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Lauderdale County Genealogy




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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

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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
Courtview
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.

Census

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

Cemeteries

USGS listing of Cemeteries in Lauderdale County

Lauderdale 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 Lauderdale County, AL

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‘Suspicious’ death in Lauderdale County now ruled a homicide – The Huntsville Times – al.com (blog)

'Suspicious' death in Lauderdale County now ruled a homicide
The Huntsville Times – al.com (blog)
LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Alabama — Lauderdale County officials have now ruled a "suspicious" death a homicide, according to AL.com's news partner, WHNT News 19. The victim was found in a home on County Road 511 in the Anderson community just …
Lauderdale County investigators looking for answers in homicide caseWAAY
Anderson Man's Death Ruled Homicidewhnt.com
Homicide probe into Lauderdale man's deathTimes Daily
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Florence woman killed in wreck involving ATV against car – al.com (blog)

Florence woman killed in wreck involving ATV against car
al.com (blog)
LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Alabama – Alabama State Troopers confirm a woman was killed in a two-vehicle wreck on County Road 200 in Lauderdale County Thursday afternoon. Troopers say a car collided with an all-terrain vehicle approximately seven miles …

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Lauderdale County indictments – Times Daily

Lauderdale County indictments
Times Daily
Bryan Keith Baskins, 42, 14645 Alabama 157, Florence; second-degree manufacturing a controlled substance and felony possession of drug paraphernalia. Nathan Corey South, 24, 430 N. Cedar St., Florence; unlawful possession of a controlled substance, …




Alabama jobless rate hits 6.7 percent – Times Daily

Alabama jobless rate hits 6.7 percent
Times Daily
Locally, the March unemployment rate was 6.5 percent in Lauderdale County, 7.4 percent in Colbert, 8.5 percent in Franklin and 8.3 percent in Lawrence. The job rate for Alabama represented 144,628 unemployed people compared to 137,232 in February, …




Absentee voting begins Monday – Times Daily

Absentee voting begins Monday
Times Daily
… 8:30 am to 4:30 pm in Lauderdale County. For information on absentee voting, call Lauderdale County at 256-760-5718, Colbert County at 256-314-5840, Franklin County at 256-332-8861 or visit the Alabama Secretary of State website at sos.state.al.us.




Animal advocate horrified to hear about malnourished cattle – WAFF

Animal advocate horrified to hear about malnourished cattle
WAFF
Candler was horrified to hear about a case of alleged animal cruelty involving a herd of cattle in Lauderdale County. … Animal advocates spoke out about a case of animal cruelty that spanned two counties in North Alabama. It involved several dead


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