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DeKalb County Genealogy

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DeKalb County Alabama History and Profile:

DeKalb County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. Its name is in honor of Major General Baron Johan DeKalb. As of 2000 its population was 64,452. Its county seat is Fort Payne.

DeKalb County was created by the Alabama legislature on January 9, 1836, from land ceded to the Federal government by the Cherokee Nation. It was named for Major General Baron Johann de Kalb, a hero of the American Revolution.

DeKalb County was the one time home of the famous Cherokee Sequoyah.

The county’s eastern edge, along the state line, was also the epicenter of a strong earthquake on April 29, 2003, measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale. Power was knocked out in the area, mirrors and pictures thrown to the floor, foundations cracked, and one chimney fell to the ground. It was felt over a significant portion of the southeastern states, including quite strongly in northeastern Alabama and neighboring northwestern Georgia, and nearby eastern Tennessee (especially near Chattanooga). It was also felt slightly in western upstate South Carolina, far west-southwestern North Carolina, south and southeastern Kentucky, and east-northeastern Mississippi.

On the whole, DeKalb County is a dry county. In 2005, a change in local laws enabled Fort Payne to become the only location in the county to allow the legal sale of alcohol.

Source: Wikipedia.

Cities and Towns of DeKalb County, Alabama:

* Collinsville (part – part of Collinsville is in Cherokee County)
* Crossville
* Fort Payne
* Fyffe
* Geraldine
* Hammondville
* Henagar
* Ider
* Lakeview
* Mentone
* Pine Ridge
* Powell
* Rainsville
* Sand Rock (part – part of Sand Rock is in Cherokee County)
* Shiloh
* Sylvania
* Valley Head

DeKalb County Government

DeKalb County Government – Official Site

Crossville Public Library
80 Gaines Street
Crossville, AL 35962

Dekalb County Public Library
504 Grand Avenue Nw
Fort Payne, AL 35967

Geraldine Public Library
13543 Alabama Hwy 227
Geraldine, AL 35974

Henagar Public Library
Town Hall
Henagar, AL 35978

Ider Public Library
10808 Alabama Highway 75
Ider, AL 35981

Rainsville Public Library
941 East Main Street
Rainsville, AL 35986

DeKalb County Historic Places

Alabama Builders’ Hardware Manufacturing Company
Alabama Great Southern Railroad Passenger Depot
Cherokee Plantation
Collinsville Historic District
Fort Payne Boom Town Historic District
Fort Payne Main Street Historic District
Fort Payne Opera House
Fort Payne Residential Historic District
Dr. J.A. Gorman House
Vance C. Larmore House
Mentone Springs Hotel
Winston Place

DeKalb County Genealogy Resources

DeKalb County Alabama USGenWeb site

DeKalb County Alabama USGenWeb Archives

DeKalb County Genealogy page at KindredTrails

DeKalb County Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 681087
Fort Payne, AL 35968-1612
Phone: (256) 623-2052

Vital Records

DeKalb County Clerk
111 Grand Avenue SW
Fort Payne, AL 35967
Phone: (256) 845-8500

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.


1850 Federal Census Index

Tax Records


USGS listing of Cemeteries in DeKalb County

DeKalb 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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Authorities have kept travel advisories in place for areas of Central Alabama that didn't completely dry out Thursday as temperatures dip through Friday morning. Snowfall amounts Wednesday ranged from a dusting across the southern Birmingham metro …

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Woman killed in DeKalb County car crash –

Woman killed in DeKalb County car crash
A woman was killed Tuesday evening and several other people injured in a head-on collision on Highway 75 in Rainsville. WHNT News 19 reports that officers are still determining the cause of the crash that killed Tanya Williamson. Williamson was

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DeKalb County mother accused of torture in breaking of 4-month-old’s leg –
DeKalb County mother accused of torture in breaking of 4-month-old's leg
Crystal Bonvillian | By Crystal … Harris thanked those involved in the investigation, including the DeKalb County Department of Human Resources and District Attorney's Office, for the work put into solving the case. "We will
Dekalb County woman charged with torture of 4-month-old childTuscaloosa Magazine
Dekalb County authorities say mom tortured her infant: Bond set at $100000WDEF News 12
UPDATE: Alabama mother arrested for torturing her 4-month-old daughterWRCB-TV
Chattanooga Times Free Press -WAAY
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5 arrested in 2 separate meth busts in DeKalb County –
5 arrested in 2 separate meth busts in DeKalb County
DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris reports a traffic stop and an arrest warrant led to separate methamphetamine busts on Monday. Harris said police from Rainsville and Powell were conducting a traffic stop when they noticed a strong smell coming from
5 arrested in 2 DeKalb Co. drug sweepsWSFA

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DeKalb Co. Sheriff’s Office investigating accidental death – WRCB-TV

DeKalb Co. Sheriff's Office investigating accidental death
DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WRCB) – The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office tells Channel 3 that 56-year-old Thomas Keith of Trenton, GA was killed when a trailer fell over on him. Investigators tell Channel 3 a truck that was driving away when the driver noticed
Soddy-Daisy man killed when trailer falls on himChattanooga Times Free Press
Tennessee man killed in Fort Payne tractor trailer
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Gadsden Times
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Alabama’s fastest internet in DeKalb County – WAFF

Alabama's fastest internet in DeKalb County
DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WAFF) – Alabama's fastest internet can be found in DeKalb and Jackson County. On Friday, officials with Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative made the announcement of its new one gigabyte internet. They made the …

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