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Marriage Books 1818-1947

Indexes for Lawrence County Marriage Books 1818-1947

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.

However, there were times when the Minister failed to return the license to the Clerk and the marriage was not recorded. There were also times when a license was obtained and the Groom or Bride decided they did not wish to marry and you will see the marriage listed in this index as not executed.

Also keep in mind that we have abstracted the names as written in the book, not always did the clerk spell the name correctly. Sometimes the name is not correct as with the marriage of James M. Terry to Caroline Loosier, the groom is listed as John C. Terry.

Marriage Book Info

Marriage (OC) Book A covers the period of 1818 to 1823. Only half of this book to our knowledge has survived. We know that several different abstracts have been done and we included those in this Index.

Marriage (OC) Book C which covers the period 1841 to 1848. We only have an abstract which was done by the WPA. We have found numerous errors in the transcriptions of some of the names. An example is my husband's ancestor Pleasant A. Roberts, in the WPA abstract he is shown as Clement A. Roebucks.

Marriage Books (OC) B, D, (PC) A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, and Z have been abstracted and are all included in this index.

Original Marriages

You will notice in the index that the book is listed as “Original.” This means that we have an original marriage license, bond or permission for the marriage. We sometimes have one and not all of the originals and sometimes we have all three.




Deed Books 1818-1850

Indexes for Lawrence County Deed Books 1818-1850

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). We have two deed 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 deed books whether it is for a witness, grantor [seller], grantee [buyer] or neighbor. If you loose 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



Minute Books 1818-1850

Indexes for Lawrence County Minute Books 1818-1850

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 loose 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



Inventory & Will Books 1818-1850

Indexes for Lawrence County Inventory & 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 loose 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




Family Files

Indexes for Lawrence County Family 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. If you would like to donate information to be added to your family's file please mail to The Lawrence County Archives, P.O. Box 728, Moulton, AL 35650.



Churches

Indexes for 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. Please contact us at lawcoarchives@aol.com



Tax Records

Indexes for Lawrence County Tax Records

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.



Loose Case Paper

Indexes for Lawrence County Loose Case Paper

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.



Military Records

Indexes for Lawrence County Military Records

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. We appreciate any additions or corrections. Please contact us at lawcoarchives@aol.com.



Cemetery Records

Indexes for Lawrence County Cemetery Records

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. Any additions or corrections to this index can be sent to WGlennAL@aol.com.



Footprints in Time Vol 1 & 2

Abstracts from Lawrence County Alabama newspapers, mostly obituaries, from 1855 to 1905 done by Myra Borden in the 1990s.

We wish to thank Myra for giving permission to make this available.

Please allow time for the file to download in your browser. You can then search it using Adobe Reader.




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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