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Cherokee County, Alabama

Cherokee County was created on Jan. 9, 1836 and was formed from the Creek Cession of 1835. This particular county was named for the Cherokee Indians, who ceded the land that now comprises the county to the Federal government by the treaty of New Echota, Dec. 29, 1835..

For the first ten years, the residents of Cherokee County quarrelled over the location of a county seat. In 1837, the AL legislature authorized the seat of county government to be established at Cedar Bluff. In 1844 an election was held and the county seat was moved to the town of Centre. In addition the county government website is

Locations adjacent Cherokee County happen to be DeKalb County (north), Chattooga County, Georgia (northeast), Floyd County, Georgia (east), Polk County, Georgia (southeast), Cleburne County (south), Calhoun County (south), Etowah County (west)

Cities and towns found in Cherokee County consist of Cedar Bluff, Centre (County seat), Collinsville, Gaylesville, Leesburg, Piedmont, Sand Rock.

Cherokee County vital records can be found at the Alabama Department of Public Health which has Birth And Death Records from 1908, Marriages from 1936 and Divorce Records from 1950. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Alabama for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Cherokee County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Certificates to mail. You may go to any county health department in the State of Alabama to obtain a certificates can be issued while you wait.

Cherokee County includes Federal Census Schedules to assist in looking into your family tree. Government Population Schedules can be found for 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Cherokee Co. Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Cherokee Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Cherokee Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Cherokee Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890. Two State censuses for confederate veterans exist for 1907 and 1921. You can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms that can help with your research.

Cherokee County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Cherokee County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives. See Also Alabama Archives, Genealogical and Historical Societies for statewide Addresses and links.

Cherokee County Courthouse and Government Records

Cherokee County Courthouse

Genealogist often overlook the significance of Cherokee County court, probate, and land documents as a source of genealogy and family history details.

Buried away in Alabama courthouses and archives just about everywhere are often the hopes and dreams and frustrations of countless Alabama people.

The odds are excellent that your ancestors and forefathers have left a in-depth record of at least several aspects of their lives in the Cherokee County court records.

Even if your forebears is not discussed in a Court case, take into consideration all of the other methods which could have lead to him or her appearing in court records.

There was record loss due to a courthouse fire in 1882 and 1895 . The below facts shows exactly what birth, marriage, death, land, probate, and legal records will be in Cherokee County. The years pointed out below could be the first widely known documents in this county.

Please call the clerk's department to confirm hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics before visiting or requesting information because of sometimes changing contact information.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.
  • Cherokee County Clerk of Circuit Court serves as custodian of all county court records, and is responsible for providing access to those court records by court personnel, the legal community and the public.
    • Address: Main Street, Centre, AL 35960
    • Phone: (256) 927-3363, (256) 927-3378
    • Court Records: 1882
    • Divorce Records: are maintained among the equity records (Divorces issued prior to 1950 are located here. Divorces issued after 1950 can be found  at the Alabama Department of Public Health)
  • Cherokee County Clerk of Probate Court maintains following records in the probate office: Plats, Maps, Judgments, Liens, Deeds, Mortgages, Corporations, Lis pendens, Marriage licenses, Military discharges. The Probate Judge presides over all probate court hearings for Probate of Wills, Administrations, Conservators, Guardianships, Adoptions, Legitimations, Name changes, Condemnations, Mental Commitment hearings, and performs marriage ceremonies.
    • Address: Main Street, Centre, AL 35960.
    • Phone: (256) 927-3363, (256) 927-3378
    • Marriage Records: 1882 (Marriages issued prior to 1936)
    • Probate Records: 1882
    • Land Records:1882
  • Cherokee County Revenue Commissioner's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
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  • Cherokee County Health Department has Birth Records from 1908, Death record from 1908. 

Cherokee County Genealogy Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relevant to Cherokee County. Each of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a cost. This is basically a directory that has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to present your own favorite Cherokee County genealogy or family history related sites.

Cherokee Co. AL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Cherokee Co. AL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Cherokee Co. AL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Cherokee Co. AL Census Records

Cherokee Co. AL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Cherokee Co. AL Church & Bible Records

Cherokee Co. AL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Cherokee Co. AL General and History Websites

Cherokee Co. AL Immigration & Naturalization

Cherokee Co. AL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Cherokee Co. AL Military Records

Cherokee Co. AL Schools & Directories

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