The Morgan County Commission created the Archives in 1995 to meet the growing need of Morgan County for a permanent repository for inactive government records. The Archives was designed to be the centerpiece of the County's records management program, a means by which the government could fulfill its legal obligations to preserve and make available to the public records of enduring value. To this end, all branches of County government send records to the Archives, as they are deemed no longer useful to day-to-day operations.
Here the history of the County is recorded, all the way back to 1819, when Alabama attained statehood, and Morgan County was still named Cotaco County. The oldest record group, Probate Court records, contains the records of estates dating back to the earliest days of the county. Records of marriages, court proceedings, voter registration, census materials, and other functions of government document times of war and peace, hardship and prosperity.
The Archives is home to hundreds of volumes of historical and genealogical subject matter. Many of these books are rarities that can seldom be found elsewhere, including histories of local churches, communities, and schools. Biographies, maps, school annuals and old directories are here, as well as numerous indexes to aid in searching public records, cemeteries, and other resources.
Although much of the material deals with Morgan County, a great deal also covers the rest of Alabama, and the entire South. Of particular value to the genealogist are numerous family histories, files of clippings and research by surname, and collections of genealogical publications from throughout the South and beyond. Much of this material has been cross-indexed by volunteers of the Morgan County Genealogical Society.
The Archives is also the only place to view bound original copies of The Decatur Daily (from 1919) and The Hartselle Enquirer (from 1926). Earlier newspapers are available on microfilm.
Morgan County Archives
624 Bank Street N.E.
Decatur, AL 35601
Tel: (256) 351-4726
Fax: (256) 351-4778