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Tallapoosa County, Alabama
Map of Alabama highlighting Tallapoosa County
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Founded December 18, 1832
County Seat Dadeville
Tallapoosa County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Address Tallapoosa County Courthouse
125 North Broadnax
Dadeville, AL 36853
Phone: (256) 825-1098
County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Tallapoosa County, Alabama Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate Census
1881 1835 1881 1835 1832 1835 1816
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1908. General compliance for births by 1927 and for deaths 1925.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Probate Judge has a few birth and death records 1881-1991
Marriage and probate records from 1835
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records[2]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named Tallapoosa is of a Creek origin. The County has Dadeville as its seat and the County was created December 18, 1832. [3]The County is located in the central area of the state.[4]

History[edit | edit source]

90 acres of land were swapped between Tallapoosa and Coosa Counties in 1963.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

90 acres were swapped between Tallapoosa and Coosa Counties in 1963.[2]

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[edit | edit source]

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

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

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
  • Easton
  • Everglade
  • Fosheeton
  • Frog Eye
  • Hampton
  • Mary
  • Midway
  • Mount Zion
  • Old Providence
  • Pearson Chapel
  • Pine Grove
  • Piney Point
  • Pinnell
  • Ponders
  • Sardis
  • Sessions
  • Simmons Crossroads
  • Simpson
  • Slaughters
  • Spinks
  • Still Waters
  • Sturdivant
  • Thornton
  • Tohopeka
  • Truett
  • Union
  • Walnut Hill
Census-designated places

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]


Resources[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Tallapoosa, 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 Tallapoosa county cemeteries.

  • Additional Tallapoosa County cemeteries are included in Alabama Cemetery Records Vol. 1 at FamilySearch Books Online - free.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.

For tips on accessing Tallapoosa County, Alabama Genealogy census records online, see: Alabama Census.

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.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

The Tuscaloosa Genealogical Society has been involved in a long-term project to preserve and digitize 19th Century Circuit Court records. Books dating from 1822 and loose records dating mostly from the 1870s to 1950s are added monthly to Indexes are also included on the site. The 2008 Loose Records Microfilm Index is a relationship index where each name is associated its FHL film number.

Land and Property[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.

  • The original land grants for Tallapoosa county, Alabama have been mapped and are available for free from Deed Mappers. Requires the Deed Mapper Software to use.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Tallapoosa 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 ($).

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Military [edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Tallapoosa 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 Tallapoosa County.

- 1st Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company C
- 1st Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company D "Pearsons Dragoons"
- 1st Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company F
- 1st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F (Tallapoosa Rifles)
- 13th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F
- 14th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company G "Hillabee Blues"
- 14th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H "Jackson Avengers"
- 34th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D, E, F and G
- 37th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B
- 47th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A, B, C, D, F, G and K
- 59th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A

Online Records

World War I[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Finding More Alabama Newspapers[edit source]

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

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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

Taxation[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 ($). Tallapoosa 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. See also How to order Alabama Vital Records

Birth Records[edit | edit source]
Marriage Records[edit | edit source]
  • To 1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry – ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1834-1845, 1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969 at Ancestry – ($); 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[edit | edit source]
  • 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.

Voting Registers[edit | edit source]

Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.  Tallapoosa County has two books with a working link to one:

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Tallapoosa County Historical Society
151 Pearson Circle
Dadeville, AL 36853

Tallapoosa County Archives & Museum
c/o Tallapoosa County Probate Office
125 North Broadnax St.
Dadeville, AL
Museum 256-896-4351
Probate 256-825-1090
Historical Society 256-234-2042

East Alabama Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 2892
Opelika, AL
Publication: Tap Roots

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Horseshoe Bend Regional Library l
includes the following libraries in Tallapoosa County:

Adelia M. Russell Library
318 Church St.
Alexander City, Alabama 35010
Telephone: 256-329-6796
Library collection includes local history, census, marriage records, cemetery records, and family histories.
Dadeville Public Library
205 N. West St.
Dadeville, Alabama 36853
Telephone: 256-825-7820

Family History Centers
[edit | edit source]

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.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tallapoosa 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. 2.0 2.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tallapoosa County p. 39. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Genealogy Trails History Group, "Tallapoosa County, Alabama Genealogy and History", 6/27/2017.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Tallapoosa, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama 6/27/2017.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Tallapoosa County, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama, accessed 26 October 2018.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at