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Use this table to determine what records to search to achieve your [[Alabama|Alabama]] research goal.
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== Record Finder Table for Alabama ==
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The following Record Finder table assists researchers in determining record types that may list the information they are looking for.
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=== Order of Records ===
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The typically most reliable sources are listed at the top of the list. However, depending on the time period of the record and location, multiple records in the list may need to be searched to achieve the objective. Alternative records are listed as well in case traditional records do not provide the desired information.
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== List of Topics ==
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This Record Finder table links to the Alabama topic Wiki pages, containing databases and other information about accessing the records.
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===Vital Events ===
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| '''1. If you need:'''  
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| style="align:left; width:25%;" | '''Searching for:'''  
| '''2. Look first in:'''  
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| style="align:left; width:35%;" | '''Best Records to Search:'''  
| '''3. Then search:'''
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| style="align:left; width:35%;" | '''Alternative Records:'''
 
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| Adoptions
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| align="left" | Birth date and place
| Court Records, Vital Records  
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| Probate Records, Census, Obituaries
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*[[Alabama Vital Records|Vital Records]]
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*[[Alabama Church Records|Church Records]]
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*[[Alabama Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
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*[[Alabama Newspapers|Newspapers]]
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*[[Alabama Obituaries|Obituaries]]
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
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*[[Alabama Bible Records|Bible Records]]
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*[[Alabama Census|Census]]
 
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| Age
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| align="left" | Marriage place and date
| Census, Cemeteries, Obituaries
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| Vital Records, Military Records, Bible Records
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*[[Alabama Vital Records|Vital Records]]
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*[[Alabama Church Records|Church Records]]
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*[[Alabama Census|Census]]
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*[[Alabama Newspapers|Newspapers]]
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*[[Alabama Bible Records|Bible Records]]
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*[[Alabama Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
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*[[Alabama Military Records|Military Records]]
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*[[Alabama Probate Records|Probate Records]]
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*[[Alabama Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]]<br>(after 1906)
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*[[Alabama Land and Property|Land and Property]]
 
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| Birth date  
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| align="left" | Death date, place, and burial
| Vital Records, Obituaries, Cemeteries  
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| Church Records, Bible Records, Military Records
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*[[Alabama Vital Records|Vital Records]]
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*[[Alabama Church Records|Church Records]]
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*[[Alabama Obituaries|Obituaries]]
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*[[Alabama Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
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*[[Alabama Newspapers|Newspapers]]
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
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*[[Alabama Probate Records|Probate Records]]
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*[[Alabama Bible Records|Bible Records]]
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*[[Alabama Military Records|Military Records]]
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|}
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===Maiden Names and Family Members===
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{| width="65%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" border="1"
 
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| Birthplace
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| style="align:left; width:25%;" | '''Searching for:'''
| Vital Records, Church Records, Obituaries
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| style="align:left; width:35%;" | '''Best Records to Search:'''
| Census, Military Records, Naturalization and Citizenship
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| style="align:left; width:35%;" | '''Alternative Records:'''
 
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| Boundaries and origins
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| align="left" | Maiden name
| Maps, Gazetteers
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| History
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*[[Alabama Vital Records|Vital Records]]
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*[[Alabama Church Records|Church Records]]
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*[[Alabama Newspapers|Newspapers]]
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*[[Alabama Bible Records|Bible Records]]
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*[[Alabama Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
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*[[Alabama Military Records|Military Records]]
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*[[Alabama Probate Records|Probate Records]]
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*[[Alabama Obituaries|Obituaries]]
 
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|-
| Children
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| align="left" | Parents, children, spouses, and other family members
| Census, Probate Records, Obituaries  
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| Vital Records, Church Records
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*[[Alabama Vital Records|Vital Records]]
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*[[Alabama Church Records|Church Records]]
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*[[Alabama Census|Census]]
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*[[Alabama Probate Records|Probate Records]]
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*[[Alabama Obituaries|Obituaries]]
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*[[Alabama Bible Records|Bible Records]]
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*[[Alabama Newspapers|Newspapers]]
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*[[Alabama Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]
 
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| City or parish of foreign birth
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| align="left" | Living relatives
| Vital Records, Obituaries, Biography  
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| History, Naturalization and Citizenship, Church Records
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*[[Alabama Directories|Directories]]
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*[[Alabama Court Records|Court Records]]
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*[[Alabama Obituaries|Obituaries]]
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*[[Alabama Census|Census]]
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*[[Alabama Biography|Biography]]
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*[[Alabama Societies|Societies]]
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*[[Alabama Church Records|Church Records]]
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*[[Alabama Probate Records|Probate Records]]
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|-
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|}
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=== Immigration and Country of Origin ===
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{| width="65%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" border="1"
 
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| Country of foreign birth
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| style="align:left; width:25%;" | '''Searching for:'''
| Census, Naturalization and Citizenship, Vital Records  
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| style="align:left; width:35%;" | '''Best Records to Search:'''
| Biography, Minorities, Obituaries
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| style="align:left; width:35%;" | '''Alternative Records:'''
 
|-
 
|-
| Death information
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| align="left" | Immigration date
| Vital Records, Cemeteries, Obituaries
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| Probate Records, Church Records, Bible Records
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*[[Alabama Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]
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*[[Alabama Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]]<br>(after 1906)
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*[[Alabama Societies|Societies]]
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
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*[[Alabama Census|Census]]
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*[[Alabama Newspapers|Newspapers]]
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*[[Alabama Biography|Biography]]
 
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| Divorce
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| align="left" | City or Country of foreign birth
| Divorce Records, Vital Records, Court Records  
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| Newspapers, Census
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*[[Alabama Vital Records|Vital Records]]
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*[[Alabama Church Records|Church Records]]
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*[[Alabama Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]
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*[[Alabama Census|Census]]
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*[[Alabama Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]]<br>(after 1906)
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
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*[[Alabama Newspapers|Newspapers]]
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*[[Alabama Obituaries|Obituaries]]
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*[[Alabama Military Records|Military Records]]
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*[[Alabama Biography|Biography]]
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*[[Alabama Societies|Societies]]
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=== Residences and Locations ===
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| Emigration information
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| style="align:left; width:25%;" | '''Searching for:'''
| Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Census
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| style="align:left; width:35%;" | '''Best Records to Search:'''
| Biography, History, Obituaries
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| style="align:left; width:35%;" | '''Alternative Records:'''
 
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| Ethnic background
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| align="left" | Residence
| Native Races, Minorities, Emigration and Immigration
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|  
| Census, Obituaries, Naturalization and Citizenship
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*[[Alabama Census|Census]]
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*[[Alabama Land and Property|Land and Property]]
| Historical background
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*[[Alabama Vital Records|Vital Records]]
| History, Periodicals, Gazetteers
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*[[Alabama Directories|Directories]]
| Maps, Church Records
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*[[Alabama Taxation|Taxation]]
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|  
| Immigration date
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*[[Alabama Obituaries|Obituaries]]
| Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Census
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*[[Alabama Probate Records|Probate Records]]
| Obituaries, Biography, History
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*[[Alabama Military Records|Military Records]]
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*[[Alabama Biography|Biography]]
| Living relatives
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*[[Alabama Societies|Societies]]
| Obituaries, Probate Records, Directories
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| Court Records
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=== Personal Details and Affiliations ===
| Maiden name
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{| width="65%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" border="1"
| Vital Records, Church Records
 
| Probate Records, Military Records, Obituaries
 
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| Marriage information
 
| Vital Records, Bible Records
 
| Obituaries, Probate Records, Military Records
 
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| Migration information
 
| Emigration and Immigration, Census, Biography
 
| History, Land and Property, Maps
 
|-
 
| Naturalization
 
| Naturalization and Citizenship, Census, Court Records
 
| Voting Registers, Biography, Periodicals
 
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| Occupations
 
| Census, Directories, Obituaries  
 
| Land and Property, Biography, History, Probate Records
 
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| Other family members
 
| Census, Obituaries, Probate Records  
 
| Vital Records, Church Records
 
|-
 
| Parents
 
| Vital Records, Obituaries, Census
 
| Church Records, Biography
 
|-
 
| Physical description
 
| Military Records, Naturalization and Citizenship, Emigration and Immigration
 
| Biography, History
 
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| Place-finding aids
 
| Maps, Gazetteers, History
 
| Periodicals, Archives and Libraries
 
 
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| Places of residence
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| style="align:left; width:25%;" | '''Searching for:'''
| Census, Military Records, Obituaries, Vital Records, Church Records  
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| style="align:left; width:35%;" | '''Best Records to Search:'''
| Land and Property, Taxation, Voting Registers
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| style="align:left; width:35%;" | '''Alternative Records:'''
 
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| Place of residence when you know only the state
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| align="left" | Nationality or ethnicity
| Census, Vital Records, Military Records  
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| Land and Property, Obituaries, History
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*[[Alabama Census|Census]]
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*[[African American Record Finder]]
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*[[African American Resources for Alabama|African Americans]]
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*[[Indigenous Peoples of Alabama|Indigenous Peoples]]
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*[[Alabama Cultural Groups|Cultural Groups]]
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*[[Alabama Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]]<br>(after 1906)
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
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*[[Alabama Church Records|Church Records]]
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*[[Alabama Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]
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*[[Alabama Periodicals|Periodicals]]
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*[[Alabama Societies|Societies]]
 
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| Previous research
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| align="left" | Occupation
| Genealogy, Biography, Periodicals
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| Societies, History, Archives and Libraries
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*[[Alabama Census|Census]]
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*[[Alabama Directories|Directories]]
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*[[Alabama Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
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*[[Alabama Newspapers|Newspapers]]
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*[[Alabama Court Records|Court Records]]
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*[[Alabama Biography|Biography]]
 
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| Record-finding aids
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| align="left" | Religion
| Archives and Libraries, Periodicals
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| Societies, Genealogy, For Further Reading
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*[[Alabama Church Records|Church Records]]
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*[[Alabama Biography|Biography]]
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
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*[[Alabama Bible Records|Bible Records]]
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*[[Alabama Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
 
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|-
| Religion
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| align="left" | Social activities
| Church Records, Vital Records, Obituaries
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| Biography, History, Cemeteries
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*[[Alabama Biography|Biography]]
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*[[Alabama Newspapers|Newspapers]]
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*[[Alabama Societies|Societies]]
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
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*[[Alabama Obituaries|Obituaries]]
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*[[Alabama Court Records|Court Records]]
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*[[Alabama Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
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*[[Alabama Directories|Directories]]
 
|-
 
|-
| Social activities
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| align="left" | Physical description
| Societies, Obituaries, Biography  
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| Newspapers, History, Cemeteries
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*[[Alabama Military Records|Military Records]]
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*[[Alabama Biography|Biography]]
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
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*[[Alabama Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]]<br>(after 1906)
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*[[Alabama Vital Records|Vital Records]]
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*[[Alabama Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]
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[[Category:Alabama|Record]]
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=== Adoption ===
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For information about adoptees and their biological families, please refer to: [[United States Adoption Research|United States Adoption Research]].
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[[Category:Record Finder]]
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[[Category:Alabama Research Strategies]] [[Category:Record Finder]]

Latest revision as of 18:35, 25 January 2021

Alabama Wiki Topics
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Beginning Research
Record Types
Alabama Background
Cultural Groups
Local Research Resources

Record Finder Table for Alabama[edit | edit source]

The following Record Finder table assists researchers in determining record types that may list the information they are looking for.

Order of Records[edit | edit source]

The typically most reliable sources are listed at the top of the list. However, depending on the time period of the record and location, multiple records in the list may need to be searched to achieve the objective. Alternative records are listed as well in case traditional records do not provide the desired information.

List of Topics[edit | edit source]

This Record Finder table links to the Alabama topic Wiki pages, containing databases and other information about accessing the records.

Vital Events[edit | edit source]

Searching for: Best Records to Search: Alternative Records:
Birth date and place
Marriage place and date
Death date, place, and burial

Maiden Names and Family Members[edit | edit source]

Searching for: Best Records to Search: Alternative Records:
Maiden name
Parents, children, spouses, and other family members
Living relatives

Immigration and Country of Origin[edit | edit source]

Searching for: Best Records to Search: Alternative Records:
Immigration date
City or Country of foreign birth

Residences and Locations[edit | edit source]

Searching for: Best Records to Search: Alternative Records:
Residence

Personal Details and Affiliations[edit | edit source]

Searching for: Best Records to Search: Alternative Records:
Nationality or ethnicity
Occupation
Religion
Social activities
Physical description

Adoption[edit | edit source]

For information about adoptees and their biological families, please refer to: United States Adoption Research.