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

Dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Tax
Land
Probate
1908
1833
1908
1865
1833
1833
For earlier dates, try...Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries | Parent County
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Chambers County, Alabama
Map
Map of Alabama highlighting Chambers County
Location in the state of Alabama
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Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 18, 1832
County Seat Lafayette
Courthouse


Contents

County Courthouse

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Chambers County Courthouse
2 LaFayette Street,
LaFayette, AL 36862,
Phone: (334) 864-4348

Probate office has marriage records from 1833
probate and land records from 1843
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records[1]

History

Parent County

There is no parent county because Chambers County was created from the 1832 Creek Cession.
County seat: Lafayette[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

Biography

Biographies of many notable residents of Chambers County, Alabama were published in Memorial Record of Alabama (1893). Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Begins on page 624.

Cemeteries

All of these cemeteries are owned by the City of Valley.

Additional Chambers County cemeteries are included in Alabama Cemetery Records Vol. 1 at FamilySearch Books Online - free.

Census

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

Chambers County, Alabama
Year Pop.  %±
1820
1830
1840 17,333
1850 23,960 38.2%
1860 23,214 −3.1%
1870 17,562 −24.3%
1880 23,440 33.5%
1890 26,319 12.3%
1900 32,554 23.7%
1910 36,056 10.8%
1920 41,201 14.3%
1930 39,313 −4.6%
1940 42,146 7.2%
1950 39,528 −6.2%
1960 37,828 −4.3%
1970 36,356 −3.9%
1980 39,191 7.8%
1990 36,876 −5.9%
2000 36,583 −0.8%
2010 34,215 −6.5%
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.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Chambers 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.

  • Valley Historical Scrapbook. West Point, Ga.: The Society, 1970. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Maps

 Military 

Civil War

Civil War service men from Chambers 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 Chambers County.

- 7th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A
- 14th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A "Cusseta Grays"
- 14th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C "Tom Watt's Grays"
- 14th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D "Yancey Grays"
- 14th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E "Gilmore's Greys"
- 14th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F "Billy Gilmer Grays"
- 23rd Battalion, Alabama, Company E
- 37th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company G and I
- 47th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D and I
- 60th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company K



Newspapers

Finding More Alabama Newspapers

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

The Valley Times News is located at 220 N 12th St. Lanett, Alabama. Phone # is 334-644-1101

The LaFayette Sun is located 116 LaFayette St., LaFayette, Alabama. Phone # is 334=864-8885

Probate Records

Probate records are held by the Chambers County, Alabama Probate Court. Most records are housed at the Chambers 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.

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 ($). Chambers County is in District 2.

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– ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1824, 1833-1902, 1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800-1969 at Ancestry– ($); 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.
  • 1833-1900 "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.  Chambers County has one book.

Societies and Libraries

The Cobb Memorial Archives is located at 3419 20th Ave. Valley, Alabama. Phone # is 334-768-2052.

The Chambers county Library is located at 3419 20th Ave. Valley, Alabama. Phone # is 334-768-2052

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Chambers 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. 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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