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*[http://www.interment.net/data/us/al/dekalb/whitehall/index.htm Whitehall Cemetery]
*[http://www.interment.net/data/us/al/dekalb/whitehall/index.htm Whitehall Cemetery]
*''Cemetery Records of DeKalb County, Alabama.'' Vol. 1. 1966. Digital version at {{FSbook|185746}} - free.
*''Cemetery Records of DeKalb County, Alabama.'' Vol. 2. 1966. Digital version at {{FSbook|185802}} - free.
*''Cemetery Records of DeKalb County, Alabama.'' Vol. 3. 1966. Digital version at {{FSbook|185775}} - free.
*''Cemetery Records of DeKalb County, Alabama.'' Vol. 4. 1966. Digital version at {{FSbook|185709}} - free.
*''Cemetery Records of DeKalb County, Alabama.'' Vol. 5. 1966. Digital version at {{FSbook|185764}} - free.
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DeKalb County, Alabama
Map of Alabama highlighting DeKalb County
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Founded January 9, 1836
County Seat Fort Payne

United States  Gotoarrow.png  Alabama  Gotoarrow.png  DeKalb County

County Courthouse

DeKalb County Alabama Courthouse.jpg
 Delkalb County Courthouse 
 111 Grand Avenue SW
Fort Payne, AL 35967
Phone:(256) 845-8525

Probate Judge has marriage, divorce, probate and land records County Health Department has birth, death and burial records Clerk Circuit Court has court records [1]


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The county is named after Revolutionary War hero Johann de Kalb (1721-1780), a German baron.[2]

Parent County

1836--De Kalb County was created 9 January 1836 from the Cherokee Cession of 1835.  County seat: Fort Payne [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

The Cherokee County court house burned. Some of its records were given to De Kalb County. The records can be found in a old building in Fort Payne, the county seat.


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



Biographies of many notable residents of DeKalb County, Alabama Genealogy were published in Memorial Record of Alabama (1893). Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Begins on page 929.



DeKalb County, Alabama
Year Pop.  %±
1840 5,929
1850 8,245 39.1%
1860 10,705 29.8%
1870 7,126 −33.4%
1880 12,675 77.9%
1890 21,106 66.5%
1900 23,558 11.6%
1910 28,261 20.0%
1920 34,426 21.8%
1930 40,104 16.5%
1940 43,075 7.4%
1950 45,048 4.6%
1960 41,417 −8.1%
1970 41,981 1.4%
1980 53,658 27.8%
1990 54,651 1.9%
2000 64,452 17.9%
2010 71,109 10.3%
For tips on accessing DeKalb County, Alabama Genealogy census records online, see: Alabama Census.



Land and Property

To place a grant or deed on a map within context of DeKalb County, Alabama Genealogy see:

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of DeKalb County, Alabama: with Homesteads, Roads, Waterways, Towns, Cemeteries, Railroads, and More. Norman, Okla.: Arphax Pub. Co., 2007. This is a definitive work and can be used as an index to land grants. Digital version at HistoryGeo.com ($). Website includes free surname index. FHL Book 976.166 E7b.

Local Histories






Vital Records


A free collection of obituaries and death notices from various funeral homes in the DeKalb County area has been put together by GenealogyBuffs.com.

Voting Registers

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

Societies and Libraries

Rainsville Public Library
941 East Main St
Rainsville, Alabama 35986
United States
+1 256-638-3311

Hours: Mon, Wed, Thur & Fri 8am-5pm;
Tue 8am-7pm;
Sat 8am-12pm

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Dekalb County p. 37. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "Johann de Kalb," Wikipedia.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).