Pretty much every Alabama county had it's basic records ie deeds, probate, wills, marriages microfilmed years ago--in the 60s I believe and all are housed at the state archives in Montgomery...I have been to MANY Alabama courthouses and several have had such theivery that the ONLY way to find your record is on film at the archives as someone has since stolen the original at many a courthouse-I particularlly came upon this in Lowndes county--many records simply torn from the books--entire pages gone--the index showed them (Acree in this instance) but the actual pages had been ripped out and taken. Luckily the archives microfilm was done priot to the thief's actions and I was able to obtain copies in Montgomery. Cherokee is likely the same. Unfortunately I live in TX now..too far from any of it at present..the archives is free and copies are I believe a quarter, however as mentioned by another..I learned years ago as long as your digital camera is at least 3.2 megapixels you'll get a much nicer image just photographing the screen. Public records access is indeed free and not just in Alabama.
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