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Morgan County, Alabama Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Decatur
Organized: February 6, 1818
Parent County(s): Cherokee Turkeytown Cession
Neighboring Counties
Cullman  • Lawrence  • Limestone  • Madison  • Marshall  • Winston
See County Maps
Courthouse
Morgan County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
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Adoption

County InformationEdit

DescriptionEdit

The County was named after General Daniel Morgan, of Virginia. The County is located in the north-central location of the state.[1]

County CourthouseEdit

Morgan County Courthouse
302 Lee Street NE, 4th Fl Courthouse
Decatur, Al 35601
Phone: 256-351-4790
Fax: 256-351-4880
Morgan County Website

Probate Judge has marriage and probate records from 1818[2]

Morgan County, Alabama Record DatesEdit

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[3]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate Census
1983 1818 1908 1817 1816 1818 1816
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1908. General compliance for births by 1927 and for deaths 1925.

Record LossEdit

Morgan County had destructive courthouse fires in 1926, and 1938.[4]

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


Boundary ChangesEdit

  • 1818--Morgan County was created 6 February 1818 from the Cherokee Turkeytown Cession.
  • Formerly Cotaco County. Name changed to Morgan 14 Jun 1821.
  • County seat: Decatur[5]

Populated PlacesEdit

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

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

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
  • Albany (New Decatur)
  • Austinville
  • Carter
  • Cedar Plains
  • Center Grove (Apple Grove)
  • Centerville
  • Flint
  • Florette (Nunns Mill)
  • Gum Pond
  • Lanes
  • Lawrence Cove
  • Massey (Gibson)
  • Oak Ridge
  • Shady Grove
  • Weavers Mill
Ghost towns


History TimelineEdit

ResourcesEdit

Bible RecordsEdit

BiographiesEdit

Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit

CemeteriesEdit

Cemeteries of Morgan, 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 Morgan county cemeteries.

  • Interment.net Alabama cemetery records by county.
  • Douthat, James L. Wheeler Reservoir Cemeteries. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, at Mountain Press. $$

Census RecordsEdit

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18205,263
18309,06272.2%
18409,8418.6%
185010,1252.9%
186011,33512.0%
187012,1877.5%
188016,42834.8%
189024,08946.6%
190028,82019.6%
191033,78117.2%
192040,19619.0%
193046,17614.9%
194048,1484.3%
195052,9249.9%
196060,45414.2%
197077,30627.9%
198090,23116.7%
1990100,04310.9%
2000111,06411.0%
2010119,4907.6%
Est. 2011119,9538.0%

State Census

Church RecordsEdit

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 RecordsEdit

DirectoriesEdit

Morgan County, Alabama Online Historical Directories - identifies historical city, county, business and other directories available online on both and pay-to-access websites.

Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Ethnic, Political, and Religious GroupsEdit

African American

Funeral HomesEdit

GenealogiesEdit

GuardianshipEdit

Land and Property RecordsEdit

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.

Local HistoriesEdit

Local histories are available for Morgan 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 GazetteersEdit

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources

MigrationEdit

Military RecordsEdit

Civil War
Regiments. Men in Morgan 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 Morgan County:

- 1st Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company C
- 5th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company D, F and G
- 9th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E "Decatur Sons of Liberty"
- 12th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H "Magnolia Rifles"
- 27th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H
- 54th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H (formerly Co. "I", 1st AL, TN, and MS Infantry)


Civil War Battle Fought in Morgan County

  • 1864 - October 26-29 Decatur (partly fought in Limestone County)
Battle information from Civil War Battle Summaries by State, by the Heritage Preservation Services.

Map showing Civil War battles in Alabama.

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit

NewspapersEdit

ObituariesEdit

Other RecordsEdit

PeriodicalsEdit

Probate RecordsEdit

Online Probate Records

School RecordsEdit

Tax RecordsEdit

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 ($). Morgan County is in District 3.

Vital RecordsEdit

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.

BirthEdit

MarriageEdit

DeathEdit

DivorceEdit

Research FacilitiesEdit

ArchivesEdit

Morgan County Archives
624 Bank Street
Decatur, AL 35601
Phone:256-351-4726
Website

Family History CentersEdit

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.

Decatur Alabama Family History Center
2006 Modaus Rd SW
Decatur,AL 35603
Phone: 256-350-6586
Website

LibrariesEdit

Decatur Public Library
504 Cherry St. NE
Decatur, Alabama 35601
256-353-2993
Website

The Alabama Room has local histories, microfilmed newspapers, census records, directories, family histories, and more.

MuseumsEdit

SocietiesEdit

Morgan County Genealogical Society
624 Bank Street NE
Decatur, Alabama 35601
Website

Hartselle Historical Society
307 College St NE
P.O. Box 852
Hartselle, AL 35640
Facebook

WebsitesEdit

Research GuidesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Genealogy Trails History Group, "Morgan County, Alabama Genealogy and History", http://genealogytrails.com/ala/morgan/ 6/13/2017.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mongan County p. 39. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Morgan County, Alabama. Page 37 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 33.
  4. Alabama Counties: Morgan County in Alabama Department of Archives and History (accessed 16 March 2014).
  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, "Morgan County, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgan_County,_Alabama, accessed 24 October 2018.
  7. Coverage Table, "Alabama County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," FamilySearch Research Wiki, https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Alabama_County_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records), accessed 6 August 2012.
  8. Coverage Table, "Alabama County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," FamilySearch Research Wiki,https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Alabama_County_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records), accessed 6 August 2012.