St Clair County, Alabama
Genealogy and Facts

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.

St Clair County Societies and Family History Resources

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.

St Clair County Courthouse and Government Records


St Clair County Courthouse

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.


Old St Clair County Courthouse

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.

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.
  • St Clair 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 220, Ashville, AL 35953-0397
    • Phone: (205) 594-2120
    • Court Records: 1818
    • 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)
  • St Clair 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: P.O. Box 397, Ashville, AL 35953-0397, Phone
    • Phone: (205) 594-5114
    • Marriage Records: 1819 (Marriages issued prior to 1936)
    • Probate Records: 1818
    • Land Records: 1819
  • St Clair County Revenue Commissioner's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
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  • St Clair County Health Department has Birth Records from 1893, Death records from 1908. 

St Clair County Genealogy Links

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.

St Clair Co. AL Books, Newspapers & Publications

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St Clair Co. AL Census Records

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St Clair Co. AL Church & Bible Records

St Clair Co. AL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

St Clair Co. AL General and History Websites

St Clair Co. AL Immigration & Naturalization

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St Clair Co. AL Military Records

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