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Tuscaloosa County, Alabama

Tuscaloosa County was created on  Feb. 6, 1818 from the Cherokee and Choctaw Cession of 1816, though its present boundaries were not established until 1820. This particular county was named for the Choctaw Indian word for the Black Warrior River, which flows through the area.

Currently the Tuscaloosa County Seat is located in Tuscaloosa (first established in Tuscaloosa in 1819, moved to Newton in 1822, and then back to Tuscaloosa shortly thereafter. The town of Tuscaloosa was designated the state capitol from 1826-45) and in addition the county government website is

Locations adjacent Tuscaloosa County happen to be Walkery County (northeast), Jefferson County (east), Bibb County (southeast), Hale County (south), Greene County (southwest), Pickens County (west), Fayette County (northwest).

Cities and towns found in Tuscaloosa County consist of Brookwood, Coaling, Coker, Holt, Lake View, Moundville, North Bibb, Northport, Tuscaloosa, Vance.

Tuscaloosa 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 Tuscaloosa 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.

Tuscaloosa County includes Federal Census Schedules to assist in looking into your family tree. Government Population Schedules can be found for 1790, 1800, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Tuscaloosa County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Tuscaloosa County Courthouse and Government Records

Tuscaloosa County Courthouse

Genealogist often overlook the significance of Tuscaloosa 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 Tuscaloosa 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 below facts shows exactly what birth, marriage, death, land, probate, and legal records will be in Tuscaloosa 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.
  • Tuscaloosa 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: 714 Greensboro Ave., Tuscaloosa, AL 35402
    • Phone: (205) 349-3870
    • Court Records: 1823
    • 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)
  • Tuscaloosa 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: 714 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401-1847
    • Phone: (205) 349-3870
    • Marriage Records: 1821 (Marriages issued prior to 1936)
    • Probate Records: 1823
    • Land Records: 1823
  • Tuscaloosa 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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  • Tuscaloosa County Health Department has Birth Records from 1880 , Death records from 1880 

Tuscaloosa County Genealogy Links

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

Tuscaloosa Co. AL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Tuscaloosa Co. AL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Tuscaloosa Co. AL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Tuscaloosa Co. AL Census Records

Tuscaloosa Co. AL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Tuscaloosa Co. AL Church & Bible Records

  • Tuscaloosa Co. AL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

    Tuscaloosa Co. AL General and History Websites

    Tuscaloosa Co. AL Immigration & Naturalization

    Tuscaloosa Co. AL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

    Tuscaloosa Co. AL Military Records

    Tuscaloosa Co. AL Schools & Directories

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