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Hi!  My name is Carolyn Golowka and I am the County Coordinator for The ALGenWeb Project site for Montgomery County, Alabama.  I love to receive submissions for the site and to hear from anyone with ancestry based in Montgomery.  Do contact me if there are any broken links as well as for any comments or to send me your wonderful submissions.  

History

Montgomery County was created December 6, 1816, by the Mississippi Territory General Assembly and was named in honor of Major Lemuel Putnam Montgomery who was killed in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in 1814.

The city of Montgomery was voted in 1846 to become the permanent state capitol. The first Capitol Building was completed in December 1847. In December 1849 this building burned. Money was appropriated in 1850 to rebuild. Over the years, the Capitol Building was added to and remodeled. 

In 1861, Jefferson Davis was sworn in as President of the Confederate States of America in Montgomery, the first capital of the CSA.  Montgomery County was represented in this new government by William Parish Chilton (1810 – 1871), former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. In 1886, the first electric streetcar system for our nation was installed here.  The nation's first flight school for powered was founded here in 1910 by the Wright Brothers Rosa Parks simple act of taking a seat in the front of the bus after a very tiring day took place in Montgomery in 1955.  Dr. Martin Luther King's 1965 march from Selma was to Montgomery ended at the state capitol steps.  Montgomery has been a center for many firsts in our country.

Montgomery County had a population of 209,085 in 1990 with 84,525 housing units; land area is 789.87 square miles (505,520 acres); water area is 9.94 square miles (6,359 acres).


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I do not live in Alabama so I am unable to help with your personal research questions. All the information I know about Montgomery County is posted promptly on this site. Please visit the "Research Resources" section of this site. I would suggest that if you don't find the information your looking for here, that you join the email list and post your question on the query board. The more places you ask the question, the better your chances of getting an answer.

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