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

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Gordon County, Georgia
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Map of Georgia highlighting Gordon County
Location in the state of Georgia
Facts
Founded February 13, 1850
County Seat Calhoun
Courthouse
Address Gordon County Courthouse
101 Boston Road
Calhoun, GA 30701-2244
Phone: 706.629.3795
Gordon County Website

Contents

County Courthouse

Gordon County Courthouse
101 Boston Road
Calhoun, GA 30701-2244
Phone: 706.629.3795

Clerk Superior Court has divorce and court records from 1864 as well as land records; Probate Court has birth, marriage, death, burial and probate records.[1]

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






History

Parent County

1850--Gordon County was created 13 February 1850 from Cass (named changed to Bartow County 6 Dec. 1861) and Floyd Counties.
County seat: Calhoun[2]

Boundary Changes

Multiple small boundary change from 1852-1877. Involved Cass/Bartow, Floyd, Murray, Pickens, and Walker Counties.[3]

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

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1888 The Courthouse in Calhoun was partially destroyed by a tornado on 20 March 1888. On 23 October 1888 a fire spread through several businesses and threatened the temporary courthouse, but citizens carried the endangered records to safety.[4]

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Places/Localities

Populated Places

  • Calhoun
  • Plainville
  • Reeves Station
  • Resaca
  • Sugar Valley

Neighboring Counties

Bartow County  • Cherokee County  • Floyd County  • Gilmer County  • Murray County  • Pickens County  • Walker County  • Whitfield County

Dade CountyWalker CountyCatoosa CountyWhitfield CountyChattooga CountyMurray CountyFannin CountyGilmer CountyDawson CountyGordon CountyPickens CountyFulton CountyCherokee CountyBartow CountyFloyd CountyPolk CountyPaulding CountyCobb CountyGAGordon.JPG


Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Cemeteries

Bethesda Baptist Church Cemetery (incomplete)

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.

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.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Gordon 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.

  • Pitts, Lulie. History of Gordon County, Georgia. Calhoun, Ga.: Press of the Calhoun Times, c1934. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Reeve, Jewell B. Climb the Hills of Gordon: Stories of Gordon County and Calhoun, Georgia. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1979.

Maps

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Military

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Gordon County, Georgia 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 Gordon County, Georgia:


- 4th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company F
- 8th Battalion, Georgia Infantry (Confederate),
- 18th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company E
- 21st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company G
- 23rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company H
- 40th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies D and E
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battles were fought in Gordon County.

Map showing Civil War battles in Georgia.

Naturalization

Newspapers

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

  • Calhoun Times - 1,511 issues spanning 1924-2008 freely available via Google News Archive
  • Calhoun Times - 1870 to 1976 available on microfilm from the Georgia Newspaper Project
  • Calhoun Times and Gordon County News - 957 issues spanning 1967-2006 freely available via Google News Archive
  • Cherokee Phoenix (New Echota) - 1829 to 1834 (prior to county creation) available online as part of Georgia Historic Newspapers
  • The Confederate Flag - 13 November 1861 available at Chicago Historical Society Library, 20 November 1861 available at Emory University
  • Democratic Platform, 8 September 1859 and Georgia Platform, 9 September 1858 available on microfilm from the Georgia Newspaper Project
  • Gordon County Citizen - 1894 to 1895 available on microfilm from the Georgia Newspaper Project
  • Gordon County News - 1940 to 1976 available on microfilm from the Georgia Newspaper Project
  • The Southern Statesman - 5 April 1855 available at the American Antiquarian Society
  • Gordon County Obituaries clippings search from Digital Library of Georgia
  • Bartow Press - 900 issues spanning 1983-2006 freely available via Google News Archive
  • Georgia Pioneer, The Standard, and Cassville Standard - newspapers from Cassville (parent county) covering 1840-1845, and 1852 to 1860 available on microfilm from the Georgia Newspaper Project
  • The Standard (Cassville) - 1852, 1853, 1857, 1858, 1859 extracts available online at Bartow County GenWeb

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).

Digital images of Gordon County Wills 1856-1884. See testators. Georgia Pioneers

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
  • 1864-1935 and African American 1908-1965 microfilmed images available free online in the Georgia Virtual Vault.
  • Forsythe, Donald Forbes. Gordon County, Georgia Marriages: Books A, B, & C (White). Georgetown, Tex: D.F. Forsythe, 1994. Available free online from Family History Books.
  • 1864-1870 - Gordon County Marriage Index 1864-1870. Batch M002545 at FamilySearch - free.[7]
  • 1864-1892 - Gordon County Marriage Books A and B Index 1864-1892. Batch M712941 at FamilySearch - free.[7]
  • 1893-1895 - Gordon County Marriage Index 1893-1895. Batch M712942 at FamilySearch - free.[7]
  • Gladney, Robert Hoyt.Gordon County, Georgia, Marriage Book A, 1864-1880: An Index. Adairsville, Ga: Oothcaloga Chapter, Georgia Society Daughters of the American Revolution, 1984.
  • Ingmire, Frances Terry.Gordon County, Georgia Marriage Records, 1864-1884. St. Louis, Mo: F.T. Ingmire, 1985.
  • Hageness, MariLee Beatty.Marriage Licenses, 1864-1870, Gordon County, Georgia. Anniston, AL: MLH Research, 1999.
  • Hall, Patsy Payne, and Frances Martin Stubbs. Marriage Log Gordon County, Georgia: Listed by Brides & Grooms : Includes Colored Marriages. Oak Park, Ill: Glyph Notes, 2002.
Death
  • 1869-70, 1879-80 - Gordon County, Georgia Mortality Schedules at Ancestry ($).
Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Websites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Gordon County, Georgia. Page 155 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. “Historical Atlas of Georgia Counties: Gordon County,” GeorgiaInfo (http://georgiainfo.galileo.usg.edu/histcountymaps/gordonhistmaps.htm : accessed 10 September 2012).
  4. Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 33. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  5. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 13 August, 2012)
  6. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 13 August, 2012)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 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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