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Calhoun 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 December 18, 1832
County Seat Anniston
Courthouse
Calhoun County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Address Calhoun County Courthouse
1702 Noble Street
Anniston, AL 36201
Phone: (256) 231-1750
County Website

Contents

County Courthouse

Probate Judge has marriage records 1834-1979
Registrar in Chancery has divorce records
Clerk Circuit Court has Court Records[1]

History

Parent County

1832--Calhoun County was created 18 December 1832 from the Creek Cession of 1832.
County seat: Anniston [2]

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.

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

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Calhoun County had destructive courthouse fires in 1861, 1865, and 1932.[3] [4]

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

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:

Biography

Biographies of many notable residents of Calhoun County, Alabama were published in Memorial Record of Alabama (1893). Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Begins on page 584.

  • Northern Alabama, Historical and Biographical. Birmingham, Ala.: Smith and De Land, 1888. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online. Calhoun County, Alabama (Town of Oxford) begins on page 112.

Cemeteries

There are approximately 150 - 200 cemeteries in Calhoun County. They range in size from single gravesites 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.

Located Cemeteries--


  • Calhoun County, Alabama cemeteries and memorial pages at FindAGrave
  • Calhoun County, Alabama tombstone transcriptions at Interment.net
  • Additional Calhoun County cemeteries are included in Alabama Cemetery Records Vol. 1, Vol. 3, and Vol. 6 at FamilySearch Books Online - free.

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.

Census

For tips on accessing Calhoun County, Alabama 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

Court Records

Directories

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

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 Calhoun County, Alabama 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 free surname index. FHL Book 976.163 E7bg.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Calhoun 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. Calhoun County, Alabama begins on page 111.

Maps

 Military 

Civil War

Civil War service men from Calhoun 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 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



Newspapers

Finding More Alabama Newspapers

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

Probate Records

Probate records are held by the Calhoun County, Alabama Probate Court. Most records are housed at the Calhoun 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 - Calhoun 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 ($). Calhoun 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– ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1815, 1833-1868, 1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800-1969 at Ancestry– ($); 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.
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.
Vital Record Substitutes

A free collection of obituaries and death notices from various funeral homes in the Calhoun County area has been put together by GenealogyBuffs:

Voting Registers

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

Societies and Libraries

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.

Family History Center

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.

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Calhoun County p. 35. 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. Calhoun County Alabama in AllFreeRecords.com (accessed 5 March 2014).
  4. Images for Calhoun County, Alabama in CourthousHistory.com (accessed 5 March 2014).
  5. 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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