Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974 is a free collection at FamilySearch and is a searchable name index for Alabama death certificates. “The state of Alabama has recorded deaths from 1 January 1908. Be aware that although recording of deaths was mandatory, the state did not achieve 90 percent compliance of death registration until 1925.”

 

These collections are all free to search. You’ll need to be logged in with a free FamilySearch account to search these records. It’s easy to register for a free account at FamilySearch.

 
 
 

What Can I Learn from Death Records?

 

These records may contain: 

  • Dates of death and burial
  • Frequently, birth date of the deceased
  • City, county, and state of death
  • Name and location of the cemetery where buried
  • Frequently, the country or state and sometimes the town and county of birth for the deceased
  • Frequently, the country or state and sometimes the town and county of birth for the parents
  • Name of the deceased
  • Married name of spouse
  • Names of parents, often with maiden surname of the mother
  • Name of the informant, who is often a child or other family member
  • Age of the deceased usually in years, months, and days
  • Sex of the deceased
  • Residence or address of the deceased, often including length of residence at that place or in the United States, if foreign-born
  • Whether the deceased was single, married, widowed, or divorced at the time of death
  • Occupation of the deceased

The index may contain:

  • Name of deceased
  • Death date and place
  • Last residence
  • Burial date and place
  • Birth date and place
  • Names of parents
  • Name of spouse

 
 
 

How Can Death Records Help Me Find Other Records?

 

With information from these records you may be able to:

  • Use the information found in the death index to locate funeral home, obituary or cemetery records
  • Use the information to find other records such as birth, christening, marriage, census, land and probate records
  • Use the information to find additional family members

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