Marshall County, Alabama Genealogy

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Marshall County

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


Marshall County, Alabama
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Founded January 9, 1836
County Seat Guntersville
Marshall County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Address Marshall County Courthouse
602 Adams Avenue
Hettinger, ND 58739
Phone: 701.567.2460
County Website

County Information

Marshall County, Alabama Record Dates

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
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.

County Courthouse

Probate Judge has marriage, probate and land records from 1836
and birth and death records from 1920 [2]


The County was named of John Marshall, famous Chief Justice of the United States. The County has Guntersville as its seat and the County was created January 9, 1836. [3]The County is located in the northcentral area of the state.[4]


Parent County

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

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

Neighboring Counties




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


Cemeteries of Marshall, 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 Marshall county cemeteries.

  • Douthat, James L. Guntersville Reservoir Cemeteries. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, at Mountain Press. $$
  • Additional Marshall County cemeteries are included in Alabama Cemetery Records Vol. 1 at FamilySearch Books Online - free.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
Est. 201194,16614.5%
For tips on accessing Marshall 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 Marshall 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.


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Civil War

Civil War service men from Marshall 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 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

Online Records

World War I


Finding More Alabama Newspapers

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

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:

  • 1853-1858, 1919, 1936 - Caver, Larry E. Abstracts from Alabama Newspapers, Volume II: Limestone County, Madison County, Marshall County, Jackson County. Carrollton, Miss.: Pioneer Publishing Co., 2007. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free at Family History Centers.

Probate Records

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

  • 1865-1866 - U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 at Ancestry ($). Marshall County is in District 3.

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

Birth Records
Marriage Records
  • To 1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry – ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1836-1840, 1846-1847, 1868, 1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969 at Ancestry – ($); Index. 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.

Death Records
  • 1881–1974 Index to Deaths and Burials at Ancestry – ($); Index. 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.
  • 1920-1925 - Marshall County Death Index 1920-1925. Batch B548085 at FamilySearch - free.
  • 1925-1934 - Marshall County Death Index 1925-1934. Batch B548086 at FamilySearch - free.

Voting Registers

Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.  Marshall County has two books:

Societies and Libraries

Alabama Genealogy website

Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 1568
Huntsville, Alabama
Publication: Valley Leaves

Guntersville Historical Society
PO Box 236
Guntersville, AL

Guntersville Museum & Cultural Center
930 O’Brigg St.
Guntersville, AL


Boaz Public Library
404 Thomas Ave.
Boaz, Alabama 35957
Telephone: 256-593-3000

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

Marshall Guntersville Public Library

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 Center Locator

Marshall County Alabama Genealogy Websites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.

Marshall County Alabama Genealogy References

  1. 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.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Marshall County p. 38. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Genealogy Trails History Group, "Marshall County, Alabama Genealogy and History", 6/16/2017.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Marshall, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama 6/016/2017.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Marshall County, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama, accessed 23 October 2018.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at