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Etowah County was created on Dec. 7, 1866, and was formed from Blount County, Calhoun County, Cherokee County, Dekalb County, Marshall County, and St. Clair County. Originally named Baine County, it abolished on Dec. 1, 1868 by the Constitutional Convention and re-established on the same day, under the name of Etowah. This particular county was named for Baine County in honor of Gen. David W. Baine, a Confederate soldier from Lowndes County. Etowah County, which is from the Cherokee language.
Currently the Etowah County Seat is located in Gadsden (named after Col. James Gadsden, distinguished soldier, diplomat, and railroad president) and in addition the county government website is http://www.etowahcounty.org/
Locations adjacent Etowah County happen to be DeKalb County (north), Cherokee County (east), Calhoun County (southeast), St. Clair County (southwest), Blount County (west), Marshall County (northwest).
Cities and towns found in Etowah County consist of Altoona, Attalla, Boaz, Gadsden, Gallant (unincorporated), Glencoe, Hokes Bluff, Mountainboro, Ohatchee, Rainbow City, Reece City, Ridgeville, Sardis City, Southside, Walnut Grove.
Etowah 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 Etowah 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.
Etowah 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.
Etowah Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1870 and 1880. Etowah Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1870 and 1880. Etowah 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.
A list of Etowah County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives. See Also Alabama Archives, Genealogical and Historical Societies for statewide Addresses and links.
Genealogist often overlook the significance of Etowah 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 Etowah 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 following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relevant to Etowah County.