Etowah County, Alabama Genealogy

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Etowah County, Alabama
Map of Alabama highlighting Etowah County
Location in the state of Alabama
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Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Founded December 7, 1866
County Seat Gadsden

County Courthouse

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

Probate Judge has marriage divorce, probate and land records from 1867[1]


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 [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

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.


Free Online Cemetery Transcripts

In the early 1960s, volunteers from the Gadsden Branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints transcribed gravestones from all 94-known Etowah County cemeteries (approximately 20,000 names). A surname index covering both volumes appears in Volume 1.

  • Cemetery Survey: Etowah County - Alabama. Vol. 1. 1963. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Includes Altoona-Walnut Grove Cemetery, Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery, Armstrong Cemetery, Aurora Cemetery, Bethany Cemetery, Bethlehem Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery, Bethlehem United Baptist Church Cemetery, Brasher Cemetery, Bristow Cemetery, Butler Baptist Church Cemetery, Caddel Cemetery, Carnes Chapel Cemetery, Cave Springs Cemetery, Chapman's Chapel Cemetery, Clayton Cemetery, Conn Cemetery, Cox Cemetery, Darrow-Coats Cemetery, Dooley Cemetery, Duck Springs Cemetery, Gallant Cemetery, Greenwood Baptist Church Cemetery, Happy Hill Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Hibbs Cemetery, Hokes Bluff Cemetery, Holden Cemetery, Howelton Cemetery, Jordan Cemetery, Keeling Cemetery, Kyuka Cemetery (formerly Scott Cemetery), Lee Cemetery, Lee Cemetery (near Rainbow City, Ala.), McCartney Cemetery, Mizell Cemetery, Moragne Cemetery, Mortons Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery, Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, New Bethel Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, New Welcome Baptist Church Cemetery, Noble Hill Cemetery, Old Moody Chapel Cemetery, Old Smallpox Cemetery, Owens Cemetery, Pilgrims Rest Church Cemetery, Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Pine View Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery (Mountainboro, Ala.), Red Hill Methodist Church Cemetery, Reid Cemetery, Sansom Cemetery, Sardis Baptist Church Cemetery, Shady Grove Church Cemetery, Shiloh United Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Smith's Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery, Snead Memorial Methodist Church Cemetery, Spraggins Cemetery, Tanner Cemetery, Thrasher Cemetery, Tillison Cemetery (also Burger Cemetery), Whitesboro Cemetery, and Youngs Chapel Cemetery.
  • Cemetery Survey: Etowah County - Alabama. Vol. 2. 1963. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Includes Black Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Congregation Beth Israel Cemetery, Cornelius Cemetery, Dillard-Copeland Cemetery, Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery, Forrest Cemetery, Garner Cemetery, Lebonan Advent Church Cemetery, Liberty Methodist Church Cemetery, Lookout Mt. Methodist Church Cemetery, McCauley Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery, Mt. Pisgah Cemetery, Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church (Moody), Mt. Tabor Baptist Church Cemetery, Oak Hill Cemetery, Old Attalla Cemetery, Old Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery, Phillips-Smith Cemetery, Pleasant Hill Methodist Church Cemetery, Samuels Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery, Sauls Cemetery, Turkeytown Methodist Church Cemetery, Union Baptist Church Cemetery, Union Hill Methodist Church Cemetery, Walker Cemetery, and Whites Chapel Cemetery.
  • Etowah County, Alabama Cemetery Records. 1943. Includes Alabama City Cemetery, Attalla Cemetery, Baptist Church Cemetery, Beth Israel Cemetery, Bethany Cemetery, Clayton Cemetery, Fairview Church Cemetery, Garner Cemetery, Hokes Bluff Cemetery, McCauley Chapel Cemetery, Moragne Cemetery, Mt. Tabor Cemetery, Noble Cemetery, Pine Grove Cemetery, Pleasant Hill South Methodist Church Cemetery, Reed Cemetery, Tillison Cemetery, Turkeytown Methodist Church Cemetery, Union Hill Cemetery, Whorton's Bend Cemetery. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Additional Etowah County cemetery records are included in Alabama Cemetery Records Vol. 1 at FamilySearch Books Online - free.


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.

Church Records

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Gadsen

Court Records


Land and Property

Local Histories

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




Probate Records

  • 1830-1976 - Etowah County, Alabama Genealogy Probate Records, 1830-1976 at FamilySearch - free.


Vital Records


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

Family History Center

Web Sites


  1. 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.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).