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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:

Cities

* Muscle Shoals
* Sheffield
* Tuscumbia

Towns

* Cherokee
* Leighton
* Littleville

Unincorporated communities

* Buzzard Roost
* White Oak

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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.

Census

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

Cemeteries

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

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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News Related to Colbert County, AL

“Colbert County” al – Google News

Suspect in custody following 3-state chase ending in Colbert County – AL.com

Suspect in custody following 3-state chase ending in Colbert County
AL.com
COLBERT COUNTY, Alabama — Colbert County sheriff's deputies have caught a man they say drove through three states to elude authorities. AL.com's news partner, WHNT News 19, reports a vehicle fled Tennessee Highway Patrol on Sunday, drove …

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42-year-old Colbert County man drowns in Little Bear Creek – The Huntsville Times – al.com


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42-year-old Colbert County man drowns in Little Bear Creek
The Huntsville Times – al.com
Eric Willingham, 42, of Colbert County went missing Sunday morning around 9:30 in the stream west of Tuscumbia and South of U.S. 72. The place of the drowning is a popular swimming and fishing hole, marine police said. A two-hour search located his …
Man drowns in Little Bear Creekwhnt.com
Body recovered in Colbert CountyWAAY

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Scenes from Tuscumbia: Surprises around every corner in quaint Colbert County … – The Birmingham News – al.com

Scenes from Tuscumbia: Surprises around every corner in quaint Colbert County
The Birmingham News – al.com
"Scenes from …" is a photo feature of small towns throughout Alabama. To suggest a town to be featured, email Kelly Kazek at kkazek@al.com. TUSCUMBIA, Alabama – Charming surprises await around every corner in this town of about 8,400 people in …




Colbert County man arrested for selling drugs near a school – WAFF

Colbert County man arrested for selling drugs near a school
WAFF
COLBERT COUNTY, AL (WAFF) – Cherokee Police and Colbert County Drug Task Force agents arrested Cedric Summerhill earlier this week. Summerhill is charged with 2 counts of distribution of a controlled substance and selling drugs near a school.

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Teams still searching for man in wooded area along Hwy. 72 in western Colbert … – whnt.com


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Teams still searching for man in wooded area along Hwy. 72 in western Colbert
whnt.com
According to Colbert County Sheriff Ronnie May, Anaya hid in a wooded area near the 5 mile marker of Highway 72 West near Natchez Trace. Florence Police, Cherokee Police, the Colbert County Sheriff's Office, Alabama State Troopers searched for him, …




Madison Academy 49, Colbert County 14: Miller opens game with 74-yard … – The Huntsville Times – al.com

Madison Academy 49, Colbert County 14: Miller opens game with 74-yard
The Huntsville Times – al.com
LEIGHTON, Alabama – On Madison Academy's first play from scrimmage Friday night against Colbert County, Malik Miller darted through the line of scrimmage and shook off two Indians tacklers on his way to a 74-yard touchdown run. Along the way, he …


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