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Revision as of 14:35, 14 June 2019

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
Calhoun County Alabama.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named in honor of John C. Calhoun. The County has Anniston as its seat and the County was created December 18, 1832. The County is located in the northeast area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Calhoun County Courthouse
1702 Noble Street
Anniston, AL 36201
Phone: (256) 231-1750

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 Dates[edit | edit source]

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 Loss[edit | edit source]

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 Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1832--Calhoun County was created 18 December 1832 from the Creek Cession of 1832.
  • Calhoun County Alabama was created on 18 December 1832 and was originally named Benton County. There is no parent county because Calhoun (then Benton) County was created from the 1832 Creek Cession. On 29 Jan 1858 the name was changed to Calhoun County.
  • County seat: Anniston[7]

For animated maps illustrating Alabama county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Alabama County Boundary Maps" (1799-1980) may be viewed at the MapofUS.org website.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

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

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:[8]

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 Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • Biographies of many notable residents of Calhoun County were published in Memorial Record of Alabama (1893). Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online. Begins on page ???.

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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 Records[edit | edit source]

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 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]

Directories[edit | edit source]

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 Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

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

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[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.

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 Histories[edit | edit source]

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 Books Online. Calhoun County begins on page 111.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

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

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

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

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate records are held by the AdkinsWH/Sandbox Temp Probate Court. Most records are housed at the AdkinsWH/Sandbox Temp 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

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[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 $

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.

Vital Record Substitutes

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

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.

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

Family History Centre Locator

Libraries[edit | edit source]

AlaBenton Genealogical Society
c/o The Alabama Room
P. O. Box 308
Anniston, AL
36202
Website

Northeast Alabama Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 8268
Gadsden, AL
35902
Publication Northeast Alabama Settlers

Calhoun County Historical Society
P. O. Box 1771
Anniston, AL
36202

Calhoun Anniston-Calhoun City Public Library
256-237-8501
Website

Family History Center
1217 W Lenlock Ln
Anniston
256-820-5828
Website

Libraries
Public Library of Anniston - Calhoun County
108 E. 10th St.
Anniston, Alabama 36201
Telephone: 256-237-8501

Their Alabama Room collections include local history and genealogical records of Calhoun County.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • USGenWeb Archives Project ~ contains record transcriptions from Bibles, obituaries, court records and more.
  • Calhoun County ALGenWeb ~ record transcriptions and information pertinent to the county.
  • Calhoun County, Alabama Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
  • Jackson State Univerisity Yearbook Digital Project: The Library is currently digitizing the entire run of the Jacksonville State University yearbooks. The yearbooks began publication in 1926 under the name Teacola (some volumes spelled "Teacoala"), which they held until 1933, when the title changed to the Mimosa. The Mimosa was not published immediately preceding and during World War II, so there are no volumes for the years 1934-1947. Print copies of the yearbooks can be found in the Library's reference collection on the 5th floor, and also in closed stacks in the 10th floor Alabama Gallery.
  • FamilySearch Catalog – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  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.