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Lauderdale County, Alabama
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Lauderdale County, Alabama Facts

When was Lauderdale County, AL Created?
Lauderdale County was created on Feb. 6, 1818 and was formed from the Cherokee and Chickasaw Cession of 1816. This particular county was named in honor of James Lauderdale (1780–1814), Colonel in War of 1812. In the early 1800's, Lauderdale, who moved to West Tennessee, became a major in General John Coffee's cavalry of volunteers. Later promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, he commanded a brigade of mounted riflemen, serving under Andrew Jackson in many battles against the Indians. According to reliable historians, Col. Lauderdale did not die in the Battle of New Orleans, but was wounded in the Battle of Talladega and dies on December 23, 1814, seventeen days before Jackson's crushing defeat of the British at New Orleans. Several towns and counties in the southern states were named in his honor, though it is said that he never set foot in Lauderdale County.

What is the County Seat of Lauderdale County, AL?
The County Seat is located in Florence and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Lauderdale County, AL?
Bordering Counties are Lawrence County, Tennessee (north), Wayne County, Tennessee (north), Giles County, Tennessee (northeast), Limestone County (east), Lawrence County (southeast), Colbert County (south), Tishomingo County, Mississippi (west), Hardin County, Tennessee (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Lauderdale County, AL?
Cities and towns located in the County include Anderson, Florence, Killen, Lexington, Rogersville, St. Florian, Underwood-Petersville, Waterloo, Zip City.

Lauderdale County, AL Vital Records

Where can find Lauderdale County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Lauderdale 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 Lauderdale 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.

Vital Records can also be found in the Lauderdale County Health Department has Birth Records from N/A, Death records from N/A. 

Lauderdale County, AL Census Records

What Lauderdale County, AL census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Lauderdale County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Lauderdale Co. Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Lauderdale Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Lauderdale Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Lauderdale Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890.

There are Alabama State censuses from 1820-1866. Also two Alabama Census of Confederate Soldiers for 1907 and 1921. You can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Alabama Census Records Research Guide

Lauderdale County, AL Courthouse and Government Records

Lauderdale County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Lauderdale County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Lauderdale County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Alabama Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Lauderdale County, AL Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Lauderdale County, AL?
A list of Lauderdale County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Alabama Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Lauderdale County, AL Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Lauderdale County, AL?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Lauderdale County. Most of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a fee. This is just a list that has been compiled or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another.

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Lauderdale Co. AL Cemeteries & Church Records

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Lauderdale Co. AL Military Records

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