Gwinnett County, Georgia Genealogy

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United States Gotoarrow.png Georgia Gotoarrow.png Gwinnett County

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

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Online Records

Gwinnett County, Georgia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Georgia
Location of Georgia in the U.S.
Founded December 15, 1818
County Seat Lawrenceville
Address Gwinnett County Courthouse
75 Langley Drive
PO Box 880
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Phone: 770.822.8100
Gwinnett County Website


County Courthouse

Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records[1]


Parent County

1818--Gwinnett County was created 15 December 1818 from Cherokee and Creek Indian Lands.
County seat: Lawrenceville [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1871 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties





  • Flanigan, James C. Gwinnett Churches: A Complete History of Every Church in Gwinnett County, Georgia, With Short Biographical Sketches of Its Ministers. 1911. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Haynes Creek Baptist Church

  • 1826-1885 - Haynes Creek Baptist Church Baptism Index 1826-1885. Batch C712984 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1826-1895 - Haynes Creek Baptist Church Marriage Index 1826-1895. Batch M712984 at FamilySearch - free.[3]



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





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).

1.  Wills 1846-1886, Book D (digital images) Georgia Pioneers

2.  Index to Inventories and Annual Returns, Books 10-14, 1872-1895 Georgia Pioneers

3.  Index to Inventories and Appraisements 1856-1866 Georgia Pioneers

4.  Index to Inventories and Appraisements 1886-1897 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.

  • 1827-1837 - Marriage Book 3, 1827-1837 Georgia Pioneers
  • 1837-1895 - Gwinnett County Marriage Index 1837-1895. Batch M712983 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1843-1882 - Gwinnett County Marriage Book 4 Index 1843-1882. Batch M712981 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1843-1864 - Index to Marriages 1843-1864 Georgia Pioneers
  • 1871-1882 - Index to Marriages 1871-1882 Georgia Pioneers
  • 1878-1892 - Gwinnett County Marriage Books 5 and 6 Index 1878-1892. Batch M712982 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1885-1886 - Marriages 1885-1886 (from newspapers) Georgia Pioneers
  • 1859-60, 1869-70 - Gwinnett County, Georgia Genealogy Mortality Schedules at Ancestry ($).

Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Gwinnett County, Georgia. Page 156 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. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at