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

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County Facts
County seat: Hayneville
Organized: January 20, 1830
Parent County(s): Butler, Dallas, Montgomery[1]
Neighboring Counties
Autauga  • Butler  • Crenshaw  • Dallas  • Montgomery  • Wilcox
See County Maps
Courthouse
Lowndes County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
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Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named is in honor of William Lowndes, a member of the United States Congress from South Carolina.[2]The county is located in the central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Lowndes County Courthouse
1 Washington Street
Hayneville, AL 36040
Phone: 334-548-2252
Fax: 334-548-2548
Lowndes County Website

Judge of Probate has marriage and land records from 1830, birth and death records from 1879, probate records from 1870 and military discharge records from 1919.[4]

Lowndes County, Alabama Record Dates[edit | edit source]

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
1879 1830 1879 1830 1830 1870 1816
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1908. General compliance for births by 1927 and for deaths 1925.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

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

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

Towns
Unincorporated communities
  • Beechwood
  • Braggs
  • Burkville
  • Calhoun
  • Clover Hill
  • Collirene
  • Ellis Crossroads
  • Farmersville
  • Flatwoods
  • Fostoria
  • Hicks Hill
  • Letohatchee
  • Logan
  • Lum
  • Macedonia


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Lowndes, 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 Lowndes county cemeteries.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing Lowndes County census records online, see: Alabama Census.

Lowndes County, Alabama
Year Pop.
1820
1830 9,410
1840 19,539 107.6%
1850 21,915 12.2%
1860 27,716 26.5%
1870 25,719 −7.2%
1880 31,176 21.2%
1890 31,550 1.2%
1900 35,651 13.0%
1910 31,894 −10.5%
1920 25,406 −20.3%
1930 22,878 −10.0%
1940 22,661 −0.9%
1950 18,018 −20.5%
1960 15,417 −14.4%
1970 12,897 −16.3%
1980 13,253 2.8%
1990 12,658 −4.5%
2000 13,473 6.4%
2010 11,299 −16.1%

State Census

Church Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

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 Lowndes County see:

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Lowndes County, Alabama: with Homesteads, Roads, Waterways, Towns, Cemeteries, Railroads, and More. Norman, Okla.: Arphax Pub. Co., 2007. This is a definitive work and can be used as an index to land grants. Digital version at HistoryGeo.com ($). Website includes surname index. FHL Book 976.1465 E7b.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Lowndes 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[edit | edit source]

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Regiments. Men in Lowndes 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 Lowndes County:

- 1st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H (Guards of the Sunny South)
- 3rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H "Lowndes Beauregards"
- 5th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company K
- 6th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E [subsequently, Company M]
- 14th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B "Moore Guards"
- 17th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A (Bartow Avengers);
- 23rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F
- 44th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A
- 45th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B and I
- 60th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company I

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

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 $. Lowndes County is in District 2

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Lowndes Hayneville/Lowndes County Public Library
4 Washington Street
PO Box 425
Hayneville, Alabama 36040-0425
Phone:334-548-2686
Facebook

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Lowndes County Historical & Genealogical Society
19244 Alabama Hwy 21
Minter, AL 36761
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

  • Inventory of the County Archives of Alabama: Lowndes County Birmingham, Ala.: The Project, 1939. Digital version at Ancestry $

References[edit | edit source]

  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, "Lowndes County, Alabama Genealogy and History", http://genealogytrails.com/ala/lowndes/ 6/08/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Lowndes, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lowndes_County,_Alabama 6/08/2017.
  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, "Lowndes County, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lowndes_County,_Alabama, accessed 19 October 2018.
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/c/cf/Igialabamals.pdf.