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Guide to Fayette County Georgia genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Fayette County, Georgia
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Map of Georgia highlighting Fayette County
Location in the state of Georgia
Facts
Founded May 15, 1821
County Seat Fayetteville
Courthouse
Address Fayette County Courthouse
200 Courthouse Square
Fayetteville, GA 30214-2198
Phone: 770.461.6041
Fayette County Website
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Fayette County Courthouse
200 Courthouse Square
Fayetteville, GA 30214-2198
Phone: 770.461.6041

Probate Court has birth, marriage, death and probate records. Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records. [1]

Fayette county's original courthouse was built in 1825 and is the oldest standing courthouse in Georgia. It is located at the intersections of GA Highways 85 and 54, "on the Square." Read more about it here: former Fayette Courthouse History


Contents

History

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The county is named after Revolutionary War hero, the Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834).[2]

Parent County

1821--Fayette County was created 15 May 1821 from Creek Indian Lands.
County seat: Fayetteville [3]

Boundary Changes

Several neighboring counties were created in part from Fayette County lands: DeKalb (1822), Campbell (1828 - consolidated with Fulton County in 1932), Spalding (1851) and Clayton (1858). For animated maps illustrating Georgia county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Georgia County Boundary Maps" (1758-1932) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Variant Spellings

Record Loss

1983 -- 11 April 1983 the upper floors of the Courthouse at Fayetteville burned, but the no records were harmed in the vault in the basement.[4]

Places/Localities

Populated Places

The main cities and towns in Fayette county are Brooks, Fayetteville (county seat) Peachtree City, Tyrone and Woolsey.

Neighboring Counties

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Cemeteries

Fayette county contains dozens of church, family and municipal cemeties in various states of upkeep. Many of the cemeteries are being transcribed and are available online:

Census

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.

Baptist

Fayetteville Baptist Church

  • 1903 - Fayetteville Baptist Church Baptism Index 1903. Batch C712801 at FamilySearch - free.
Methodist

Fayetteville Methodist Church

  • 1869-1885 - Fayetteville Methodist Church Marriage Index 1869-1885. Batch C712811 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
  • 1869-1895 - Fayetteville Methodist Church Marriage Index 1869-1895. Batch M712811 at FamilySearch - free.[5]

Court

Genealogy

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.

Deeds - Early deeds are available online at http://www.fayetteclerk.com/  On the left under the Main Menu click Property Index Search.  Under Disclaimer select "CLICK TO ACCEPT THE DISCLAIMER AND PROCEED TO THE WEBSITE".  From the top menu select "Online Index Books".  You can search the Grantor/Grantee Index first or if you know the book and page number you can enter that on the right hand side under "Search Record Book".

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Fayette County, Georgia. 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.

Maps

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Military

Naturalization

Newspapers

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

Occupations

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).

Taxation

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

Birth
Marriage
  • 1823-1849 - Fayette County Marriage Books A and B Index 1823-1849. Batch M712791 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
  • 1849-1881 - Fayette County Marriage Books C and E Index 1849-1881. Batch M712792 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
  • 1881-1892 - Fayette County Marriage Book F Index 1881-1892. Batch M712793 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
  • 1892-1912 - Fayette County Marriage Books G and H Index 1892-1912. Batch M712794 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
Death
  • 1859-60, 1869-70, 1879-80 - Fayette County, Georgia Mortality Schedules at Ancestry ($).
The Georgia Archives has a few "Georgia Death Certificates from 1919 through 1927. The collection also includes a number of certificates from 1914-1918, with the bulk dating from 1917 and 1918.

The Georgia Archives would like to thank the Genealogical Society of Utah for their partnership in scanning and indexing these records." Search them here: cdm.georgiaarchives.org:2011/cdm/landingpage/collection/gadeaths


The Georgia Archives maintains a "Virtual Vault" of digitized records. They can be found here: cdm.georgiaarchives.org:2011/cdm/

Vital Record Substitutes

Because Georgia did not require statewide recording of birth records until 1919, the WWI and WWII Draft Registration cards are an excellent alternative for men born between the years 1886 and 1896 for the WWI draft and 1877 and 1900 for the WWII "Old Man's Draft." 

Search the WWI Draft here: familysearch.org/search/collection/1968530

The WWII draft cards are available on ancestry.com search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx ($) and fold3.com. www.fold3.com/title_765/wwii_old_mans_draft_registration_cards/ ($)

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

The Fayette County Historical Society is an active organization in Fayetteville. You can learn more about them here: fayettehistoricalsociety.com/

Family History Centers

There are two LDS Family History Centers near Fayette County, Georgia:

The Jonesboro Family History Center:

familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Jonesboro_Georgia_Family_History_Center#Center_Contacts_and_Hours

The Newnan Family History Center: 

familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Newnan_Georgia_Family_History_Center


Websites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Fayette County, Georgia. Page 155 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "Fayette County, Georgia," Wikipedia.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 31. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/57/Igigeorgiael.pdf.


 

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