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Jefferson County was established on December 13, 1819 by the Alabama legislature. It was named in honor of Thomas Jefferson. The county is located in the north-central portion of the state, on the southern extension of the Appalachians, in the center of the iron, coal and limestone belt of the South. Jefferson County is bordered by Blount, Bibb, St. Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa and Walker counties. It encompasses 1,119 square miles. The county seat was at Carrollsville from 1819-1821, at Elyton from 1821-1873, and since 1873 has been at Birmingham, which was named for England's iron and steel center in Warwickshire. (Source: Wikipedia)

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Native American Data
Website Updates:
Oct 2014: Crime News: Burns Dies in Electric Chair - Transcribed by Jeanie Neil
Sept 2014: Death News: ROWLAND; Query: CAWTHON - Submitted by Tracy Ward;
Death News: CAWTHON - Submitted by Tracy Ward
August 2014: Obit: PALMER; Bio: OLMSTEAD; Obit: BURKE - Submitted by FOFGtr
July 2014: WW2 Mil News: O'BARR - Transcribed by SueAnn McKnight
Mil: Civilwar: Southern Claims Commission Applicants
May 2014: Mil: WWI Wounded list of Oct 1918 - Submitted by Rose Stout
Mil: WWI Maine Casualty List of Oct 1918 - Submitted by Rose Stout
April: History: Water Mills of Jefferson County in 1886; 1890 crime news;
1890 Community news - 1st blacksmith shop torn down
March 2014: Obit: JONES, ROY
February 2014: Obit: HEWITT; Industry News; Calamity News: Fire in prison Hospital; 
Known Newspapers of Jefferson County
January 201: Crime News: KENNEDY, CASH

Archived Updates 2012 - 2013


Alabama Department of Archives & History
624 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36130-0100
Phone - 334-242-4435

Probate Court - Bessemer
Suite 101
1801 3rd Avenue North
Bessemer, AL 35020
Phone - 206-481-4100

Probate Court - Jefferson County
Suite 130
Jefferson County Courthouse
716 Richland Arrington Jr Blvd North
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone - 205-325-5420

Birmingham Genealogical Society
Box 2432
Birmingham, AL 35201

Birmingham Historical Society
1 Sloss Quarters
Birmingham, AL 35222

Birmingham-Jefferson Historical Society
P.O. Box 130285
Birmingham, AL 35213-0285

Birmingham Public Library
(Tutwiler Collection)
Phone - 205-226-3665

Hueytown Historical Society
P.O. Box 3313
Hueytown, AL 35023

West Jefferson County Historical Society
P.O. Box 184
Bessemer, AL 35021-0184


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