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Monroe County, Alabama
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Monroe County, Alabama Facts

When was Monroe County, AL Created?
Monroe County was created on June 29, 1815. It comprised all the Creek Indian lands ceded by the Treaty of Fort Jackson in 1814. It was reduced in size by the creation of the Alabama counties of Montgomery CountyConecuh County and Wilcox County. This particular county was named in honor of James Monroe (1758–1831), 5th U.S. President.

The Monroe County Seat was established at Fort Clairborne; it was moved to Monroeville in 1832. and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Monroe County, AL?
Bordering Counties are Wilcox CountyButler County (east-northeast), Conecuh CountyEscambia CountyBaldwin CountyClarke County

Monroe County, AL Vital Records

Where can find Monroe County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Monroe 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 Monroe 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 Monroe County Health Department has Birth Records from 1881 , Death records from 1908.

Monroe County, AL Census Records

What Monroe County, AL census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Monroe County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1820183018401850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

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

Monroe County, AL Courthouse and Government Records

Monroe County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Monroe County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Monroe County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Alabama courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Alabama residents.

The possibilities are excellent that your forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Monroe County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records. See Also Alabama Corthouse Records Research Guide.

PLEASE READ FIRST!!! 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 Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The files are available to interested parties, barring private issues. Many staff will guide individuals in locating the materials, however it’s up to the person to carry out the research. Courthouse destroyed by fire in 1832, nearly all probate records destroyed.

Old Monroe County Courthouse

Monroe County, AL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Monroe County, AL?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Monroe 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.

Monroe Co. AL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Monroe Co. AL Cemeteries & Church Records

Monroe Co. AL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Monroe Co. AL General and History Websites

Monroe Co. AL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Monroe Co. AL Military Records