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Re: Extracting Alabama Records
In Response To: Re: Extracting Alabama Records ()


I have spoken with B.J. a few times on the phone. We communicated several times on the Wilcox County Chat Room that she and Ouida Woodson use to host on Thursday nights.

I saw B.J.'s extraction of the marriage index,on Wilcox County site. I have the complete book of licenses with the marriage dates that I compiled. As you know, death or birth certificates were not required in the State of Alabama until 1908. I have birth registers prior to 1908, as well as other records, church roll, school, etc.

I found some very interesting information on the marriage licenses that is not on the internet. This info is the location of the ceremony (church, plantation, residences, etc.), justice or the peace, or minister of the gospel, and even some notes attached by the brides or grooms parents granting or forbidding permission for them to marry.

We,(FWA), are in the process of formatting this information on a CD because it gives the researcher a few more tips to locating their ancestors.

When I started my research, I was told by the elders in my family that my great-grandmother had seven children and never married. Her name was Ella McArthur (so everyone thought)and I could not locate her on the Census or Soundex at all. It took me two years to locate her, and it was because of a marriage license that I found in Wilcox. She was recorded as marrying Jacob English and then I returned to find her on the Census, along with my grandfather and his siblings.

I have a family website with some records from Wilcox County included. Please visit at

Sorry for the lengthy message. I get carried away when talking about genealogy!

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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