Search for Records in Morgan County, Alabama. Results May Include: Background Check, Marriage & Divorce Records, Criminal Records, Birth & Death Records, Probate Documents, Land Records, Arrests, Addresses, Liens and Judgments

The Morgan County Commission created the Archives in 1995; the idea behind it was to meet the growing need for a permanent repository for inactive government records. The primary purpose of the Archives is to be the centerpiece of the County’s records management program, which could be used by the government to fulfill its obligation to maintain and make records of enduring value available to the public. As a result, all branches of county government send records to the Archives.

The Archives contain the history of the county all the way back to 1819. These include records of court proceedings, census material, criminal records, voter registration, marriage records, divorce records, and court records, and other functions of government that document times of war and peace, hardship and prosperity.

The Morgan County Archives works to make as many records available to the public as possible. However, the departments that created the records maintain legal custody of the records. Clerks in the Archives may therefore be required to consult department heads about the availability of certain records. As a result, when you request public records, they may take up to a week to be processed. The Archives therefore encourages people to call in advance when requesting potentially sensitive or more recent records.

You can obtain certain public records by visiting the ; once you are on the website, click on the relevant link to access the records that are available. For records that cannot be accessed online, you will have to visit the County Archives in person at 624 Bank Street N.E., Decatur, AL 35601. However, before you visit the Archives, remember to call the office at and make a request on the specific records that you would like to access. This is important because public records are subject to the state’s Open Records Act, which restricts access to certain records.

Most public records in the Archives can be photographed for a small fee, while certain large volumes cannot be photocopied. The Archives staff will direct and show you the records that can be photographed for a fee. Patrons are welcome to bring their own cameras.

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