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Baldwin County, Alabama

Baldwin County was created on Dec. 21, 1809 by the Mississippi Territorial legislature from territory taken from Washington County and West Florida. This particular county was named in honor of Abraham Baldwin, a distinguished citizen of Georgia..

Currently the Baldwin County Seat was located in MacIntosh Bluff, Blakeley, and Daphne each served for a time as county seat, In 1901 it was moved to Bay Minette. and in addition the county government website is

Locations adjacent Baldwin County happen to be Monroe County (northeast), Escambia County, Florida (east), Escambia County (east), Mobile County (west), Washington County (northwest), Clarke County (northwest).

Cities and towns found in Baldwin County consist of Bay Minette, Daphne, Fairhope, Foley, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Robertsdale, Spanish Fort, Elberta, Loxley, Magnolia Springs, Perdido Beach, Silverhill, Summerdale.

Baldwin County vital records can be found at the Alabama Department of Public Health which has Birth And Death Records from 1908, Marriages from 1936 and Divorce Records from 1950. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Alabama for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Baldwin County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Certificates to mail. You may go to any county health department in the State of Alabama to obtain a certificates can be issued while you wait.

Baldwin County includes Federal Census Schedules to assist in looking into your family tree. Government Population Schedules can be found for 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Baldwin Co. Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Baldwin Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Baldwin Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Baldwin Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890. Two State censuses for confederate veterans exist for 1907 and 1921. You can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms that can help with your research.

Baldwin County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Baldwin County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives. See Also Alabama Archives, Genealogical and Historical Societies for statewide Addresses and links.

Baldwin County Courthouse and Government Records

Baldwin County Courthouse

Genealogist often overlook the significance of Baldwin County court, probate, and land documents as a source of genealogy and family history details.

Buried away in Alabama courthouses and archives just about everywhere are often the hopes and dreams and frustrations of countless Alabama people.

The odds are excellent that your ancestors and forefathers have left a in-depth record of at least several aspects of their lives in the Baldwin County court records.

Even if your forebears is not discussed in a Court case, take into consideration all of the other methods which could have lead to him or her appearing in court records.

The first Baldwin County Courthouse in Prattville, which also housed the jail, was built in 1870. It was sold in 1905 to fund construction of the current courthouse, completed in 1906. The Baldwin County Courthouse rests on the corner of 4th Street and Court Street in Prattville, which is the largest city in the county. The below facts shows exactly what birth, marriage, death, land, probate, and legal records will be in Baldwin County. The years pointed out below could be the first widely known documents in this county.

Please call the clerk's department to confirm hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics before visiting or requesting information because of sometimes changing contact information.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.
  • Baldwin County Clerk of Circuit Court serves as custodian of all county court records, and is responsible for providing access to those court records by court personnel, the legal community and the public.
    • Address: 312 Courthouse Square, Suite 10, Bay Minette, AL 36507
    • Phone:(334) 937-0370
    • Court Records: 1811
    • Divorce Records: ?, maintained among the equity records (Divorces issued prior to 1950 are located here. Divorces issued after 1950 can be found )
  • Baldwin County Clerk of Probate Court maintains following records in the probate office: Plats, Maps, Judgments, Liens, Deeds, Mortgages, Corporations, Lis pendens, Marriage licenses, Military discharges. The Probate Judge presides over all probate court hearings for Probate of Wills, Administrations, Conservators, Guardianships, Adoptions, Legitimations, Name changes, Condemnations, Mental Commitment hearings, and performs marriage ceremonies.
    • Address: One Court House Square, Post Office Box 459, Bay Minette, Alabama 36507
    • Phone:Probate Court: (251) 937-0399, Fax: (251) 937-0281.
    • Marriage Records: 1819 (Marriages issued prior to 1936)
    • Probate Records: 1810
    • Land Records: 1809
  • Baldwin County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Address: 1705 U.S. Hwy 31 S., Bay Minette, AL 36507
    • Phone: North Baldwin: 251-937-0245, South Baldwin: 251-972-6819, Eastern Shore: 251-990-4627
  • Baldwin County Health Department has Births from Mar 1908-Feb 1916, delayed birth Cert. rec. 1871-1928; Death From Mar 1908-Feb 1916. 

Baldwin County Genealogy Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relevant to Baldwin County. Each of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a cost. This is basically a directory that has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to present your own favorite Baldwin County genealogy or family history related sites.

Baldwin Co. AL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Baldwin Co. AL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Baldwin Co. AL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Baldwin Co. AL Census Records

Baldwin Co. AL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Baldwin Co. AL Church & Bible Records

Baldwin Co. AL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Baldwin Co. AL General and History Websites

Baldwin Co. AL Immigration & Naturalization

Baldwin Co. AL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Baldwin Co. AL Military Records

Baldwin Co. AL Schools & Directories

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