Calhoun County, Alabama Genealogy

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Guide to Calhoun County, Alabama ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Anniston
Organized: December 18, 1832
Parent County(s): Creek Cession[1]
Neighboring Counties
Cherokee  • Cleburne  • Etowah  • St. Clair  • Talladega
See County Maps
Calhoun County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Calhoun County was originally named Benton County in honor of Thomas Hart Benton. Name was changed to Calhoun, in honor of John C. Calhoun, in 1858. The County is located in the northeast area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Calhoun County Courthouse
25 W 11th St.
Anniston, AL 36201
Phone: 256-231-1750
Calhoun County Website

Probate Judge has marriage records 1834-1979.
Registrar in Chancery has divorce records.
Clerk Circuit Court has Court Records.[3]

Calhoun County, Alabama Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1919 1834 1919 1835 1832 1891 1816
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1908. General compliance for births by 1927 and for deaths 1925.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

Calhoun County had destructive courthouse fires in 1861, 1865, and 1932.[5]

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1832--Calhoun County (orginially named Benton County) was created 18 December 1832 from the Creek Cession of 1832.
  • County seat: Anniston[6]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in Calhoun County:[7]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator.

Unincorporated communities
  • Allsop
  • Angel
  • Asberry
  • Bethel
  • Betta-Life
  • Blue Mountain
  • Blue Pond
  • Boiling Spring
  • Boiling Springs
  • Bonny Brook
  • Booker T City
  • Brutonville
  • Burns
  • Burns Crossroad
  • Cedar Springs
  • Chosea Springs
  • Colvins Gap
  • Colwell
  • Couch
  • Crystal Springs
  • De Soto Manor
  • DeArmanville
  • Duke
  • Eastaboga
  • Eulaton
  • Four Mile
  • Francis
  • Grayton
  • Greenwood
  • Hallingworth
  • Halls Chapel
  • Harmony
  • Hicks
  • Holley Crossroads
  • Hollingsworth
  • Holly Springs
  • Ingram Wells
  • Iron City
  • Joseph Springs
  • Knightens Crossroads
  • Knoxville
  • Ladiga
  • Laney
  • Leatherwood
  • Leydens Mill
  • Lowrimores Crossroads
  • Macon
  • Maxwellborn
  • Merrellton
  • Middleton
  • Mitchellville
  • Morrisville
  • Mount Olive
  • Mount Polk
  • New Liberty
  • Oak Level
  • Old Davisville
  • Peaceburg
  • Philadelphia
  • Pleasant Ridge
  • Possum Trot
  • Post Oak
  • Prices
  • Prickettville
  • Rabbittown
  • Ragan Chapel
  • Reads Mill
  • Roy Webb
  • Sulphur Springs
  • Tarsus
  • Tredegar
  • Trinity
  • Union
  • Vigo
  • Vinnette
  • Webster Chapel
  • Wellington
  • West Point
  • West Wellington
  • Whitesides Mill
Census-designated places
Ghost towns

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Calhoun, Alabama online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Alabama Cemeteries for more information

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 14,260
1850 17,163 20.4%
1860 21,539 25.5%
1870 13,980 −35.1%
1880 19,591 40.1%
1890 33,835 72.7%
1900 34,874 3.1%
1910 39,115 12.2%
1920 47,822 22.3%
1930 55,611 16.3%
1940 63,319 13.9%
1950 79,539 25.6%
1960 95,878 20.5%
1970 103,092 7.5%
1980 119,761 16.2%
1990 116,034 −3.1%
2000 112,249 −3.3%
2010 118,572 5.6%
Source: "".

State Census

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Alabama denominations, view the Alabama Church Records wiki page.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

The following have information concerning African American research.Both should be used:

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Alabama Land and Property for additional information about early Alabama land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.

To place a grant or deed on a map within context of Calhoun County see:

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Calhoun County, Alabama: with Homesteads, Roads, Waterways, Towns, Cemeteries, Railroads, and More. Norman, Okla.: Arphax Pub. Co., 2007. This is a definitive work and can be used as an index to land grants. Arphax Publishing ($). Website includes surname index. FHL Book 976.163 E7bg.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Calhoun County. The histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Alabama Local Histories.

  • Lower Piedmont Country: The Uplands of the Deep South. By H.C. Nixon with new introduction by Sarh N. Shouse. University, Ala.: University of Alabama Press, 1984, 1946.
  • Northern Alabama, Historical and Biographical. Birmingham, Ala.: Smith and De Land, 1888. Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library. Calhoun County begins on page 111.
  • Possum Trot, Rural Community. By H. C. Nixon. Norman, University of Oklahoma Press, 1941.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Calhoun County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (part of a large regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Calhoun County:

- 1st Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company E
- 1st Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company H "Sandy Williams' Guards"
- 2nd Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company A
- 2nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A and I
- 3rd Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company G, Floyd Bush Rangers
- 7th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B
- 10th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D "Alexandria Rifle Company"
- 10th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company G "Pope Walker Guards"
- 10th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H "Choccolocco Rifles"
- 22nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E
- 25th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company I
- 30th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B and E
- 31st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D
- 44th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company K
- 48th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company I and K
- 50th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A, formerly Company A, 2nd Battalion
- 51st Regiment, Alabama Partisan Rangers, Company A and D
- 58th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

archived and digitized newspapers available online on both and pay-to-access websites.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Voting Registration

Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. See Calhoun County at Register.

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Alabama tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Alabama Taxation.

  • 1865-1866 U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 at Ancestry ($). Calhoun County is in District 3.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Alabama State Department of Health , the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred or order electronically online $.

For some online statewide indexes, see the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections for Alabama.

Vital Record Substitutes

  • A collection of obituaries and death notices from various funeral homes in the Calhoun County area has been put together by GenealogyBuffs:
Calhoun County, Alabama Obituary and Death Notices Collection

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Alabama Department of Archives and History
624 Washington Ave
PO Box 300100
Montgomery, AL 36104

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Calhoun County. For state-wide library facilities, see Alabama Archives and Libraries.

Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County
108 E 10th Street
Anniston, Alabama 36201

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

AlaBenton Genealogical Society
108 E 10th Street
Anniston, AL 36201

Northeast Alabama Genealogical Society
1 Cabot Ave
PO Box 8268
Gadsden, AL 35902

Piedmont Historical Society
Phone: 256-239-6580

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Calhoun, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama 05/30/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Images for Calhoun County, Alabama in (accessed 5 March 2014).
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Calhoun County, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama, accessed 4 October 2018.
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at