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Guide to Catoosa County, Georgia ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


Catoosa County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Catoosa County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded December 5, 1853
County Seat Ringgold
Address Catoosa County Courthouse
7694 Nashville Street
Ringgold, GA 30736-1799
Phone: 706.965.2500
Catoosa County Website


County Courthouse

Catoosa County Georgia Courthouse.jpg
Catoosa County Courthouse
7694 Nashville Street
Ringgold, GA 30736-1799
Phone: 706.965.2500

Clerk Superior Court has court and divorce records from 1853 and land records; Probate Court has marriage and probate records from 1853.[1]

Clerk of Superior Court
875 Lafayette St.
Ringgold, GA 30736
Telephone: (706) 935-4202

Probate Court of Catoosa County
875 LaFayette Street
Ringgold, GA 30736
Telephone: 706 -935- 3511
Fax: 706-935-3519

Beginning Dates for Catoosa County, Georgia Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate




Parent County

1853--Catoosa County was created 5 December 1853 from Walker and Whitfield Counties.
County seat:  Ringgold [2]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Georgia county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Georgia County Boundary Maps" (1758-1932) may be viewed for free at the website.

Variant Spellings

Record Loss

No reported damage.[3]


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Bradley County  • Hamilton County  • Walker County  • Whitfield County

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Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records



Church Records

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Georgia denominations, see the Georgia Church Records wiki page.



Land and Property

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Georgia Land and Property for additional information about early Georgia land grants from the government. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions (generally buying and selling deeds) were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Catoosa County, Georgia Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Georgia Local Histories.



Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Catoosa County, Georgia Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Catoosa County, Georgia Genealogy:

- 1st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies B and C; 2nd Companies D and I
- 11th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company G
- 13th Battalion, Georgia Infantry (State Guards) (Confederate), Company C
- 39th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company F
- Military - Civil War - Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project

  • Catoosa County, Georgia Heritage Book Committee, and Catoosa County Historical Society (Catoosa County, Ga.). 1998. Catoosa County, Georgia heritage 1853-1998. [Marietta, Ga.]: Walsworth Pub. Co. (page 5-6)  975.8325 H2cc
  • Clark, William Henry Harrison. 1972. History in Catoosa County. S.l: s.n.]. (page 284-302 Co.B 1st Regiment)  975.8326 H2c
  • Crawley, Laura. 1986. Civil War medicine at Chickamauga Battlefield. Rossville, Georgia: Delta Genealogical Society.(Catoosa County Docors and other in the Civil War)  975.83 M2cL ; Film 1421647
  • Sons of Confederate Veterans. La Fayette McLaws Camp, no. 596, (Savannah, Georgia). 1990. Applications for membership in LaFayette McLaws Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Film 1642794 item1
  • Sons of Confederate Veterans. Francis Bartow Camp, No. 93 (Savannah, Georgia). 1990. Index to applications for membership to Francis S. Bartow Camp Chapter, Sons of Confederate Veterans. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. 4 Film see Catalog
  • Georgia. 1959. Confederate widows and orphans' records [Chatham County, Georgia]. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Film 183844
  • Roster of Civil War and Spanish-American War veterans of Chatham County, Georgia. 1959. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Film 206327
  • Georgia. 1959. Confederate soldiers pension roll, 1890-1925. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Film 206327
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battles were fought in Catoosa County.

Map showing Civil War battles in Georgia.



Newspapers Extracts and Abstracts

Newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Catoosa County, Georgia Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


Probate Records

Online Probate Records

Colonial courts kept some early probate records.  From 1777 to 1798 and since 1852, the court of ordinary or register of probates has kept probate and guardianship records.  The inferior court handled probate and guardianship matters from 1798 to 1852.

Many probate records to the 1930s and 1940s are at the Georgia Department of Archives and History and the Family History Library on microfilm.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records (not all years).

  •  Catoosa County Wills 1874-1880 (digital images) .  See Testators Names. Georgia Pioneers 
  •  Index to Catoosa County Wills 1874-1961 . Georgia Pioneers  ($)


Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and slaves aged 21 to 60. These persons are referred to as "polls." Tax listings, or digests, of a county generally list the taxable landowners and other polls and the amount of tax. The records for each county are divided by militia district.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Georgia State Department of Health , the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred or order electronically online..

For some online statewide indexes, see the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections for Georgia. See also How to order Georgia Vital Records

Marriage Records
  • 1858-1887 - Marriage Index Georgia Pioneers ($)

  • 1858-1910 - Catoosa County Marriage Index 1858-1910. Batch M712371 at FamilySearch - free.[6]
Death Records
  • 1859-60, 1869-70, 1879-80 - Catoosa County, Georgia Genealogy Mortality Schedules at Ancestry ($).
Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Catoosa County Historical Society
P.O. Box 113
Ringgold, Georgia, 30736

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Catoosa County, Georgia. Page 152 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 18-19. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  4. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 13 August, 2012)
  5. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 13 August, 2012)
  6. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at


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