Chilton County, Alabama

Chilton County was created on Dec. 30, 1868 (Originally named Baker Co., Chilton Co. received its present name on Dec. 17, 1874), from lands taken from Autauga County, Bibb County, Perry County and Shelby County. This particular county was named in honor of Judge William Parish Chilton, chief justice of the AL Supreme Court and a member of the provisional and regular Congress of the Confederacy..

The original county seat was at Grantville. When the courthouse burned in 1870, the county seat was removed to Goosepond, a stop on the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. The town was renamed Clanton after Brig. Gen. James Holt Clanton. In addition the county government website is http://www.chiltoncounty.org/

Locations adjacent Chilton County happen to be Shelby County (north), Coosa County (east), Elmore County (southeast), Autauga County (south), Perry County (southwest), Bibb County (northwest).

Cities and towns found in Chilton County consist of Clanton, Isabella, Jemison, Maplesville, Mountain Creek, Stanton, Thorsby, Verbena.

Chilton 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 Chilton 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.

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

Chilton Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1870 and 1880. Chilton Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1870 and 1880. Chilton 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.

Chilton County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Chilton County Courthouse and Government Records


Chilton County Courthouse

Genealogist often overlook the significance of Chilton 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 Chilton 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 1870.The below facts shows exactly what birth, marriage, death, land, probate, and legal records will be in Chilton 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.
  • Chilton 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: P.O. Box 557, Clanton, AL 35045-0057
    • Phone: (205) 755-1555
    • Court Records: 1843
    • 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)
  • Chilton 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: P.O. Box 557, Clanton, AL 35045-0057
    • Phone: (205) 755-1555
    • Marriage Records: 1870 (Marriages issued prior to 1936)
    • Probate Records: 1887
    • Land Records: 1868
  • Chilton County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
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  • Chilton County Health Department has Birth Records from 1908-1919, Death records from 1908-1919. 

Chilton County Genealogy Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relevant to Chilton 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 Chilton County genealogy or family history related sites.

Chilton Co. AL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Chilton Co. AL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Chilton Co. AL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Chilton Co. AL Census Records

Chilton Co. AL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Chilton Co. AL Church & Bible Records

Chilton Co. AL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Chilton Co. AL General and History Websites

Chilton Co. AL Immigration & Naturalization

Chilton Co. AL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Chilton Co. AL Military Records

Chilton Co. AL Schools & Directories

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