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This record selection table was created before the year 2000 with the intent of guiding research according to record availability for the specific locality at the time.  
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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.
  
This table can help you decide which records to search. It is most helpful for post-1850 research.  
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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.
  
#In column 1 find the category closest to your research goal.
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===Vital Events ===
#In column 2 find the types of records most likely to have the information you need.
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#In column 3 find additional record types that may be useful.
 
#Look in the section of these Wiki pages that corresponds to the record type you chose. It explains what the records might tell you, how to search them, and how to find the records in the ''Place Search'' of the [[Introduction to the FamilySearch Catalog|FamilySearch Catalog]]. Some records are not at the library.
 
 
 
'''Note: '''Records of previous research—genealogy, biography, history, periodicals, and societies—are useful for most goals but are not listed unless they are ''especially'' helpful.
 
 
 
{| width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" border="1"
 
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" width="30%" bgcolor="#CFF3FF" | '''What you are looking for:'''  
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| style="align:left; width:25%;" | '''Searching for:'''  
| align="left" width="35%" bgcolor="#CFF3FF" | '''Try these records first:'''  
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| style="align:left; width:35%;" | '''Best Records to Search:'''  
| align="left" width="35%" bgcolor="#CFF3FF" | '''Other useful records:'''
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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
| [[Alabama Court Records|Court Records]], [[Alabama Birth, Marriage, and Death Records|Vital Records]]  
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| [[Alabama Probate Records|Probate Records]], [[Alabama Census|Census]], [[Alabama Obituaries|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
| [[Alabama Census|Census]], [[Alabama Cemeteries|Cemeteries]], [[Alabama Obituaries|Obituaries]]  
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| [[Alabama Birth, Marriage, and Death Records|Vital Records]], [[Alabama Military Records|Military Records]], [[Alabama Bible 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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| 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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*[[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
| [[Alabama Birth, Marriage, and Death Records|Vital Records]], [[Alabama Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[Alabama Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]  
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| [[Alabama Church Records|Church Records]], [[Alabama Bible Records|Bible Records]], [[Alabama Military 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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|}
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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:'''
| [[Alabama Birth, Marriage, and Death Records|Vital Records]], [[Alabama Church Records|Church Records]], [[Alabama Obituaries|Obituaries]]
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| style="align:left; width:35%;" | '''Best Records to Search:'''
| [[Alabama Census|Census]], [[Alabama Military Records|Military Records]], [[Alabama Naturalization and Citizenship|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
| [[Alabama Maps|Maps]], [[Alabama Gazetteers|Gazetteers]]  
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| [[Alabama History|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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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
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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
| [[Alabama Census|Census]], [[Alabama Probate Records|Probate Records]], [[Alabama Obituaries|Obituaries]]  
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| [[Alabama Birth, Marriage, and Death Records|Vital Records]], [[Alabama Church 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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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
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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]]  
 
|-
 
|-
| City or parish of foreign birth
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| align="left" | Living relatives
| [[Alabama Birth, Marriage, and Death Records|Vital Records]], [[Alabama Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[Alabama Biography|Biography]]  
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| [[Alabama History|History]], [[Alabama Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]], [[Alabama Church Records|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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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
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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:'''
| [[Alabama Census|Census]], [[Alabama Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]], [[Alabama Birth, Marriage, and Death Records|Vital Records]]
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| style="align:left; width:35%;" | '''Best Records to Search:'''
| [[Alabama Biography|Biography]], [[Alabama Minorities|Minorities]], [[Alabama Obituaries|Obituaries]]
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| style="align:left; width:35%;" | '''Alternative Records:'''
 
|-
 
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| Death information
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| align="left" | Immigration date
| [[Alabama Birth, Marriage, and Death Records|Vital Records]], [[Alabama Cemeteries|Cemeteries]], [[Alabama Obituaries|Obituaries]]  
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| [[Alabama Probate Records|Probate Records]], [[Alabama Church Records|Church Records]], [[Alabama Bible 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
| [[Alabama Divorce Records|Divorce Records]], [[Alabama Birth, Marriage, and Death Records|Vital Records]], [[Alabama Court Records|Court Records]]  
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| [[Alabama Newspapers|Newspapers]], [[Alabama Census|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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|}
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=== Residences and Locations ===
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|-
| Emigration information
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| style="align:left; width:25%;" | '''Searching for:'''
| [[Alabama Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]], [[Alabama Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]], [[Alabama Census|Census]]
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| style="align:left; width:35%;" | '''Best Records to Search:'''
| [[Alabama Biography|Biography]], [[Alabama History|History]], [[Alabama Obituaries|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
| [[Alabama Native Races|Native Races]], [[Alabama Minorities|Minorities]], [[Alabama Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]  
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| [[Alabama Census|Census]], [[Alabama Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[Alabama Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]]
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*[[Alabama Census|Census]]
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*[[Alabama Land and Property|Land and Property]]
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*[[Alabama Vital Records|Vital Records]]
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*[[Alabama Directories|Directories]]
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*[[Alabama Taxation|Taxation]]
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
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*[[Alabama Obituaries|Obituaries]]  
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*[[Alabama Probate Records|Probate Records]]
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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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|}
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=== Personal Details and Affiliations ===
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{| width="65%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" border="1"
 
|-
 
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| Historical background
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| style="align:left; width:25%;" | '''Searching for:'''
| [[Alabama History|History]], [[Alabama Periodicals|Periodicals]], [[Alabama Gazetteers|Gazetteers]]
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| style="align:left; width:35%;" | '''Best Records to Search:'''
| [[Alabama Maps|Maps]], [[Alabama Church Records|Church Records]]
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| style="align:left; width:35%;" | '''Alternative Records:'''
 
|-
 
|-
| Immigration date
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| align="left" | Nationality or ethnicity
| [[Alabama Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]], [[Alabama Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]], [[Alabama Census|Census]]  
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| [[Alabama Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[Alabama Biography|Biography]], [[Alabama History|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]]  
 
|-
 
|-
| Living relatives
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| align="left" | Occupation
| [[Alabama Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[Alabama Probate Records|Probate Records]], [[Alabama Directories|Directories]]  
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| [[Alabama Court Records|Court Records]]
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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]]
 
|-
 
|-
| Maiden name
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| align="left" | Religion
| [[Alabama Birth, Marriage, and Death Records|Vital Records]], [[Alabama Church Records|Church Records]]  
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|  
| [[Alabama Probate Records|Probate Records]], [[Alabama Military Records|Military Records]], [[Alabama Obituaries|Obituaries]]
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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]]
 
|-
 
|-
| Marriage information
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| align="left" | Social activities
| [[Alabama Birth, Marriage, and Death Records|Vital Records]], [[Alabama Bible Records|Bible Records]]  
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| [[Alabama Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[Alabama Probate Records|Probate Records]], [[Alabama Military Records|Military Records]]
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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]]
 
|-
 
|-
| Migration information
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| align="left" | Physical description
| [[Alabama Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]], [[Alabama Census|Census]], [[Alabama Biography|Biography]]
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|  
| [[Alabama History|History]], [[Alabama Land and Property|Land and Property]], [[Alabama Maps|Maps]]
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*[[Alabama Military Records|Military Records]]
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*[[Alabama Biography|Biography]]  
| Naturalization
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| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|  
| [[Alabama Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]], [[Alabama Census|Census]], [[Alabama Court Records|Court Records]]  
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*[[Alabama Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]]<br>(after 1906)
| [[Alabama Voting Registers|Voting Registers]], [[Alabama Biography|Biography]], [[Alabama Periodicals|Periodicals]]
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*[[Alabama Vital Records|Vital Records]]
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*[[Alabama Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]
| Occupations
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|-  
| [[Alabama Census|Census]], [[Alabama Directories|Directories]], [[Alabama Obituaries|Obituaries]]
 
| [[Alabama Land and Property|Land and Property]], [[Alabama Biography|Biography]], [[Alabama History|History]], [[Alabama Probate Records|Probate Records]]
 
|-
 
| Other family members
 
| [[Alabama Census|Census]], [[Alabama Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[Alabama Probate Records|Probate Records]]
 
| [[Alabama Birth, Marriage, and Death Records|Vital Records]], [[Alabama Church Records|Church Records]]
 
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| Parents
 
| [[Alabama Birth, Marriage, and Death Records|Vital Records]], [[Alabama Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[Alabama Census|Census]]
 
| [[Alabama Church Records|Church Records]], [[Alabama Biography|Biography]]
 
|-
 
| Physical description
 
| [[Alabama Military Records|Military Records]], [[Alabama Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]], [[Alabama Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]
 
| [[Alabama Biography|Biography]], [[Alabama History|History]]
 
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| Place-finding aids
 
| [[Alabama Maps|Maps]], [[Alabama Gazetteers|Gazetteers]], [[Alabama History|History]]
 
| [[Alabama Periodicals|Periodicals]], [[Alabama Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]
 
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| Places of residence
 
| [[Alabama Census|Census]], [[Alabama Military Records|Military Records]], [[Alabama Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[Alabama Birth, Marriage, and Death Records|Vital Records]], [[Alabama Church Records|Church Records]]
 
| [[Alabama Land and Property|Land and Property]], [[Alabama Taxation|Taxation]], [[Alabama Voting Registers|Voting Registers]]
 
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| Place of residence when you know only the state
 
| [[Alabama Census|Census]], [[Alabama Birth, Marriage, and Death Records|Vital Records]], [[Alabama Military Records|Military Records]]
 
| [[Alabama Land and Property|Land and Property]], [[Alabama Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[Alabama History|History]]
 
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| Previous research
 
| [[Alabama Genealogy|Genealogy]], [[Alabama Biography|Biography]], [[Alabama Periodicals|Periodicals]]
 
| [[Alabama Societies|Societies]], [[Alabama History|History]], [[Alabama Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]
 
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| Record-finding aids
 
| [[Alabama Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]], [[Alabama Periodicals|Periodicals]]
 
| [[Alabama Societies|Societies]], [[Alabama Genealogy|Genealogy]], [[Alabama For Further Reading|For Further Reading]]
 
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| Religion
 
| [[Alabama Church Records|Church Records]], [[Alabama Birth, Marriage, and Death Records|Vital Records]], [[Alabama Obituaries|Obituaries]]
 
| [[Alabama Biography|Biography]], [[Alabama History|History]], [[Alabama Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
 
|-
 
| Social activities
 
| [[Alabama Societies|Societies]], [[Alabama Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[Alabama Biography|Biography]]
 
| [[Alabama Newspapers|Newspapers]], [[Alabama History|History]], [[Alabama Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
 
 
|}
 
|}
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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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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.