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Lauderdale County Alabama History and Profile:

Lauderdale County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. Its name is in honor of Colonel James Lauderdale, of Tennessee. It is part of the Florence – Muscle Shoals Metropolitan Statistical Area known as “The Shoals”. As of 2006 the population was 87,891. Its county seat is Florence.

Lauderdale County was named in honor of Col. James Lauderdale who was born in Virginia about 1780. In the early 1800s, Lauderdale, who moved to West Tennessee, became a major in General John Coffee’s cavalry of volunteers. Later promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, he commanded a brigade of mounted riflemen, serving under Andrew Jackson in many battles against the Indians. According to reliable historians, Col. Lauderdale did not die in the Battle of New Orleans, but was wounded in the Battle of Talladega and died on December 23, 1814, seventeen days before Jackson’s crushing defeat of the British at New Orleans. Several towns and counties in the southern states were named in his honor, though it is said that he never set foot in Lauderdale County.

Lauderdale County was established in 1818, a year before Alabama became a state, Florence, the county seat of Lauderdale County, was also established in 1818. At this time a group of investors, under the name of Cypress Land Company purchased from the government 5,515 acres (22.32 km2) of land comprising of the original town site. Other towns in Lauderdale County competing for early settlers because of their proximity to the river were Savage’s Spring, nine miles (14 km) below Florence and Waterloo, some 20 miles (32 km) downriver.

Among the older settlements in the county is Center Star, located between Killen and Rogersville. This area was once claimed by both the Chickasaw’s and Cherokees, necessitating a cession of territory from each tribe before the settlement could be established. The remains of an old Indian village could be seen at one time southwest of Center Star. Other old settlements included Middleton and Elgin, the latter known first as Ingram’s Elgin Cross Roads.

Rogersville, lying some 23 miles (37 km) to the east of Florence, was named for John Rogers, an Indian Trader, whose sons were fast friends of the great Sam Houston. The late Will Rogers is said to have been a descendant of this same family. An early ferry that operated for many years was Lamb’s Ferry near Rogersville.

Lexington, Springfield, and Anderson lie to the north of the Lee Highway, the town of Lexington being a part of the territory once claimed by the Cherokees. Many of the settlers of that area came from Tennessee and the Carolinas. The first post office of record at Lexington was on the Loretto Road, north of town, in 1880. Mail at that time was brought in from Loretto, Tennessee, by horseback and carts.

The town of St. Florian was established in 1872 on the Jackson Highway and named by its German Catholic founders for their patron saint.

Source: Wikipedia.

Cities and Towns of Lauderdale County, Alabama:

* Anderson
* Florence
* Killen
* Lexington
* Rogersville
* St. Florian
* Underwood-Petersville
* Waterloo
* Zip City


Lauderdale County Government

Lauderdale County Government – Official Website

Burchell Campbell Memorial Library
11075 Highway 101
Lexington, AL 35648

Florence-Lauderdale Public Library
350 North Wood Avenue
Florence, AL 35630

Killen Public Library
331 J C Mauldin Hwy
Killen, AL 35645

Rogersville Public Library
74 Bank Street
Rogersville, AL 35652

Lauderdale County Historic Places

Peter F. Armistead, Sr., House
William Bowen Lustron House
Cherry Street Historic District
Coffee High School
College Place Historic District
George Coulter House
E. H. Darby Lustron House
Downtown Florence Historic District
Florence Wagon Works Site
Forks of Cypress
Forks of Cypress Cemetery
Karsner-Carroll House
William Koger House
Larimore House
Locust Street Historic District
James Martin House
Old Natchez Trace (310-2A)
Gov. Robert Patton House
Rogers Department Store
Rosenbaum House
Sannoner Historic District
Seminary-O’Neal Historic District
Seven Mile Island Archeological District
Southall Drugs
Walnut Street Historic District
Water Tower (Florence)
Wesleyan Hall
Wilson Dam
Wilson Park Houses
Wood Avenue Historic District

Lauderdale County Genealogy Resources

Lauderdale County Alabama USGenWeb Project Site

Lauderdale County, Alabama USGenWeb archives

Lauderdale County Genealogy page at KindredTrails

Vital Records

Lauderdale County Clerk
P.O. Box 1059
County Courthouse
Florence, AL 35631-1059
Phone: (256)760-5750

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.


Petition Against Removal from Doublehead Reserve (Around 1810) – The locale of these petitioners seems to have been in present Lauderdale Co. Alabama, in the vicinity of Muscle Shoals and the tri-city area of Tuscumbia, Florence and Sheffield.

1830 Federal Census Images

1840 Federal Census Images

1850 Federal Census Transcription – Partial

1900 Federal Census Index – Head of Household only

Tax Records


USGS listing of Cemeteries in Lauderdale County

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

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