Saturday, February 6, 2010

Genealogy Resources For Autauga County Alabama

As seen on the map to the right, Autauga County is located in the middle of the state of Albama. The county is bordered by Chilton County to the north, Elmore County to the east, Montgomery County to the southeast, Lowndes County to the south and finally Dallas County to the west. The county was created in 1818, one year prior to the state being admitted into the union. At that time the county also included Elmore and Chilton counties within its territory, but they were split off to form their own counties shortly after the Civil War.

The population according to the US census was 3800 in 1820, growing to 16700 in 1860 just prior to the Civil War but declined sharply afterwards until 1900 when the county had a population of 17900. As of the 2000 census, Autauga County had 43600 residents.

Census Records For Autauga County

The 1830 census, 1840 census, 1850 census, and the 1860 census are all searchable online by at least surname, but the result show only the name and page number the name is listed on for 1830 and 1840. The 1850 and 1860 provide more details, but you will still want to consult the census returns for fuller details.

The census records are also searchable for a fee at Ancestry.com from 1820 up until the 1930 census. Familysearch.org also allows free search of the 1880 Alabama census (as well as all the then United States in 1880).

There is also the 1866 Alabama State Census Colored Population Autauga County which is available online.

Cemetery Records For Autauga County

There is a searchable online database of Autauga County Cemetery Records. You can check by surname alone or full name. It appears that most of the records also provide a date of birth for the individual, but of course all information would need to be double checked to make sure you have the right person.

Individual Cemeteries:
Bethel Baptist Cemetery (Spigner Cemetery)
Boone Chapel Cemetery
Jones Baptist Cemetery
Liberty Baptist Cemetery
Marbury Baptist Cemetery
Milton Baptist Cemetery
Pleasant Valley Cemetery
Wadsworth Baptist Cemetery

Ordering Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates for Autauga County Online

A copy of the original birth, marriage and death certificates can provide additional information such as dates, locations, parents, spouses, or other information that the family history researcher requires to go further in tracing their family tree. It is highly recommended that you get copies of the vital statistics records to ensure the accuracy of your information.

You can order certificates of birth, marriage or death that occurred in Autauga County (anywhere in the USA actually) through VitalChek.

What About Wills and Land Records For People From Autauga County?

There is a searchable database for Wills and Estates for Autauga County, as well as the Commissioners Court Records.

Check for your ancestor's name at Land Patent Search which provides free online access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States and provide image access to more than three million Federal land title records for Eastern Public Land States, issued between 1820 and 1908. They are currently adding images of Military Land Warrants which were land patents were issued to individuals as a reward for their military service. Images related to survey plats and field notes, dating back to 1810, are added to the site state-by-state as each state's documents are completed.

Autauga County Biographies

A dedicated Alabama family historian (Ann Anderson) took the time to transcribe hundreds of biographies from the books Memorial Record of Alabama published way back in 1893. You can find these Autauga County Biographies, which shows a number of past Autauga County residents.

Military Records for Autauga County

Residents of Autauga County fought in every conflict up to the present day and although more current military records are kept confidential, older records are available for search. Ancestry.com of course has a fine collection of U.S. Compiled Revolutionary War Military Service Records, 1775-1783. As far as the Civil War Military Records for Autauga County there is a short list of Civil War pensioners at List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883 and there's also a great website called Autauga at War which is about Autauga County, Alabama during the Civil War.

This is really just scratching the surface of what is available to genealogists researching ancestors from Autauga County Alabama. If anything was missed that you feel should have been included, feel free to leave a comment so it can be brought to the attention of others who may be doing family in the same area.

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