St. Clair County was created from Shelby County by the Alabama Territorial legislature on November 20, 1818. On December 20, 1820 a part of the county was added to Jefferson County.
St. Clair County was named for General Arthur St. Clair of Pennsylvania, a hero of the American Revolution.
St. Clair County is located in the north-central part of the state, and bordered by Blount, Calhoun, Talladega, Shelby, and Jefferson counties.
Towns & Communities
St. Clair is the only county in Alabama to have two county seats.
Ashville, originally called St. Clairsville, was named for John Ash, a senator in the state’s first General Assembly. Located in the northern part of the county, Ashville served as the county seat from 1821-1907.
The Alabama Constitution of 1901 provided for Pell City in the southern part of the county to serve as the county seat for the Southern Judicial District of the county. A constitutional amendment in 1907 established Pell City, named for George H. Pell, an early settler, as the second county seat.
~ Source for above: Ancestor Swap Meet 2003 book, June 21, 2003, Northeast Alabama
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Other towns and communities include Argo, Ashville, Branchville, part of Leeds, Margaret, Moody, Odenville, Pell City, Pinedale Shores, Ragland, Riverside, Springville, and Steele. *Updated 2/13/2016*
Research Links for Genealogy Search in St. Clair County, Alabama [All links will open in a new tab or window of your browser.]
- St. Clair County, Alabama Wiki – on FamilySearch.org.
- St. Clair County, Alabama – on RootsWeb listing various county sites submitted to this site.
- St. Clair County, Alabama – on Genealogy, Inc. that includes info on how to request information from St. Clair county & courthouse records.
- Message Board for St Clair County, Alabama – a free Ancestry.com site. Read & post messages about your ancestors in St Clair County.
- St. Clair County, Alabama – on Linkpendium.com. *New 2/13/2016*
- St. Clair County, Alabama Archives – *New 2/13/2016*
- List of St. Clair County Cemeteries – List also shows town or closest town to the cemetery.
- Hopewell Baptist Church Ashville Cemetery
- St. Clair County Archives page – Lists which newspapers, probate records, and books that are available for research.
- US Gen Web Archives for St. Clair – Military page.
- Springville, Alabama Museum and Archives – Public Facebook page. *New 2/13/2016*
~ St. Clair County Page Maintainer: Kathy Burttram.
Last updated: Friday, March 4, 2016 20:24 PM