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Mobile County Alabama History and Profile:

Mobile County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. Its name is in honor of a tribe of Indians, the Maubila tribe. As of 2009, its population was 411,721. Its county seat is Mobile, Alabama. The entire county is included in the Mobile metropolitan statistical area.

While still a part of the Mississippi Territory, Mobile County was created by a proclamation of Governor Holmes of the Mississippi Territory on December 18, 1812. The area became part of the Alabama Territory, on August 15, 1817, on the day the Mississippi Territory formed a state constitution and was split in half. Two years later, the county became part of the State of Alabama, when granted statehood on December 14, 1819.

The city of Mobile has always been the county seat. Both the county and city derive their name from Fort Louis de la Mobile, a French fortification established (near present-day Axis, Alabama) in 1702. The word “Mobile” is believed to stem from a Choctaw Indian word for “paddlers”. The area was occupied by French colonists from 1702-1763, by the British from 1763-1780, and by the Spanish from 1780-1813. Three separate courthouse fires occurred in the years 1823, 1840, and 1872.

Source: Wikipedia.

Cities and Towns of Mobile County, Alabama:

* Bayou La Batre
* Chickasaw
* Citronelle
* Creola
* Mobile
* Prichard
* Saraland
* Satsuma


* Dauphin Island
* Mount Vernon

Census-designated places

* Grand Bay
* Theodore
* Tillmans Corner

Unincorporated communities

* Alabama Port
* Axis
* Bucks
* Chunchula
* Coden
* Eight Mile
* Fernland
* Heron Bay
* Irvington
* Kushla
* Le Moyne
* Mauvilla
* Mon Louis
* St. Elmo
* Semmes
* Whistler


Mobile County Government

Mobile County Government – Official Web site

City Of Pritchard – Official Site

City of Satsuma – Official Site

Citronelle Memorial Library
7855 State Street
Citronelle, AL 36522

Ina Pullen Smallwood Memorial Library
224 Grant Street
Chickasaw, AL 36611

Mobile Public Library
701 Government Street
Mobile, AL 36602

Mose Hudson Tapia Public Library
13885 S. Wintzell Ave.
Bayou La Batre, AL 36509

Mount Vernon Public Library
1220 Military Road
Mt. Vernon, AL 36560

Prichard Public Library
300 W. Lovejoy Loop
Prichard, AL 36610

Satsuma Public Library
5466 Old Highway 43
Satsuma, AL 36572

Mobile County Historic Places

Hiram B. Austin House
Barr’s Subdivision Historic District
Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Bishop Manor Estate
Central Core Historic District
Chickasaw Shipyard Village Historic District
Citronelle Railroad Historic District
Willis G. Clark House
Davis-Oak Grove District
Ellicott Stone
Fort Gaines
Charles Denby Garrison Sr. House
Grand Bay Historic District
Indian Mound Park
George Leatherbury House
Jacob Magee House
Middle Bay Light
Mount Vernon Arsenal-Searcy Hospital Complex
Nanna Hubba Bluff
Old Mobile Site; Fort Louis De La Louisiane
Tanner Farmhouse
N.Q. and Virginia M. Thompson House

In Mobile (City):

Aimwell Baptist Church
Ashland Place Historic District
Wade Askew House
Azalea Court Apartments
Barton Academy
Battle House Royale
Beal-Gaillard House
Bragg-Mitchell House
Brisk & Jacobson Store
The Campground
Carlen House
Carolina Hall
Cavallero House
Center-Gaillard House
Church Street East Historic District
U. J. Cleveland House
Coley Building
Collins-Marston House
Collins-Robinson House
Common Street District
Convent and Academy of the Visitation
Convent of Mercy
D’Iberville Apartments
Dahm House
Davis Avenue Branch, Mobile Public Library
De Tonti Square Historic District
Denby House
Emanuel AME Church
Emanuel Building
George Fearn House
Fire Station No. 5
First National Bank
Fort Conde-Charlotte
Gates-Daves House
Georgia Cottage
Government Street Presbyterian Church
Greene-Marston House
Gulf, Mobile, and Ohio Passenger Terminal
Hawthorn House
Martin Horst House
Hunter House
Joseph Jossen House
Kirkbride House
Leinkauf Historic District
George Levy House
Martin Lindsey House
Lower Dauphin Street Historic District
Magnolia Cemetery including Mobile National Cemetery
Meaher-Zoghby House
Ernest Megginson House
Metzger House
Midtown Historic District
Miller-O’Donnell House
Mobile City Hall
Mobile City Hospital
Monterey Place
James Arthur Morrison House
Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church No.1
Murphy High School
Neville House
Oakleigh Garden Historic District
Old Dauphin Way Historic District
Paterson House
J. E. Paterson House
Dave Patton House
Pfau-Crichton Cottage
Phillipi House
Pincus Building
Bishop Portier House
Protestant Children’s Home
Roberts House
Ross Knox House
St. Francis Street Methodist Church
Saint Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church
Saint Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church
St. Louis Street Missionary Baptist Church
Saint Matthew’s Catholic Church
Saint Paul’s Episcopal Chapel
Saint Vincent de Paul
Scottish Rites Temple
Raphael Semmes House
Sodality Chapel
South Lafayette Street Creole Cottages
Robert L. Spotswood House
Spring Hill College Quadrangle
State Street AME Zion Church
Amelia Stewart House
Stone Street Baptist Church
Stone Street Cemetery
Trinity Episcopal Church
Tschiener House
Turner-Todd Motor Company
U.S. Marine Hospital
USS ALABAMA (battleship)
USS DRUM (submarine)
Arthur VanderSys House
Jacob VanderSys House
Vickers and Schumacher Buildings
Joseph M. Walker House
Weems House

Mobile County Genealogy Resources

Mobile County ALGenWeb Site

Mobile County, Alabama USGenWeb archives

Mobile County Genealogy page at KindredTrails

Vital Records

Mobile County Clerk
109 Government Street
Mobile, AL 36602
Phone: (334) 690-8700

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 however. 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.


1830 Federal Census Index

1850 Federal Census Transcription

Tax Records


USGS listing of Cemeteries in Mobile County

Mobile 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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Prosecutors plan to call Mobile County License Commisioner’s defense attorney … –
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