Records Not at ADAH
Birth and Death certificates - Alabama law did not require birth and death certificates until 1908. Those records, along with marriage records after 1936 and divorce records after 1950, can be obtained by contacting the Alabama Department of Public Health at www.adph.org/vitalrecords/.
Alabama Department of Public Health
A few Alabama counties created birth and death registers between the mid 1880s-1930s. Check the Local Government Records Microfilm database - www.archives.alabama.gov/localrecords/search.cfm - for records available at ADAH.
Adoption records - If adopted in Alabama, adoptees can contact the Alabama Department of Public Health at www.adph.org/vitalrecords/index.asp?id=1567 for information on accessing their records.
Immigration and Naturalization records - There are many published sources of immigration records/passenger records and sources are also available on Ancestry.com and other online research services.
Native American Genealogy - The ADAH has very few original records to aid in researching Native American ancestry. For published sources on Native Americans check our online catalogue at http://188.8.131.52:81/vwebv/searchBasic?sk=en_US.
Another source for information on Native Americans in Alabama:
U.S. Military Discharge records - DD214 - The ADAH has military discharge records (DD214) from the Selective Service Office for the years 1939-May 1975. Those records are restricted to the veteran or direct next-of-kin and can be obtained by contacting the research room at 334-242-4435. For discharge records after May 1975 contact the National Personnel Records Center.
Police records - Contact the police department or sheriff’s office in the town or county in which the incident occurred. ADAH has limited state and county convict records. For records available at ADAH check our on-line catalogue.
School/Student records - Contact the local county board of education.