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.  
 
Guide to '''Whitfield County Georgia genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
  
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[http://www.whitfieldcountyga.com/ Whitfield County Courthouse]<br> 300 W Crawford Street<br> PO Box 248<br> Dalton, GA 30722-0248<br> Phone: 706.275.7451&nbsp;<br><br>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<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Whitfield County, Georgia. Page 162 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
[http://www.whitfieldcountyga.com/ Whitfield County Courthouse]<br> 300 W Crawford Street<br> PO Box 248<br> Dalton, GA 30722-0248<br> Phone: 706.275.7451&nbsp;<br><br>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<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Whitfield County, Georgia. Page 162 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
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For animated maps illustrating Georgia county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/georgia/ "Rotating Formation Georgia County Boundary Maps"] (1758-1932) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
 
For animated maps illustrating Georgia county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/georgia/ "Rotating Formation Georgia County Boundary Maps"] (1758-1932) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
  
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
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'''1864 '''-- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged. For a list of record loss in Georgia counties see: [http://www.genealogyinc.com/georgia/ga-counties/#courthouse Georgia Counties with Burned Courthouses]
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No reported loss or damage.<ref name="PKG">Paul K. Graham, ''Georgia Courthouse Disasters'' (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 59. {{WorldCat|852690295|item|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.</ref>
 
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/georgia/ Maps of Georgia (1758-1932)]
 
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:- [[2nd Battalion, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)|2nd Battalion, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)]], Company H  
 
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:- [[33rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)|33rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)]], Company A  
 
:- [[33rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)|33rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)]], Company A  
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:- [[36th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Broyles') (Confederate)|36th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Broyles') (Confederate)]], Companies B, C, G, H and I<br>  
 
:- [[39th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)|39th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)]], Company C  
 
:- [[39th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)|39th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)]], Company C  
 
:- [[59th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)|59th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)]]  
 
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
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{{GA Vital Intro}} See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/georgia/ga-vital-records/ How to order Georgia Vital Records]  
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== Genealogy Societies and Libraries  ==
 
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/georgia/ga-society-archive/ List of Georgia Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies]
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/georgia/whitfield-county/ Whitfield County, GA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/georgia/whitfield-county/ Whitfield County, GA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]  
*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/110185259296456584560 Georgia Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/173266752734188/ Georgia Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]  
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*{{FHL|Georgia%2C+Whitfield|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
 
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United States Gotoarrow.png Georgia Gotoarrow.png Whitfield County

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

Hand and keyboard.jpg Georgia
Online Records
Whitfield County, Georgia
Map
Map of Georgia highlighting Whitfield County
Location in the state of Georgia
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]

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


1927

1852
1852

History

Parent County

1851--Whitfield was created 30 December 1851 fromMurray County. County seat: Dalton [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 MapofUS.org website.

Variant Spellings

Record Loss

No reported loss or damage.[3]

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Cemeteries

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 Whitfield 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.

Maps

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Military

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Whitfield 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 Whitfield County, Georgia:


- 2nd Battalion, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company H
- 33rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company A
- 36th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Broyles') (Confederate), Companies B, C, G, H and I
- 39th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company C
- 59th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)
- 60th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies B, D, E and F
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battles were fought in Whitfield County.

Map showing Civil War battles in Georgia.

Naturalization

Newspapers

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

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).

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
  • 1852-1884 - Whitfield County Marriage Index 1852-1884. Batch M713971 at FamilySearch - free.[8]
  • 1882-1895 - Whitfield County Marriage Index 1882-1895. Batch M713972 at FamilySearch - free.[8]
Death
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), 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. Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 59. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  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. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 13 August, 2012)
  8. 8.0 8.1 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.