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Jackson 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 13, 1819
County Seat Scottsboro
Courthouse


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Contents

County Courthouse

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Jackson County Courthouse 
102 Laurel St.,
Scottsboro, AL 35768
Phone:(256) 574-9320

Probate Judge has marriage records from 1851,
probate records from 1850,
land records from 1835 and 1900 Civil War Vets list;
Clerk Circuit Court has court records from 1920
and divorce records from 1895; 
County Health Department has birth and death records;
 Public library has cemetery records [1]

History

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The county is named after War of 1812 hero Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) who became Seventh President of the United States in 1829.[2]

Parent County

1819--Jackson County was created 13 December 1819 from the Cherokee Cession of 1816.
County seat: Scottsboro [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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1864 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged. Will Book K (begins mid-1850s) is the earliest will book that survives.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Bridgeport Higdon Paint Rock Section
Bryant Hollywood Pisgah Skyline
Dutton Hytop Pleasant Groves Stevenson
Flat Rock Langston Scottsboro Woodville

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Bible Records

Bibles of the Edmonds, Flowers, Green, Hembree, Hunt (3), Jenkins, Keeble, Kirby (2), Larkin, Lindsay, McKelvy, Price, and Stewart families were published in Volume 1 of Jackson County Alabama Records by Christine P. Sumner, which is available online at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Volume 2 includes Bibles of the Acklen, Caperton, Cotton, Harris, Hunt, Lewis, Smith, and Woosley families. It is also available online at FamilySearch Books Online - free.

Biographies

  • Northern Alabama, Historical and Biographical. Birmingham, Ala.: Smith and De Land, 1888. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online. Jackson County, Alabama begins on page 92.

Cemeteries

  • Douthat, James L. Guntersville Reservoir Cemeteries. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press. Free surname index and publisher's bookstore at Mountain Press.
  • Sumner, Christine P. Jackson County Alabama Records. Vol. 1. Scottsboro, Ala., 1971. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Includes Beech Grove Cemetery, Kirkpatrick Cemetery, Smith Cemetery, Travis Cemetery, and Union Cemetery.
  • Sumner, Christine P. Jackson County Alabama Records. Vol. 2. Scottsboro, Ala., 1972. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Includes Dodson Family Cemetery and Larkin Cemetery.

Census

Jackson County, Alabama
Year Pop.  %±
1820 8,751
1830 12,700 45.1%
1840 15,715 23.7%
1850 14,088 −10.4%
1860 18,283 29.8%
1870 19,410 6.2%
1880 25,114 29.4%
1890 28,026 11.6%
1900 30,508 8.9%
1910 32,918 7.9%
1920 35,864 8.9%
1930 36,881 2.8%
1940 41,802 13.3%
1950 38,998 −6.7%
1960 36,681 −5.9%
1970 39,202 6.9%
1980 51,407 31.1%
1990 47,796 −7.0%
2000 53,926 12.8%
2010 53,227 −1.3%
For tips on accessing Jackson County, Alabama census records online, see: Alabama Census.

Church

Baptist

Minutes of the Union Primitive Baptist Church (Woodville, Ala.) from 1840 to 1842 were published in Volume 1 of Jackson County Alabama Records, available online at FamilySearch Books Online - free. (Begins on page 74.)

Court

Land and Property

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

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Jackson 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 976.195 E7b.

Many early Jackson County land entries (starting in 1830) were published in Volume 2 of Jackson County Alabama Records by Christine P. Sumner, which is available online at FamilySearch Books Online - free. (Begins on page 1.)

For recent deeds, check: Probate Court Land Index

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Civil War


  • Blevins, Jerry. Sequatchie Valley Soldiers in the Civil War: Bledsoe, Grundy, Marion and Sequatchie Counties in Tennessee and Jackson County in Alabama. Huntsville, Ala.: J. Blevins, 1990. FHL Book 976.87 M2b.

A list of individuals who appear on the 1907 CSA Soldiers Census was published in Volume 2 of Jackson County Alabama Records by Christine P. Sumner, which is available online at FamilySearch Books Online - free. (Begins on page 23.)

Newspapers

Abstracts of The Bellefonte Courier (1839), The Jackson County Herald (1868), The Era & Star (1873), The Scottsboro Citizen (1879-1880, 1917), The Jackson County Sentinel (1932-1933, 1937), and The Progressive Age (1937) were published in:

  • 1839-1937 (gaps) - Caver, Larry E. Abstracts from Alabama Newspapers, Volume II: Limestone County, Madison County, Marshall County, Jackson County. Carrollton, Miss.: Pioneer Publishing Co., 2007. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.

Probate Records

Early will books were destroyed in a fire. Will Book K, which begins in the mid-1850s, is the earliest Jackson County will book that survives. A portion of it was published in Volume 2 of Jackson County Alabama Records by Christine P. Sumner, which is available online at FamilySearch Books Online - free. (Begins on page 16.)

Taxation

Vital Records

Birth
Marriage
Death
Vital Record Substitutes

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

Societies and Libraries

Family History Center

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Jackson County p. 37. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "Jackson County, Alabama," Wikipedia.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).

 

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