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

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Rockdale County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Rockdale County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded October 18, 1870
County Seat Conyers
Address Rockdale County Courthouse
922 Court Street North East
Conyers, GA 30207-4540
Phone: 770.929.4021 
Rockdale County Website


County Courthouse

Rockdale County Courthouse
922 Court Street North East
Conyers, GA 30207-4540
Phone: 770.929.4021 

Probate Court has marriage and probate records from 1870 and death records from 1930; Clerk Superior Court has land, divorce and court records[1]

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




Parent County

1870--Rockdale County was created 18 October 1870 from Henry and Newton Counties. County seat: Conyers [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 loss or damage.[3]


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

DeKalb County  • Gwinnett County  • Henry County  • Newton County  • Walton County

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Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records


Smyrna Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Conyers BillionGraves


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 Rockdale 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.






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


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).

  • Wills, Book B, 1914-1923 (digital images) See names of Testators. Georgia Pioneers
  • Wills, Book A, 1870-1880 (digital images) See names of Testators. 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

  • Marriages, 1885-1886 (from Newspapers) Georgia Pioneers ($)
  • Marriages Index, 1876-1909 Georgia Pioneers ($)
  • 1871-1902 - Rockdale County Marriage Books A, B, and 1 Index 1871-1902. Batch M713651 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1891-1895 - Rockdale County Marriage Index 1891-1895. Batch M713652 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Rockdale County, Georgia. Page 159 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), 50-51. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  4. 4.0 4.1 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at


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