Cherokee County, Alabama Genealogy

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Cherokee County, Alabama
Map of Alabama highlighting Cherokee County
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Founded January 9, 1836
County Seat Centre

County Courthouse

Cherokee County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Cherokee County Courthouse
100 Main Street,
Centre, AL 35960
Phone:(256) 927-3637

Records burned in 1882 Probate Judge has marriage, probate,
land and military discharge records from 1882[1]


Parent County

1836--Cherokee County was created 9 January 1836 from the Cherokee Cession of 1835.
County seat: Centre [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1882 and 1895 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

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


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



Biographies of many notable residents of Cherokee County, Alabama Genealogy were published in Memorial Record of Alabama (1893). Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Begins on page 635.


  • Cemetery Inscriptions Cherokee County, Alabama. 1964. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Includes Alexander Cemetery, Arrington Chapel Cemetery, Barnard Cemetery, Bethel Methodist Cemetery, Black Oak Church Cemetery, Cedar Hill Methodist Cemetery, Coffey Cemetery, Cothran Cemetery, Daniel Cemetery, Davis Chapel Cemetery, Dixon Chapel Cemetery, Goshen Cemetery, Hebron Methodist Cemetery, Hopewell Cemetery, Hopewell Advent Cemetery, Hunt's (or Brocks) Chapel Cemetery, Jamestown Cemetery, Kirks Grove Cemetery, Lebanon Church Cemetery, Lebanon Church Cemetery, Mackey Cemetery, McElrath Cemetery, Moshat Baptist Cemetery, Noah Baptist Cemetery, Mt. Lookout Cemetery, Mt. Olive Church Cemetery, Mt. Olive Church Cemetery, Mt. Zion Wesleyan Methodist Cemetery, Nazareth Church Cemetery, New Bethel Church Cemetery, Parker Grove Cemetery, Pleasant Hill Methodist Cemetery, Pleasant Hill Baptist Cemetery, Pratt Cemetery, Pleasant Valley Baptist Cemetery, Providence Baptist Cemetery, Salem Church Cemetery, Sand Rock Methodist Cemetery, Sardis Hill Missionary Baptist Cemetery, Sheppard Cemetery, Shiloh Baptist Cemetery, Smith Cemetery, Starling Cemetery, Story Cemetery, Tracy Cemetery, Tuckers Chapel Cemetery, Union Hill Methodist Cemetery, Weaver Cemetery, Welcome Hill Baptist Cemetery, and Yellow Creek Baptist Cemetery.
  • Cemetery Records: Barbour County with Cherokee & Lawrence Counties Alabama, Vol. 3. 1966. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Includes Pleasant Hill Methodist Church Cemetery (Leesburg, Ala.).

Additional Cherokee County cemeteries are included in Alabama Cemetery Records Vol. 6 at FamilySearch Books Online - free.


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

Cherokee County, Alabama
Year Pop.  %±
1840 8,773
1850 13,884 58.3%
1860 18,360 32.2%
1870 11,132 −39.4%
1880 19,108 71.6%
1890 20,459 7.1%
1900 21,096 3.1%
1910 20,226 −4.1%
1920 20,862 3.1%
1930 20,219 −3.1%
1940 19,928 −1.4%
1950 17,634 −11.5%
1960 16,303 −7.5%
1970 15,606 −4.3%
1980 18,760 20.2%
1990 19,543 4.2%
2000 23,988 22.7%
2010 25,989 8.3%
Sources: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.  through 1960

Church Records

Court Records

Land and Property

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

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Cherokee 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 ($). Website includes free surname index. FHL Book 976.165 E7bg.

Local Histories



Civil War

Civil War service men from Cherokee 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 Cherokee County.

- 19th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D (Jake Curry Guards)
- 19th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E (Cherokee Guards)
- 19th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company F (Davis Guards)
- 19th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company G (Cherokee Mountaineers) 
- 19th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H (Cherokees)
- 19th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company I (Cherokee Rangers)
- 22nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D
- 31st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A
- 31st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C
- 47th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E
- 48th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H
- 4th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry (Russell's), Company B
- 7th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C


Probate Records

  • 1830-1976 - Cherokee County, Alabama Genealogy Probate Records, 1830-1976 at FamilySearch - free.


  • 1865-1866 - U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 at Ancestry ($). Cherokee County is in District 3.

Vital Records

  • To 1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry– ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1821–1824, 1826–1837, 1841–1846, 1849, 1861, 1865–1872, 1874–1891, 1895–1898, 1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969 at Ancestry– ($); 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.
  • 1836–1896 "Alabama Marriages, 1809–1920"at Ancestry– ($); Index. This database is a collection of marriage records from the state. Researchers will find the names of both bride and groom along with the marriage date. The county where the ceremony was performed is also provided. Containing about 150,000 records and the names of nearly 300,000 men and women.
  • 1881–1974 Index to Deaths and Burials at Ancestry– ($); 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.  Cherokee County has one book.

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


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