Colbert County, Alabama Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Tuscumbia
Organized: February 6, 1867
Parent County(s): Franklin[1]
Neighboring Counties
Franklin  • Lauderdale  • Lawrence  • Tishomingo (MS)
See County Maps
Colbert County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named in honor of brothers George and Levi Colbert, Chickasaw Indian chiefs.[2]The county is located in the northwest area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Colbert County Courthouse
201 N Main St, Civil Office
Tuscumbia, AL 35674
Phone: 256-386-8511
Fax: 256-386-8505
Colbert County Website

Probate Judge has marriage records from 1877 land records from about 1867
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records [4]

Colbert 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[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1881 1867 1881 1867 1867 1861 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]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1867--Colbert County was created 6 February 1867 from part of Franklin County.
  • County seat: Tuscumbia[6]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

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

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

Unincorporated communities
  • Alabama Shores
  • Allsboro
  • Barton
  • Bear Creek
  • Bethel
  • Bingham
  • Bishop
  • Burnstown
  • Buzzard Roost
  • Cave Spring
  • Cedar Hills Estates
  • Chisca
  • Colbert Heights
  • Cottontown
  • Crooked Oak
  • Emco-Listerhill Junction
  • Flatwoods
  • Ford City
  • Fosters Mill
  • Georgetown
  • Hatton
  • Hawk Pride
  • Hobgood
  • James
  • La Grange
  • Lane Springs
  • Ligon Springs
  • Lime Kiln
  • Lime Rock
  • Listerhill
  • Malone
  • Margerum
  • Maud
  • Melrose
  • Mhoontown
  • Midway
  • Milk Springs
  • Mountain Mills
  • Mount Hester
  • Mynot
  • New Bethel
  • Newsome Springs
  • Nitrate City
  • Norala Junction
  • Old Bethel
  • Paradise Points
  • Peytona Points
  • Pride
  • Red Rock
  • Riverton
  • Rock Creek
  • Spring Valley
  • Underwood Crossroads
  • Underwood Heights
  • Valdosta
  • Valley Grove
  • Village Number 1
  • White House Springs
  • Whiteoak
  • Wilson Lake Shores

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 Colbert, 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.
1870 12,537
1880 16,153 28.8%
1890 20,189 25.0%
1900 22,341 10.7%
1910 24,802 11.0%
1920 31,997 29.0%
1930 29,860 −6.7%
1940 34,093 14.2%
1950 39,561 16.0%
1960 46,506 17.6%
1970 49,632 6.7%
1980 54,519 9.8%
1990 51,666 −5.2%
2000 54,984 6.4%
2010 54,428 −1.0%
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]

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.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Colbert 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.

  • Clary, Martin. The Facts about Muscle Shoals. New York: Ocean Pub. Co., 1924. Digital version at Ancestry $
  • Leftwich, Nina. Two Hundred Years at Muscle Shoals: Being an Authentic History of Colbert County, 1700-1900: With Special Emphasis on the Stirring Events of the Early Times. Tuscumbia, Ala., 1935. Digital version at Ancestry $

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 Colbert 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 Colbert County:

- 4th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry (Roddy's), Company C

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Voter Registration

Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Colbert County has two books listed, but only Book 1 is accessible at this time.

Book 1

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.

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.

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 Colbert County. For state-wide library facilities, see Alabama Archives and Libraries.

In Colbert County there are five public libraries, bookmobiles, and library research services. These public libraries are located in Colbert County, Alabama. Choose a Colbert County County Library to see find the services provided, contact information as well as directions to the location.

Cherokee Public Library
118 Church Street
Cherokee, AL 35616

Florence/Lauderdale Public Library
350 N Wood Ave
Florence, AL 35630

Leighton Public Library
8740 Main Street
Leighton, AL 35646

Muscle Shoals Public Library
1918 East Avalon Avenue
Muscle Shoals, AL 35661

Sheffield Public Library
316 North Montgomery Avenue
Sheffield, AL 35660

Tuscumbia - Helen Keller Public Library
511 North Main Street
Tuscumbia, AL 35674

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Natchez Trace Genealogical Society
PO Box 420
Florence, AL 35631

Tennessee Valley Historical Society
PO Box 149
Sheffield, AL 35660

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

  • Inventory of the County Archives of Alabama: Colbert County. Birmingham, Ala.: The Survey, 1939. Digital version at Ancestry $

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. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Colbert County, Alabama Genealogy and History”, 06/02/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Colbert, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama 06/02/2017.
  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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  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, "Colbert County, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama, accessed 8 October 2018.