Elmore County, Alabama Genealogy

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


Elmore County, Alabama
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Founded February 15, 1866
County Seat Wetumpka
Elmore County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Address Elmore County Courthouse
100 East Commerce Street
Wetumpka, AL 36092
Phone: (334) 567-1123
County Website

County Information

Elmore County, Alabama Record Dates

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate Census
1884 1867 1909 1867 1867 1866 1816
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1908. General compliance for births by 1927 and for deaths 1925.

County Courthouse

Probate Judge has marriage and land records from 1867,
Birth and Death records 1909-1913
probate records from 1866 and military discharge records 1919[2]


The County was named is in honor of General John A. Elmore. The County has Wetumpka as its seat and the County was created February 15, 1866.[3] The County is located in the central area of the state.[4]


Parent County

1866--Elmore County was created 15 February 1866 fromAutauga, Coosa, Montgomery and Tallapoosa Counties.
County seat:  Wetumpka [5]

Boundary Changes

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

Record Loss

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


Populated Places

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Unincorporated communities
  • Burlington
  • Butts Mill
  • Chana Creek
  • Claud
  • Dexter
  • Equality
  • Falkner
  • Floyd
  • Glendale Acres
  • Good Hope
  • Grandview Pines
  • Greer
  • Hidden Forest
  • Jacksons Lake
  • Kent
  • Kowaliga
  • Liberty
  • Neman
  • New Bingham
  • North Elmore
  • Old Bingham
  • Quail Run
  • Red Hill
  • Redland Bluffs
  • Riddle
  • Saint Clair
  • Santuck
  • Seman
  • Speigner
  • Titus
  • Wallsboro
Census-designated places
  • Blue Ridge
  • Buyck
  • Central
  • Channahatchee
  • Cold Spring
  • Lightwood
  • Millbrook
  • Mitchells Mill (Ware)
  • Redland

Neighboring Counties



African American

Blankenship published graves from the following African American cemeteries: Davis Cemetery, Draper Correctional Center Cemetery, Harrogate Springs Cemetery, Hurd-Grey Cemetery, Mt. Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, Old Bingham Cemetery, Rose Hill - Black Section, Thrash Cemetery, and Wetumpka City Cemetery - Black Section. See the Cemeteries section for free online access.


Biographies of many notable residents of Elmore County, Alabama Genealogy were published in Memorial Record of Alabama (1893). Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Begins on page 933.


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

The following web site has additional information on Elmore county cemeteries.


Elmore County, Alabama
Year Pop.  %±
1870 14,477
1880 17,502 20.9%
1890 21,732 24.2%
1900 26,099 20.1%
1910 28,245 8.2%
1920 28,085 −0.6%
1930 34,280 22.1%
1940 34,546 0.8%
1950 31,649 −8.4%
1960 30,524 −3.6%
1970 33,661 10.3%
1980 43,390 28.9%
1990 49,210 13.4%
2000 65,874 33.9%
2010 79,303 20.4%
For tips on accessing Elmore County, Alabama Genealogy census records online, see: Alabama Census.

State Census

Church Records

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.

Court Records

Land and Property

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

Local histories are available for Elmore County, Alabama Genealogy. County 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.

  • Golden, Virginia Noble. A History of Tallassee for Tallasseeans. Tallassee, Ala.: Tallassee Mills of Mount Vernon-Woodberry Mills, 1949. Digital version at Ancestry ($).


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Civil War

Civil War service men from Elmore County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Elmore County.

- 13th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F

Online Records

World War I


Finding More Alabama Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Elmore County, Alabama Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

  • 1839-1913 - Blankenship, Linda. Abstracted Newspapers of Elmore County, Alabama. 13 vols. n.d. Digital versions at FamilySearch Books Online - free:

Probate Records

Probate records are held by the Elmore County, Alabama Genealogy Probate Court. Most records are housed at the Elmore County, Alabama Genealogy Courthouse. Many records are on microfilm at the Family History Library.

See the wiki page Alabama Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their places of residence.

Record types: Wills, dower records, personal property sales, settlement records, orphans’ records, and bonds.

Online Probate Records


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

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. See also How to order Alabama Vital Records

  • 1909-1913 - Blankenship, Linda. Elmore County, Alabama Birth & Death Records 1909-1913. n.d. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.
  • 1867–1901, 1920, 1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969 at Ancestry $. This collection is comprised of indexes created by several agencies - the Alabama Center for Health Statistics, Jordan Dodd of Liahona Research, and Hunting For Bears.
  • 1867–1900 "Alabama Marriages, 1809–1920" at Ancestry $ . This database is a collection of marriage records from the state. Researchers will find the names of both bride and groom along with the marriage date. The county where the ceremony was performed is also provided. Containing about 150,000 records and the names of nearly 300,000 men and women.
  • 1867-1873 - W.P.A Files Elmore County Alabama Marriages 1867-1873, Volume "A". Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.
  • 1881–1974 Index to Deaths and Burials at Ancestry $. Volunteers extracted the details in this index from microfilmed copies of church, civil, family, and other records of Alabama deaths and burials. details vary depending on the original record. Note that the number of available records can vary widely by county, and this database does not necessarily represent a comprehensive set of death records for the state during this time.
  • 1909-1913 - Blankenship, Linda. Elmore County, Alabama Birth & Death Records 1909-1913. n.d. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.

Voting Registers

Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.  Elmore County lists 2 books:

Societies and Libraries

Elmore County Historical Society and Museum
P. O. Box 587
Wetumpka, AL
Publication: Quarterly newsletter

West Elmore Co. Historical Society
2881 Gibson St.
Millbrook, AL

Talisi Historical Preservation Society
PO Box 780022
Tallassee, AL

Elmore Wetumpka Public Library
Elmore Wetumpka Public Library Website

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Family History Centre Locator



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Elmore 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.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Elmore County p. 37.
  3. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Elmore County, Alabama Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ala/elmore/ 06/05/2017.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Elmore, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elmore_County,_Alabama 06/05/2017.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Elmore County, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elmore_County,_Alabama, accessed 14 October 2018.