Butler County, Alabama
Genealogy and Facts

Butler County was created on Dec. 13, 1819 from parts of Monroe County and Conecuh County. This particular county was named in honor of Capt. William Butler, a soldier of the Creek War of 1813-14.

Currently the Butler County Seat is located in Greenville, which was originally named Buttsville, and in addition the county government website is http://www.unionspringsalabama.com/government.html

Locations adjacent Butler County happen to be Lowndes County (north), Crenshaw County (east), Covington County (southeast), Conecuh County (southwest), Monroe County (west), Wilcox County (northwest).

Cities and towns found in Butler County consist of Georgiana, Greenville, McKenzie.

Butler 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 Butler 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.

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

Butler Co. Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Butler Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Butler Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Butler 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.

Butler County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Butler County Courthouse and Government Records


Butler County Courthouse

Genealogist often overlook the significance of Butler 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 Butler 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.

There was record loss due to a courthouse fire in 1853.The below facts shows exactly what birth, marriage, death, land, probate, and legal records will be in Butler 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.
  • Butler 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: 700 Court Square, PO Box 756, Greenville, AL 36037-2326
    • Phone: (334) 382-3512
    • Court Records: 1853
    • Divorce Records: are maintained among the equity records (Divorces issued prior to 1950 are located here. Divorces issued after 1950 can be found  at the Alabama Department of Public Health)
  • Butler 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: 700 Court Square, PO Box 756, Greenville, AL 36037-2326
    • Phone: (334) 382-3512
    • Marriage Records: 1853 (Marriages issued prior to 1936)
    • Probate Records: 1853
    • Land Records: 1853
  • Butler County Assessor's Office  maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Address: ?
    • Phone: 334-738-2888
  • Butler County Health Department has Birth Records from 1886- MAY 1891,MAR 1894-NOV 1919, delayed birth Cert. Rec. 1870-1930, Death record from MAR 1894-NOV 1919. 

Butler County Genealogy Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relevant to Butler 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 Butler County genealogy or family history related sites.

Butler Co. AL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Butler Co. AL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Butler Co. AL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Butler Co. AL Census Records

Butler Co. AL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Butler Co. AL Church & Bible Records

Butler Co. AL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Butler Co. AL General and History Websites

Butler Co. AL Immigration & Naturalization

Butler Co. AL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Butler Co. AL Military Records

Butler Co. AL Schools & Directories

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