Free Online Alabama City Directories

City and business directories are available online from all over the U.S. and are what I consider another important set of information that can assist you in advancing your family history and genealogy research.

Where to Find Online City Directori...

This activity of presenting links is a collaborative effort between The Ancestor Hunt and Miriam Robbins, who for years has made available the Online Historical Directories website, which presents links to directories of all types that are available online, including free collections as well as those available only via subscription. I wish to thank Miriam for her help in launching this category of records at The Ancestor Hunt.

So, what kinds of directories are available to the researcher?  Naturally city and business directories, but also telephone directories, and alumni, farm, lodge, rural, and social directories.

What can you find in these records? How about:

  • Full names, including middle names
  • Spouse name
  • Occupation
  • Widows, working women, and adult children at home.
  • Maps
  • Businesses (and index to advertisers).
  • Addresses and maps of churches, schools, funeral homes, cemeteries, post offices, courts, hospitals, benevolent associations, newspapers.
  • Whether a woman is a widow (including name of husband).
  • List of marriages and deaths of previous year.
  • Death date.
  • etc.

Here are a few good primers on the benefits of searching historical city and other directories:​

And here are various places where you can find other city directories online: 

Note: Some of the links listed take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. Near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital. To take full advantage, please make sure that you are logged in to FamilySearch. The results may be different if you are signed in, rather than not.

(Updated March 2022)

Links to these free collections are presented initially with statewide collections, followed in alphabetical order by city or county. Generally, the publishing company is included in the reference to the collection, along with the collection title, and the date(s) of the directory:

Statewide

Albertville

Alexander City

Aliceville

Altoona

Andalusia

Anniston

Arab

Arlington

Ashford

Ashland

Athens

Atmore

Auburn

Bay Minette

Bayou La Batre

Bessemer

Birmingham

Blountsville

Brewton

Bridgeport

Bryant

Butler

Calhoun County

Camden

Castleberry

Centreville

Cherokee

Citronelle

Clanton

Coffeeville

Collinsville

Cullman

Decatur

Demopolis

Dothan

Eclectic

Enterprise

Etowah County

Eufaula

Eutaw

Evergreen

Fairhope

Falkville

Fayette

Flat Rock

Florala

Florence

Foley

Forestdale

Fort Payne

Gadsden

Gardendale

Geneva

Goshen

Grayson

Greater Shelby County

Greene County

Greensboro

Greenville

Grove Hill

Haleyville

Hartselle

Hayneville

Huntsville

Hurtsboro

Jackson

Jacksonville

Jasper

Jefferson County

LaFayette

Leeds

Leesburg

Madison County

Marengo County

Millport

Millry

Mobile

Monroeville

Montevallo

Montgomery

New Hope

Pike County

Rockford

Russellville

Selma

Sylacauga

Talladega

Tuscaloosa

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

For other Free Alabama Links, click on the category of interest:

Newspapers
Yearbooks
Births
Marriages
Deaths
BMD Records
Alumni Records
Cemetery Records
Church Records
Coroner Records
Criminal Records
Directories
Divorce Records
Immigration Records
Military Records
Mortuary Records
Naturalizations
Obituaries
Photos
Probate and Wills
School Records
Tax Records
Voter Records

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