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St Clair County was created on Nov. 20, 1818 and was formed from Shelby County. This particular county was named in honor of Arthur St. Clair (1736–1818) of Pennsylvania, a hero of the American Revolution. and President of Continental Congress.
St. Clair is the only county in Alabama to have two county seats, Ashville and Pell City. Located in the northern part of the county, Asheville served as the county seat from 1821-1907. Ashville, originally called St. Clairsville, was named for John Ashe, a senator in the state's first General Assembly. The Alabama Constitution of 1901 provided for Pell City in the southern part of the county to serve as the county seat for the Southern Judicial District of the county. A constitutional amendment in 1907 established Pell City, named for George H. Pell, an early settler, as the second county seat. In addition the county government website is http://www.stclairco.com/
Locations adjacent St Clair County happen to be Etowah County (north), Calhoun County (east), Talladega County (southeast), Shelby County (southwest), Jefferson County (west), Blount County (northwest).
Cities and towns found in St Clair County consist of Argo, Ashville, Branchville, Leeds, Margaret, Moody, Odenville, Pell City, Pinedale Shores, Ragland, Riverside, Springville, Steele, Trussville, Vincent.
St Clair 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 St Clair 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.
St Clair County includes Federal Census Schedules to assist in looking into your family tree. Government Population Schedules can be found for 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
St Clair Co. Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. St Clair Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. St Clair Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. St Clair 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.
A list of St Clair 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 St Clair 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 St Clair 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 St Clair County. The years pointed out below could be the first widely known documents in this county.
The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relevant to St Clair 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 St Clair County genealogy or family history related sites.