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Colbert County Genealogy

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Colbert County Alabama History and Profile:

Colbert County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. Its name is in honor of brothers George and Levi Colbert, Chickasaw Indian chiefs. George Colbert operated a ferry across the Tennessee River in 1790 near present day Cherokee.

The county seat of Colbert County is Tuscumbia. It is part of the Florence – Muscle Shoals Metropolitan Statistical Area known as “The Shoals”. As of 2000 the county population was 54,984.

Colbert County was originally established on February 6, 1867 after it split from Franklin County over political issues after the American Civil War. It was abolished eight months later by an Alabama constitutional convention and then reestablished on February 24, 1870. It is also the location of Ivy Green, the birthplace of noted author Helen Keller. Colbert County is also home of the towns Sheffield and Muscle Shoals where a lot of popular musicians such as Aretha Franklin and the Rolling Stones recorded music.

Source: WIkipedia.

Cities and Towns of Colbert County, Alabama:


* Muscle Shoals
* Sheffield
* Tuscumbia


* Cherokee
* Leighton
* Littleville

Unincorporated communities

* Buzzard Roost
* White Oak


Colbert County Government

Colbert County Alabama Government Official Site

Cherokee Public Library
118 Church St.
Cherokee, AL 35616

Helen Keller Public Library
511 N. Main Street
Tuscumbia, AL 35674

Leighton Public Library
8740 Main Street
Leighton, AL 35646

Muscle Shoals Public Library
1918 East Avalon Avenue
Muscle Shoals, AL 35661

Russellville Public Library
110 East Lawrence Street
Russellville, AL 35653

Sheffield Public Library
316 North Montgomery Avenue
Sheffield, AL 35660

Colbert County Historic Places

Barton Hall
Belle Mont
Buzzard Roost
Clyde Carter House
Chambers-Robinson House
John and Archibald Christian House
Colbert County Courthouse Square Historic District
Ivy Green
Johnson’s Woods
John Johnson House
La Grange Rock Shelter
Muscle Shoals Sound Studio
E. L. Newman Lustron House
Nitrate Village No. 1 Historic District
Felix Grundy Norman House
The Oaks
Old Brick Presbyterian Church
Preuit Oaks
John Daniel Rather House
Rock Creek Archeological District (ACt44,ACt45)
Seven Mile Island Archeological District
Sheffield Downtown Commercial Historic District
Sheffield Residential Historic District
Tuscumbia Historic District
Tuscumbia Landing Site
Wilson Dam
William Winston House

Colbert County Genealogy Resources

Colbert County Alabama USGenWeb Site

Colbert County USGenWeb Archives

Colbert County Genealogy page at Kindred Trails

Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 1568
Huntsville, AL 35807
“We continue to maintain an inventory of past publications of Valley Leaves for the nine North Alabama counties that the Tennessee River passes through: Colbert, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, and Morgan.”

Vital Records

Colbert County Clerk
201 N. Main Street
Tuscumbia, AL 35674
Phone: (256) 386-8500

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.


1870 Federal Census Transcription

1870 Federal Census Transcription – Mortality Schedule

1870 Federal Census Transcription – industrial Schedule

1870 Federal Census Transcription – Agricultural Schedule

1930 Federal Census Images

Tax Records


USGS listing of Cemeteries in Colbert County

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

Query Forums

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Muscle Shoals children’s minister convicted of sex abuse had little oversight … –

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Woman dies as result of Colbert County wreck – WAAY

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Day Planner – Times Daily

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Northwest Alabama Backgammon Club meeting, 5:45 p.m. today, FloBama Music Hall and Restaurant, 311 N. Court St., Florence. Game matches played. 256-856-4846. RSVP Lunch, 11:30 a.m. today, Central Community Center. Bring covered dish. Florence …

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