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United States  Gotoarrow.png  Alabama  Gotoarrow.png  St. Clair County

Guide to St. Clair County Alabama genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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St. Clair County, Alabama
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Founded November 20, 1818
County Seat Ashville
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Address St. Clair County Courthouse
129 5th Avenue
Ashville, AL 35953
Phone: (205) 594-7921 County Website

County Courthouse

Probate Judge has marriage probate and land records  from 1800
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records [1]


Parent County

1818--St. Clair County was created 20 November 1818 from Shelby County.
County seat: Ashville [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss



Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


African American


Some St. Clair County cemeteries are included in Alabama Cemetery Records Vol. 6 at FamilySearch Books Online - free.

  • Ivison, Hazle R. Collins. Index to Alabama Cemeteries: Blount County, Coosa County, St. Clair County, Talladega County, Winston County. n.d. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
For tips on accessing St. Clair County, Alabama Genealogy census records online, see: Alabama 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

The Northern Judicial District county seat is Ashville.
The Southern Judicial District county seat is Pell City.

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 St. Clair 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.



Civil War

Civil War service men from St. Clair 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 St. Clair County.

- 10th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A "Ashville Guards"
- 10th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F "Coosa Valley Guards"
- 25th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D and H
- 30th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H
- 51st Regiment, Alabama Partisan Rangers, Company E
- 58th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A, C, G and I


Finding More Alabama Newspapers

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

Probate Records

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

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


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 ($). St. Clair 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.

  • To 1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry – ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1819-1826, 1828-1853, 1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969 at Ancestry – ($); 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.
  • 1819-1852 "Alabama Marriages, 1809–1920" at Ancestry – ($); Index. This database is a collection of marriage records from the state. Researchers will find the names of both bride and groom along with the marriage date. The county where the ceremony was performed is also provided. Containing about 150,000 records and the names of nearly 300,000 men and women.
  • 1881-1895 - St. Clair County Death Index 1881-1895. Batch B593436 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1881–1974 Index to Deaths and Burials at Ancestry – ($); 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

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

Societies and Libraries


Trussville Public Library
201 Parkway Dr.
Trussville, Alabama 35173
Telephone: 205-655-2022

Pell City Library
1923 1st Avenue North
Pell City, Alabama 35125
Telephone: 205-884-1015

Family History Centers

St. Clair County Alabama Genealogy Websites

St. Clair County Alabama Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Saint Clair County p. 39. 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).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Coverage Table, "Alabama County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," FamilySearch Research Wiki, https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Alabama_County_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records), accessed 6 August 2012.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/c/cf/Igialabamals.pdf.