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Chambers County Genealogy

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Chambers County Alabama History and Profile:

Chambers County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. Its name is in honor of Henry H. Chambers, who served as a Senator from Alabama. As of 2000 the population was 36,583. Its county seat is Lafayette. Chambers County is included in the Valley, Alabama, Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Chambers County was established on December 18, 1832.

Pat Garrett, the lawman famed for killing outlaw Billy the Kid, was born near the town of Cusseta in 1850.

Joe Louis “The Brown Bomber”, renowned heavyweight boxing champion, was born near LaFayette, on Buckaloo Mountain, May 13, 1914.

The county is named for Henry Chambers, a U.S. Senator from Alabama (1825-26). The location of the county seat was selected in 1833 and the town of LaFayette was built specifically for that purpose. The county became a center of the state’s textile industry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Other towns of note include Valley and Lanett.

Source: Wikipedia.


Valley Times News
P.O. Box 850
220 North 12th Street
Lanett, AL 36863
(334) 644-8100

Cities and Towns of Chambers County, Alabama:

* Cusseta
* Five Points
* Huguley
* La Fayette
* Lanett
* Oak Bowery
* Valley
* Waverly (Part of Waverly is in Lee County)



Chambers County Government – Official Site
18 Alabama Avenue
LaFayette, AL 36862
Phone: (334) 864-4341
FAX: (334) 864-4387

Alabama State Archives History of Chambers County

Chambers County Library – Cobb Memorial Archives
3419 20th Avenue
Valley, AL 36854
Phone (334) 768-2161

Historic Places

Chambers County Courthouse Square Historic District
County Line Baptist Church
Fairfax Historic District
Langdale Historic District
New Hope Rosenwald School
Ernest McCarty Oliver House
Riverview Historic District
Shawmut Historic District

Chambers County Genealogy Resources

Chambers County Alabama ALGenWeb Site

Chambers County Alabama USGenWeb Archives

Chambers County Alabama at Kindredtrails

The Genealogical Society of East Alabama, Inc.
P.O. Box 2892
Opelika, AL 36803

Vital Records

Chambers County Health Department – LaFayette
5 Medical Park N.
Valley, AL 36854
Telephone: 334-756-0758

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.


1850 Federal Census Index

1850 Federal Census Transcription

Tax Records


USGS listing of Cemeteries in Chambers County

Chambers County Cemetery Transcriptions
Cemetery Transcriptions (Although both are usgenweb this seems a slightly different listing.)

Chambers County Cemetery Transriptions

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