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Morgan County was created on Feb. 6, 1818 (originally named Cotaco County), from land acquired from the Cherokee Indians by the Treaty of Turkeytown of 1818. This particular county was named originally named Cotaco for a creek that flows through it. On June 14, 1821, the name was changed to Morgan in honor of Gen. Daniel Morgan (1736–1802) of Virginia, a hero of the American Revolution.
Tthe Morgan County Seat was at Somerville from 1818 until 1891. Then it was transferred to Decatur, named after Stephen E. Decatur, hero of the 1804 Battle of Tripoli and in addition the county government website is http://www.co.morgan.al.us/
Cities and towns found in Morgan County consist of Decatur, Danville, Eva, Falkville, Hartselle, Lacey's Spring, Morgan City, Priceville, Somerville, Trinity.
Morgan 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 Morgan 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.
Morgan 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.
Morgan Co. Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Morgan Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Morgan Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Morgan 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.
A list of Morgan 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 Morgan 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 Morgan 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 1926 and 1938. The below facts shows exactly what birth, marriage, death, land, probate, and legal records will be in Morgan County. The years pointed out below could be the first widely known documents in this county.
The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relevant to Morgan 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 Morgan County genealogy or family history related sites.