Whitfield County, Georgia

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

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Whitfield County, Georgia
Map
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Location of Georgia in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 30, 1851
County Seat Hettinger
Courthouse
Address Whitfield County Courthouse]
300 W Crawford Street
PO Box 248
Dalton, GA 30722-0248
Phone: 706.275.7451 
Whitfield County Website

Contents

County Courthouse

Whitfield County Courthouse
300 W Crawford Street
PO Box 248
Dalton, GA 30722-0248
Phone: 706.275.7451 

Probate Court has birth and death records from 1927,
marriage and probate records from 1852; Clerk Superior
Court has divorce, court and land records from 1852[1]

History

Parent County

1851--Whitfield was created 30 December 1851 fromMurray County. County seat: Dalton [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1864 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

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

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Church

Court

Land

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

Maps

Military

Civil War
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battles were fought in Whitfield County.

Map showing Civil War battles in Georgia.

Newspapers

Probate 

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.

Marriage
  • 1852-1884 - Whitfield County Marriage Index 1852-1884. Batch M713971 at FamilySearch - free.[7]
  • 1882-1895 - Whitfield County Marriage Index 1882-1895. Batch M713972 at FamilySearch - free.[7]

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Whitfield County, Georgia. Page 162 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. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 13 August, 2012)
  4. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 13 August, 2012)
  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 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/53/Igigeorgiamz.pdf.