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Alabama Deed History

The Alabama Territory was created by the United States Congress in 1817. This lasted until 1819 when Alabama was admitted to the Union as the 22nd state. Alabama left the Union in 1861 to join the Confederate States of America and returned to the Union after the American Civil War in 1865.There are a total of 67 counties in Alabama.

The earliest county formation was in 1800 when Washington County was created as part of the Mississippi Territory, which was eventually split in half to create Mississippi and Alabama. Mobile, the oldest city in Alabama, began as the first capital of colonial French Louisiana in 1702 and did not become part of the United States until 1813. Mobile County was founded in December of 1812, and in 1817 it became part of the Alabama Territory. It wasn’t until two years later, when Alabama joined the Union, that Mobile County was officially part of the State of Alabama.

In 1850, a court of probate was established in each county in Alabama. Each county has a judge of probate to serve as the custodian of legal records. The first judge of probate in Mobile County was Josiah Blakeley in 1813, who was also Chief Justice of the County Court.