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Houston County was created on Feb. 9, 1903 from parts of Dale County, Geneva County and Henry County. This particular county was named in honor of George S. Houston (1811–1879), 24th Governor of Alabama and U.S. Congressman.
Locations adjacent Houston County happen to be Henry County (north), Early County, Georgia (east), Seminole County, Georgia (southeast), Jackson County, Florida (south), Geneva County (west), Dale County (northwest).
Cities and towns found in Houston County consist of Ashford, Avon, Columbia, Cottonwood, Cowarts, Dothan, Gordon, Kinsey, Madrid, Rehobeth, Taylor, Webb.
Houston 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. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Alabama for current fees and application process.
You can search online for Houston 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.
Houston County includes Federal Census Schedules to assist in looking into your family tree. Government Population Schedules can be found for 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940. You can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms that can help with your research.
A list of Houston County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives. See Also Alabama Archives, Genealogical and Historical Societies for statewide Addresses and links.
Genealogist often overlook the significance of Houston 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 Houston 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 following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relevant to Houston County.