DeKalb County, Alabama Genealogy

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DeKalb County, Alabama
Map of Alabama highlighting DeKalb County
Location in the state of Alabama
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Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Founded January 9, 1836
County Seat Fort Payne

County Courthouse

DeKalb County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
 Delkalb County Courthouse 
 111 Grand Avenue SW
Fort Payne, AL 35967
Phone:(256) 845-8525

Probate Judge has marriage, divorce, probate and land records County Health Department has birth, death and burial records Clerk Circuit Court has court records [1]


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The county is named after Revolutionary War hero Johann de Kalb (1721-1780), a German baron.[2]

Parent County

1836--De Kalb County was created 9 January 1836 from the Cherokee Cession of 1835.  County seat: Fort Payne [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

The Cherokee County court house burned. Some of its records were given to De Kalb County. The records can be found in a old building in Fort Payne, the county seat.


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



Biographies of many notable residents of DeKalb County, Alabama Genealogy were published in Memorial Record of Alabama (1893). Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Begins on page 929.


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 125-known DeKalb County cemeteries (approximately 22,000 names). The master surname index covering all five volumes is split in two. Surnames A to M appear in Volume 2 beginning on page 5. Surnames M to Z appear in Volume 3 beginning on page 576.

  • Cemetery Records of DeKalb County, Alabama. Vol. 1. 1966. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Allen Memorial Baptist Church Cemetery, Antioch Cemetery, Bailey's Chapel Cemetery, Bankhead Cemetery, Belcher's Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery, Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Beulah Church Cemetery, Black Oak Methodist Episcopal Church Cemetery, Broadway Church Cemetery, Browder Cemetery, Collins Cemetery, Collinsville Cemetery, Concord Baptist Church Cemetery, Copeland Bridge (Liberty Hill) Cemetery, Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery, Crossville Cemetery, Dalrymple Cemetery, Deer Head Cove Cemetery, Fairview Methodist Cemetery, Fischer Cemetery, Forester Cemetery, Franklin Cemetery, Freeman Cemetery, Freeman Methodist Church Cemetery, Friendship Baptist (Biddle) Church Cemetery, Fuller Cemetery, and Fyffe Cemetery.
  • Cemetery Records of DeKalb County, Alabama. Vol. 2. 1966. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Garvin Cemetery, Geraldine First Baptist Church Cemetery, Gilbreath Cemetery, Glenwood Cemetery, Gravel Hill Cemetery, Green Cemetery, Green's Chapel Cemetery, Hall Cemetery, Harbour Cemetery, Hawkins Cemetery, Head Springs Cemetery, Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery, Jack Cemetery, Jennings Cemetery, Kelley's Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery, Killian Cemetery, Kilpatrick Cemetery, Lankford Cemetery, Lebonan Cemetery, Lee's Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery, Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery, Liberty Church Cemetery, Liberty Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery, Liberty Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Lipscomb Cemetery, Little River Church Cemetery, Lookout Mt. Church, Lower Sulphur Springs Cemetery, and Lusk Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery.
  • Cemetery Records of DeKalb County, Alabama. Vol. 3. 1966. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. McNutt Memorial Chapel Cemetery, Macedonia Baptist Church (No. 1) Cemetery, Macedonia Missionary Baptist (No. 2) Cemetery, Miller Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery, Moore's School Cemetery, Mountain View Baptist Church Cemetery, Mt. Flat Baptist Church Cemetery, Mt. Herman Cemetery, Mt. Home Cemetery, Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Baptist Chruch Cemetery, Mt. Tabor Baptist Church Cemetery, Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Mt. Zion Cemetery, Mt. Zion Cemetery, and Mt. Zion Cemetery.
  • Cemetery Records of DeKalb County, Alabama. Vol. 4. 1966. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, New Canaan Baptist Church Cemetery, New Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery, New Home Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery (No. 1), New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery, Nicholson Cemetery, Oak Hill Church Cemetery, Oak Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Old Collinsville Cemetery, Old Antioch Church Cemetery, Old Straight Creek Church Cemetery, Painter Baptist Church Cemetery, Pea Ridge Cemetery, Pilgrims Rest Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Pine Grove Methodist Church Cemetery, Piney Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Plain View Baptist Church Cemetery, Plunket Cemetery, Price Cemetery, Providence Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Rainsville Church of Christ Cemetery, Red Hill Cemetery, Robertson Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery, Rocky Mt. Cemetery, Roden Cemetery, Salem Methodist Church Cemetery, Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery, Skirum Methodist Church Cemetery, Smith Cemetery, Smith's Chapel Cemetery, Smith's Chapel Cemetery, Smith's Chapel Cemetery, Stewart Cemetery, and Straight Creek Church Cemetery.
  • Cemetery Records of DeKalb County, Alabama. Vol. 5. 1966. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Ten Broeck Cemetery, Town Creek Cemetery, Trinity Methodist Church Cemetery, Union Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Union Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Unity Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Valley Head Cemetery, Violet Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Walker's Chapel Cemetery, Walnut Grove Cemetery, Warren Cemetery, Welcome Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Welden Cemetery, Wesley's Chapel Cemetery, and Whitehall Cemetery.


DeKalb County, Alabama
Year Pop.  %±
1840 5,929
1850 8,245 39.1%
1860 10,705 29.8%
1870 7,126 −33.4%
1880 12,675 77.9%
1890 21,106 66.5%
1900 23,558 11.6%
1910 28,261 20.0%
1920 34,426 21.8%
1930 40,104 16.5%
1940 43,075 7.4%
1950 45,048 4.6%
1960 41,417 −8.1%
1970 41,981 1.4%
1980 53,658 27.8%
1990 54,651 1.9%
2000 64,452 17.9%
2010 71,109 10.3%
For tips on accessing DeKalb County, Alabama Genealogy census records online, see: Alabama Census.

Church Records

Court Records

Land and Property

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

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of DeKalb 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 976.166 E7b.

Local Histories



Civil War

Civil War service men from DeKalb 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 DeKalb County.

- 10th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company I
- 12th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E "DeKalb Invincibles"
- 48th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B
- 49th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D and G
- 54th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company G (formerly Co. "C", 1st AL, TN, and MS Infantry)
- 54th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company K (formerly Co. "K", 40th TN Infantry)


Probate Records


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

Vital Records

  • 1836-1916 - Duff, Dorothy Smith. DeKalb County, Alabama Marriage Index, 1836-1916. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2003. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • To 1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry – ($); 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.
  • 1850-1858, 1862-1901, 1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969 at Ancestry – ($); Index. This collection is comprised of indexes created by several agencies - the Alabama Center for Health Statistics, Jordan Dodd of Liahona Research, and Hunting For Bears.
  • 1850-1900 "Alabama Marriages, 1809–1920"at Ancestry – ($); 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.
  • 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 DeKalb County area has been put together by

Voting Registers

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

Societies and Libraries

Rainsville Public Library
941 East Main St
Rainsville, Alabama 35986
United States
+1 256-638-3311

Hours: Mon, Wed, Thur & Fri 8am-5pm;
Tue 8am-7pm;
Sat 8am-12pm

Family History Centers

Web Sites


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