This series consists of licenses issued by the Register of the Orphans' Court prior to 1850, and thereafter by the Probate Judge of Lawrence County, authorizing any judge, justice of the peace, or ordained or licensed minister to marry the persons named in the license. Included are the date the license was issued, the signature of the Register or Probate Judge, the date of the actual marriage ceremony, and the signature of the officiating judge, justice, or clergyman. Included on many licenses is a notation of the volume and page number of the marriage record in which the marriage was recorded.
Beginning in 1881, each county in Alabama was required to have a county health officer and after 1919, a local registrar of vital statistics who was responsible for recording all births in the county. These records were filed with the probate judge after 1907 (see Ala. Acts, 7, p. 893 ); Ala. Acts, 1 sub. 1, p. 782 ). Information recorded includes name of child, place of birth, registration district, sex, race, date of birth, name of attending physician or midwife, and information about the parents.
The John Coffee Papers, 1796-1887, consist of business, legal, and family letters and limited correspondence, as well as an account book, legal and fiscal documents, diaries, surveyor's notebooks, copied printed material, memorandum books, and transcriptions of a limited number of letters and diary passages.
Papers, including correspondence and receipts. These materials document Ligon's activities with the state militia or national guard, the supreme court and his various real estate holdings. Ligon's real estate holdings included such things as buildings in downtown Birmingham and agricultural land in Macon County.
The governor is the chief executive of the state whose function is to administer the laws of the state. One of the activities used to accomplish this function is the rewarding of monetary prizes for the apprehension of persons charged with any capital offense who have escaped from prison, custody, or who have fled the state.
This series consists of the handwritten messages of Thomas Bibb delivered to the Ala. General Assembly on 1820 Nov. 9, 1820 Nov. 22 and 20 Nov. 1821. The first message discusses the late governor William Wyatt Bibb, the new state capital at Cahaba, the state militia, the appointment of a river examiner, the settlement of accounts between Ala. and Miss. concerning Miss. Territory finances, a loan secured by the state with the Planters' and Merchants' Bank (Huntsville, Ala.), and census returns. The Nov. 22 message discusses the sale of lots in the town of Cahaba and resignations of public officials. The 1821 letter concerns the Tennessee and Cahaba Rivers Examiner.
The Dept. of Archives and History is charged with the function of preserving the state of Alabama's culture. One of the activities used to accomplish this function is documenting historical or significant events that occur in the state.
The Governor of Ala. may extradite criminals from other states or be asked to return criminals found in Ala. to other states. This process may also be referred to as requisition. This series consists of letters and affadavits relating to the extradition of criminals and runaway slaves. Included is a requisition from the La. Governor asking for the return of Jacob Wilson who allegedly robbed Taylor's store in New Orleans and fled to Mobile, Ala., and a request for the return of a runaway slave who belonged to Caleb Tate of Ala. and who was sold to another owner in Md.