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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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Etowah County authorities on scene of hostage situation
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Etowah County CEO’s child sexual abuse case turned over to grand jury –
Etowah County CEO's child sexual abuse case turned over to grand jury
William Thornton | By William Thornton | … The child sexual abuse case of Etowah County CEO Patrick Simms has been turned over to the next Chambers County grand jury. According to court documents, Simms …

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Etowah County body identified; 2 suspects arrested on murder charges (updates) – Alabama’s News Leader

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Etowah County body identified; 2 suspects arrested on murder charges (updates)
Alabama’s News Leader
"Further investigation revealed that the fugitives were wanted by several agencies in Alabama. Curtis Austin had active warrants out of Etowah County, Alabama for armed robbery. Elizabeth Austin had an active warrant for Marshall County, Alabama for …
UPDATE: Missing Marshall County woman believed to be found dead, 2
Marshall, Etowah investigators recover body from wooded
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Etowah County woman charged with her father’s murder – WSFA

Etowah County woman charged with her father's murder
ETOWAH COUNTY, AL (WBRC) – Two women have been arrested in the murder of an 82-year-old Gadsden man, and one of them is the man's daughter. Authorities in Etowah County confirm 47-year-old Clara Yarbrough Roden and 49-year-old Jacqueline …
2 arrested for murder in connection with 82-year-old man's
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Etowah DA Jimmie Harp announces reelection bid –
Etowah DA Jimmie Harp announces reelection bid
William Thornton | … "It has been such an honor to have grown up in Etowah County and been blessed to have been able to return to my hometown and come to a job that I look forward to being at every day," he said in an announcement.

Etowah lawmakers hail new law enforcement funding plan –
Etowah lawmakers hail new law enforcement funding plan
raise presser 011.JPG State Sen. Phil Williams speaks at a Monday morning press conference at the Etowah County Sheriff's Office Monday, April 13, 2015. (William Thornton / Etowah County's legislative delegation accepted applause …
Tax reallocated to give Etowah Co. deputies raisesFOX6 WBRC –
Etowah County legislators reallocate sales tax funding for law enforcementAlabama’s News Leader

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