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ALGenWeb : County Index : Cherokee County
Welcome to the Cherokee County ALGenWeb site.

Cherokee County was created in 1836 from land formerly held by the Cherokee Indians. Its county seat is Centre.
There were fires at the courthouse in 1882 and 1895. Source: ADAH and map.

Availability of Vital Records: Alabama law did not require the recording of birth or death certificates until 1908.
The statewide recording of marriage certificates began in 1936 and divorce certificates in 1950.
Prior to 1908 some vital records were recorded at the county level. Generally this practice began around 1880. ADAH has: Marriage Records (Colored), 1928-1952;
Marriage Records (White), 1930-1952; Deed records, 1892-1901; Probate minutes, 1882-1929;
Probate records, 1885-1932; Lists of registered voters, 1919-1920; Military discharge records, 1919-1959; Will records, 1948-1952.
Additional records are available at the court house.




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James Avery Hardin of Cherokee County

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Cherokee County Resources

About Cherokee County --Profile, statistics, county and town histories

Historical Preservation Society of Cherokee County   On Facebook
Cherokee County Historical Museum

A Picture of Cherokee County in 1860, researched and presented by Alan J. Pitts of Shelby County, Alabama.
Cherokee County map from the Census Bureau's Tiger Map service.(scroll down and write in your county)
Cherokee County Statistics
Brief History from ADAH
Welcome to the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce
USCounties.com/Alabama-commercial site
Bluffton (Hardin)
Cedar Bluff
Historical Markers statewide
Political Graveyard - Cherokee County
Political Graveyard - Where dead politicians are buried (A database of historic cemeteries )

African Americans

African American Cemeteries Online
Alabama African American Geneological Research by Alabama Genealogy
AlGenWeb's Alabama African American Marriages
Alabama African American Genealogy (Access Genealogy.com)
Uncle Jerry Akin -- county's oldest man?

American Indians

(Empty category, please contribute information.)




Bass, Arthur Lee "Tommie" of Cherokee County, who at the time of his death (August 31, 1996) at age 88, was probably the most well-known herbalist in the United States. Film by Allen Tullos.
Savage, Judge Joseph LaFayette


African American Cemeteries Online--The oldest and largest African American cemetery transcription site
All county cemeteries at USGenWeb Archives
All county cemeteries at files.usgwarchives.net/al/cherokee/cemeteries/
Bankson Cemetery (FTP)
Barkley Family Cemetery, Sand Rock
Bethel Church Cemetery (partial) Traditional decoration day is second Sunday in May (James Conaway)
Black Oak Cemetery
Broomtown/Bethel Baptist
Cedar Bluff Cemetery Sue of Cedar Bluff points out Harton is ocassionally misspelled Horton here.
Clark Cemetery - partial
Davis Cemetery, Blanch
Friendship Baptist Church
Gnatville (Pisgah Baptist)
Hardman Cemetery, Farill (Travis Hardin) decoration day-first Sat. June
Hardman Cemetery, Farill (Johnny Williams)
Henderson Hill
Laney/Moshat Baptist Cemetery
Lawrence/Demaris decoration day-last Sun. May- Russelecr[delete]@aol.com
Matthews Cemetery, Pollards Bend
Mountain Springs Cemetery, southern Cherokee County
Mount Olive Church Cemetery, Ellisville
Randle Cemetery, Gaylesville (Hardin)
Salem Baptist Church Cemetery at Findagrave.com (incomplete)
Salem Baptist Church Cemetery at Tracking Your Roots ®
Sewell Cemetery, Pollards Bend
Shiloh-Bothwell Cemetery, Pollards Bend

Smith Chapel Cemetery, Pollards Bend
Steele Cemetery, Pollards Bend

Taylor's Chapel
Weaver's (private)
Tracking Your Alabama Roots ® - includes these Cherokee cemeteries: Salem, Goshen Valley, Friendship, Lawrence/Demaris, Mt. Olive, and Cedar Bluff. (Scroll to see all cemeteries.)
Political Graveyard - Cherokee County
Political Graveyard Where dead politicians are buried (A database of historic cemeteries )
Links to cemetery history and preservation, and cemetery lists, from politicalgraveyard.com

Census Extracts and Indexes

NewCensus Districts and geographical features of Cherokee County
NewCensus Districts of Neighboring Floyd County, Georgia
1840 Census Aggregate Population Facts for Cherokee, Blount, Benton, St. Clair, and DeKalb Counties Page1 Page2 Page3
1850 census index (FTP)
1850 Federal Census Cherokee County, Alabama Dist 26(FTP) -extracted by Julia Mortenson · Currently Online: District 26 Page 1, Sheet 1B to Page 121, Sheet 61B Page 122. District 27 Page 123, Sheet 62B to Page 133, Sheet 68B.
1850 Cherokee County census, a 121-page PDF at Tracking Your Roots®
Hanson/Henson/Hinson 1850-1870 extracts

Church History

Cedar Bluff Baptist Church history
Salem United Methodist Church history

The Civil War and the 1860's in Cherokee County

A Picture of Cherokee County in 1860, including civil war units raised in that county. Researched and presented by Alan J. Pitts of Shelby County, Alabama.
Stories from the 1860's
Cherokee County Soldiers and Veterans
Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (Search, National Parks Service)
Southern Claims Commission Claims, 1871-1880,a PDF at Tracking Your Roots
Alabama in the Civil War Message Board from HistorySites.com
NewFreedmen's Bureau Operations from Bluffton, Alabama 1865-1872



Espy, Sarah Rousseau, Private Journal 1859-1868 (On this site in RTF, with notes, transcribed by Martha Bankson Lyle)
Sarah Rousseau and Thomas Espy owned a warehouse in Cherokee County prior to the Civil War. The diary describes the lives of the family, relatives, neighbors, and friends during the period of Mr. Espy's death, the sons' activities in the military, and the hardships of life during and after the War - Posted by Martha Lyle.

Espy Diary at USGenWeb archives (text format, transcribed by Martha Lyle)
Espy Diary at Alabama Department of Archives and History (original)

Family histories, famous people, stories

Political Graveyard - Where dead politicians are buried (A database of historic cemeteries )

Genealogies of Cherokee Co. - same as Surnames, below

Letters and memorabilia

Barkley 1849-"Cherokee Co. Alabama, Letters From Forgotten Ancestors "(click on Alabama then Cherokee.)
Tucker, Mrs. M. C., clipping 1935

Maps --Local and Alabama--

Alabama Public Land Survey System Locator at alabamamaps.ua.edu interactive
NORTH ALABAMA SHOWING INDIAN VILLAGES (also Township and Range numbers)
Aerial Photos from U. of Ala., some pre-Weiss Reservoir
Cherokee County with Township and Range Numbers
Alabama county borders 1799 to today from My Alabama Genealogy (formerly SouthEastern Genealogy Online)
Atlas of Historic County Boundaries from The Newberry Library. As of 20 April 2009 the available interactive maps are: Alabama, California, Dakota Territory, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Dakota, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
Cherokee County 1895 (and other Alabama Counties)
Alabama map 1915, with Township and Range numbers
Cherokee County now with highways, from the University of Alabama
Historical maps from the University of Alabama.
Cherokee County historical maps from UA.
Northern Alabama Bureau of American Ethnology, 1896
Northern Alabama with small town names and power lines, 1915. The
Southern Alabama with small town names and power lines, 1915. The same Oklahoma site has maps of other states also.
USGenWeb Archives Alabama maps

Maps --General--

GNIS -- USGS Geographical Names Data Base for U. S. and territories
The New 11 x 14 Atlas of the World, 1895, Rand McNally Corporation
US GenWeb Digital Map Library


Military, except Civil War

The Revolutionary War


Cherokee County Herald, Centre
The Post, Centre
The Gadsden Messenger
The Gadsden Times
Rome News-Tribune
Newspapers on microfilm at Alabama State Archives

Search AlGenWeb Archives by Subject (incl. obituaries)



Before 1890 Uncle Jerry Akin -- county's oldest man in 1895? 1891-1930 1951-1970 1971-present
Clicking will take you to thumbnail photos. You may optionally view a larger photo.


School History

Cedar Bluff School


Societies statewide listed at the Alabama State Archives
AlaBenton Genealogical Society - Calhoun County/Anniston
Birmingham Genealogical Society
Cherokee County Historical Society
Dekalb County Genealogical Society
Northeast Alabama Genealogical Society , PO Box 8268, Gadsden, AL 35902. Publication: Northeast Alabama Settlers.
Northwest Georgia Historical and Genealogical Society, Box 5063, Rome, Georgia 30162-5063

Surnames and Websites of Cherokee County Families

Vital Records

Cherokee County Vital Records at ADAH

War Between the States - Please see The Civil War, above


Alabama Resources

Alabama Department of Archives and History
Vital Records
Family History and Genealogy from ADAH
Alabama History On-Line  from ADAH 
Alabama Countiesfrom ADAH
Some historical maps of Alabama from the University of Alabama (heavy on railroads).

Alabama Ethnic Resources

African American Genealogy

AlGenWeb's African American Marriages

Courthouse Addresses (may be dated)

Family History Centers


Libraries in Alabama
Anniston-Calhoun County Public Library - [Alabama Room]
Birmingham Public Library - [ Catalog ] [Genealogy]
Cheaha Regional Library System
Cherokee County Library 310 Mary St Centre, AL 35960 (256) 927-5838
After clicking choose Cherokee County from the drop-down menu.
Gadsden Public Library , Etowah County
Sara Hightower Regional Library, Floyd County, Rome, GA
       Heritage Room

Marriages --Specific--

Brides Grooms (Carol Middleton)

Alabama Newspapers with Web sites

Newspaper Microfilm Availability

Hardbound Newspaper Availability


Treasure Chest

Deciphering Old Handwriting
Lisa R. Franklin's Tracking Your Roots ® (Alabama)
Accessgenealogy.com (Dennis Partridge) - Alabama Genealogy Resource Center
Genealogy Inc A large collection of links for every state, forms, and genealogical resources. Includes some animated census maps.

Alabama GenWeb Project

AlGenWeb Home Page
Alabama Families on the Internet Project
Volunteers needed

US National, International, and Ethnic Resources

History of the Cherokee from Roadside Georgia
NativeWeb , Resources for Indigenous Cultures around the World, including American Indian
US Census Bureau
AccessGenealogy.Com by Dennis Partridge
AfriGeneas Online-The Web's premier African American genealogy destination. Transcriptions, databases, message boards, chats and much, much more.
African American Genealogy - hundreds of links!
African American Cemeteries Online
African and Native American History and Genealogy Web Page
African American Resource Center, by Genealogy Forum
Bureau of Land Management (Find Alabama and other Land Patents)
Census On-Line , Mark Reed
Index of Native American Resources on the Internet - WWWVL American Indians
Indian Land Cessions Maps, all states
Irish Genealogy: The Celtic Connection
  NationalAtlas.gov Make interactive maps within your web browser! Make your own maps. Select, change, and display map layers.
Mayflower History
Obituary Daily Times  from Rootsweb
GNIS -- Place Names in the US, USGS database
Social Security Death Index (SSDI) at Ancestry.com
Tennessee State Library and Archives
Tennessee, Lincoln Co., Fayetteville Marriages, 1895-1910
The Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research
Deedmapper software (commercial), land record reference, deed data pool

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Last updated 26 Mar 2018