Lawrence County Archives in Moulton, Alabama preserves public records and has online collections including marriage records, cemetery records, will indexes, surname files, land and deed records, tax records, military records and more. They also have vast onsite collections including family bibles and family genealogies.

 

These are primarily online indexes for genealogy and family history research. Further research into the files would need to be performed on-site, but these indexes will let you see what they have for a particular surname or location.

 
 

Online Collections

This index is for Lawrence County, Alabama Marriages covering the time period 1818-1947. After the couple received their marriage license, they took it to a Minister, Justice of the Peace, or Probate Judge and were married. The marriage license was then returned back to the Clerk and recorded into one of the large marriage books. We used these marriage books to generate this index.”

Lawrence County Cemetery Records are available online at the Lawrence County, Alabama Archives. “This index lists names, dates of birth and death, place of burial and notes. The Lawrence County Historical Commission Cemetery Committee has worked very hard to survey the cemeteries in Lawrence County and obtain the GPS coordinates.

The Lawrence County, Alabama Archives has a free, online collection of Lawrence County Inventory and Will Books, 1818-1850. “We have only three Inventory & Will Books dated prior to 1850. We do not know if the rest were destroyed or removed from the courthouse by individuals. The following indexes were created by abstracting every name in the Inventory & Will Books whether it is for a decedent, witness, heir, administrator, executor, security, purchaser, or debtors. If you lose an ancestor these indexes may assist you by showing the last entry where his name is recorded.”

I & W Book (OC) 1829-1835
I & W Book (OC) 1835-1841
I & W Book (OC) 1846-1850

The Lawrence County, Alabama Archives has a Lawrence County Family Files Index with a list of surnames for which they hold files.

Our family files only cover families that resided in Lawrence County from 1818 to present. If we have a file for your ancestor’s surname it can be found in this index. Each file contains different information including clippings from newspapers, obituaries, family trees, Bible records, etc.

The Lawrence County, Alabama Archives has a free list of  Lawrence County Churches. “This index will provide you with the name, address, and denomination plus decoration date for most churches in Lawrence County. We will gladly accept any additions or corrections.

The Probate Court was originally called Orphans Court. In June 1850 the name was changed to Probate Court. Any records dated prior to 1850 will be called Orphans Court. You will see on this website the term OC and PC which stand for Orphans Court and Probate Court. Lawrence County Clerks started labeling the first Deed Books with A and went thru M, they started again in 1850 with Deed Book A. This can be confusing, so we use the OC and PC to separate the two sets of records such as (OC Deed Book B (1823-1824) and PC Deed Book B (1849-1856). Two deed books are missing.

The following indexes were created by abstracting every name in the deed books whether it is for a witness, grantor [seller], grantee [buyer] or neighbor. If you lose an ancestor these indexes may assist you by showing the last entry where his name is recorded.

Deed Book (OC) A 1818-1823 Missing
Deed Book (OC) B 1823-1824
Deed Book (OC) C 1824-1828
Deed Book (OC) D 1828-1831
Deed Book (OC) E 1831-1833
Deed Book (OC) F 1833-1835
Deed Book (OC) G 1835-1838 Missing
Deed Book (OC) H 1838-1839
Deed Book (OC) I 1839-1841
Deed Book (OC) J was never created, the letter J was not used
Deed Book (OC) K 1841-1844
Deed Book (OC) L 1844-1847
Deed Book (OC) M 1847-1850

The Lawrence County, Alabama Archives has free, Lawrence County Minute Books Indexes online.

The Probate Court was originally called Orphans Court. In June 1850 the name was changed to Probate Court. Any records dated prior to 1850 will be called Orphans Court. You will see on this website the term OC and PC which stand for Orphans Court and Probate Court. Lawrence County Clerks started labeling the first Minute Books with A and went thru K, they started again in 1850 with Minute Book A. This can be confusing, so we use the OC and PC to separate the two sets of records such as (OC Minute Book C (1825-1830) and PC Minute Book C (1855-1857). We have two Minute Books missing. We do not know if they were destroyed or removed from the courthouse by individuals.

The following indexes were created by abstracting every name in the minute books whether it is for a decedent, witness, heir, administrator, executor, security. If you lose an ancestor these indexes may assist you by showing the last entry where his name is recorded.

Minute Book (OC) A Missing
Minute Book (OC) B Missing
Minute Book (OC) C 1825-1830
Minute Book (OC) D 1830-1834
Minute Book (OC) E 1836-1838
Minute Book (OC) F 1838-1841
Minute Book (OC) G 1841-1844
Minute Book (OC) H 1844-1846
Minute Book (OC) I 1846-1849
Minute Book (OC) K 1849-1850

The Lawrence County, Alabama Archives has a free Lawrence County Tax Records Index online.

“This index covers tax assessments for Lawrence County. The actual books show landowner and location of property.”

“The 1848-1849 tax assessment book for Lawrence County provides poll tax, land location, if a slave owner, the names and ages of slaves. Other books do not provide slave information.

The Lawrence County, Alabama Archives has a free Lawrence County Loose Case Paper Index online.

The loose case papers were microfilmed by the LDS church in 2007. It took the archives staff and volunteers more than ten years to prepare these papers for microfilming. Due to the size of the database, we chose to use two fields for surname and given name instead of plaintiff and defendant fields since not all papers were involved in a court case. The index will provide you with the microfilm roll number, box and folder number, year of case and any notes pertinent to the case.

The Lawrence County, Alabama Archives has a free Lawrence County Military Records Index online.

This index for soldiers with Lawrence County connections covers wars from Revolutionary to World War II. The index gives the soldier’s name, birth & death, place of burial and the war in which he fought. We do not always have an exact date for birth or death in which instance you will see that we have used c. (circa) meaning about.

Abstracts from Lawrence County Alabama Newspapers, 1855-1890 (page 1 of download) and 1891-1905 (page 245 of download)

 
 

Onsite Collections

The Prime focus of the Lawrence County Archives is the acquisition, restoration, preservation, duplication and storage of records generated by County Offices prior to 1920. Resources include:

  • Family Bible records and family histories

  • Lawrence County Court Records 1800s to 1900s: Chancery, Circuit,County and Orphans/Probate

  • Lawrence County original Marriage Bonds, Licenses, Parental Consent Notes and Affidavits: 1818-1900s

  • Misc. Case Papers from Lawrence County Court Systems

  • Genealogical Reference Library Including unpublished Family Histories

  • Vertical Files Family Folders, Lawrence Co. Southern Commission Claims, Local Church Histories, Cemetery Surveys, Misc. Lawrence Co. Subjects

  • Extensive Microfilm Library of:

    • Census records of Lawrence and adjoining counties
    • Census of Confederate Soldiers, 22 Alabama Counties
    • Native American Enrollment Cards, “The 5 Civilized Tribes”
    • Early local Baptist Church Minutes
    • Index to Alabama death records
    • Northwest Alabama Newspapers
    • Misc. records from Mississippi Territory

 
 

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Monday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

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