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Coffee County Genealogy

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Coffee County Alabama History and Profile:

Coffee County is part of the Enterprise–Ozark Micropolitan Statistical Area.

The land in Coffee County was originally part of Dale County, which was incorporated in 1824. Coffee County was formed from the western part of Dale County in 1841. It was named after John R. Coffee, a hero in the Creek War of 1813—14. The first county seat was in Wellborn. After the courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1851, the county seat was moved to Elba.

* Coffee County is home to “The Dancing Ghost” of Grancer Harrison, featured in the book 13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey.
* Birthplace of Alex Rios, outfielder for Major League Baseball’s Chicago White Sox

Source: Wikipedia.

Cities and Towns of Coffee County, Alabama:

* Elba
* Enterprise (part – part of Enterprise is in Dale County)
* Kinston
* New Brockton

Unincorporated communities

* Alberton
* Basin
* Battens Crossroads
* Bluff Springs
* Brooklyn
* Central City
* Chesnut Grove
* Clintonville
* Clowers Crossroads
* Coppinville
* Curtis
* Damscus
* Danleys Crossroads
* Frisco
* Goodman
* Ino
* Jack
* Java
* Keyton
* Lowry Mill
* Newby
* Perry Store
* Pine Level
* Rhoades
* Richburg
* Roeton
* Shady Grove
* Tabernacle
* Turner Crossroads
* Victoria
* Wilkinstown
* Zoar


Coffee County Government

Coffee County Alabama Government Official Site
2 County Complex
New Brockton, Alabama 36351
(334) 894-5556

Enterprise Public Library
101 E. Grubbs St.
Enterprise, Alabama 36330
Phone: 334-347-2636
Fax: (334) 393-6477

Elba Public Library
406 Simmons Street
Elba, AL 36323

Coffee County Historic Places

Boll Weevil Monument

Coffee County Courthouse

Pea River Power Company Hydroelectric Facility

Rawls Hotel

Seaboard Coastline Depot

Coffee County Genealogy Resources

Coffee County Alabama USGenWeb Site

Coffee County USGenWeb Archives

Coffee County Genealogy page at Kindred Trails

Pea River Historical and Genealogical Society
Mailing: P.O. Box 310628
Physical: 108 South Main Streen
Enterprise, Alabama 36331
(334) 393-2901

Vital Records

Coffee County Clerk
230 Court Street
P.O. Box 402
Elba, AL 36323
Phone: (334) 897-2211

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 and Transcription

1850 Federal Census Images

1860 Federal Census Transciription

1880 Federal Census Index

1900 Federal Census Index and partial transcription

1910 Federal Census Transcription

Tax Records


USGS listing of Cemeteries in Coffee County

Coffee County Cemetery Transcriptions
Cemetery Transcriptions (Although both are usgenweb this seems a slightly 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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