Alabama Convict Records, 1886-1952 - Anyone researching ancestors who spent time in the Alabama state prison system between 1889 and 1954 should find this database invaluable. The collection includes two series of records created by government boards responsible for the oversight and care of prisoners during that period. One set was created as convicts were admitted into a state prison; the other monitored county convicts who were admitted into the state prison system. The collection includes both indexes and the records themselves. Entries can provide extensive details on the convict, sentencing, and time and conduct in prison. For example, you may find: name, alias, serial number, race, gender, age, county where convicted, sentence details, date when received, information on escapes or parole, discharges, date, cause, and place of death. Some entries may also provide details on occupation, physical condition, and health. Records can be searched by name, county, birth year, race, and gender. 115,408
It was good to hear Frazine Taylor speak to expanding the Convict section in the update to her book on Alabama resources. Frazine also mentioned that she would be digging deeper into these records.
The father/mother or other persons who seems to have disappeared just could be in these records. This of course would not be peculiar to Alabama.