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DeKalb County, Alabama

DeKalb County was created on  Jan. 9, 1836, from land ceded to the Federal government by the Cherokee Nation. This particular county was named in honor of Johann de Kalb (1721–1780), major general in American Revolutionary War.

Currently the DeKalb County Seat is located in Fort Payne and in addition the county government website is

Locations adjacent DeKalb County happen to be Jackson County (north), Dade County, Georgia (northeast), Walker County, Georgia (east), Chattooga County, Georgia (east), Cherokee County (southeast), Etowah County (south), Marshall County (west).

Cities and towns found in DeKalb County consist of Collinsville, Crossville, Fort Payne, Fyffe, Geraldine, Hammondville, Henagar, Ider, Lakeview, Mentone, Pine Ridge, Powell, Rainsville, Sand Rock, Shiloh, Sylvania, Valley Head.

DeKalb 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 DeKalb 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.

DeKalb 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.

DeKalb Co. Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. DeKalb Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. DeKalb Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. DeKalb 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.

DeKalb County Societies and Family History Resources

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

DeKalb County Courthouse and Government Records

DeKalb County Courthouse

Genealogist often overlook the significance of DeKalb 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 DeKalb 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 DeKalb 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.
  • DeKalb 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: 300 Grand Ave. SW, Suite 100 , Fort Payne, AL 35967-1863
    • Phone: (256) 845-8510
    • Court Records: 1836
    • 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)
  • DeKalb 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: 111 Grand Ave, Ste 200, Fort Payne, AL 35967
    • Phone: (256) 845-8525
    • Marriage Records: 1836 (Marriages issued prior to 1936)
    • Probate Records: 1836
    • Land Records: 1836
  • DeKalb Revenue Commissioner's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Address: 206 Grand Ave. SW, Fort Payne, Al. 35967
    • Phone: (256) 845-8515; Fax: (256) 845-8517
  • DeKalb County Health Department has Birth and Death Records from 1885. 

DeKalb County Genealogy Links

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

DeKalb Co. AL Books, Newspapers & Publications

DeKalb Co. AL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

DeKalb Co. AL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

DeKalb Co. AL Census Records

DeKalb Co. AL Cemeteries & Graveyards

DeKalb Co. AL Church & Bible Records

DeKalb Co. AL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

DeKalb Co. AL General and History Websites

DeKalb Co. AL Immigration & Naturalization

DeKalb Co. AL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

DeKalb Co. AL Military Records

DeKalb Co. AL Schools & Directories

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