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Morgan County, Alabama
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Morgan County, Alabama Facts

When was Morgan County, AL Created?
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.

When was Morgan County, AL Created?
The 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

What counties are adjacent to Morgan County, AL?
Bordering Counties are Madison County (northeast), Marshall County (east), Cullman County (south), Lawrence County (west), Limestone County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Morgan County, AL?
Cities and towns located in the County include Decatur, Danville, Eva, Falkville, Hartselle, Lacey's Spring, Morgan City, Priceville, Somerville, Trinity.

Morgan County, AL Vital Records

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

Vital Records can also be found in the Morgan County Health Department has Birth Records from 1893, Death records from 1893. 

Morgan County, AL Census Records

What Morgan County, AL census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Morgan 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.

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.

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

Morgan County, AL Courthouse and Government Records

Morgan County Courthouse

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

Morgan County, AL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Morgan County, AL?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Morgan 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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Morgan Co. AL Cemeteries & Church Records

Morgan Co. AL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Morgan Co. AL General and History Websites

Morgan Co. AL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Morgan Co. AL Military Records

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