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Marion County, Alabama Genealogy

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Guide to Marion 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: Hamilton
Organized: February 13, 1818
Parent County(s): Tuscaloosa[1]
Neighboring Counties
Fayette  • Franklin  • Itawamba (MS)  • Lamar  • Monroe (MS)  • Walker  • Winston
See County Maps
Courthouse
Marion County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
Marion County Alabama.png
Adoption
Francis Marion

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named in honor of Francis Marion of South Carolina, general in the American Revolutionary War. It is located in the northwest area of the state.[2].

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Marion County Courthouse
132 Military Street
PO Box 1595
Hamilton, AL 35570
Phone: 205-921-1943
Fax: 205-952-9851
Marion County Website

Probate Judge has birth and death records 1909 -1919; marriage records from 1885, land records from 1887; and military discharge records from 1920 [3]

Marion 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
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate Census
1909 1885 1909 1887 1887 1885 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]

Marion County had destructive courthouse fires in 1866, and 1883. See Research in Alabama: A Genealogical Guide page 28 for suggested alternative sources to overcome this loss.[4]

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:


Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1818--Marion County was created 13 February 1818 from Tuscaloosa County.
  • County seat: Hamilton[5]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in Marion County:[6]

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

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
  • Sunny Home
  • Texas
  • Thornhill
  • Tucker
  • Weston
  • Whitehouse
Townships
  • Clay
  • Dallas
  • Franklin
  • Indiana
  • Knoxville
  • Lake Prairie
  • Pleasant Grove
  • Red Rock
  • Summit
  • Union
  • Washington
Ghost towns
  • Pearces Mills


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

The county is named after "The Swamp Fox" Revolutionary War Brigadier General Francis Marion (c1732-1795).[7]

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 Marion, 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 Marion county cemeteries.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

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

Marion County, Alabama
Year Pop.
1830 4,058
1840 5,847 44.1%
1850 7,833 34.0%
1860 11,182 42.8%
1870 6,059 −45.8%
1880 9,364 54.5%
1890 11,347 21.2%
1900 14,494 27.7%
1910 17,495 20.7%
1920 22,008 25.8%
1930 25,967 18.0%
1940 28,776 10.8%
1950 27,264 −5.3%
1960 21,837 −19.9%
1970 23,788 8.9%
1980 30,041 26.3%
1990 29,830 −0.7%
2000 31,214 4.6%
2010 30,776 −1.4%

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 Marion County see:

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Marion County, Alabama: with Homesteads, Roads, Waterways, Towns, Cemeteries, Railroads, and More. Norman, Okla.: Arphax Pub. Co., 2006. 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 976.189 E7b.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Marion 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 Marion 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 Marion County:

- 5th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company E, F, H and K
- 16th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company G and K
- 26th Regiment, Alabama Infantry (O'Neal's), Company F, G and H
- 42nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company K

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Transcription of the following newspapers:

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Voting Records[edit | edit source]

Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Marion County has one book.

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 ($). Marion County is in District 3.

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]

  • 1881-1952 - Alabama, Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952 at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection
  • 1881–1974 Index to Deaths and Burials at Ancestry – ($); . Volunteers extracted the details in this index from microfilmed copies of church, civil, family, and other records of Alabama deaths and burials. details vary depending on the original record. Note that the number of available records can vary widely by county, and this database does not necessarily represent a comprehensive set of death records for the state during this time.
  • 1908-1959 Index to Deaths Recorded by the State of Alabama at Ancestry– ($); . The index includes name of the deceased, county of death, date of death, and the state certificate number (volume and page).
  • 1908-1974 - Alabama, Deaths, 1908-1974 at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection

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]

Winfield Public Library
185 Ashwood Drive
Winfield, Alabama 35594
Phone: 205-487-2484
Website

The library has a genealogy section.

Clyde Nix Public Library
PO Box 1944
350 Bexar Avenue West
Hamilton AL 35570
Phone: 205-921-4290

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Marion County Genealogical Society
P. O. Drawer 1527
Winfield, AL 35594
Website

Marion County Historical Society
P. O. Box 492
Hamilton, AL 35570
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

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, "Marion County, Alabama Genealogy and History", http://genealogytrails.com/ala/marion/ 6/08/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Marilyn Davis Barefield, Researching in Alabama: a Genealogical Guide (Birmingham, Alabama : Birmingham Public Library, 1998), 28. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Book 976.1 D27b 1998.
  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. Wikipedia contributors, "Marion County, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marion_County,_Alabama, accessed 22 October 2018.
  7. "Francis Marion," Wikipedia.
  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.