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Alabama Marriages, 1816-1957
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Alabama, 
United States
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Location of Alabama
Record Description
Record Type Marriages
Collection years 1816-1957
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection is an electronic index for the years 1816 to 1957.

This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

These records may include:

  • Name
  • Name of spouse
  • Event date and place
  • Parents' names
  • Date of birth
  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Race

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table and Map[edit | edit source]

A coverage table for this collection is available in the Wiki Article Alabama Marriages, Coverage Table - FamilySearch Historical Records.
To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Alabama marriages, click here.

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the individual
  • The date of the event or the name of a parent or spouse

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the age to calculate a birth date and to find other records such as birth, christening, death, and census records
  • Use the information to find additional family members. Witnesses or bondsmen listed on the marriage were usually relatives
  • Search the county where the marriage took place for other records on the family

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names, or even initials
  • Consult the Alabama Record Finder to find other records

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"Alabama Marriages, 1816-1957." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.

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