Talladega County, Alabama Genealogy

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

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

Description[edit | edit source]

Talladega County name is derived from the Muscogee (Creek) Native American word "Tvlvteke", from the Creek "tålwa", meaning "town", and "åtigi", or "border". The name indicates a location on the boundary between Creek tribal lands and Cherokee and Chickasaw tribal lands. The county is located in the central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Talladega County Courthouse
Northern Division Talladega
148 E St N
Talladega, AL 35161
Phone: 256-761-2103 ext. 1208
Fax: 256-480-5291
Southern Division Sylacauga
400 N Norton Ave
PO Box 183
Sylacauga, AL 35150
Fax: 256-249-1013
Talladega County Website

Probate Court has marriage, probate and land from 1833, Military Discharge Records from 1930, Chancery Court has divorce records 1888-1892 [3]

Talladega 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
1897 1833 1897 1833 1833 1833 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]

  • 1832--Talladega County was created 18 December 1832 from the Creek Cession of 1832.
  • County seat: Talladega[5]

For animated maps illustrating Alabama county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Alabama County Boundary Maps" (1799-1980) may be viewed at the MapofUS.org website.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in Talladega County:[6]

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

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
  • Autreys
  • Averys Store
  • Blue Eye
  • Buckhorn
  • Camps Mill
  • Cast(s)
  • Chinabee
  • Emauhee
  • Fayetteville
  • Howells Cove
  • Ironaton
  • Jenifer
  • Kymulga
  • Laniers
  • McFall
  • Mignon
  • Renfroe
  • Risers
  • Silver Run
  • Wewoka
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 Talladega, 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 12,587
1850 18,624 48.0%
1860 23,520 26.3%
1870 18,064 −23.2%
1880 23,360 29.3%
1890 29,346 25.6%
1900 35,773 21.9%
1910 37,921 6.0%
1920 41,005 8.1%
1930 45,241 10.3%
1940 51,832 14.6%
1950 63,639 22.8%
1960 65,495 2.9%
1970 65,280 −0.3%
1980 73,826 13.1%
1990 74,107 0.4%
2000 80,321 8.4%
2010 82,291 2.5%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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]

  • 1931 Polk's Anniston (Alabama) City Directory, 1931. 1931. Polk Publishing. Birmingham, AL: R.L. Polk Publishing Co. Online at: Ancestry — index & images ($)

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 Talladega 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.

  • Sketches of Talladega County, Alabama. 1937. by Works Prpgress Administration. Birmingham, Ala: Birmingham Library. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library

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 Talladega 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 Talladega County:

- 1st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company G (Alabama Rifles)
- 5th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E
- 10th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E "Talladega Davis Blues"
- 10th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company K
- 13th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C
- 14th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company I "Hillabee Rifles"
- 18th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company K (Confederate Blues)
- 25th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company G and H
- 29th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A " The Walker Reynolds Guards"
- 30th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A
- 30th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C, F and I
- 31st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B, E and F
- 42nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company G
- 51st Regiment, Alabama Partisan Rangers, Company C and F

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

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 ($). Talladega County is in District 2.

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
Email: mark.palmer@archives.alabama.gov

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

B B Comer Memorial Library
314 North Broadway
Sylacauga, AL 35150
Email: comerlibrary@bbclibrary.net

Earle A Rainwater Memorial Library
124 9th Avenue SW
Childersburg, AL 35044
Email: rainwaterlibrary@yahoo.com

Talladega Armstrong Osborne Public Library
202 South Street East
Talladega, AL 35160
Email: talladeg@yahoo.com

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Northeast Alabama Genealogical Society
One Cabot Avenue
PO Box 8268
Gadsden, AL 35902
Email: neagslib@comcast.net

Publication: Northeast Alabama Settlers

Talladega County Historical Association
106 Broome St
Talladega, AL 35160

Publication: TCHA newsletter

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

  • Inventory of the County Archives of Alabama: Talladega County. Birmingham, Ala.: The Project, 1940. 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. Wikipedia contributors, "Talladega, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talladega_County,_Alabama 6/27/2017.
  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. 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. Wikipedia contributors, "Talladega County, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talladega_County,_Alabama, accessed 28 October 2018.