Jefferson County, Alabama was formed 13 December 1819 from its parent county, Blount County. Prior to 1819, look for family history records in Blount County.

Neighboring counties currently include Bibb, Blount, Saint Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa, and Walker County.

There are several histories and related biographies available for Jefferson County, Alabama and a four-volume history of Alabama including Jefferson County:

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County Histories

In the United States, states are generally subdivided into counties and then cities or towns. There are more than 3,000 counties across the United States and some counties were formed from other pre-existing counties. Vital records, land records, tax records, and voting records are some records potentially kept at the county level. Many county histories include the history of the area, the early inhabitants and notable people, early officers and representatives, military service, the geology, roads, and waterways and more. County histories can provide valuable information about our ancestors and the information may include women, for whom records are often more difficult to obtain.

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