Marion County, Alabama

Marion County was created on Feb. 13, 1818 and Tuscaloosa County. This particular county was named in honor of Francis Marion (1732–1795) of South Carolina, military leader in American Revolutionary War.

Currently the Marion County Seat is located in Hamilton (established in 1820) and in addition the county government website is http://marioncountyalabama.org/

Locations adjacent Marion County happen to be Franklin County (north), Winston County (east), Walkery County (southeast), Fayette County (south), Lamar County, Mississippi (southwest), Monroe County, Mississippi (southwest), Itawamba County, Mississippi (west).

Cities and towns found in Marion County consist of Bear Creek, Brilliant, Glen Allen, Glen Mary (unincorporated), Guin, Gu-Win (unincorporated), Hackleburg, Haleyville, Hamilton, Winfield, Yampertown (also known as Twin).

Marion 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 Marion 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.

Marion 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.

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

Marion County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Marion County Courthouse and Government Records


Marion County Courthouse

Genealogist often overlook the significance of Marion 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 Marion 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 home of Judge John Dabney Terrell Sr. served as Marion County's third courthouse in the mid-ninetheenth century. The structure, shown here, still stands in historic Pikeville. Construction of the Marion County Courthouse in Hamilton was completed in 1901. The structure was built of stone so that it would not burn down, as the previous courthouse did in 1887. Courthouse destroyed by fire in 1883, all records destroyed . The below facts shows exactly what birth, marriage, death, land, probate, and legal records will be in Marion 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.
  • Marion 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 1687, Hamilton, AL 35570-1595
    • Phone: (205) 921-2471
    • Court Records: 1887
    • 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)
  • Marion 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: Military Street, Hamilton, AL 35570
    • Phone: (205) 921-2471
    • Marriage Records: 1887 (Marriages issued prior to 1936)
    • Probate Records: 1887
    • Land Records: 1887
  • Marion County Revenue Commissioner's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Address: P.O. Box 489, Hamilton AL 35570
    • Phone: 205-921-3561
  • Marion County Health Department has Birth Records from 1902 , Death records from 1902 . 

Marion County Genealogy Links

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

Marion Co. AL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Marion Co. AL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Marion Co. AL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Marion Co. AL Census Records

Marion Co. AL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Marion Co. AL Church & Bible Records

Marion Co. AL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Marion Co. AL General and History Websites

Marion Co. AL Immigration & Naturalization

Marion Co. AL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Marion Co. AL Military Records

Marion Co. AL Schools & Directories

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