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Sumter County Genealogy




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Sumter County Alabama History and Profile:

Sumter County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. Its name is in honor of General Thomas Sumter of South Carolina. As of 2000, the population was 14,798. Its county seat is Livingston.

Sumter County was established on December 18, 1832. From 1797 to 1832, Sumter County was part of the Choctaw Nation, which was made up of four main villages. The first settlers in Sumter County were French explorers who had come north from Mobile. They built and settled at Fort Tombecbee, near the modern-day town of Epes. In 1830, with the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek, the Choctaw Indians ceded the land that is now Sumter County to the government.

Sumter County is home to the University of West Alabama Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition and the Coleman Center for the Arts.

Source: Wikipedia.

Cities and Towns of Sumter County, Alabama:

* Cuba
* Emelle
* Epes
* Gainesville
* Geiger
* Livingston
* York
* Panola
* Payneville

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Sumter County Government

Hightower Memorial Library
602 2nd Ave.
York, AL 36925

Ruby Pickens Tartt Public Library
206 Monroe Street
Livingston, AL 35470

Sumter County Historic Places

Dr. James Alvis Beavers House
Coffin Shop
Colgin Hill
Fort Tombecbee
Gainesville Historic District
Gibbs House
Main-Yankee Street Historic District
Col. Green G. Mobley House
Oakhurst
Park and Bandstand
Sumter County Courthouse
Dr. H. B. Ward House
Laura Watson House

Sumter County Genealogy Resources

Sumter County Alabama USGenWeb Site

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

Sumter County, Alabama USGenWeb archives

Sumter County Genealogy page at KindredTrails

Vital Records

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.

Census

1840 Federal Census Index & Transcription

1850 Federal Census Index

1870 Federal Census Transcription

1880 Federal Census Transcription – Partial (ED157)

Tax Records

Cemeteries

USGS listing of Cemeteries in Sumter County

Sumter 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.

Sumter County, AL at
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News Related to Sumter County, AL

“Sumter County” al – Google News

Sinkhole opens up in Villages neighborhood – WKMG Orlando

Sinkhole opens up in Villages neighborhood
WKMG Orlando
THIS IS HAPPENING IN THE VILLAGES IN SUMTER COUNTY, NEAR THE COUNTRY CLUB, AND WE ARE THERE LIVE TONIGHT, ERICA, IS IT DEGREEING OR HAS IT STABILIZED? … HOWEVER, THE PROJECT MANAGER TELLS ME THE OWNERS OF ONE OF THE HOUSES, THEY ARE IN ALABAMA AND

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Sumter County Students Attend Career Fair – WTOK

Sumter County Students Attend Career Fair
WTOK
York, Alabama It's never too early to plan for the future, and York, Alabama eighth graders were looking ahead Thursday. Students from Sumter County's junior high schools gathered at York's West End Junior High School for a career fair. NewsCenter 11's …

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Old Sumter County High School Gymnasium Catches Fire – WTOK

Old Sumter County High School Gymnasium Catches Fire
WTOK
The South Sumter Fire Chief says the investigation is in the hands of the Alabama State Fire Marshal. "The Alabama State Fire Marshal's Office has been notified," said South Sumter Fire Chief C.R. Vaughan. "They will be en route to investigate this

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Free Prostate Cancer Screenings – WTOK

Free Prostate Cancer Screenings
WTOK
Free prostate cancer screenings will be offered Saturday, April 19th at the Sumter County Health Department in Livingston. Although the service is being provided by the Urology Centers of Alabama, men from anywhere can participate. "Men do this

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York Businesses Devastated by Fire – WTOK

York Businesses Devastated by Fire
WTOK
York, Ala. Everyone was able to get out uninjured after a blaze started inside a business in Downtown York, Alabama. … This fire comes just two days after the Old Sumter County High School Gym caught fire just two blocks north of the businesses

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Lynch mobs and courthouse spectators: A look at Chapters 15 and 16 of ‘To Kill … – The Huntsville Times – al.com

Lynch mobs and courthouse spectators: A look at Chapters 15 and 16 of 'To Kill
The Huntsville Times – al.com
I grew up in Sumter County, Alabama, and made sure to read about a Reconstruction-era sheriff named Stephen S. Renfroe, infamously known as the Outlaw Sheriff of Sumter County. Based on that (historical) book, I'd reckon lynch mobs were likely to form


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