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

County Facts
County seat: Abbeville
Organized: December 13, 1819
Parent County(s): Conecuh[1]
Neighboring Counties
Barbour  • Clay (GA)  • Dale  • Early (GA)  • Houston  • Quitman (GA)
See County Maps
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Location Map
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County Information


The County was named in honor of Patrick Henry, famous orator and Governor of Virginia.[2] The County is located in the southeast area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse

Henry County Courthouse
101 Court Square, Ste J
Abbeville, AL 36310-2135
Phone: 334-585-2753
Fax: 334-585-5006
Henry County Website

Probate Judge has marriage records from 1821, land records from 1824, birth records 1895-1906 and probate from 1839.[4]

Henry County, Alabama Record Dates

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
1895 1821 1895 1822 1824 1839 1816
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1908. General compliance for births by 1927 and for deaths 1925.

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes

  • 1819-- Henry County was created 13 December 1819 from Conecuh County.
  • County seat: Abbeville[6]

Populated Places

The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in Henry County:[7]

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

Unincorporated communities

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Henry, 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 Henry county cemeteries.

  • Alabama cemetery records by county.
  • Hutto Family Cemetery, Henry County, Alabama. 1956.
  • Scott, Marvin. Tomb Inscriptions and Obituary Notices of Henry County, Alabama. Climax, Ga., 1958. Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • Additional Henry County cemeteries are included in Alabama Cemetery Records FamilySearch Digital Library-Vol. 2

Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 2,638
1830 4,020 52.4%
1840 5,787 44.0%
1850 9,019 55.8%
1860 14,918 65.4%
1870 14,191 −4.9%
1880 18,761 32.2%
1890 24,847 32.4%
1900 36,147 45.5%
1910 20,943 −42.1%
1920 21,547 2.9%
1930 22,820 5.9%
1940 21,912 −4.0%
1950 18,674 −14.8%
1960 15,286 −18.1%
1970 13,254 −13.3%
1980 15,302 15.5%
1990 15,374 0.5%
2000 16,310 6.1%
2010 17,302 6.1%
Source: "".

State Census

Church Records

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

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes



Land and Property Records

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.

To place a grant or deed on a map within context of Henry County see:

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Henry County, Alabama: with Homesteads, Roads, Waterways, Towns, Cemeteries, Railroads, and More. Norman, Okla.: Arphax Pub. Co., 2008. This is a definitive work and can be used as an index to land grants. Digital version at ($). Website includes surname index. FHL Book 976.131 E7b.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Henry 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

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for more resources


Military Records

Civil War
Regiments. Men in Henry 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 Henry County:

- 6th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A "Henry Grays"
- 6th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company K "Columbia Blues" [subsequently, Company A]
- 15th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company G
- 24th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company K "Autauga Guards"
- 37th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A, E and H
- 39th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D and G
- 46th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company I
- 60th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E
- 61st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F and K

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship


  • 1959 Indiana Progress (Abbeville, Ala.) at Ancestry $


Other Records

Voting Records

Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Henry County has two books:


Probate Records

Online Probate Records

School Records

Social Security Records

Tax Records

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.

  • 1865-1866 U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 at Ancestry $

Vital Records

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.





Research Facilities


Family History Centers

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

Dothan Alabama
3199 Ross Clark Cir NW
Dothan, AL 36303-3063
Phone: 334-793-7425


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

Henry Abbeville Memorial Library
301 Kirkland Street
Abbeville, AL 36310
Phone: 334-585-2818
Fax: 334-585-2819



Henry County Historical Group, Inc.
P. O. Box 125
Newville, AL 36353


Research Guides


  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, “Henry County, Alabama Genealogy and History”, 06/06/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Henry, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama 06/06/2017.
  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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Henry County, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama, accessed 17 October 2018.
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at