Alabama Genealogy

This guide contains a sample of The Newberry's resources on this topic. Consult a reference librarian, the library website, or the online catalog for more details.


All years available on-line at public access computers. Ask at 2nd floor reference desk. Also, 1820-1880 on microfilm complete with indexes. 1850 and 1860 mortality schedules shelved with census indexes.

Davis, Joyce. Alabama early settlers, 1816: Alabama Counties Mississippi Territory. Hanceville, AL : Briarwood Press, 1983. Call # folio F325 D38 1983.
This book lists all people living in counties that were later annexed into Alabama.

Return of the census of 1866 for counties [of Alabama] white and colored population. Call # Microfilm 983. Specify county.

Guides and General Works

Barefield, Marilyn Davis. Researching in Alabama: a genealogical guide. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, c 1987. Call # Local History Ref Z1253 B37 1987 (2nd floor open shelf).

Maps and Gazetteers

Atlas of historical county boundaries: Alabama. New York: Simon & Schuster, c1996. Call # Local History Ref G1201 F7 A8 1993 Ala. (2nd floor open shelf).

Foscue, Virginia O. Place names in Alabama.Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, c1989. Call # F324 F67 1989.

Dodd, Don. Historical atlas of Alabama. University, Ala.: University of Alabama Press, c1974. Call # G1340 D6 1974.

Land Records

Early land records are on the 2nd floor open shelf in the call number range Local History Ref F325 B358 1985 F325 O53 1986.

Land records [computer file]. Call # Local History Ref CD ROM 15 (Ask at 2nd floor reference desk). See also the online version.

Vital Records and Local Histories

Consult both the card and computer catalogs under the subject heading of the county in which you are interested.

Austin, Jeannette Holland. Alabama Bible Records. Riverdale, GA : J.H. Austin, 1987. Call #  folio F325 .A97. Records spanning from 1700-1900s from 256 family bibles.

Daughters of the American Revolution. Index to Alabama wills, 1808-1870. [Ann Arbor?], 1955. Call # fK49.211. Index to probated wills in Alabama.

Foley, Helen S. Marriage and death notices from Alabama newspapers and family records, 1819-1890. Greenville, SC.: Southern Historical Press, reprinted 1992, c1981. Call # F325 F62 1992.

Saunders, James Edmonds. Early settlers of Alabama. Baltimore, Genealogical Pub. Co., 1969. Call # F873.8.


Alabama Blue Book and Social Register. Birmingham, Ala. : Blue Book Pub. Co., 1927. Call # E 4873 .03.

Notable men of Alabama : personal and genealogical, with portraits. Atlanta : Southern Historical Assoc., 1904. Call # E4873 .24. 2 vols., indexed.

Military Records

Julich, Louise Milam. Roster of Revolutionary soldiers and patriots in Alabama. Montgomery, Ala: Parchment Press. Call # Local History Ref E255 J84 (2nd floor open shelf). Includes bibliographical references and indexes.

Gandrud, Pauline Myra. Alabama soldiers (Revolution, War of 1812, and Indian wars). [Hot Springs National Park, Ark.], 1975-. Call # E69.323.
Specify surname. This is an ongoing series. As of 5/2001 the Newberry has through surnames starting with O.

Owen, Thomas McAdory. Revolutionary soldiers in Alabama. Montgomery, Ala: Brown Print. Call # Local History Ref E255 094 1911 (2nd floor open shelf).

Alabama 1907 Census of Confederate Soldiers. Cullman, Ala.: Gregarth Co. Call # varies. Consult the computer catalog under the name of the county as a subject heading.


Alabama genealogical exchange. Call # folio F321 A12. Vols. 1-3, 1984-1986.

The Alabama genealogical register. Call # E 69003.005. Vols. 1-10. 1959-1968.

The Alabama historical quarterly. Call # F321 A17. Newberry has vols. 18-44 (1956-1982).

The Alabama Review: a Quarterly Journal of Alabama History. Call # F321 A253. Newberry has vol. 1 to date, except vols. 22-25.