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Sumter County, Alabama
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Sumter County, Alabama Facts

When was Sumter County, AL Created?
Sumter County was created on Dec. 18, 1832, from former Choctaw Indian territory by the Choctaw Cession of 1832.. This particular county was named in honor of Thomas Sumter (1734–1832), U.S. Congressman from South Carolina.

What is the County Seat of Sumter County, AL?
The County Seat is located in Livingston (established in 1833) and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Sumter County, AL?
Bordering Counties are Pickens County (north), Greene County (northeast), Marengo County (southeast), Choctaw County (south), Lauderdale County, Mississippi (southwest), Kemper County, Mississippi (west), Noxubee County, Mississippi (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Sumter County, AL?
Cities and towns located in the County include Cuba, Emelle, Epes, Gainesville, Geiger, Livingston, York, Panola, Payneville.

Sumter County, AL Vital Records

Where can find Sumter County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Sumter 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 Sumter 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 Sumter County Health Department has Birth Records from 1888 , Death records from 1881. 

Sumter County, AL Census Records

What Sumter County, AL census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Sumter County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Sumter County, AL Courthouse and Government Records

Sumter County Courthouse

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

Sumter County, AL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Sumter Co. AL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

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Sumter Co. AL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Sumter Co. AL Military Records

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