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Blount County Alabama History and Profile:

Blount County is a county located in the U.S. state of Alabama. As of the 2000 United States Census, the population was 51,024. In 2006, the Bureau of the Census estimated Blount County’s population has risen to approximately 56,436. Its county seat is Oneonta.

Blount County is a dry county.

Blount County was created by the Alabama Territorial Legislature on February 6, 1818, formed from land ceded to the federal government by the Creek Nation on August 9, 1814. This county was named for Governor Willie Blount of Tennessee, who provided assistance to settlers in Alabama during the Creek War of 1813-14. This county lies in the northeastern quadrant of the state, which is sometimes known as the mineral region of Alabama. Blount County is bordered by Cullman, Marshall, Etowah, Jefferson, Walker, and St. Clair Counties. This county is drained by the Locust and Mulberry Forks of the Black Warrior River. Blount County covers 650 square miles. The Warrior coal field is located in Blount County.

Caleb Fryley and John Jones established Bear Meat Cabin in 1816. Its post office was opened in 1821, and the settlement was incorporated as Blountsville on December 13, 1827. In 1889, an election resulted in this county’s county seat being transferred to Oneonta, Alabama.

Blount County has been dubbed the “Covered Bridge Capital of Alabama” since it has more historic covered bridges standing within a single county than any other in the state – with earlier covered bridges known of. This county celebrates the Covered Bridge Festival every autumn in Oneonta to commemorate its three remaining covered bridges.

Blount County is home to an abundance of outdoor activities, such as Rickwood Caverns State Park and the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River that are used by canoeists and kayakers. The county is also home to the picturesque covered bridges mentioned above: the Swann Covered Bridge, the Horton Mill Covered Bridge, and the Easley Covered Bridge. As of summer 2009, all three bridges were closed due to safety concerns at the recommendation of the Alabama Department of Transportation. Repairs are scheduled to be completed in 2011.

Source: Wikipedia.

Cities and Towns of Blount County, Alabama:

* Allgood
* Altoona (part – part of Altoona is in Etowah County)
* Blountsville
* Cleveland
* County Line (part – part of County Line is in Jefferson County)
* Garden City (part – part of Garden City is in Cullman County)
* Hayden
* Highland Lake
* Locust Fork
* Nectar
* Oneonta
* Rosa
* Smoke Rise
* Snead
* Susan Moore
* Warrior (part – part of Warrior is in Jefferson County)

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Government

Blount County Alabama – Official County Website
Blount County Courthouse
220 2nd Ave E.
Oneonta, AL 35121
205-625-4160

Oneonta Public Library
221 2nd Street South
Oneonta, AL 35121
Phone:(205)274-7641
Fax:(205)274-7643
Library Hours
Monday
9 AM – 7 PM
Tuesday
9 AM – 5 PM
Wednesday
9 AM – 5 PM
Thursday
9 AM – 7 PM
Friday
9 AM – 5 PM
Saturday
9 AM – 2 PM
Sunday
Closed

Blountsville Public Library
65 Chestnut Street – Post Office Box 219
Blountsville, AL 35031
Hours
Monday 9-6
Tuesday 9-5
Wednesday 9-5
Thursday 9-6
Friday 9-5
Saturday 9-2
Sunday Closed
Phone 205-429-3156

Historic Places

Easley Covered Bridge
Robert G. Griffith, Sr. House
Horton Mill Covered Bridge
Nectar Covered Bridge
Swann Covered Bridge

Genealogy Resources

Blount County Alabama GenWeb

Blount County Alabama USGenWeb Archives

Blount County Archives
Box 45, Oneonta, AL 35121
205-274-9111

Blount County Historical Society
Post Office Box 45
Oneonta, AL 35121

Northeast Alabama Genealogical Society
Box 8268
Gadsden, AL 35902

Alabama Genealogical Society, Inc.
Samford University Library
800 Lakeshore Drive
P.O. Box 2296
Birmingham, AL 35229-0001

Vital Records

If you are outside the state of Alabama and are looking to request copies of vital records you must contact the statewide office of vital records:

Alabama Vital Records
P.O. Box 5625
Montgomery, AL 36103-5625
(334) 206-5418
Fax: (334) 262-9563

You can also call (334) 206-5418

There were no birth certificates prior to 1908, some counties may have recorded births in a ledger howeer. One way to search this centrally is by contacting:

Department of Archives and History
624 Washington Ave
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-4363

Birth and Death Records have been recorded in Alabama since 1908, Marriage Records since August 1936 and Divorces since 1950.

Census

1830 Federal Census – Index and Transcription

1830 Federal Census Images

1840 Federal Census Index A-F

1840 Federal Census Transcription

1840 Federal Census Transcription

1840 Federal Census Images

1850 Federal Census – Index and transcription

1850 Federal Census Images

1860 Federal Census Index

1860 Federal Census Transcription

1860 Federal Census Images

1866 Census – Colored Population

1870 Federal Census Images

1880 Federal Census Images

1900 Federal Census Images

1910 Federal Census Images

1920 Federal Census Images

Tax Records

Cemeteries

USGS listing of Cemeteries in Blount County

Blount County Cemetery Transcriptions
Cemetery Transcriptions (Although both are usgenweb this is a different listing.)

Query Forums

Genealogy Forums can be a great way to find other people that are researching the same ancestors as you are. Even if they may be not be researching the same direct line but related lines you may find information that is useful in your own research. Make sure to verify any other research that you add to your own research and try to document it well. If asking questions in genealogy forums it is good to provide as much information as possible and in the subject of the posting try to give name and a date or range of dates to help make your query more likely to be found. Posts with titles like “looking for family” or “help!” are too generic and something along the lines of “John Smith b. abt 1828 md. Hannah Jones” would be more helpful to get your post read by those that are interested in the John Smith/Hannah Jones family.

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