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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 http://www.dekalbcountyal.us

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. 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.

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. 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.

  • DeKalb County Clerk of Circuit Court 
    • Address: 300 Grand Ave. SW, Suite 100 , Fort Payne, AL 35967-1863
    • Phone: (256) 845-8510
    • Court Records: 1836
    • Divorce Records:
  • DeKalb County Clerk of Probate Court 
    • 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
    • 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.

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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