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"We are not immune to something happening to us"

We in Shelby County have seen, especially in this past month, that what we have today may not be what we have tomorrow.





Alabama County Courthouse fires and other damage are not unusual. Unfortunately there have been numerous incidents that have destroyed county courthouses. Many of the important records that those courthouses held were lost.


Butler

  • Fire in 1858

Calhoun

  • Fires in 1861, 1865, and 1932

Cherokee

  • Fires in 1882 and 1895

Chilton

  • Fires in 1870

Choctaw

  • Fires in 1859 and 1871

Clay

  • Fire in 1875


Coffee

  • Multiple fires in 1851, 1863, and 1877

Conecuh

  • Had destructive fires in 1868, 1875, 1885, 1895 and 1900

Covington

  • Fires in 1839, 1878, and 1895, and was destroyed by flood in 1847

Crenshaw

  • Fire in 1898

Dale

  • Fires in 1869 and 1884

Escambia

  • Fire in 1868

Fayette

  • Fires in 1866 and 1911

Franklin

  • Fire in 1890

Geneva

  • Fire in 1898

Greene

  • Fire in 1868

Jackson

  • Fires in 1864, and 1920

Jefferson

  • Fire in 1870

Lamar

  • Fire in 1866

Lawrence

  • Fire in 1859

Limestone

  • Fire in 1862

Marengo

  • Fires in 1848 and 1965

Marion

  • Fires in 1866, and 1883

Mobile

  • Fires in 1823, 1840, and 1872

Monroe

  • Fire in 1833

Morgan

  • fires in 1926, and 1938

Pickens

  • Fires in 1864, and 1876.

Pike

  • Fire in 1828

Randolph

  • Fire in 1897

Sumter

  • Fire in 1901

Winston

  • Fire in 1891

Walker

  • Fires in 1865, 1877, 1886, and 1932

Imagine all the records that were lost in these countless fires. While not all the records were destroyed in every case it is still sad to see so much of history lost.


Shelby County Courthouse has been fortunate to never have suffered a fire or any other damage that affected any of it's documents. The records we have here are intact and available to aid you in finding your family history. There's an incredible opportunity here to take advantage of what's available here in Shelby County.


Give us a call at 205-669-3912, during our normal business hours of 9am - 3pm Tuesday through Friday.

Or come in during those hours and we can get you started.




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