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

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Blount County, Alabama
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Location in the state of Alabama
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Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 6, 1818
County Seat Oneonta
Courthouse
Address Blount County Courthouse
220 Second Avenue East
Oneonta, AL 35121
Phone:(205) 625-4153
County Website

Contents

County Courthouse

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Blount County Courthouse
220 Second Avenue East,
Oneonta, AL 35121
Phone:(205) 625-4153

County Archivist has probate records from 1824,
 marriage, land and burial records from 1820.
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records.[1]

History

Parent County

1818--Blount County was created 6 February 1818 from the Cherokee Cession and Montgomery County.
County seat: Oneonta [2]

Boundary Changes

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

Record Loss

For a list of record loss in Alabama counties see: Alabama Counties with Burned Courthouses

Places/Localities

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Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

African American

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

Biographies

Biographies of many notable residents of Blount County, Alabama were published in Memorial Record of Alabama (1893). Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Begins on page 499.

Cemeteries

Free Online Cemetery Transcripts


In the 1960s, volunteers from the Gadsden Branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints transcribed gravestones from all 91-known Blount County cemeteries (approximately 14,000 names). The master surname index covering all three volumes appears in Volume 1 beginning on page 4.

  • Cemetery Records of Blount County, Alabama, Vol. 1. 1965. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Includes Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery, Alldredge Cemetery, Amos Cemetery, Antioch Methodist Church Cemetery, Austin Creek Cemetery, Bangor Cemetery, Bethel Cemetery, Bethleham Methodist Church Cemetery, Blue Springs Cemetery, Brooksville Cemetery, Central Hill Church Cemetery, Church of Christ Cemetery, Clear Springs Methodist Church Cemetery, Clements Cemetery, Cleveland Cemetery, County Line Cemetery, Dailey's Chapel Cemetery, Easley Church Cemetery, Ebenezer Church Cemetery, Ebenezer Methodist Church Cemetery, Edgewood Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Elvester Baptist Church Cemetery, First Methodist Church Cemetery, Fosters Chapel Cemetery, Gibbs Chapel Cemetery, Gilbreath (Cox) Cemetery, Graves Cemetery, and Graves Gap Cemetery.
  • Cemetery Records of Blount County, Alabama, Vol. 2. 1965. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Includes Greens Chapel Cemetery, Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery, Hayden Cemetery, Hays Cemetery, Highmound Baptist Church Cemetery, High Rock Methodist Church Cemetery, Hood Cemetery, Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Hudson Cemetery, Lebonan Methodist Church Cemetery, Lee's Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery, Liberty Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Love Chapel Cemetery, Macedonia Cemetery, Merrill Cemetery, Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery, Mt. Carmel Methodist Church Cemetery, Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Mt. New Hope Cemetery, Mt. Tabor Cemetery, Mt. Zion Nazarene Cemetery, Mulberry Cemetery, Nectar Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery, Oak Grove Cemetery, Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Oak Hill Cemetery, and Old Liberty Cemetery.
  • Cemetery Records of Blount County, Alabama, Vol. 3. 1966. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Includes Philadelphia Church Cemetery, Phillips Cemetery, Pine Bluff Cemetery, Pleasant Mount Baptist Church Cemetery, Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Remlap Methodist Church Cemetery, Ricetown Chapel Cemetery, Rock Springs Methodist Church Cemetery, Roswell Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Salem Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Shiloh Cemetery, South Cemetery, Sugar Creek Church of Christ Cemetery, Sulphur Springs Baptist Church Cemetery, Summitt Cemetery, Stewarts Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery, Tidwell Cemetery, Tidwell Cemetery, Union Grove (Clay) Church Cemetery, Union Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Wynnville Cemetery, and Zion Hill Cemetery.

Additional Blount County cemeteries are included in Alabama Cemetery Records Vol. 6 at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Includes Blackwood Cemetery, Centre Methodist Church Cemetery, Ellison Cemetery, Harmony Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Mt. Ebell Cemetery, Mt. Joy Cemetery, and Pine Grove Cemetery.

  • 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.

Census

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

Historical populations
Year Pop.  %±
1820 2,415
1830 4,233 75.3%
1840 5,570 31.6%
1850 7,367 32.3%
1860 10,865 47.5%
1870 9,945 −8.5%
1880 15,369 54.5%
1890 21,927 42.7%
1900 23,119 5.4%
1910 21,456 −7.2%
1920 25,538 19.0%
1930 28,020 9.7%
1940 29,490 5.2%
1950 28,975 −1.7%
1960 25,449 −12.2%
1970 26,853 5.5%
1980 36,459 35.8%
1990 39,248 7.6%
2000 51,024 30.0%
2010 57,322 12.3%
Sources: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml.  through 1960

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

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.

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

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Blount 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 976.172 E7b.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Blount County, Alabama. 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.

  • Northern Alabama, Historical and Biographical. Birmingham, Ala.: Smith and De Land, 1888. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online. Blount County, Alabama begins on page 108.

Maps

Military

Civil War

Civil War service men from Blount 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 Blount County.

- 19th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B (Blount Continentals)
- 19th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company K (Blount Guards)
- 28th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B and C.
- 29th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B " Blount County Hornets"
- 29th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C " Avalanche Company"
- 29th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E "The Phil Weaver Guards"
- 29th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F "The Blount County Tiger Boys"
- 48th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A and F
- 50th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D, formerly Company E, 2nd Battalion
- 54th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H (formerly Co. "I", 1st AL, TN, and MS Infantry)



Newspapers

Finding More Alabama Newspapers

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

  • Jones, Melvin. Index and Excerpts Taken from Blount County Alabama Newspapers 1879-1907. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.

Probate Records

Probate records are held by the Blount County, Alabama Probate Court. Most records are housed at the Blount County, Alabama 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 - Blount County, Alabama Probate Records, 1830-1976 at FamilySearch - free.

Taxation

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 ($). Blount 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. See also How to order Alabama Vital Records

Birth
Marriage
  • To 1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry– ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1820–1844; 1857–1879 Marriages by Groom at ALGenWebIndex to Marriages] at Ancestry– ($); 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.
  • 1819–1844, 1852–1888, 1932, 1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800-1969 at Ancestry– ($); Index. This collection is comprised of indexes created by several agencies - the Alabama Center for Health Statistics, Jordan Dodd of Liahona Research, and Hunting For Bears.
  • 1820–1888 "Alabama Marriages, 1809-1920"at Ancestry– ($); 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.
Death
  • 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.  Blount County has one book.


Societies and Libraries

Family History Center

Web Sites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 35.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/8/8d/Igialabama.pdf.

 

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