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Randolph County, created from land acquired in the Creek Cession of 1832, is situated on the Georgia State line. All probate records were destroyed in a courthouse fire in 1897.

Birth and Death Records

County health officials were responsible for the Register of Births and Deaths for the county and kept these records in their office, rather than at the Courthouse. Consequently, they were not destroyed in the fire which consumed the courthouse. Beginning in 1886, these records provide the name of the deceased, date of death, place of birth, age at time of death, sex, color/race, marital status, occupation, cause of death, place of death, place of burial, and name of the physician, midwife, or head of family.

Vital Records

The following newspaper archives may be researched for more information:
Name of paper Publication Dates Repository
Roanoke Herald 1879 University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
American Eagle 1856 Alabama Archives
Randolph County Democrat 1860 University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Randolph Enterprise 1874-1900 Alabama Archives
Randolph Toiler 1895-1898 Alabama Archives
Southern Mercury 1859, 1860 University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Toiler 1893 Alabama Archives

Military Records

Randolph County had a higher percentage of Union sympathizers than most Alabama counties. In searching for papers on military service during the Civil War, look in the rosters of the Union Army if no record can be found of service in the Confederate States. Many families had divided allegiance during the hostilities, and some of the men who upheld the cause of the Union found it necessary to leave Alabama until the end of the war.

This page originally created by Leigh Compton 1999

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