The county was founded in 1830, but most Lowndes County public records will go back to around 1908. Older records may be incomplete and can be inconsistent as well with some events being recorded, and some missing.
If you need a copy of Lowndes County public record, you will be able to get them while you wait at the health department office in Hayneville. All the forms are there, and the counter is open usual weekday business times. You just have to submit a completed form, pay the fee and show your ID when you are there. Some records will be restricted, and more details on that are explained below.
You can also send in your paperwork by mail for a 1 to 2 week waiting period, and you'll have to enclose a photocopy of your ID.
Lowndes County Birth Records
In order to get completely unrestricted access to any Lowndes County birth records, you will have to wait 125 years after the official date of birth. State privacy laws prohibit the copies of records being issued until that time, unless you are an immediate family member. In that case, you can access the material and that includes a certificate for yourself. The cost per certified record is $15 USD, and extra copies of the same record are $6 each. Any Lowndes County birth records from before 1908 can be hard to track because it wasn't common to register the name of the child. So birth records have to be identified by parents names, birth location and date only.
Lowndes County Death Records
Since the privacy restrictions on Lowndes County death records is only 25 years, most records are now in the public domain. Online searches through genealogy databases can often bring up most of them, and the State Archive also has a collection of material for the county. If you are looking for a death record newer than 25 years, then you have to be an immediate family member of the decedent in order to do so. Certified copies of any age can be requested through the health office, and the cost is $15 USD.
Lowndes County Marriage Records
You have two options when looking for Lowndes County marriage records. You can either file an application with the health office and access any records after 1936. They are public domain, with no restrictions. Each record will cost $15. Otherwise, you can get older records at the Probate courthouse in Hayneville. They have records much older than the official state collection, and they will have their own fee for getting certified copies.
Lowndes County Criminal Records
The county is not responsible for police records, so trying to access a Lowndes County criminal record will have to be done through the state. The Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center should be able to assist you, providing you are trying to get a copy of your own criminal background. Everything else is restricted and confidential. These records cost $25 each, and the application forms require your fingerprints for ID.