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Cherokee County, Alabama (Map It) was created on January 9, 1836 from the Creek Cession of 1835. Cherokee county was named for the Cherokee Indians, who ceded the land that now comprises the county to the Federal government by the treaty of New Echota, December 29, 1835. Learn More About State of Alabama History
Cherokee County is bordered by DeKalb County (north), Chattooga County, Georgia (northeast), Floyd County, Georgia (east), Polk County, Georgia (southeast), Cleburne County (south), Calhoun County (south), Etowah County (west)
Cherokee County Cities and Towns include Cedar Bluff, Centre (County seat), Collinsville, Gaylesville, Leesburg, Piedmont, Sand Rock.
Cherokee County, Alabama Courthouse Records
Cherokee County, AL Courthouse
The Cherokee County Courthouse is located in Centre, Alabama. For the first ten years, the residents of Cherokee County quarrelled over the location of a county seat. In 1837, the AL legislature authorized the seat of county government to be established at Cedar Bluff. In 1844 an election was held and the county seat was moved to the town of Centre. There was record loss due to a courthouse fire in 1882 and 1895. 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 Cherokee 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.
- Cherokee County Clerk of Circuit Court has Court Records from 1882 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.
- Cherokee County Clerk of Probate Court has Marriage Records from 1882, Probate Records from 1882 and Land Records from 1882. 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.
- Cherokee County Revenue Commissioner's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
- Cherokee County Health Department has Birth Records from 1908, Death record from 1908.
Cherokee County, Alabama Census Records
- Learn More: State of Alabama Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 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
Cherokee 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 or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Certificate Applications.
Cherokee County, Alabama Resources
- State of Alabama Archives and Societies
- RAOGK Volunteers for Alabama
- Coosa River Valley Historical and Genealogical Society, PO Box 295, Centre, AL 35960
- Cherokee County Genealogical Society, Box 90, Spring Garden, AL 36275
- Centre Library
- Northeast Alabama Genealogical Society
- Cherokee County, Alabama Message Boards
- Cherokee County, Alabama Genealogy Forum
- Cherokee County, Alabama Mailing lists