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Etowah County, Alabama
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Etowah County, Alabama Facts

When was Etowah County, AL Created?
Etowah County was created on Dec. 7, 1866, and was formed from Blount CountyCalhoun CountyCherokee CountyDekalb CountyMarshall 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.

What is the County Seat of Etowah County, AL?
The 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

What counties are adjacent to Etowah County, AL?
Bordering Counties are DeKalb CountyCherokee CountyCalhoun CountySt. Clair CountyBlount CountyMarshall County.

Etowah County, AL Vital Records

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

Vital Records can also be found in the Etowah County Health Department has Birth Records from 1894 , Daeth records from 1898.

Etowah County, AL Census Records

What Etowah County, AL census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Etowah County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 18701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

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.

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

Etowah County, AL Courthouse and Government Records

Etowah County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Etowah County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Etowah 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 Etowah 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.

Etowah County, AL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Etowah County, AL?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Etowah 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.

Etowah Co. AL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Etowah Co. AL Cemeteries & Church Records

Etowah Co. AL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Etowah Co. AL General and History Websites

Etowah Co. AL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Etowah Co. AL Military Records