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Collection Time Period[edit | edit source]

This index covers events from 1816 through 1957.

Record Description[edit | edit source]

This index is an electronic database of information. The entries are primarily from the IGI along with some entries derived from compiled and original records such as:

  • Family Records
  • Church Records
  • Civil Registration

It may also include indexes generated by the internet indexing project sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

There may be entries that cite a specific source such as the following:

  • "Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636-1850: a Family Register for the People" by James Arnold
  • "Paul Dingwell Genealogical Collection" by Paul Dingwell
  • A county or state vital record registration

These entries are in this collection for one of the following reasons:

  • They were submitted by private individuals to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and as such are part of the IGI resulting in their inclusion in this index.
  • They have been indexed through the internet indexing project sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. If this is the case, the index they are a part of has been included as part of this database.

The Vital Record Index databases are not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records although some sub-indexes (an index to a set of records within the database) have been found. When we identify a sub-index, we remove it from the database and post it separately on FamilySearch under its appropriate title.

This index is not complete for any particular place or region.

Record Content[edit | edit source]

The key genealogical facts found in marriage index entries may include:

  • Name of the bride and groom
  • Names of the parents
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

This collection is a partial index of records for the localities listed below as of April 2010. The table below shows the number of records by locality. Localities not listed may not have any records in this collection.

Most of these records date from the time period indicated in the columns below; however, there may be records before and after these dates. Record counts where the locality information was incomplete are included below under the country name. Because of this, you may wish to search only by state.

As this is an index of records compiled from various sources, it is strongly recommended that you verify the information in original records. Due to privacy laws not all records may be displayed.

Locality Births and Christenings, Marriages, 1816-1957 Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952
Alabama 48,117 107,772 51,151
Autauga 4,534 15,791 1,057
Barbour 5,820 30,327 2,514
Bibb 8,485 19,852 5,654
Blount 0 20,910 4,467
Bullock 4,828 21,766 0
Butler 14,809 28,105 3,050
Calhoun 606 39,506 0
Chambers 0 26,280 0
Cherokee 0 9,730 0
Chilton 677 11,799 1,373
Choctaw 0 8,801 0
Clarke 0 5,427 0
Clay 0 9,868 632
Cleburne 0 8,496 0
Coffee 0 3,337 0
Colbert 0 22,803 0
Conecuh 11,608 11,535 2,902
Coosa 0 24,074 275
Covington 1,095 20,013 0
Crenshaw 0 14,398 0
Cullman 0 16,033 0
Dale 0 2,438 0
Dallas 141 44,159 2,647
DeKalb 0 2,549 0
Elmore 750 20,176 319
Escambia 0 11,980 0
Etowah 0 3,309 0
Franklin 0 10,474 0
Geneva 3,994 5,145 1,049
Greene 0 33,854 0
Hale 305 30,127 1,342
Henry 0 22,705 0
Jackson 2,027 24,984 289
Jefferson 0 338,053 0
Lamar 0 6,044 236
Lauderdale 0 21,168 0
Lawrence 7,425 9,936 0
Lee 0 11,841 0
Limestone 0 8,141 0
Lowndes 8,195 34,427 1,844
Macon 0 28,196 0
Madison 20,854 43,999 0
Marengo 0 28,172 460
Marion 0 2,860 0
Marshall 0 12,343 571
Mobile 6 22,442 0
Monroe 0 5,585 0
Montgomery 0 38,034 0
Perry 3,063 7,395 2,819
Pickens 2,539 10,077 912
Pike 6,675 13,557 3,365
Randolph 13,891 0 5,380
Russell 0 14,653 0
Shelby 3,275 13,083 876
St. Clair 288 17,316 1,263
Sumter 1,873 21,670 1,746
Tallapoosa 17,404 16,482 5,206
Tuscaloosa 4,379 25,817 5,205
Walker 0 3,171 0
Washington 0 3,100 328
Wilcox 769 24,040 724
Winston 4,822 2,146 546
Total 203,254 1,472,271 110,202

How to Use the Record[edit | edit source]

Use this file to help you learn more about your ancestors. The information could help you identify family relationships and lineages as well as direct you to original records of your ancestors, which may contain additional information.

Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection[edit | edit source]

Each entry in this index has a source listed which includes a batch number. You will need to trace the batch number for the individual entry to learn its source. Please see the following wiki articles for more information on batch numbers:

If an FHL film number is given in the entry for your ancestor, search for it in the Family History Library Catalog.

Record History[edit | edit source]

For over 30 years, volunteer indexers extracted this information from microfilm copies of the original records. In 1998, a few of the entries were published on 7 CDs by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the "North America Vital Records Index." This index is an index of some marriages in Alabama. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.

Why the Record Was Created[edit | edit source]

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored the indexing to accomplish its program of identifying the ancestry of mankind.

Record Reliability[edit | edit source]

Church records and civil registration were official sources and are some of the most reliable sources of information available on those who were born, married, or died in Alabama.

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Contributions to This Article[edit | edit source]

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Citation for This Collection[edit | edit source]

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records. 

"Alabama Marriages, 1816-1957" index, "FamilySearch" ( Index based on the International Genealogical Index, Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. FHL digital index. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections[edit | edit source]

When you copy information from the record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find th record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you do not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

Citation Example for Records Found in This Collection[edit | edit source]

"Alabama Marriages, 1816-1957," database and digital images, FamilySearch ( accessed 3 March 2011, entry for Thomas J. Evans and Elizabeth E. Matthews, married 1 March 1874; reference M59328, FHL 1,018,434; Jackson County Courthouse, Scottsboro, Alabama.