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Lauderdale County, Alabama

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.

Currently the Lauderdale County Seat is located in Florence and in addition the county government website is

Locations adjacent Lauderdale County happen to be 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).

Cities and towns found in Lauderdale County consist of Anderson, Florence, Killen, Lexington, Rogersville, St. Florian, Underwood-Petersville, Waterloo, Zip City.

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. 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 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. You may go to any county health department in the State of Alabama to obtain a certificates can be issued while you wait.

Lauderdale County includes Federal Census Schedules to assist in looking into your family tree. Government Population Schedules can be found 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. 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.

Lauderdale County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Lauderdale County Courthouse and Government Records

Lauderdale County Courthouse

Genealogist often overlook the significance of Lauderdale 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 Lauderdale 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 below facts shows exactly what birth, marriage, death, land, probate, and legal records will be in Lauderdale 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.
  • Lauderdale 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: P.O. Box 1059, Florence, AL 35631
    • Phone: (256) 760-5800
    • Court Records: 1821
    • 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)
  • Lauderdale 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: P.O. Box 1059, Florence, AL 35631
    • Phone: (256) 760-5800
    • Marriage Records: 1818 (Marriages issued prior to 1936)
    • Probate Records: 1818
    • Land Records: 1818
  • Lauderdale Revenue Commissioner's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Address: P.O. Box 794, Florence, AL, USA 35631
    • Phone: (256) 760-5785
  • Lauderdale County Health Department has Birth Records from N/A, Death records from N/A. 

Lauderdale County Genealogy Links

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

Lauderdale Co. AL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Lauderdale Co. AL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Lauderdale Co. AL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Lauderdale Co. AL Census Records

Lauderdale Co. AL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Lauderdale Co. AL Church & Bible Records

Lauderdale Co. AL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Lauderdale Co. AL General and History Websites

Lauderdale Co. AL Immigration & Naturalization

Lauderdale Co. AL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Lauderdale Co. AL Military Records

Lauderdale Co. AL Schools & Directories

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