Etowah County, Alabama Genealogy

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Etowah County, Alabama
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Founded December 7, 1866
County Seat Gadsden
Address Etowah County Courthouse]
800 Forrest Avenue
Gadsden, AL 35901
Phone: (256) 549-5429 Etowah County Website

County Information

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate Census
1894 1867 1898 1867 1867 1867 1816
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1908. General compliance for births by 1927 and for deaths 1925.

County Courthouse

Etowah County, Alabama Courthouse
Etowah County Courthouse
800 Forrest Avenue
Gadsden, AL 35901
Phone: (256) 549-5429

Probate Judge has marriage divorce, probate and land records from 1867[2]


The County was named is from the Cherokee Indian language, which means "edible tree." The County has Gadsden as its seat and the County was created December 7, 1866. [3]The County is located in the northwest area of the state.[4]


Parent County

1866--Etowah County was created 7 December 1866 from Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, DeKalb, Marshal and St. Clair Counties. It was formerly Baine County, which was abolished 3 December 1867, and re-etablished 1 December 1868.
County seat:  Gadsden [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 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
Census-designated places

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

Neighboring Counties




Biographies of many notable residents of Etowah County, Alabama Genealogy were published in Memorial Record of Alabama (1893). Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Begins on page 1010.


Cemeteries of Etowah, 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 Etowah county cemeteries.


Escambia County, Alabama
Year Pop.  %±
1870 4,041
1880 5,719 41.5%
1890 8,666 51.5%
1900 11,320 30.6%
1910 18,889 66.9%
1920 22,464 18.9%
1930 27,963 24.5%
1940 30,671 9.7%
1950 31,443 2.5%
1960 33,511 6.6%
1970 34,912 4.2%
1980 38,440 10.1%
1990 35,518 −7.6%
2000 38,440 8.2%
2010 38,319 −0.3%
For tips on accessing Etowah 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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Gadsen

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 Etowah 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.

  • Barnes, Joe. History of Hokes Bluff, Alabama, and Eastern Etowah County. n.d. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.


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Civil War

Online Records

World War I


Finding More Alabama Newspapers

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

Probate Records

Probate records are held by the Etowah County, Alabama Genealogy Probate Court. Most records are housed at the Etowah 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

  • 1860, 1879-1892, 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.
  • 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.

Voting Registers

Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.  Etowah County has one book.

Societies and Libraries

Etowah Historical Society
P. O. Box 8131
Gadsden, AL

Northeast Alabama Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 8268
Gadsden, AL
Publication: Northeast Alabama Settlers

Etowah Historical Society
P. O. Box 8131
Gadsden, AL

Etowah Gadsden-Etowah County Public Library
Etowah Gadsden-Etowah County Public Library Website

Nichols Memorial Library


  • Howard Gardner Nichols Memorial Library
    • Dwight & Cabot Ave
      Gadsen, Etowah, Alabama 35902
      Phone: 256-490-4683
    • Hours: Thur 10am-3pm;
      Open the 4th Sat of the month from 10am-3pm
    • Nichols Memorial Library is a genealogy library & the home of the NorthEast Alabama Genealogical Society (NEAGS). See site at for more information.
  • Gadsden Public Library
    254 College St.
    Gadsden, Alabama 35901
    Telephone: 256-549-4699
    Their collection includes local histories, newspapers, maps, online databases, and more.

Helpful Websites

Family History Center

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

Etowah County Alabama Genealogy Websites

Etowah County Alabama Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Etowah 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), Greene County p. 37. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Etowah County, Alabama Genealogy and History”, 06/05/2017.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Etowah, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama 06/05/2017.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Etowah County, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama, accessed 15 October 2018.