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Calhoun County, Alabama Genealogy

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

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County Facts
County seat: Anniston
Organized: December 18, 1832
Parent County(s): Creek Cession[1]
Neighboring Counties
Cherokee  • Cleburne  • Etowah  • St. Clair  • Talladega
See County Maps
Courthouse
Calhoun County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
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Adoption

County InformationEdit

DescriptionEdit

The County was named in honor of John C. Calhoun. The County is located in the northeast area of the state.[2]

County CourthouseEdit

Calhoun County Courthouse
25 W 11th St.
Anniston, AL 36201
Phone: 256-231-1750
Calhoun County Website

Probate Judge has marriage records 1834-1979.
Registrar in Chancery has divorce records.
Clerk Circuit Court has Court Records.[3]

Calhoun County, Alabama Record DatesEdit

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[4]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate Census
1919 1834 1919 1835 1832 1891 1816
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1908. General compliance for births by 1927 and for deaths 1925.

Record LossEdit

Calhoun County had destructive courthouse fires in 1861, 1865, and 1932.[5] [6]

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary ChangesEdit

  • 1832--Calhoun County was created 18 December 1832 from the Creek Cession of 1832.
  • County seat: Anniston[7]

Populated PlacesEdit

The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in Calhoun County:[8]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator.

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
  • Allsop
  • Angel
  • Asberry
  • Bethel
  • Betta-Life
  • Blue Mountain
  • Blue Pond
  • Boiling Spring
  • Boiling Springs
  • Bonny Brook
  • Booker T City
  • Brutonville
  • Burns
  • Burns Crossroad
  • Cedar Springs
  • Chosea Springs
  • Colvins Gap
  • Colwell
  • Couch
  • Crystal Springs
  • De Soto Manor
  • DeArmanville
  • Duke
  • Eastaboga
  • Eulaton
  • Four Mile
  • Francis
  • Grayton
  • Greenwood
  • Hallingworth
  • Halls Chapel
  • Harmony
  • Hicks
  • Holley Crossroads
  • Hollingsworth
  • Holly Springs
  • Ingram Wells
  • Iron City
  • Joseph Springs
  • Knightens Crossroads
  • Knoxville
  • Ladiga
  • Laney
  • Leatherwood
  • Leydens Mill
  • Lowrimores Crossroads
  • Macon
  • Maxwellborn
  • Merrellton
  • Middleton
  • Mitchellville
  • Morrisville
  • Mount Olive
  • Mount Polk
  • New Liberty
  • Oak Level
  • Old Davisville
  • Peaceburg
  • Philadelphia
  • Pleasant Ridge
  • Possum Trot
  • Post Oak
  • Prices
  • Prickettville
  • Rabbittown
  • Ragan Chapel
  • Reads Mill
  • Roy Webb
  • Sulphur Springs
  • Tarsus
  • Tredegar
  • Trinity
  • Union
  • Vigo
  • Vinnette
  • Webster Chapel
  • Wellington
  • West Point
  • West Wellington
  • Whitesides Mill
Census-designated places
Ghost towns


History TimelineEdit

ResourcesEdit

Bible RecordsEdit

BiographiesEdit

Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit

CemeteriesEdit

Cemeteries of Calhoun, 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 sites have additional information on Calhoun county cemeteries.

  • Interment.net Alabama cemetery records by county.
  • Alabama Cemetery Records Additional Calhoun County cemeteries are included in volumes 1,3 and 6.
  • There are approximately 150-200 cemeteries in Calhoun County. They range in size from single grave sites to over 3,000 burials. Research is currently ongoing to locate and pin-point cemetery locations with GPS. As of this time 130 have been located with GPS. Other cemeteries are known but are on private property. Over 90 cemeteries have yet to be located or eliminated as duplicates with different names in different listings.

Census RecordsEdit

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

Historical populations
Year Pop.
1840 14,260
1850 17,163 20.4%
1860 21,539 25.5%
1870 13,980 −35.1%
1880 19,591 40.1%
1890 33,835 72.7%
1900 34,874 3.1%
1910 39,115 12.2%
1920 47,822 22.3%
1930 55,611 16.3%
1940 63,319 13.9%
1950 79,539 25.6%
1960 95,878 20.5%
1970 103,092 7.5%
1980 119,761 16.2%
1990 116,034 −3.1%
2000 112,249 −3.3%
2010 118,572 5.6%
Sources: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml.  through 1960 Benton County until 1858

State Census

Church RecordsEdit

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 RecordsEdit

DirectoriesEdit

Calhoun County, Alabama Online Historical Directories - identifies historical city, county, business and other directories available online on both and pay-to-access websites.

Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Ethnic, Political, and Religious GroupsEdit

The following have information concerning African American research.Both should be used:

Funeral HomesEdit

GenealogiesEdit

GuardianshipEdit

Land and Property RecordsEdit

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.

To place a grant or deed on a map within context of Calhoun County see:

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Calhoun 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 surname index. FHL Book 976.163 E7bg.

Local HistoriesEdit

Local histories are available for Calhoun County. The 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.

  • Northern Alabama, Historical and Biographical. Birmingham, Ala.: Smith and De Land, 1888. Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library. Calhoun County begins on page 111.

Maps and GazetteersEdit

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources

MigrationEdit

Military RecordsEdit

Civil War
Regiments. Men in Calhoun County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (part of a large regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Calhoun County:

- 1st Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company E
- 1st Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company H "Sandy Williams' Guards"
- 2nd Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company A
- 2nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A and I
- 3rd Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company G, Floyd Bush Rangers
- 7th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B
- 10th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D "Alexandria Rifle Company"
- 10th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company G "Pope Walker Guards"
- 10th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H "Choccolocco Rifles"
- 22nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E
- 25th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company I
- 30th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B and E
- 31st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D
- 44th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company K
- 48th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company I and K
- 50th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A, formerly Company A, 2nd Battalion
- 51st Regiment, Alabama Partisan Rangers, Company A and D
- 58th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F

Online Records

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit

NewspapersEdit

archived and digitized newspapers available online on both and pay-to-access websites.

ObituariesEdit

Other RecordsEdit

Voting RecordsEdit

Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. See Calhoun County at Register.

PeriodicalsEdit

Probate RecordsEdit

Online Probate Records

School RecordsEdit

Tax RecordsEdit

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 ($). Calhoun County is in District 3.

Vital RecordsEdit

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.

Vital Record Substitutes

  • A collection of obituaries and death notices from various funeral homes in the Calhoun County area has been put together by GenealogyBuffs:
Calhoun County, Alabama Obituary and Death Notices Collection

BirthEdit

MarriageEdit

DeathEdit

  • 1881-1952 Alabama, Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952 FamilySearch Historical Records Collection
  • 1881-1974 Index to Deaths and Burials at Ancestry ($); Index. Volunteers extracted the details in this index from microfilmed copies of church, civil, family, and other records of Alabama deaths and burials. details vary depending on the original record. Note that the number of available records can vary widely by county, and this database does not necessarily represent a comprehensive set of death records for the state during this time.
  • 1908-1959 Index to Deaths recorded by the state of Alabama at Ancestry ($); Index. The index includes name of the deceased, county of death, date of death, and the state certificate number (volume and page).
  • 1908-1974 Alabama, Deaths, 1908-1974 FamilySearch Historical Records Collection

DivorceEdit

Research FacilitiesEdit

ArchivesEdit

  • Alabama Department of Archives and History
    P.O. Box 300100
    624 Washington Ave.
    Montgomery, AL 36130
    (334) 242-4435
    website


Family History CentersEdit

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.

Anniston Alabama Family History Center

  • Anniston, Alabama
    1217 W Lenlock Ln
    Anniston, Alabama, United States
    Phone: 256-820-5828
    Hours: 1st, 2nd, 3rd Sat 9am-12pm; Wed 6pm-9pm; or call for appointment.

LibrariesEdit

MuseumsEdit

SocietiesEdit

  • AlaBenton Genealogical Society
    108 E. 10th Street
    Anniston, AL 36202
    Website
  • Northeast Alabama Genealogical Society
    P O Box 8268
    Gadsden, AL 35902
    Website
  • Calhoun County Historical Society
    P O Box 1771
    Anniston, AL 36202

WebsitesEdit

Research GuidesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Calhoun, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calhoun_County,_Alabama 05/30/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Calhoun County Alabama in AllFreeRecords.com (accessed 5 March 2014).
  6. Images for Calhoun County, Alabama in CourthousHistory.com (accessed 5 March 2014).
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Calhoun County, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calhoun_County,_Alabama, accessed 4 October 2018.
  9. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/8/8d/Igialabama.pdf.