|Mobile Municipal Archives
- Mail: P.O. Box 1827
Mobile, Alabama 36633-1827 USA
Street address: 457 Church Street
Mobile, Alabama 36602 USA
Hours: 8-5 Monday-Friday
Map, directions, and public transportation:
- Map: Google map: Mobile Municipal Archives
- Directions: The MAA are at 457 Church Street, the corner of Church Street and Lawrence, one block south of Barton Academy.
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The Mobile Municipal Archives has records of early Alabama/Florida settlers: Spanish, French, and Anglo especially during the Spanish period. This is the premier library for Gulf Coast settlers from Louisiana to Florida.
The MMA contains the extant records of the City of Mobile, dating from the city's creation as a municipality by the Mississippi territory in 1814 including minutes, registered voters, poll tax books, and petitions.
The original records of Mobile's colonial history (1702-1813) are housed principally in London, Paris, Sevilla and Madrid.
- If you have extensive research to do, please call ahead and speak with the Archivist or Assistant Archivist so that we may be prepared to better assist you when you arrive.
- Researchers are required to register upon entering the Archives.
- Xerox and microfilm copies are available for 10 cents. Certain records are subject to restrictions by State and Federal law. All records are used under the supervision of the staff.
Guide to the Mobile Municipal Archives (pdf) 136 pages including an index.
If you cannot visit or find a source at the Mobile Municipal Archives, a similar source may be available at one of the following.
- Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, local government files, newspapers, maps, church records, Civil War soldiers, photos, publications, historical quarterly, 1867 voter database, World War I Goldstar database, vertical files, personal history surname file, and AL city directories inventory.
- National Archives at Atlanta federal censuses, Ancestry.com, military, pensions, bounty-land, photos, passengers arrival indexes, naturalizations, Native Americans, African Americans, workshops.
- Family History Library, Salt Lake City, 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, and records pertaining to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- Dallas Public Central Library 111,700 volumes, 64,500 microfilms, 89,000 microfiche, and over 700 maps, marriage, probate, deed, and tax abstracts in book form, or microfilm of originals for some states, and online databases.
- Alabama Genealogical Society/Samford University Library Special Collections, Birmingham, Baptist and Alabama history, church records, current and old newspapers, manuscripts, books, and theses.
- Birmingham Public Library government records, business records, maps, photos, letters, diaries, scrapbooks, about the Jefferson County area, newspapers, maps, and Southern history.
- Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, Florence, AL, good northwest AL local history collection.
- Mobile County Probate Court deeds 1813-1958, military discharges 1919-present, Lis Pendens 1915-1958, marks and brands 1872-1965, marriage licenses 1813-present, wills 1812-present.
- Bureau of Vital Statistics, Montgomery, birth and death certificates 1908-present, marriage certificates 1936-present, divorce records 1950-present.
- Auburn University Libraries, Auburn, AL, federal depository library, genealogy websites, censuses, printed sources, manuscripts.
- Alabama Historical Association news and events, Alabama Review, historical markers program, podcasts, and list of Alabama genealogical and historical societies. See also U. of W. Alabama Library.
- History Museum of Mobile, Mobile and Baldwin county artifacts, photos, and World War II casualty lists.
- Mobile Genealogical Society, calendar, cemeteries, MGS publications, Deep South Genealogical Quarterly index 1962-present, researchers and their surnames.