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Etowah County Genealogy

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Etowah County Alabama History and Profile:

Etowah County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. Its name is from the Cherokee language, which means “edible tree”. It is the center of the ‘Gadsden, AL, Metropolitan Statistical Area’ which includes Etowah and Cherokee Counties. As of 2000 the population was 103,459. Its county seat is Gadsden. In area, it is the smallest county in Alabama.

Etowah was originally the southern part of DeKalb County, Alabama. However Baine County was established on December 7, 1866, named for General David W. Baine of the Confederate Army, with its county seat at Gadsden. The county was abolished in 1867, but a year later, Etowah County was created from the same territory. An F4 tornado struck here on Palm Sunday March 27, 1994. It destroyed Piedmont’s Goshen United Methodist Church twelve minutes after the National Weather Service of Birmingham issued a tornado warning for northern Calhoun, southeastern Etowah, and southern Cherokee.

Source: Wikipedia.

Cities and Towns of Etowah County, Alabama:

* Altoona (part of Altoona is in Blount County)
* Attalla
* Boaz (part of Boaz is in Marshall County)
* Gadsden
* Gallant (unincorporated)
* Glencoe (part of Glencoe is in Calhoun County)
* Hokes Bluff
* Mountainboro
* Ohatchee (part of Ohatchee is in Calhoun County)
* Rainbow City
* Reece City
* Ridgeville
* Sardis City
* Southside
* Walnut Grove


Etowah County Government

Etowah County Alabama Government – Official Site

Attalla-Etowah County Public Library
604 North 4th Street
Attalla, AL 35954

Gadsden-Etowah County Public Library
254 College Street
Gadsden, AL 35901

Rainbow City Public Library
3702 Rainbow Drive
Rainbow City, AL 35906

Rufus Floyd Public Library
3301 Alfords Bend Road
Hokes Bluff, AL 35903

Sardis City Public Library
296 Parkway Drive
Sardis City, AL 35956

Westside Public Library
5151 Walnut Grove Road
Walnut Gove, AL 35990

Etowah County Historic Places

Alabama City Library
Alabama City Wall Street Historic District
Eleventh Street School
Forrest Cemetery Chapel and Comfort Station
Gadsden Downtown Historic District
Gadsden Times-News Building
Charles Gunn House
Col. O.R. Hood House
Legion Park Bowl
Turrentine Historic District
U.S. Post Office (Attalla)
U.S. Post Office (Gadsden)

Etowah County Genealogy Resources

Etowah County Alabama GenWeb Project Site

Etowah County Alabama GenWeb Archives

Etowah County Genealogy page at KindredTrails

Vital Records

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 however. 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.


Tax Records


USGS listing of Cemeteries in Etowah County

Etowah 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 Etowah County, AL

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Etowah County CEO Patrick Simms arrested on child sexual abuse charge –
Etowah County CEO Patrick Simms arrested on child sexual abuse charge
In 2012, he was named county administrator of the year by the Alabama County Administrators Association. He has also worked in Talladega County and Chambers County. Chambers County investigators are asking that anyone with information regarding …
Etowah County administrator arrested on child sex charge in east Alabama The Tribune
Etowah Co. chief administrator arrested on child sex abuse chargeWTVM

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Etowah County Commission makes move following CEO’s arrest –
Etowah County Commission makes move following CEO's arrest
The Etowah County Commission today gave its chief financial officer authority to sign documents in the absence of the administrator, who was arrested last month. The commission authorized Kevin Dollar, financial officer, to "sign any documents deemed …
Etowah County sheriff: Store clerk mistakenly gave wallet to wrong customerAlabama’s News Leader
Have you seen this woman? Investigators are looking for a wallet

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Roads impassable in parts of East Alabama, officials say –

Roads impassable in parts of East Alabama, officials say
In parts of East Alabama, where cities got six inches or more of snow, Thursday began with officials urging people to stay off the roads in the early morning. Michael Amberson of the Gadsden/Etowah County Emergency Management Agency said all roads in …

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Former Etowah County coroner arrested on theft charges –
Former Etowah County coroner arrested on theft charges
Entrekin said in a news release that investigators say Gladden took $40,207.38 in deceptive payments from the Etowah County Commission by filing falsified mileage information and receiving money for duties he did not perform. Investigators say he also …
Former Etowah County Coroner charged with theftAlabama’
Former Alabama coroner accused of theft while in office,
Sheriff: Former Etowah Co. Coroner arrested for fraudulent theftFOX6 WBRC –
Alabama’s News Leader
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Etowah County Commissioner Kenney Tidmore dies –
Etowah County Commissioner Kenney Tidmore dies
View full sizeA ribbon decorates Commissioner Kenney Tidmore's parking place at the Etowah County Courthouse Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. Tidmore died Saturday after a brief illness. (William Thornton / He is survived by his wife Gina and …

Etowah County Sheriff offering citizen’s firearm safety course March 24 –
Etowah County Sheriff offering citizen's firearm safety course March 24
firearms class GADSDEN, Alabama — A group of about 75 people showed up for a citizens firearms class, taught by Etowah County Sheriff's deputies, on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Eighty seats are available. Registration is required.

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