Discovering Alabama Divorce Records
Reasons to acquire Alabama divorce records can be quite numerous. People doing genealogy need proof of lineage for themselves or others. Sometimes you lose personal paperwork and need to get a new copy for whatever reason. The Alabama Department of Public Health maintains and issues copies of Alabama divorce records. Their contact information is below.
Alabama Department of Public Health (Street Address)
The RSA Tower
201 Monroe Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
Alabama Department of Public Health (Mailing Address)
P.O. Box 303017
Montgomery, AL 36130-3017
Alabama Department of Public Health (Website)
Alabama Department of Public Health (Phone)
1-800-ALA-1818 (general Info)
334-206-5418 (vital records)
Printing a vital record application from the www.adph.com website can save time. You can have them send a copy of an Alabama divorce record for as little as $15 but you must fill out the application completely.
Viewing divorce records online
Often families use sites with a free 14-day trial period but pay then after the 14 days has past. Some of the sights listed below are well organized and easy to use. A lot of local libraries give patrons free access to these sites. Below are a few sites you need to access.
Getting a Copy of Alabama Divorce Records
Finding a copy of divorce records is not nearly as daunting a task as you might think. Every one of the 67 counties in the state has a Department of Health but now these records are only available prior to 1950. Before 1950, you must go to the local county circuit court where the divorce occurred. www.uscourts.gov is a website that has listings of the courts’ contact information.
Another point to realize when doing research on divorces. As Alabama was growing, it divided up along political lines throughout the years. These lines changed dramatically at times. For example, if Great Grandma lived in Dothan, Alabama, whatever year her divorce was depends on what county it was in at that particular time. It could have been at one time Indian Territory.
As per the being a member of the Internet age, a majority of these counties have social media pages such as www.facebook.com that can be a fast link from your smartphone or computer. Be prepared to do footwork when it comes to searching thru records. Sometimes being able to see the document in person or research in person can glean useful information in your search especially in the area of genealogy. You never know who has the piece to your puzzle.