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Etowah County, Alabama

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

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. 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 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. You may go to any county health department in the State of Alabama to obtain a certificates can be issued while you wait.

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. 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.

Etowah County Societies and Family History Resources

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.

Etowah County Courthouse and Government Records

Etowah County Courthouse

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 below facts shows exactly what birth, marriage, death, land, probate, and legal records will be in Etowah 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.
  • Etowah 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 18, Gadsden, AL 35902
    • Phone: (256) 549-5342
    • Court Records: 1867
    • 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)
  • Etowah 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: 800 Forrest Avenue, Gadsden, AL 35901-3641
    • Phone: (256) 546-2821
    • Marriage Records: 1867 (Marriages issued prior to 1936)
    • Probate Records: 1867
    • Land Records: 1867
  • Etowah Revenue Commissioner's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Address: 800 Forrest Avenue , Gadsden, AL 35901
    • Phone: (256) 549-8114
  • Etowah County Health Department has Birth Records from 1894 , Daeth records from 1898. 

Etowah County Genealogy Links

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

Etowah Co. AL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Etowah Co. AL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Etowah Co. AL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Etowah Co. AL Census Records

Etowah Co. AL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Etowah Co. AL Church & Bible Records

Etowah Co. AL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Etowah Co. AL General and History Websites

Etowah Co. AL Immigration & Naturalization

Etowah Co. AL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Etowah Co. AL Military Records

Etowah Co. AL Schools & Directories

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