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Revision as of 09:30, 23 June 2019

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

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Colbert County, Alabama
Map
Map of Alabama highlighting Colbert County
Location in the state of Alabama, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 6, 1867
County Seat Tuscumbia
Courthouse
Colbert County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Address Colbert County Courthouse
201 North Main Street
Tuscumbia, AL 35674
Phone:(205) 386-8512 Colbert County Website


County Information[edit | edit source]

Colbert County, Alabama Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate Census
1881 1867 1881 1867 1867 1861 1816
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1908. General compliance for births by 1927 and for deaths 1925.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Probate Judge has marriage records from 1877 land records from about 1867
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records [2]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named named in honor of brothers George and Levi Colbert, Chickasaw Indian chiefs. The County has Tuscumbia as its seat and the County was created February 6, 1867. [3]The County is located in the northwest area of the state.[4]

History[edit | edit source]

Colbert County was created on 6 February 1867, out of part of Franklin County. It was abolished 29 November of 1867, re-established 24 January 1870.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1867--Colbert County was created 6 February 1867 from part of Franklin County.
County seat: Tuscumbia [5]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Alabama county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Alabama County Boundary Maps" (1799-1980) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
  • Alabama Shores
  • Allsboro
  • Barton
  • Bear Creek
  • Bethel
  • Bingham
  • Bishop
  • Burnstown
  • Buzzard Roost
  • Cave Spring
  • Cedar Hills Estates
  • Chisca
  • Colbert Heights
  • Cottontown
  • Crooked Oak
  • Emco-Listerhill Junction
  • Flatwoods
  • Ford City
  • Fosters Mill
  • Georgetown
  • Hatton
  • Hawk Pride
  • Hobgood
  • James
  • La Grange
  • Lane Springs
  • Ligon Springs
  • Lime Kiln
  • Lime Rock
  • Listerhill
  • Malone
  • Margerum
  • Maud
  • Melrose
  • Mhoontown
  • Midway
  • Milk Springs
  • Mountain Mills
  • Mount Hester
  • Mynot
  • New Bethel
  • Newsome Springs
  • Nitrate City
  • Norala Junction
  • Old Bethel
  • Paradise Points
  • Peytona Points
  • Pride
  • Red Rock
  • Riverton
  • Rock Creek
  • Spring Valley
  • Underwood Crossroads
  • Underwood Heights
  • Valdosta
  • Valley Grove
  • Village Number 1
  • White House Springs
  • Whiteoak
  • Wilson Lake Shores


Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

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Resources[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Template:ALbio

  • Northern Alabama, Historical and Biographical. Birmingham, Ala.: Smith and De Land, 1888. Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library. Colbert County, Alabama Genealogy begins on page 103.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Colbert, 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 site has additional information on Colbert county cemeteries.

  • Additional Colbert County cemeteries are included in Alabama Cemetery Records Vol. 1 and Vol. 4 at FamilySearch Books Online - free.

Census[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing Colbert County, Alabama Genealogy census records online, see: Alabama Census.

Colbert County, Alabama
Year Pop.
1870 12,537
1880 16,153 28.8%
1890 20,189 25.0%
1900 22,341 10.7%
1910 24,802 11.0%
1920 31,997 29.0%
1930 29,860 −6.7%
1940 34,093 14.2%
1950 39,561 16.0%
1960 46,506 17.6%
1970 49,632 6.7%
1980 54,519 9.8%
1990 51,666 −5.2%
2000 54,984 6.4%
2010 54,428 −1.0%
Sources: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml.  through 1960

State Census

Church Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Colbert County, Alabama Online Historical Directories - identifies historical city, county, business and other directories available online on both free and pay-to-access websites.

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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  • Clary, Martin. The Facts about Muscle Shoals. New York: Ocean Pub. Co., 1924. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Leftwich, Nina. Two Hundred Years at Muscle Shoals: Being an Authentic History of Colbert County, 1700-1900: With Special Emphasis on the Stirring Events of the Early Times. Tuscumbia, Ala., 1935. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources

 Military [edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Colbert County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Colbert County.

- 4th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry (Roddy's), Company C

Online Records

World War I[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Finding More Alabama Newspapers[edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Colbert County, Alabama Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Alabama Online Historical Newspapers - identifies historical archived and digitized newspapers available online on both free and pay-to-access websites.

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

  • Inventory of the County Archives of Alabama: Colbert County. Birmingham, Ala.: The Survey, 1939. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Taxation[edit | edit source]

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.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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. See also How to order Alabama Vital Records

Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriage[edit | edit source]
  • 1870-1872, 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.


Death[edit | edit source]
  • 1881–1974 Index to Deaths and Burials at Ancestry $ Note that the number of available records can vary widely by county, and this database does not necessarily represent a comprehensive set of death records for the state during this time.

Voting Registers[edit | edit source]

Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.  Colbert County has two books listed, but only Book 1 is accessible at this time.

Book 1

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 1568
Huntsville, Alabama
35807
Publication: Valley Leaves Website

Natchez Trace Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 420
Florence, AL
35631
Publication: Natchez Trace Traveler
Website

Tennessee Valley Historical Society
P. O. Box 149
Sheffield, AL
35660
Publication: Journal of Muscle Shoals History
Website

Colbert Florence/Lauderdale Public Library
256-764-6564
Website

Sheffield Public Library
256-386-5633

Family History Centers
[edit | edit source]

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Family History Centre Locator

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Colbert County, Alabama. Page 36 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 33.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Colbert County p. 36. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Colbert County, Alabama Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ala/colbert/ 06/02/2017.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Colbert, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colbert_County,_Alabama 06/02/2017.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Colbert County, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colbert_County,_Alabama, accessed 8 October 2018.