RECORDS / ARCHIVES

Records / Archives

The Records of the Probate Court of Mobile County

Records created by local governments touch the lives of ordinary citizens more directly and more frequently than any other kinds of records. Since 1812, the Judge of Probate of Mobile County has been the custodian of Mobile citizens' records. These records contain a wealth of information for historians, attorneys, surveyors, genealogists and other researchers.

In August of 1948, a microfilm team from the Alabama Department of Archives and History came to Mobile and began the first microfilming of the Probate Court's documents. On September 15, 1958, Probate Court began operating its own Micrographic Section. In 1992, this section became the first micrographics laboratory in the state to be certified by the Alabama Department of Archives and History.

A courteous and professional staff is available to assist in locating records or to explain how to use our indexing system to those interested in researching records.

RECORDS DIVISION

GENERAL RECORDS AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC ON MICROFILM IN THE RECORDS DIVISION:

  • Administrative, Executor, Guardianship Bond Books (1962-1985)
  • Administrative Account Books (1814-1946)
  • Boundary Maps (1978-1990)
  • Candidate Reports (1952-present)
  • Census Books (1870-1880)
  • Citations (1962-1980)
  • Claim Books (1850-1959)
  • Commission Form of Government Book (1911-1985)
  • Complaints/Evaluation Forms (1988-1989)
  • Condominium Books (1970- present)
  • Deed Books (1813-1958)
  • Discharge Record Books (1919-present)
  • Elections (1968-present)
  • Exempt Property Book (1877-1958)
  • Hospital Lien Books (1955-1958)
  • Incorporation Books (1876-1958)
  • Judgement Books (1874-1958)
  • Judicial Cases (1946-1958)
  • Lien Books (1876-1958)
  • Limited Co-Partnership Books (1920-1958)
  • Lis Pendens Books (1915-1958)
  • Map Books (1872-present)
  • Marks and Brands Books (1872-1965)
  • Marriage License Books (1813-present)
  • Medical License Books (1878-present)
  • Minute Books (1814-1984)
  • Miscellaneous Books (1819-1958)
  • M&O Railroad Swamp and Overflow Lands (1868-1902)
  • Mortgage Books (1851-1958)
  • Notary Applications (1963-1985)
  • Personal Property Books (1958-present)
  • Poll Tax Record Books (1901-1970)
  • Real Property Books (1958-present)
  • Sheriff's Deed Book (1942)
  • Sheriff's Deed Book (1955-1958)
  • Tax Decree Books (1873-1935)
  • Tax Sales Books (1879-1957)
  • Tract Books (no date)
  • Translated Record Books (1715-1841)
  • Troost Maps (1840/revised 1910)
  • Warehouseman's Bond Books (1919-present)
  • Will Books (1812-present)

RECORDS DIVISION - COMPUTER INFORMATION

Computer stations are provided in the Records Division for the public's use in researching certain records. These computers are connected on-line to the Court's web site www.mobile-county.net/probate. This same program can be accessed, through the Internet, from any home or office computer.

The staff is always "on-hand" should anyone need assistance or have questions.

GENERAL RECORDS AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC ON COMPUTER IN THE RECORDS DIVISION:

  • Real Property indexes 1984 - present
  • Real Property document images 2000 - present
  • Marriage License index Book 9 - present
  • Judicial record indexes 1965 - present
  • Judicial case images 1995 - present
  • Will images 1997 - present
  • Uniform Commercial Code (active) images 1972-present

Click here to go to the records search page.

ARCHIVES SECTION

In 1989 the Archives Section was created after the Court's colonial and historic records were found in the attic of the Mobile County Courthouse. Within these documents French and Spanish Colonial records were discovered. The Historic Record index designates those records "found" in book form. The Archival File index designates those records "found" as loose records or housed in record keeping envelopes.

HISTORIC RECORDS OF THE ARCHIVES AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC ON MICROFILM IN THE RECORDS DIVISION:

  • Alabama Plats/St. Stephens Meridian Map Collection (1800's)
  • Accounts of Administrators & Executors (1837-1882)
  • Birth Record Books (1908-1949)
  • Boat Book (03/19/1895-06/07/1897)
  • Child Labor Affidavits (1908-1914)
  • Confederate States Marine Book - Captain J. Ernest Meiere's Journal (10/02/1862-06/07/1864)
  • Death Record Books (1920-1946)
  • Dog License Book (10//17/1888-9/1/1926)
  • Estray Book (1/1/1891-7/5/1923)
  • Hall of Lee Benevolent Association Minute Book (1875-1881)
  • Hall of Lee Benevolent Association Ledger Book (1/1/1876-12/00/1882)
  • Hunters License Book (1907-1914)
  • Methodist Church Records of the Mobile District Convention (1871-1888)
  • Naturalization Record Books (1833-1871)
  • Official Bond Books (original documents) (1813-1871)
  • Orphans Court Docket Book & Jury List (1839-1844)
  • Orphans Court Estate & Appraisal Book (1818-1822)
  • Confederate Pensioners Book 1 (1915-1919)
  • Run-Away Slave Book (08/24/1857-03/30/1865)
  • Spanish/French Records (original documents) (01/12/1786-12/27/1978)
  • Survey of Fractional Township 4 South Range 1 West (04/08/1844)
  • Survey of Washington and Mobile County Line (11/03/1893)
  • Township Map Books (late 1840's -1890's)
  • Translated Record Books (1715-1841)
  • U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Surveys Map Collection (1771-1883)
  • Ft. Gaines and Ft. Morgan Repairs and Miscellaneous Colonial Maps (no date-1866)
  • Voters Registration Oath Book 1 (1870-1874)
  • Ward Books (1896)
  • Wills (original documents) (1813-1927)
  • White Marriage License Book A - original license & bonds (03/13/1813-04/14/1820)
  • White Marriage License Book 1 - original license & bonds (04/19/1823-09/19/1825)
  • Women's Voter List Books 1 & 2 (1920-1921)

ARCHIVAL FILES OF THE ARCHIVES AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC ON MICROFILM IN THE RECORDS DIVISION:

  • File 1 - Bounty Paid on Wolves (1820)
  • File 2 - Rent Paid for Use of Houses to Hold Court (1814-1845)
  • File 3 - Census of Mon Louis Island (1814)
  • File 4 - Road Records (1814-1850)
  • File 5 - Certificate as Juror (1815-1848)
  • File 6 - Ferry Records (1818-1851)
  • File 7 - Emancipations (1818-1859)
  • File 8 - Tax (1822-1850)
  • File 9 - Apprenticeship (1814-1850)
  • File 10 - Grist Mill Records (1813-1814)
  • File 11 - License (1816-1851)
  • File 12 - Treasurer Reports (1814-1851)
  • File 13 - Coroner's Office (1814-1851)
  • File 14 - Certificate as Witness (1825-1845)
  • File 15 - Bridge Records (1821-1850)
  • File 16 - Auction (1848-1850)
  • File 17 - Bonds (1813-1846)
  • File 18 - Construction of Jails and/or Courthouses (1816-1850)
  • File 19 - Acts (1848-1850)
  • File 20 - Slave Records (1820-1850)
  • File 21 - Alhambra Hotel and/or Hagan Buildings (1843-1850)
  • File 22 - Alabama Militia Record (1847)
  • File 23 - Certificate as Bailiff (1821-1850)
  • File 24 - Neptune Fire Company (1826-1830)
  • File 25 - Oaths (1826-1849)
  • File 26 - Case Records (1814-1850)
  • File 27 - Commitments to Jail (1831-1833)
  • File 28 - Charles Boyington (1834-1835)
  • File 29 - Citations (1821-1849)
  • File 30 - Forbes and Company (1814-1831)
  • File 31 - Orphan Asylum (1841-1850)
  • File 32 - Elections/Appointments/Resignations (1813-1850)
  • File 33 - Court Accounts Paid (1814-1850)
  • File 34 - Assessment Protest (1849)
  • File 35 - Minutes/Orders/Resolutions/Correspondence (1836-1850)
  • File 36 - Amnesty/Proclamation Oaths (1865)
  • File 37 - Amnesty/Proclamation Oaths (1868)
  • File 38 - Original Presidential Patents (1831-1834)
  • File 39 - Motorcycle License (1907-1914)
  • File 40 - Petitions to Become a Slave (1860-1862)
  • File 41 - St. Louis Tract Presidential Patent (1901)
  • File 42 - Confederate Records (1861-1967)
  • File 43 - Confederate Records (1861-1967)
  • File 44 - Confederate Records (1861-1967)
  • File 45 - Confederate Records (1861-1967)
  • File 46 - Confederate Records (1861-1967)

OTHER SOURCES OF HISTORICAL RESEARCH IN MOBILE

Historic Mobile Preservation Society Archives
300 Oakleigh Place, Mobile, Al 36604
(251) 432-6161 Fax: (251) 432-6161

Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Mobile Historic Development Commission
205 Government Street, Government Plaza
P.O. Box 1827, Mobile, Al 36633
(251) 208-7281 Fax: (251) 208-7966

Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Mobile Municipal Archives
457 Church Street, Mobile, AL 36633
P.O. Box 1827, Mobile, AL 36633
(251) 208-7740 Fax: (251) 208-7428

Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Museum of the City of Mobile
111 S. Royal Street, Mobile, AL 36602
(251) 208-7569 Fax: (251) 208-7686

Hours: Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Mobile Public Library
Local History and Genealogy Branch

704 Government Street, Mobile, AL 36601
(251) 208-7093 Fax: (251) 208-5866

Hours: Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


United States Army Corps of Engineers
Mobile District, Technical Library
109 St. Joseph Street, Room 5023
P.O. Box 2288, Mobile, AL 36688
(251) 690-3181 Fax: (251) 690-3182

Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


University of South Alabama Archives
1504 Springhill Avenue, Room 0722, Mobile, AL 36688
(251) 434-3800 Fax: (251) 434-3622

Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed for lunch)


African-American Museum
564 Martin Luther King Avenue, Mobile, Al 36603
(251) 433-8511 Fax: (251) 433-4265

Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m to 4 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday by appointments only


Mobile Genealogical Society
1400 Joyce Road / P.O. Box 6224
Mobile, AL 36660-6224
(251) 414-1995

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Family History Center

5520 Zeigler Boulevard, Mobile, Al 36608

Hours: Sunday 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday Wednesday Thursday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Archives

400 Government Street, P. O. Box 1966, Mobile, Al 36633
(251) 434-1589 Fax: (251) 434-1588

Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. but you must call or write for appointment.




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