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Colbert County, Alabama

Colbert County was created on Feb. 6, 1867, from part of Franklin County. It was abolished by the Constitutional Convention on Nov. 29, 1867, and re-established by the legislature on Dec. 9, 1869. This particular county was named in honor of George and Levi Colbert, noted Chickasaw chiefs, who resided in the county.

Currently the Colbert County Seat is located in Tuscumbia (1867 – present) and in addition the county government website is

Locations adjacent Colbert County happen to be Lauderdale County (north), Lawrence County (southeast), Franklin County (south), Tishomingo County, Mississippi (west).

Cities and towns found in Colbert County consist of Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, Tuscumbia, Cherokee, Leighton, Littleville.

Colbert 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 Colbert 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.

Colbert 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.

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

Colbert County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Colbert County Courthouse and Government Records

Colbert County Courthouse

Genealogist often overlook the significance of Colbert 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 Colbert 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.

The below facts shows exactly what birth, marriage, death, land, probate, and legal records will be in Colbert 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.
  • Colbert 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: 201 N. Main Street, Tuscumbia, AL 35674
    • Phone: 256-386-8500
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    • 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)
  • Colbert 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: 201 N. Main Street, Tuscumbia, AL 35674
    • Phone: 256-386-8500
    • Marriage Records: 1867 (Marriages issued prior to 1936)
    • Probate Records: 1867
    • Land Records: 1867
  • Colbert County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
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  • Colbert County Health Department has Birth Records from 1881, Death records from 1881 1000 S. Jackson Highway, Sheffield, AL 35660, Main phone number 256-383-1231. You may go to any county health department in the State of Alabama to obtain a certificates can be issued while you wait.
  • Colbert County Courthouse brief timeline:
    • 1867 - Colbert County formed from part of Franklin County
    • 1881 - Colbert County Courthouse construction begun
    • 1882 - May: Colbert County Courthouse construction completed
    • 1908 - Colbert County Courthouse razed except for brick walls
    • 1909 - Colbert County Courthouse rebuilt and tower clock added
    • 1948 - North wing county courthouse added
    • 1974 - January: new Colbert County Courthouse wing construction begun
    • 1975 - June: $2 million Colbert County Courthouse wing construction completed

Colbert County Genealogy Links

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

Colbert Co. AL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Colbert Co. AL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Colbert Co. AL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Colbert Co. AL Census Records

Colbert Co. AL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Colbert Co. AL Church & Bible Records

Colbert Co. AL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Colbert Co. AL General and History Websites

Colbert Co. AL Immigration & Naturalization

Colbert Co. AL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Colbert Co. AL Military Records

Colbert Co. AL Schools & Directories

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