Barbour County lies to the south-east of the state, and was established in 1832. The state made it a legal requirement to submit all vital records in 1908, though it took several years for it to become common-place. So the overall collection of material can be sketchy between 1832 and around the 1930s.
Most types of Barbour County public records can be retrieved from the county health department office in Clayton, or at the branch in Clio. Or if you are not near either of these cities, you can also send a mailed-in application to the state Vital Records office in Montgomery. All you need is a completed application and the right fee.
If you are able to go to your county office, you can pick up your copy of a certified Barbour County public record while you are there. Mailed-in applications take between 1 and 2 weeks to get back to you.
Barbour County Birth Records
As per Alabama state law, all birth records are held confidential for 125 years after the date of birth. After that, they are moved to the State Archives and can only be researched there. Those records are freely accessible by anyone, though you will have to go to the Archives in Montgomery. You can also contact them to do research on your behalf, for a fee. But if you are after your own Barbour County birth record, or are an immediate relative, then you can send an application and $15 USD to either the state office or visit the nearest health department office.
Barbour County Death Records
Barbour County death records are only kept confidential for 25 years, so you will be able to access anything older than that no matter who you are. More recent than that and you will have to be an immediate relative, such as a spouse, sibling, parent or child. With $15 USD and a completed application, you can request a certified copy from the state office or your local health office. You will need to identify the person by full name, along with the place and date of death.
Barbour County Marriage Records
There are no restrictions on Barbour County marriage records, so you can order copies of these documents for anyone no matter how you are related to them (or even if you are not). The records only go back to 1936 though, but are still accessible in the same places as the birth and death records. The fee for a Barbour County marriage record is also $15 USD each. You can also order divorce records, starting from 1950.
Barbour County Criminal Records
Barbour County criminal records are not like the others, and are not kept by any county office. You can only access your own criminal record unless you are an employer who is eligible to access a criminal record for a background check. These files are available for $25 USD, and can be requested from the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center.