creation of a new birth certificate after a legal adoption has taken place. The original birth certificate and evidence of adoption are then placed in a sealed file and the new certificate is substituted for the original birth certificate in the [http://adph.org/vitalrecords/ State Department of Vital Statistics] files. Starting August 1, 2000, original birth records (as well as all documents in the sealed file) became available to adoptees once they reached the age of 19. The [http://adph.org/vitalrecords/Default.asp?id=1563 Adoption Research|'''Alabama Department of Public Health] has detailed information about obtaining copies of sealed birth records. See [[Adoption Research.''']] for more information.
== Marriage Records ==
To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Alabama county marraige records, click [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/AL_FRM.html here].
=== 1799 - March 3, 1817 Mississippi Territory ===
To access microfilmed copies of county marriage records for some Alabama Counties do a "Place-name Search" of the [https://familysearch.org/catalog-search FamilySearch Catalog] for the appropriate county name in the folllowing format: "Alabama, &lt;county name&gt;". &nbsp;(See [[FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search|How to do a Place-name search]] wiki page.)
FamilySearch provides a name index to [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1674672 Alabama&nbsp;Marriages, 1816-1957].&nbsp;&nbsp; Background information regarding these historical records is available [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Alabama_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) here].&nbsp; Also available for some counties are&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collectioncatalog/1743384 indexes and images of Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950]. (Records are added as they become available.)
=== 1936 - Present ===
=== Early - 1950 ===
Prior to 1950, divorces could be granted by the State Legislature, Circuit Courts, City Courts, and County Chancery Courts. In 1915, the County Chancery Courts were merged with the County Circuit Courts. Divorces finalized by the State Legislature can be found in the published Alabama [http://www.legislature.state.al.us/aliswww/AlaLegHistory.htm Legislative Journals]. To locate divorce records for this time period, contact the [http://www.acadv.org/courtscontent/uploads/2014/10/Alabama-Circuit-Courts.html pdf Clerk of Circuit Court] in the county where the divorce was granted.
=== 1950 - Present ===
== Death Records ==
To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Alabama county death records, click [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/AL_FRD.html here].
=== Before 1881 ===
Starting in 1881, the State of Alabama required individual counties to register deaths. Because most counties were slow to comply, not all deaths were recorded. In addition, many records from this time period are missing or were destroyed.
FamilySearch has a partial index of [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1674670 Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952]. Background information (including county names and number of records indexed) &nbsp;is available [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Alabama_Deaths_and_Burials_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) here].
To obtain copies of death records from this time period, contact the County Court where the death occurred.
To access microfilmed copies of county marriage records for some Alabama Counties do a "Place-name Search" of the [https://familysearch.org/catalog-search FamilySearch Catalog] for the appropriate county name in the folllowing format: "Alabama, &lt;county name&gt;". &nbsp;(See [[FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search|How to do a Place-name search]] wiki page.)
=== January 1908 - Present ===
Starting in January of 1908, Alabama State Law required the registration of all deaths occuring within the state of Alabama. Copies of death certificates were filed with the [http://www.adph.org/vitalrecords/ Alabama Center for Health Statistics]. Information found on a death certificate is reported by an informant (usually a relative) and may or may not be accurate.
FamilySearch provides an [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1307888 index to death certificates from the state of Alabama, 1908-1974]. Background information regarding these historical records is available [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Alabama_Statewide_Death_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) here].
To obtain copies of original&nbsp;death records, contact the [http://adph.org/vitalrecords/Default.asp?id=1560 Alabama Department of Public Health]. Also see[[Alabama, United States - Death - 1900-Present]].  === Fetal Deaths ===Only parents may request a copy of a "Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth." A "Fetal Death Report" is a statistical report and no certified copies are issued. However, for a period of two years after the event, a non-certified copy may be requested by the parent.<ref>“United States Fetal Death Records,” ''Lake Superior Roots, v 29, no 2.'' (Marquette, Michigan: Marquette County Genealogical Society, 2016), 11.</ref>
=== Resources for Alabama Death Records ===
*For indexes and other available online records, see [[Alabama Vital Records Online|Alabama Vital Records Online]].
*Alabama. Department of Health. ''Death Records&nbsp;from 1908 to 1974&nbsp;and Death Indexes from 1908 to 1959''.&nbsp;Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1993-2000. {{FHL|683729|item|disp=FHL Film 1,909,110 (first of 734 films)}}; also available at {{RecordSearch|1307888|Name of database}}; also see the wiki page [[Alabama Statewide Death Certificates (- FamilySearch Historical Records)|Alabama Statewide Death Certificates]] for information about the database.)
A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:
*[[Alabama Statewide Death Records (- FamilySearch Historical Records)|Alabama Statewide Death Records (- FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
== Minorities ==
The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Alabama Vital Records. Check [[Alabama, United States - Online Vital Records|Alabama Vital Records&nbsp;Online]] for more information about the resources listed below. Most online resources for Alabama Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to [[Contradictions and discrepancies|confirm the information]] in the index.
*{{RecordSearch|3335352|Alabama, County Birth Registers, 1881-1930}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/alabama/al-vital-records/ How to order Alabama Vital Records]
*[http://www.fhlfavorites.info/Links/USA_States/States_Frames/Alabama/Alabama_Frame.htm Alabama Links] from [http://fhlfavorites.info/ fhlfavorites.info] -&nbsp;Free
*[http://lrp.algensoc.org/lrpw/loader2.html Alabama Loose Records Index] created by the [http://www.archives.alabama.gov/research.html Alabama&nbsp;Department of Archives and History]&nbsp;- Free
*[https://web.archive.org/web/20170703223928/http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/regional.html#Alabama Alabama Databases] listed on [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Rootsweb.com]&nbsp;- Free *[http://www.censusdiggins.com/alabama_marriages.html Alabama Marriages Before 1825]&nbsp;&nbsp;Free database at CensusDiggins.com
*[http://www.genealogybuff.com/al/state/webbbs_config.pl Alabama Obituary and Death Notices Collection] from GenealogyBuff.com -Free
*[http://www.deathindexes.com/alabama/index.html Alabama Death Records, Indexex and Obituaries]
*[http://www.ancestorhunt.com/alabama-vital-records.htm Alabama Vital Records]&nbsp;Free guide to locating AL vital records at AncestorHunt.com.
*USGenWeb.org [http://www.algenwebalgw.usorg/ Alabama Site] - Free
*Search for Alabama Collections on [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] under Canada, USA, and Mexico - Free
*The Vital Records Search and Information Directory for [http://www.daddezio.com/records/room/RR-AL-NDX.html Alabama] - Free/$
*Linkpendium Links for [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AL/ Alabama Genealogy and History], including individual Counties&nbsp;-&nbsp;Free/$&nbsp;
*Search the [http://www.ancestry.com/search/locality/dbpage.aspx?tp=2&p=3&categoryFilterID=34&showPaging=true Alabama Birth, Marriage &amp; Death] Records at Ancestry.com - $&nbsp;
*Order [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/alabama.htm Alabama Certificates] online -&nbsp;<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1247073573052_30" /><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1247073573052_178" />
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/alabama/links/ Alabama Genealogy Links] - links to records where researchers can trace their Alabama ancestry.
*[http://www.learnwebskills.com/family/vitalrecords1.htm#al Alabama Vital Records and Probate Records]
'''Wiki articles describing these collections are found at:'''<br>
*[[Alabama Births and Christenings (- FamilySearch Historical Records)|Alabama Births and Christenings (- FamilySearch Historical Records)]] *[[Alabama Deaths and Burials (- FamilySearch Historical Records)|Alabama Deaths and Burials (- FamilySearch Historical Records)]] *[[Alabama Statewide Death Records (- FamilySearch Historical Records)|Alabama Statewide Death Records (- FamilySearch Historical Records)]] *[[Alabama County Marriages (- FamilySearch Historical Records)|Alabama County Marriages (- FamilySearch Historical Records)]] *[[Alabama Marriages (- FamilySearch Historical Records)|Alabama Marriages (- FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
*[[:Category:Alabama FamilySearch Historical Records]] All pages in the FamilySearch Wiki on FamilySearch Historical Records about Alabama.
== Bibliography ==
*Alabama Historical Records Survey Project. ''Guide to Public Vital Statistics in Alabama.'' 1942. Digital version at {{FSbook|88502}} [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/543576-guide-to-public-vital-statistics-in-alabama?offset=1 FamilySearch Digital Library] - free.
*Barefield, Marilyn Davis. ''Researching in Alabama a Genealogical Guide'', Southern Historical Press, 1987. {{WorldCat|15719645|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}} {{FHL|668815|item|disp=FHL Book 976.1 D27b}}
*Nancy Dupree, Reference Consultant for Alabama Department of Archives and History. Telephone interview. 14 Jan. 2009.
*[http://www.adph.org/vitalrecords/Default.asp?id=1558 Alabama Center for Health Statistics - Vital Records].
*Davis, Robert S., and Mary Bess Paluzzi. "Alabama" in ''Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources'', 3rd ed. Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 1992. pp. 21-34. {{WorldCat|55947869|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}} {{FHL|611946|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27rb}}
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