Loose Records Project

The Loose Records Project was a combined effort of The Alabama State Archives and the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU) to work with each Alabama county to preserve loose court records, primarily probate records.

Many volunteers across the state participated in the preparation of the records. The papers were opened, cleaned and flattened to go into folders. In many counties the files were read and names in the file were added to the folder. GSU (now FamilySearch) microfilmed those loose records and made them available on FamilySearch. Rolls of film were given to each county and to the Alabama State Archives. In the later stages of the project, the records were captured digitally and counties received backup drives with images instead of films. With updated technology, all the films have been digitally converted and placed on the FamilySearch website.

As a result of this effort, many counties produced an index of all of the records pertaining to their county. AGS is attempting to locate indexes from counties across the state to post on our website. In the fall of 2023, AGS received a database of indexes for 24 counties. Each county is different. Images are linked to the primary name/names on the folder. Many folders have listed names of people included inside the folder. Some indexes are “every name” indexes while others have only the name of the primary person.

As of March 28, 2024

AGS County Indexes In Progress

The above spreadsheet tells the progress of each individual county. You can follow the progress for your county as the names are linked to their images. The spreadsheet is updated regularly so check back often. For the complete indexes, scroll to the bottom of this page.

All 67 counties of Alabama have court records. The lives of our people have been recorded. These records are usually housed and owned by the individual county in which a person lived. The volume of records varies from county to county. A county may have limited records due to its creation from another county, fire or natural disaster, or a lack of preservation.

Many court records have been filmed/digitized by FamilySearch over the past 40 years. Digitized will be the wording for these images since all films have now been converted to digital images. Volunteers are working to link images of county court records to names indexed from across the state. 

Reading a person’s actual court file brings a greater insight into the lives of our ancestors. Many of these files describe land owned and divided and list heirs of a deceased person. Linking names in the county makes finding the record much easier. It allows a researcher to see the records without going to the county courthouses.

AGS has acquired indexes in different ways. Countless county volunteers prepared folders to contain an individual court case. Most counties prepared an index for their records prior to the records being digitized. AGS is linking names to those folders. A digitized index is preferable. Some counties have names linked by FamilySearch. Some indexes are found on FamilySearch as a paper image. When a digital index cannot be found, volunteers are typing the names found on folders from the images.

At this time, all our volunteers are proficient in finding the folder, typing the names when needed and linking the image. However, this process can be broken down. If a volunteer would like to find the folder, type the name or link the image, we can provide ways to help complete each county.

If you see your county needs an updated agreement (i.e. Probate Judge needs to sign a new agreement with FamilySearch) or needs a volunteer assigned, email Jan at the address below to assist in your county. To help with this worthwhile project, contact Jan Hutchison at membership@algensoc.org.

Please note that you will need a FamilySearch account to access the images. Click on the link for FamilySearch.org to sign in or create your free account. 


Autauga County Loose Records Index
Baldwin County Loose Records Index
Barbour County Loose Records Index
Bibb County Loose Records Index
Blount County Loose Records Index
Bullock County Loose Records Index
Butler County Loose Records Index
Calhoun County Loose Records Index
Chilton County Loose Records Index
Choctaw County Loose Records Index
Clarke County Loose Records Index
Clay County Loose Records Index
Cleburne County Loose Records Index
Coffee County Loose Records Index
Conecuh County Loose Records Index
Crenshaw County Loose Records Index
Cullman County Loose Records Index
Dallas County Loose Records Index
DeKalb County Loose Records Index
Elmore County Loose Records Index
Escambia County Loose Records Index
Etowah County Loose Records Index
Greene County Loose Records Index
Hale County Loose Records Index
Henry County Loose Records Index
Jackson County Loose Records Index
Jefferson County Loose Records Index
Lawrence County Loose Records Index
Lee County Loose Records Index
Lowndes County Loose Records Index
Macon County Loose Records Index
Madison County Loose Records Index
Marshall County Loose Records Index
Mobile County Loose Records Index
Monroe County Loose Records Index
Morgan County Loose Records Index
Perry County Loose Records Index
Pickens County Loose Records Index
Pike County Loose Records Index
Randolph County Loose Records Index
Russell County Loose Records Index
Shelby County Loose Records Index
St. Clair County Loose Records Index
Sumter County Loose Records Index
Talladega County Loose Records Index
Tallapoosa County Loose Records Index
Tuscaloosa County Loose Records Index
Tuscaloosa Probate Records Index
Washington County Loose Records Index