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DeKalb County, Georgia
Seal of DeKalb County, Georgia
Map
Map of Georgia highlighting DeKalb County
Location in the state of Georgia
Facts
Founded 9 December 1822[1]
Parent County Henry County, Georgia
Gwinnett County, Georgia
Fayette County, Georgia
Newton County, Georgia
County Seat Decatur
Courthouse
Address 556 North McDonough Street
Decatur, Georgia 30030
Website: co.dekalb.ga.us
Named for: The county is named after Revolutionary War hero Johann de Kalb (1721-1780), a German baron.[2]
Johann de Kalb.JPG

Contents

County Courthouse

DeKalb County Courthouse
1300 Commerce Drive;
Decatur, GA 30030-3356
Phone: 404.371.2881

Clerk Superior Couert has divorce, court and land records from 1842;
Probate Court has marriage and probate records from 1842[3]

History

Boundary Changes

DeKalb County was created on 9 December 1822 from portions of Fayette, Gwinnett, and Henry Counties. It gained additional land from these counties during the 1820s as well as from Newton County. DeKalb County gave up land to Campbell, Cherokee, Coweta, Fulton, Gwinnett, Milton, and Rockdale Counties throughout the 19th century.[4]

For more information see Georgia Counties: Their Changing Boundaries (Georgia Archives)

Record Loss

9 January 1842 - DeKalb County Courthouse burned and supposedly all records were destroyed, except one record book for the Superior Court.[5] This book is available at the DeKalb History Center. A handful of records recorded after the fire for pre-fire events are also available.

13 September 1916- DeKalb County Courthouse burned again but damage was mostly limited to cases being tried during that time.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see Burned Counties Research.

Places/Localities

Populated Places

  • Cities: Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Stone Mountain.
  • Communities: Belvedere Park, Candler-McAfee, Druid Hills, Gresham Park, North Druid Hills, Toco Hills, Panthersville, Redan, Scottdale, Tucker, Briarcliff, Brookhaven, Collinsville, Conley, Constitution, Ellenwood, Embry Hills, Mechanicsville, Mountain View, Northlake, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, Skyland, Turner Hill, Adair Park, Belmont, Carver Hills, College Heights, Columbia Park, Cross Keys, Edgewood, Emory, Flat Rock, Klondike, Kirkwood, Lenox Place, Lynwood Park, Medlock, Montreal, Nelms, Parkwood, Pea Ridge, Rehoboth, Rock Chapel, Shermantown, Silver Lake, Smokerise, Stonehaven, Sundown, Winnona Park.

Neighboring Counties

Resources

This article focuses on records created at the county and city level. The research guides for Georgia and the United States should be consulted for additional resources that may be available for this geographic area.

African Americans

Cemeteries

Individual Cemeteries:

Church

Court

Land

Deed books and indexes that survived the courthouse fires are available on the ground floor of the DeKalb County Courthouse in the Clerk of the Superior Court, Real Estate Division. Land records found at the courthouse date from approximately 1840 to the present, beginning with Deed Book L.

Local Histories

Maps


Military

Newspapers

Probate

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Taxation

Vital Records

Birth

Statewide registration of births in Georgia began in 1919 and was generally complied with by 1928. Birth records are available only to the individual or his legal representative. Birth records can be obtained by writing to:

Georgia Department of Human Resources
Vital Records Unit
47 Trinity Avenue, S.W., Room 217-H
Atlanta, GA 30334-1201
Telephone: 404-679-4702
Internet: Georgia Vital Records

The current fees for obtaining copies of the state's records are listed at VitalRecords.com.

Atlanta birth records since 1887 are available from:

Fulton County Health Department
141 Prior Street
Atlanta, GA 30303
Telephone: 404-730-4000
Internet: Fulton County Healtlh Department

Marriage
Death

Death records for 1935 to present can be obtained by writing to:

Georgia Department of Human Resources
Vital Records Unit
47 Trinity Avenue, S.W., Room 217-H
Atlanta, GA 30334-1201
Telephone: 404-679-4702
Internet: Georgia Vital Records

The current fees for obtaining copies of the state's records are listed at VitalRecords.com.

  • 1849-50, 1859-60, 1869-70, 1879-80 - DeKalb County, Georgia Mortality Schedules at Ancestry ($).

Voting Records

Web Sites

References

  1. Bryant, Pat, and Ingrid Shields. 1983. Georgia counties, their changing boundaries. Atlanta: State Print. Office.
  2. "DeKalb County, Georgia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia." Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Aug. 2011. <HTTP: en.wikipedia.org="" wiki="" dekalb_county,_georgia=""></HTTP:>
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), DeKalb County, Georgia. Page 154 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Bryant, Pat, and Ingrid Shields. 1983. Georgia counties, their changing boundaries. Atlanta: State Print. Office.
  5. Price, Vivian. 1997. History of DeKalb County, Georgia, 1822-1900. Fernandina Beach, FL: Wolfe Pub. Co.




 

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