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====How to Request the Record When It's Not Online====
====How to Request the Record When It's Not Online====

Revision as of 20:48, 14 October 2020

This page will give you additional guidance and resources to find birth information for your ancestor. Use this page after first completing the birth section of the Alabama Guided Research page.

Additional online resources


Additional Databases and Online Resources

  • 1880s-1930s: Alabama Birth Collections at FamilySearch - (List of collections) Alabama Births and Christenings, 1881-1930
    Alabama, Church Records, 1831-1994
    Alabama, County Birth Registers, 1881-1930
    United States Births and Christenings, 1867-1931
    United States, Freedman's Bank Records, 1865-1874

How to Request the Record When It's Not Online

Statewide registration for births started in 1908. General compliance occurred by 1927.
To learn more about record limitations and restrictions, see the article How to Find Alabama Birth Records.

To order birth records after 1908, contact:

Alabama Department of Public Health
Alabama Vital Records
P.O. Box 5625
Montgomery, Alabama 36103-5625
Phone: (334) 206-5418

NOTE: By law, birth certificates are confidential for 125 years from the date of birth. Only the person on the certificate or close relatives may order a birth certificate during this restricted period (see Restrictions for more details).

Substitute records


Additional Records with Birth Information

Substitute records may contain information about more than one event and are used when records for an event are not available. Records that are used to substitute for birth events may not have been created at the time of the birth. The accuracy of the record is contingent upon when the information was recorded. Search for information in multiple substitute records to confirm the accuracy of these records.

Use these substitute records to locate birth information about your ancestor:
Wiki Page
FamilySearch(FS) Collections
Why to search the records
Death Records
Alabama Death Guided Research
Death records may include the birthdate or age of the deceased. With the age, a birthdate can be approximated. Click on the link to the left to return to the "Death" page.
Cemetery Records
Alabama Cemetery FS Collections
Gravestone inscriptions and cemetery records may include a birthdate.
Census Records
U.S. Census FS Collections
Census records beginning with the 1850 census give names and ages of individuals, allowing researchers to estimate birth years.
Church Records
See Wiki page
Baptism records occasionally provide a birthdate. In addition, a death or burial record may include an age that can approximate a birthdate. To access church records, first determine the denomination.
See Wiki page
In addition to obituaries, newspapers publish notices of marriages, divorces, deaths, and funerals. In recent years birth notices have also been published providing the names of the parents and sex of the child.
Alabama Obituary FS Collections
Obituaries often include the birthdate and place of the deceased.
Military Records
Alabama Military FS Collections
Post-Civil War records may include the date and place of birth.
Bible Records
See Wiki page
Family bibles may include dates and places of birth for family members, however the accuracy of this information is contingent upon when the information was recorded.

Improve searching


Tips for finding births

Successfully finding birth records in online databases depends on a few key points. Try the following search suggestions:

  • Spelling variations. Your ancestor's name may be misspelled. Search with spelling variations for the first and last name of your ancestor.
  • Search parents. Search for the parents, if known, as the child's first name may not be on the birth record.
  • Search given name. Search by given name (leave out the last name) with the approximate date of birth.
  • Add information. For common names, add more information to narrow the search such as approximate birth date or parent's names if known.
  • Date range. Expand the date range of the search by 5 years.
  • Search state. Search using the state name only instead of by county.

Why the record may not exist


Known Record Gaps

Records Start

  • 1881--Some counties, inconsistent coverage.
  • 1908--Statewide registration.
  • 1927--Compliance to statewide registration.

Records Published by FamilySearch
Collection coverage tables show the places and time periods of original records published by FamilySearch. For any FamilySearch collections you did not find your ancestor in, check the coverage table for gaps in the online collection. If the time period or location your ancestor lived in is missing from the collection, it may require searches in records found at original repository or finding substitute records for the event.

Records Destroyed
The following counties had record loss. Click on the county for more information.

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