Jackson County, Alabama Genealogy

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Jackson County, Alabama
Map of Alabama highlighting Jackson County
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Founded December 13, 1819
County Seat Scottsboro

United States  Gotoarrow.png  Alabama  Gotoarrow.png  Jackson County

County Courthouse

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]


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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


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:


Populated Places

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

Neighboring Counties



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


  • Douthat, James L. Guntersville Reservoir Cemeteries. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press. Free surname index and publisher's bookstore at Mountain Press.


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 Genealogy census records online, see: Alabama Census.



Land and Property

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



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 US/CAN Book 976.87 M2b.


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.)


Vital Records


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


  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).