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Dallas County Alabama History and Profile:

Dallas County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. Its name is in honor of United States Secretary of the Treasury Alexander J. Dallas. Its county seat is Selma.

Dallas County was created by the Alabama territorial legislature on February 9, 1818, from Montgomery County, a portion of the Creek cession of August 9, 1814. It was named for U.S. Treasury Secretary Alexander J. Dallas of Pennsylvania.

Dallas County is located in the Black Belt region of the west-central portion of the state. It is traversed by the Alabama River and bordered by Perry, Chilton, Autauga, Lowndes, Wilcox, and Marengo counties. Originally, the county seat was at Cahaba, which also served as the state capital for a brief period. In 1865, the county seat was transferred to Selma. Other towns and communities include Marion Junction, Sardis, Orrville, and Minter.

Source: Wikipedia.

Cities and Towns of Dallas County, Alabama:

* Selma
* Valley Grande

Towns

* Orrville

Census-designated places

* Selmont-West Selmont

Unincorporated communities

* Beloit
* Browns
* Cahaba
* Carlowville
* Crumptonia
* Elm Bluff
* Marion Junction
* Minter
* Plantersville
* Pleasant Hill
* Richmond
* Safford
* Sardis
* Summerfield
* Tyler

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Dallas County Government

Dallas County Government – Official Site

Selma-Dallas County Public Library
1103 Selma Avenue
Selma, AL 36701
Voice (334) 874-1725
Fax (334) 874-1729
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday and Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday CLOSED

Dallas County Historic Places

Adams Grove Presbyterian Church
Antique Store
Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church
Cahaba
Carlowville Historic District
Christian Church and Parsonage
Dallas County Courthouse
Doctor’s Office
Driskell-Martin House
First Baptist Church
H. Bruce Hain House
Icehouse Historic District
Marshall’s Grove
John Tyler Morgan House
Old Town Historic District
Wesley Plattenburg House
Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church
Riverdale
Riverview Historic District
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Marcus Meyer Skinner House
Street Manual Training School
Sturdivant Hall
Summerfield District
Todd House
U.S. Post Office Building
Valley Creek Presbyterian Church
Water Avenue Historic District

Dallas County Genealogy Resources

Dallas County Alabama USGenWeb Project Site

Dallas County Alabama USGenWeb Archives

Dallas County Genealogy page at KindredTrails

Black Belt African American Genealogical & Historical Society
Covering the Counties of Alabama’s Black Belt Region–Bullock, Choctaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter and Wilcox

Vital Records

Dallas County Clerk
P.O. Box 987
Selma, AL 36702-0987
Phone: (334) 874-2560

If you are outside the state of Alabama and are looking to request copies of vital records you must contact the statewide office of vital records:

Alabama Vital Records
P.O. Box 5625
Montgomery, AL 36103-5625
(334) 206-5418
Fax: (334) 262-9563

You can also call (334) 206-5418

There were no birth certificates prior to 1908, some counties may have recorded births in a ledger howeer. One way to search this centrally is by contacting:

Department of Archives and History
624 Washington Ave
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-4363

Birth and Death Records have been recorded in Alabama since 1908, Marriage Records since August 1936 and Divorces since 1950.

Census

1850 Federal Census Index

1850 Federal Census Transcription – Agricultural Schedule

Tax Records

Cemeteries

USGS listing of Cemeteries in Dallas County

Dallas County Cemetery Transcriptions
Cemetery Transcriptions (Although both are usgenweb this seems a slightly different listing.)

Query Forums

Genealogy Forums can be a great way to find other people that are researching the same ancestors as you are. Even if they may be not be researching the same direct line but related lines you may find information that is useful in your own research. Make sure to verify any other research that you add to your own research and try to document it well. If asking questions in genealogy forums it is good to provide as much information as possible and in the subject of the posting try to give name and a date or range of dates to help make your query more likely to be found. Posts with titles like “looking for family” or “help!” are too generic and something along the lines of “John Smith b. abt 1828 md. Hannah Jones” would be more helpful to get your post read by those that are interested in the John Smith/Hannah Jones family.

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News Related to Dallas County, AL

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Dallas County’s William Lee named 2014 Mr. Basketball; Shakayla Thomas of … – al.com

Dallas County's William Lee named 2014 Mr. Basketball; Shakayla Thomas of
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MONTGOMERY, Alabama — William Lee of Dallas County and Shakayla Thomas of Sylacauga earned the Alabama Sports Writers Association's Mr. and Miss Basketball honors during Wednesday's annual Player of the Year luncheon presented by the …
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Alabama pastor accused of raping underage family member – al.com


Daily Mail
Alabama pastor accused of raping underage family member
al.com
A Dallas County pastor is behind bars after being charged with raping an underage family member. William Best, 47, is charged with second-degree rape, second-degree sodomy and incest, Dallas County Sheriff Harris Huffman Jr. told WSFA. Best served as …
Dallas Co. pastor accused of sex crimes gets $2M bondWTVM
Dallas County minister arrested on sex charges involving minorThe Republic
AL minister arrested on sex chargesChattanooga Times Free Press
Christian Post
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Dallas County legislators receive automatic pay raise – Selma Times-Journal

Dallas County legislators receive automatic pay raise
Selma Times-Journal
MONTGOMERY (AP) — A majority of Alabama legislators — including all three of those representing Dallas County in the Legislature — accepted an automatic pay raise this spring, the last one they will receive under a controversial 2007 pay raise

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Inmate at Dallas County Jail found dead – Selma Times-Journal

Inmate at Dallas County Jail found dead
Selma Times-Journal
Though an autopsy report by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation is pending, Huffman said her death was likely related to a medical condition that gave her seizures. “She came in with a medical condition and continued to experience that condition during
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The South, White/Black Voting, and Gerrymandering, in Two Maps – Slate Magazine (blog)

The South, White/Black Voting, and Gerrymandering, in Two Maps
Slate Magazine (blog)
Nate Cohn is out with an interesting, map-filled look at the Southern and Western white vote, and how in some places (Mississippi, Alabama) it's grown as reliably Republican as the black vote has grown reliable Democratic. That's not … That's Dallas

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Chamber golf tournament draws large crowd – Selma Times-Journal

Chamber golf tournament draws large crowd
Selma Times-Journal
The Selma-Dallas County Chamber of Commerce held its annual golf tournament Wednesday at the Valley Grande Golf Course to raise funds to support local businesses. This year's tournament, which was a three-person scramble, featured 26 teams and …


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