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Morgan County, Alabama

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

Locations adjacent Morgan County happen to be Madison County (northeast), Marshall County (east), Cullman County (south), Lawrence County (west), Limestone County (northwest).

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.

Morgan County Societies and Family History Resources

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.

Morgan County Courthouse and Government Records

Morgan County Courthouse

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.

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.
  • Morgan 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: 302 Lee St., NE, Decatur, AL 35601
    • Phone: (256) 351-4600
    • Court Records: 1817
    • 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)
  • Morgan 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 668, Decatur, AL 35602-0668
    • Phone: (256) 351-4600
    • Marriage Records: 1818 (Marriages issued prior to 1936)
    • Probate Records: 1818
    • Land Records: 1818
  • Morgan County Revenue Commissioner's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
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  • Morgan County Health Department has Birth Records from 1893, Death records from 1893. 

Morgan County Genealogy Links

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.

Morgan Co. AL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Morgan Co. AL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Morgan Co. AL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Morgan Co. AL Census Records

Morgan Co. AL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Morgan Co. AL Church & Bible Records

Morgan Co. AL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Morgan Co. AL General and History Websites

Morgan Co. AL Immigration & Naturalization

Morgan Co. AL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Morgan Co. AL Military Records

Morgan Co. AL Schools & Directories

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