The official history of this southern Alabama county started when the county was formed in 1866, but Crenshaw County public records will mainly begin in 1908.
If you are in need of a certified copy of any Crenshaw County public record, either for research purposes or for legal identification, you can make a request at the health department office in Luverne. With the right forms, they can issue you a copy of a record in just a few minutes, including any records you might need from outside of Crenshaw County.
Along with the forms, you also need to pay a search fee that may vary from one type of record to the next. These fees are non-refundable even if they cannot locate the record you want. If you visit the office in person, you can pay in cash otherwise you need a check or money order made out to the State Board of Health.
Crenshaw County Birth Records
Because birth records can be used to forge identities, they are strictly protected and copies are only issued to immediate family. Once a Crenshaw County birth record is 125 years old, then this restriction is lifted and the material becomes public domain. The fee for a birth record is $15, and an extra $6 for each additional copy of the same record. If you are looking farther back than 1908, you may be disappointed to find that older records usually did not include the child's name. This can make any genealogy searches difficult.
Crenshaw County Death Records
If you are looking for a death record, you will find fewer boundaries to deal with. The privacy restrictions only last for 25 years, after which time the record is public domain. The fee for a Crenshaw County death record is the same as for a birth record. Records more recent than 25 years will only be issued to parents, children, spouse or siblings of the deceased.
Crenshaw County Marriage Records
Marriage records are accessible by anyone, and you should be able to get copies of any Crenshaw County marriage record starting in 1936. These are available through the health department, as well as divorce records (from 1950). But if you need to find an older record, ask at the Probate court in Luverne. They have been recording marriages longer than the state has, and should be able to help. They will issue certified copies of any Crenshaw County marriage record you need.
Crenshaw County Criminal Records
Criminal records in any county are fully restricted so don't plan on ordering any copies for anyone other than yourself. Individuals are permitted only to see their own criminal background records if they wish. The county doesn't maintain these records, the state does. More specifically, its the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center that holds the records, and you can place a request to get a copy by mail. The forms are available on their website, and they do require fingerprints. Each record costs $25 USD.