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St Clair County, Alabama
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St Clair County, Alabama Facts

When was St Clair County, AL Created?
St Clair County was created on Nov. 20, 1818 and was formed from Shelby County.

What is the County Seat of St. Clair County, AL?
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

What counties are adjacent to St Clair County, AL?
Bordering Counties are Etowah CountyCalhoun CountyTalladega CountyShelby CountyJefferson CountyBlount County.

St Clair County, AL Vital Records

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

Vital Records can also be found in the St Clair County Health Department has Birth Records from 1893, Death records from 1908.

St Clair County, AL Census Records

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

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.

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

St Clair County, AL Courthouse and Government Records

St Clair County Courthouse

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

Old St Clair County Courthouse

St Clair County, AL Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • Saint Clair Historical Society, c/o Ashville Museum and Archives, PO Box 1570, Ashville, Alabama 35953; Publications: Cherish: The Quarterly Journal of the St. Clair County Historical Society
  • Ashville Public Library, 256-594-7954
  • Ashville Museum and Archives, St. Clair County Courthouse, P.O. Box 1570, Ashville, AL 35953; 205-594-2128
  • Northeast Alabama Genealogical Society, Box 8268 , Gadsden, AL 35902; Publication: Northeast Alabama Settlers
  • ALSTCLAI. A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in StClair County, Alabama. 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 St Clair County, AL Researchers through message boards and forums?

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

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