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St. Clair County, Alabama (Map It) was created on November 20, 1818 from Shelby County. St. Clair county was named in honor of Arthur St. Clair (1736–1818) of Pennsylvania, a hero of the American Revolution. and President of Continental Congress. Learn More About State of Alabama History
St. Clair County Cities and Towns include Argo, Ashville, Branchville, Leeds, Margaret, Moody, Odenville, Pell City, Pinedale Shores, Ragland, Riverside, Springville, Steele, Trussville, Vincent.
A Map of St. Clair County, Alabama contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
St. Clair County, Alabama Courthouse Records
St. Clair County, AL Courthouse
Old Saint Clair County Courthouse
The St. Clair County Courthouse is located in Ashville, Alabama and Pell City, Alabama. Located in the northern part of the county, Asheville served as the county seat from 1821-1907. Ashville, originally called St. Clairsville, was named for John Ashe, a senator in the state's first General Assembly. The Alabama Constitution of 1901 provided for Pell City in the southern part of the county to serve as the county seat for the Southern Judicial District of the county. A constitutional amendment in 1907 established Pell City, named for George H. Pell, an early settler, as the second county seat. Learn More About State of Alabama Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.
Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes. The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH. The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.
The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in St. Clair county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.
- St. Clair County Clerk of Circuit Court has Court Records from 1818 and has Divorce Records maintained among the equity records. Divorces issued prior to 1950 are located here. Divorces issued prior to 1950 are located here. Divorces issued after 1950 can be found at the Alabama Department of Public Health. The County Clerk of Circuit Court serves as custodian of all county court records, and is responsible for providing access to those court records by court personnel, the legal community and the public.
- St. Clair County Clerk of Probate Court has Marriage Records from 1819, Probate Records from 1818 and Land Records from 1819. The County Clerk of Probate Court maintains following records in the probate office: Plats, Maps, Judgments, Liens, Deeds, Mortgages, Corporations, Lis pendens, Marriage licenses, Military discharges. The Probate Judge presides over all probate court hearings for Probate of Wills, Administrations, Conservators, Guardianships, Adoptions, Legitimations, Name changes, Condemnations, Mental Commitment hearings, and performs marriage ceremonies. The office of the probate judge is the county office where the most significant genealogical records are created and maintained in Alabama. A variety of records are housed in this office.
- St. Clair County Revenue Commissioner's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
- St. Clair County Health Department has Birth Records from 1893, Death records from 1908.
St. Clair County, Alabama Census Records
- Learn More: State of Alabama Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- U.S. Census Reconstructed Records: 1660-1820
- State Population Schedules: 1820-1866, 1867
- U.S. Federal Census Slave Schedules: 1850 and 1860
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
St. Clair County, Alabama Vital Records
- Learn More: State of Alabama Vital Records
- Birth and Death Records: from January 1908 to present.
- Marriage Records: from August 1936 to present.
- Divorce Records: from January 1950 to present.
- Locations: Alabama Office of Vital Statistics, The RSA Tower, 201 Monroe Street, Montgomery, Alabama 36104.
- Vital Records Online: USAVital, VitalChek or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Certificate Applications.
St. Clair County, Alabama Resources
- State of Alabama Archives and Societies
- RAOGK Volunteers for Alabama
- Saint Clair Historical Society
- Ashville Public Library, 256-594-7954
- Ashville Museum and Archives, St. Clair County Courthouse