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1820 Alabama map, (click to enlarge) Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division


Statehood: 14 Dec 1819
22nd state of the United States

Bordering states:
North: Tennessee
South: Florida
East: Georgia
West: Mississippi

Capital: Montgomery

Largest city: Birmingham

Map: Alabama, 1820
(click map to enlarge)
Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division

Institutions, Societies, and Government Websites

1819 Alabama Constitution

Alabama Department of Archives and History Digital Collections

Birmingham Public Library Digital Collection

Birmingham Public Library Databases

Encyclopedia of Alabama, Alabama Humanities Foundation

National Archives at Atlanta

Wallace State Community College Genealogy Collection

Newspapers Alabama

Newspapers Archive: Alabama

Genealogy Bank: Alabama

Chronicling America, digitized: Alabama

NewsLibrary: Alabama

Community History Archive Newspapers: Alabama

Small Town Newspapers
(Select to Alabama)

Virtual Libraries

State of Alabama

Alabama, Her History, Resources, War Record, and Public Men: From 1540 to 1872, Willis Brewer, 1872.

Alabama Official and Statistical Register, Thomas M. Owen, L.L.D., 1907.

History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, vol. 4, in Four Volumes, Thomas McAdory Owen, L.L.D., 1921.

History of Alabama, and incidentally of Georgia and Mississippi, from the earliest period, vol. 1, Albert James Pickett, 1851.

Additional websites

Historical Markers and War Memorials in Alabama


Alabama Maps, Alabama Department of Archives and History

Alabama Maps, Library of Congress

Alabama Landowner Maps, Library of Congress

Interactive Map of Alabama County Formation History, Maps of U.S.

Historical Maps Works: Alabama


Alabama Manuscripts, Archive Grid

Alabama Manuscripts, Library of Congress

Military Records

U.S. level records

Alabama, Register of Officers, 1820-1863, (Ancestry)

Revolutionary War

Alabama Revolutionary War Soldiers, (Ancestry)

Alabama, Revolutionary War Residents, 1776-1783 (Ancestry)

Revolutionary Soldiers in Alabama (Ancestry)

Civil War

Alabama Civil War Muster Rolls, 1861-1865, Alabama Department of Archives and History, (Ancestry)

Alabama, Civil War Soldiers, 1860-1865, Alabama Department of Archives and History, (Ancestry)

Alabama Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865
(Family Search, indexed)

Alabama Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865
(Family Search, indexed)

List of staff officers of the Confederate States Army (Ancestry)

Alabama, Census of Confederate Veterans, 1907, 1921, 1927
(Family Search, by county)

Alabama, Census of Confederate Soldiers, 1907, 1921, (Ancestry)

Alabama, Confederate Pension and Service Records, 1862-1947, Alabama Department of Archives and History, (Ancestry)

Alabama, Confederate Pension Applications, ca. 1880-1930’s (Family Search, indexed)

Alabama, Texas and Virginia, Confederate Pensions, 1884-1958, (Ancestry)

Alabama, Southern Claims Commission Approved Claims, 1871-1880
(Family Search, indexed, images)

Alabama, Questionnaires of Widows of Confederate Soldiers, 1927, (Ancestry)

World War I

Alabama, World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919
(Family Search, indexed)

Alabama, Military Card Files,1917-1918
Alabama Department of Archives and History, (Ancestry)

Alabama, World War I Gold Star Index, 1917-1918, (Ancestry)

World War II

Alabama, World War II Military Dead and Wounded, 1944-1946, Alabama Department of Archives and History (Ancestry)

Korean War

Alabama Soldiers in the Korean War, 1950-1952
Alabamians at War—ADAH Public Information Subject Files. Montgomery, Alabama: Alabama Department of Archives and History, (Ancestry)

National Guard

Alabama, National Guard Index Cards, 1897-1924, (Ancestry)

Records Sets-State Level

Alabama Record Sets (Ancestry Collections)

Alabama Record Sets (Family Search)


Alabama Births and Christenings, 1881-1930
(Family Search, indexed)

Alabama, County Birth Registers, 1881-1930
(Family Search, indexed)


Alabama, Marriage Index, 1800-1969

Alabama, Compiled Marriages, 1802-1825

Alabama, County Marriage Records, 1805-1967

Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950
(Family Search, by county, not fully indexed)

Alabama, Compiled Marriages from Selected Counties, 1809-1920

Alabama, WPA Marriage Index, 1814-1935

Alabama: Marriages, 1816-1957
(American Ancestors)

Alabama Marriages, 1816-1957
(Family Search, indexed)

Alabama, Select Marriage Indexes, 1816-1942

Alabama County Marriages, 1818-1936
(Family Search, indexed, no images)

Alabama Divorce Index, 1950-1959

Alabama, Marriages, Deaths, Wills, Court, and Other Records, 1784-1920, Alabama Department of Archives and History, (Ancestry)

Deaths, Burials, Estate

Alabama Probate Records, 1809-1985
(Family Search)

Alabama Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952
(Family Search, indexed)

Alabama, Deaths and Burials Index, 1881-1974

Alabama: Deaths, 1908-1974
(American Ancestors)

Alabama, Death Index, 1908-1959

Alabama Death Record of State Convicts, 1843-1951, Death Record of State Convicts, 1843–1951., Alabama Department of Corrections and Institutions, Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH), Montgomery, Alabama, (Ancestry)

Alabama Cemetery Records

Alabama, Mobile Magnolia Cemetery Interment Cards, 1836-1995
(Family Search, indexed)

Alabama, Friends of Magnolia Cemetery, Funeral Books, 1911-1965
(Family Search, indexed)

Alabama, Wills and Probate Records, 1753-1999

Alabama Estate Files, 1830-1976 
(Family Search, by county, not fully indexed)

Land Records

Alabama, Homestead and Cash Entry Patents, Pre-1908 (Ancestry)

Court Records

Alabama, Jefferson County Circuit Court Papers, 1870-1916
(Family Search, indexed)

Alabama, Madison County Chancery and Circuit Court Records, 1829-1968
(Family Search, not indexed, by type, file name)

Alabama, Sumter County Circuit Court Files, 1840-1950
(Family Search, not indexed, by type, file name)

Census and People Related Records

Census records

Alabama State Census, 1820-1866,
Alabama Department of Archives and History,

Alabama State Census, 1855
(Family Search, indexed)

Alabama State Census, 1866
(Family Search, indexed)


Alabama, Church Records, 1831-1994
(Family Search, index)

Alabama, Episcopal Diocese of Alabama, Church Records, 1837-1970, Episcopal Diocese of Alabama. Church Records, 1837-1970. Birmingham, Alabama (Ancestry)

Alabama, Freedmen’s Bureau Field Office Records, 1865-1872
(Family Search)

Alabama, Surname Files Expanded, 1702–1981

Alabama, Surname Files, 1901–2005

Alabama, Voter Registration, 1867
Alabama Department of Archives and History,

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List of Alabama Counties

Autauga, Baldwin, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Bullock, Butler, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Choctaw, Clarke, Clay, Cleburne, Coffee, Colbert, Conecuh, Coosa, Covington, Crenshaw, Cullman, Dale, Dallas, De Kalb, Elmore, Escambia, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Geneva, Greene, Hale, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lee, Limestone, Lowndes, Macon, Madison, Marengo, Marion, Marshall, Mobile, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Randolph, Russell, St. Clair, Shelby, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Washington, Wilcox, Winston

Original counties as listed in the 1819 Alabama Constitution, Schedule, Article 6, Schedule, Sect. 8: were Autauga, Baldwin, Blount, Cahawba, Clark, Conecuh, Cotaco, Dallas, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marengo, Marion, Monroe, Montgomery, Mobile, St. Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa, Washington. Alabama County Creation Dates and Parent Counties.