The Following genealogical information is available directly from Alabama agencies:
Alabama vital records include birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Alabama law did not require the recording of birth or
death certificates until 1908. The statewide recording of marriage certificates began in 1936 and divorce certificates in 1950.
The Alabama Department of Archives and History has indexes to those records, but original certificates must be obtained from the
Alabama Center for Health Statistics.
Alabama Department of Public Health
The RSA Tower
201 Monroe Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36104
Prior to 1908 some vital records were recorded at the county level. Generally this practice began around 1880. Most birth records
list sex, race, place and date of birth of individual but no name. The names of parents and physician/midwife attending are
also sometimes listed. Most death records list name of individual, and place of death, age at death and attending physician.
Some include place of burial and cause of death. Most marriage records include names of husband and wife, presiding official
at marriage, and signatures of two people who posted the marriage bond. Most divorce records list only date of divorce and names of
the parties and officials involved. Not all records are complete. Each county had vital events which went unrecorded or records
which were lost or damaged. Many courthouses have burned and the records they contained may be limited. Some counties separated
vital records by race, with records for whites and African-Americans recorded in separate books. The original designations recorded
on the volumes (White, Black, Colored) have been maintained on the records listed.
Alabama Center for Health Statistics operates the vital records system and collects and tabulates health-related statistical data
for the state of Alabama.
The Center files, stores, and issues certified copies of vital records including birth, death,
marriage and divorce certificates for events that occur in Alabama. An automated vital records system called
ViSION, or Vital Statistics Image Oriented Network, allows vital records to be issued through all 67 county health departments.
Customers can obtain most vital records from the Center for Health Statistics through their county health department in
30 minutes or less. Records may also be obtained through the mail in about 7-10 days.
Shelby County Alabama Health Department
2000 County Services Drive