Marshall County, Alabama Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Guntersville
Organized: January 9, 1836
Parent County(s): Cherokee Cession, Blount, Jackson[1]
Neighboring Counties
Blount  • Cullman  • De Kalb  • Etowah  • Jackson  • Madison  • Morgan
See County Maps
Marshall County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for John Marshall, the famous Chief Justice of the United States.[2]The county is located in the northcentral area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Marshall County Courthouse
424 Blount Ave., Suite 201
Guntersville, AL 35976
Phone: 256-571-7785
Fax: 256-571-7794
Marshall County Website

Probate Judge has marriage, probate and land records from 1836 and birth and death records from 1920 [4]

Marshall 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
1920 1836 1920 1836 1836 1836 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]

  • 1836--Marshall County was created 9 January 1836 from Blount and Jackson Counties and the Cherokee Cession.
  • County seat: Guntersville[6]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

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

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

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
  • Big Springs
  • Bosharts
  • Cranford
  • Crossroads
  • Friendship
  • Georgia Mountain
  • Honeycomb
  • Hooper
  • Jay Bird
  • Joppa
  • Kirbys
  • Mount High
  • Oleander
  • Paint Rock
  • Reed Braker
  • Rock Spring
  • Thompsons
  • Wakefield
  • Wrights
Ghost towns

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • Northern Alabama, Historical and Biographical. Birmingham, Ala.: Smith and De Land, 1888. Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library. Marshall County begins on page 58.

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Marshall, 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 7,553
1850 8,846 17.1%
1860 11,472 29.7%
1870 9,871 −14.0%
1880 14,585 47.8%
1890 18,935 29.8%
1900 23,289 23.0%
1910 28,553 22.6%
1920 32,669 14.4%
1930 39,802 21.8%
1940 42,395 6.5%
1950 45,090 6.4%
1960 48,018 6.5%
1970 54,211 12.9%
1980 65,622 21.0%
1990 70,832 7.9%
2000 82,231 16.1%
2010 93,019 13.1%
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 Marshall 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.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Marshall 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 Marshall County:

- 4th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry (Russell's), Company H [formerly 5th TN Cavalry]
- 4th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry (Russell's), Company I
- 9th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B "Railroad Guards"
- 28th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B
- 48th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C, D, E and G
- 49th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Abstracts of The Marshall County News (1858), The Tennessee Valley (1856), The Marshall Eagle (1853), The Albertville Banner (1919), and The Albertville Herald (1936) were published in:

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. Marshall County has two books:

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 ($). Marshall 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.

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]

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

Boaz Public Library
404 Thomas Ave.
Boaz, Alabama 35957

Special Collections include census microfilms, newspaper microfilms, yearbooks, and other items of local interest.

Marshall Guntersville Public Library
1240 O'Brig Avenue
Guntersville, Al 35976
Phone: 256-571-7595

Museums[edit | edit source]

The Guntersville Museum
1215 Rayburn Avenue
Guntersville, Alabama 35976
Phone: 256-571-7597

Societies[edit | edit source]

Guntersville Historical Society
PO Box 236
Guntersville, AL 35976

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. Genealogy Trails History Group, "Marshall County, Alabama Genealogy and History", 6/16/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Marshall, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama 6/016/2017.
  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), Marshall County, Alabama. Page 37 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 33.
  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, "Marshall County, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama, accessed 23 October 2018.
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at