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Chambers County, Alabama Genealogy

Guide to Chambers County, Alabama ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Lafayette
Organized: December 18, 1832
Parent County(s): Creek Cession[1]
Neighboring Counties
Harris (GA)  • Lee  • Randolph  • Tallapoosa  • Troup (GA)
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Courthouse
Chambers County, Alabama Courthouse
Location Map
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Adoption

County Information

Description

The County was named in honor of Henry H. Chambers, who served as a Senator from Alabama.[2]The county is located in the east-central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse

Chambers County Courthouse
2 LaFayette Street
LaFayette, AL 36862
Phone: 334-864-4341 or 334-864-4329
Fax: 334-864-9702
Email: commission.info@chamberscountyal.gov
District Court Phone: 334-864-4323
Chambers County Website

Chambers County Courthouse Annex
610 South Gilmer Avenue
Lanett, AL 36863

Probate office has marriage records from 1833 and probate and land records from 1843.
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records.[4]

Chambers County, Alabama Record Dates

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[5]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate Census
1908 1833 1908 1833 1843 1843 1816
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1908. General compliance for births by 1927 and for deaths 1925.

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes

  • 1832--Calhoun County was created 18 December 1832 from the Creek Cession of 1832.
  • County seat: Lafayette[6]

Populated Places

The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in Chambers County:[7]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator.

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
  • Blackman
  • Bosworth
  • Boyds
  • Buffalo
  • Chapel Hill
  • Clackville
  • Culebra
  • Cumbee Mill
  • Danway
  • Denson
  • Doublehead
  • Eady City
  • Fairfax
  • Finley
  • Fordyce
  • Foster Crossroads
  • Glass
  • Jones Mill
  • Judson
  • Kendall Crossroads
  • Liberty Crossroads
  • Marcoot
  • McCosh Mill
  • Milltown
  • Moorefield
  • Nelson
  • New Harmony
  • Oak Bowery
  • Oakland
  • Old Atkinson Crossing
Census-designated places
Ghost towns


History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Chambers, Alabama online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Alabama Cemeteries for more information

The following web sites have additional information on Chambers county cemeteries.

Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 17,333
1850 23,960 38.2%
1860 23,214 −3.1%
1870 17,562 −24.3%
1880 23,440 33.5%
1890 26,319 12.3%
1900 32,554 23.7%
1910 36,056 10.8%
1920 41,201 14.3%
1930 39,313 −4.6%
1940 42,146 7.2%
1950 39,528 −6.2%
1960 37,828 −4.3%
1970 36,356 −3.9%
1980 39,191 7.8%
1990 36,876 −5.9%
2000 36,583 −0.8%
2010 34,215 −6.5%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

State Census

Church Records

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Alabama denominations, view the Alabama Church Records wiki page.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

Land and Property Records

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Alabama Land and Property for additional information about early Alabama land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Chambers County. The histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Alabama Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers

RandolphHeard, GeorgiaTroup, GeorgiaHarris, GeorgiaLeeTallapoosaAL CHAMBERS.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration

Military Records

Civil War
Regiments. Men in Chambers County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (part of a large regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Chambers County:

- 7th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A
- 14th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A "Cusseta Grays"
- 14th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C "Tom Watt's Grays"
- 14th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D "Yancey Grays"
- 14th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E "Gilmore's Greys"
- 14th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F "Billy Gilmer Grays"
- 23rd Battalion, Alabama, Company E
- 37th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company G and I
- 47th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D and I
- 60th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company K

Online Records

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Current Newspapers

  • The Valley Times News is located at 220 N 12th St. Lanett, Alabama. Phone # is 334-644-1101
  • The LaFayette Sun is located 116 LaFayette St., LaFayette, Alabama. Phone # is 334-864-8885

Obituaries

Other Records

Voting Records

Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. See Chambers County at Register.

Periodicals

Probate Records

Online Probate Records

School Records

Social Security Records

Tax Records

Alabama tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Alabama Taxation.

  • 1865-1866 - U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 at Ancestry ($). Chambers County is in District 2.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Alabama State Department of Health , the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred or order electronically online $.

For some online statewide indexes, see the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections for Alabama.

Birth

Marriage

  • 1733-2013 Alabama, United States Marriages at FindMyPast ($)
  • 1802-1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry $. Contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1812-1837 Marriages at Southeastern Genealogy ($)
  • 1824, 1833-1902, 1936-1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800-1969 at Ancestry $. This collection is comprised of indexes created by several agencies - the Alabama Center for Health Statistics, Jordan Dodd of Liahona Research, and Hunting For Bears.
  • 1833-1900 Alabama Marriages, 1809-1920 at Ancestry $. This database is a collection of marriage records from the state. Researchers will find the names of both bride and groom along with the marriage date. The county where the ceremony was performed is also provided. Containing about 150,000 records and the names of nearly 300,000 men and women.
  • 1833-1925 Chambers County Marriage Books 1-11 and C thru G Index 1833-1925 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch[8]

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

  • Alabama Department of Archives and History
    P.O. Box 300100
    624 Washington Ave.
    Montgomery, AL 36130
    (334) 242-4435
    website
  • Cobb Memorial Archives
    3419 20th Avenue
    Valley, AL 36854
    Phone: 334-768-2161
    Website

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

Libraries

Listed below are libraries in Chambers County. For state-wide library facilities, see Alabama Archives and Libraries.

  • Chambers County Library has two branches:
H. GRADY BRADSHAW LIBRARY
3419 20th Avenue
Valley, AL 36854
Phone: 334-768-2161
Email: askus@chamberscountylibrary.org
Website
LAFAYETTE PILOT PUBLIC LIBRARY
198 1st Street SE
LaFayette, AL 36862
Phone: 334-864-0012
Email: lafayette@chamberscountylibrary.org
Website

Museums

Societies

  • Chattahoochee Valley Historical Society Inc.
    The Lanier Room
    3419 20th Avenue
    Valley, AL 36854
    334-768-2050
    Facebook
    Website

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Chambers County, Alabama Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ala/chambers/ 05/30/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Chambers, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chambers_County,_Alabama 05/30/2017.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Chambers County, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chambers_County,_Alabama, accessed 4 October 2018.
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/8/8d/Igialabama.pdf.