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Clarke County, Alabama Facts

When was Clarke County, AL Created?
Clarke County was created on Dec. 10, 1812 from Washington County. This particular county was named in honor of Gen. John Clarke of Georgia.

What is the County Seat of Clarke County, AL?
The Clarke County Seat was not established until 1820, when it was located at Clarksville. In 1831 the seat of government was moved to Grove Hill (previously known as Magoffin’s Store, Smithville and Macon) and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Clarke County, AL?
Bordering Counties are Marengo CountyWilcox CountyMonroe CountyBaldwin CountyWashington CountyChoctaw County.

Clarke County, AL Vital Records

Where can find Clarke County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Clarke 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 Clarke 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.

Vital Records can also be found in the Clarke County Health Department has Birth Records from 1908, Death records from 1908.

Clarke County, AL Census Records

What Clarke County, AL census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Clarke County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1820183018401850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

Clarke Co. Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Clarke Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Clarke Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Clarke Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890.

There are Alabama State censuses from 1820-1866. Also two Alabama Census of Confederate Soldiers for 1907 and 1921. You can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Alabama Census Records Research Guide

Clarke County, AL Courthouse and Government Records

Clarke County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Clarke County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Clarke County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Alabama courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Alabama residents.

The possibilities are excellent that your forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Clarke County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records. See Also Alabama Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Clarke County, AL Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Clarke County, AL?
A list of Clarke County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Alabama Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

  • The Clarke County Historical Society, P. O. Box 131, Jackson, AL 36545
  • Grove Hill Public Library, Phone 251-275-8157
  • ALCLARKE. A mailing list primarily for anyone with a genealogical interest in Clarke County, Alabama or any adjacent territory once a part of Clarke county. Researchers for Choctaw, Marengo, Monroe, Washington and Wilcox Counties are invited to add their postings. To subscribe send “subscribe” to [email protected] (mail mode) or [email protected] (digest mode).
  • Alabama Genealogical Society, c/o Samford University Library, AGS Depository and Headquarters, 800 Lakeshore Drive, P.O. Box 2296, Birmingham, AL 35229-0001
  • Alabama Department of Archives & History, 624 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0100; Phone: (334) 242-4435

Where can I connect with other Clarke County, AL Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Clarke County, AL?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Clarke County. Most of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a fee. This is just a list that has been compiled or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another.

Clarke Co. AL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Clarke Co. AL Cemeteries & Church Records

Clarke Co. AL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Clarke Co. AL General and History Websites

Clarke Co. AL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Clarke Co. AL Military Records