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Alabama Birth Records

Birth Records prior to 1881 #

In Alabama, no births were recorded by the county or state before 1881. You must search substitute records to locate your ancestor’s birth date and place. These are Alternative record collections that you can explore if a birth record doesn’t exist prior to 1881.

  • Death Records or Death Certificates
  • Cemetery Records
  • Newspapers or Obituaries
  • Bible Records
  • Church Records
  • Military Records

Births from 1881 thru 1930 #

In 1881, Alabama began requiring counties to record births, although not all counties complied or continued to record them on a consistent basis. Birth registers during this period usually do not list the name of the child. If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for birth information in substitute records.

For births that exist during the time period, try the following database:

Alabama Births, 1881-1930 and Alabama, County Birth Registers, 1881-1930

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Births after 1908 #

Statewide registration of births began in 1908 in Alabama, with general compliance by 1927. Currently, the online indexes to Alabama births include births from 1908 to 1930.

Obtain the Certificate #

With full names, dates and places of an event, you can order a copy of the birth certificate for a fee from the Alabama Department of Public Health or VitalChek.

Restrictions for persons born within the last 125 years:
To obtain a copy of the birth certificate for those born within the last 125 years, you must be:

  • The person on the certificate
  • The parent or grandparent of the person on the certificate
  • The spouse of the person on the certificate
  • The child of the person on the certificate
  • The sibling of the person on the certificate
  • The legal guardian of the person on the certificate
  • Anyone who has legal interest in the certificate

NOTE: A copy of the birth certificate cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above until 125 years have passed from the date of the birth.