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


Gwinnett County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Gwinnett County
Location in the state of Georgia
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

Gwinnett County Courthouse
75 Langley Drive
PO Box 880
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Phone: 770.822.8100

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

Clerk of Superior Court
75 Langley Dr.
P.O. Box 880
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Telephone: (770) 822-8100

Probate Court of Gwinnett County
75 Langley Drive
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Telephone: 770-822-8350

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


Parent County

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

1871 The courthouse at Lawrenceville burned the morning of 12 September 1871 at the hands of an arsonist gang. Almost all of the county records were lost.[3]

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Barrow County  • DeKalb County  • Forsyth County  • Fulton County  • Hall County  • Jackson County  • Rockdale County  • Walton County

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Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records




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.

  • 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.[4]
  • 1826-1895 - Haynes Creek Baptist Church Marriage Index 1826-1895. Batch M712984 at FamilySearch - free.[4]



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 Gwinnett County, Georgia Genealogy. 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.




Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Gwinnett County, Georgia Genealogy 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 Gwinnett County, Georgia Genealogy:

- 3rd Battalion, Georgia Sharpshooters (Confederate)
- 12th Battalion, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company C
- 16th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies H and I
- 24th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company F
- 35th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies F and H
- 36th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Broyles') (Confederate), Company K
- 42nd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies A and B
- 55th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company I
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project (other war information given also)

  • Pharr, Mary Ogletree. 1995. Woodward's Mill: its history in deeds, stories, pictures and memories. [Place of publication not identified]: [publisher not identified]. (page 10-11)  975.8223 H2p
  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Gwinnett County). 1963. Confederate roster, 1861-1865; Confederate pension rolls, 1890-1935. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of 310884



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


Probate Records

Online 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).

  • 1846-1886 - Wills 1846-1886, Book D (digital images) Georgia Pioneers $
  • 1872-1895 - Index to Inventories and Annual Returns, Books 10-14, 1872-1895 Georgia Pioneers $
  • 1856-1866 - Index to Inventories and Appraisements 1856-1866 Georgia Pioneers $
  • 1886-1897 - 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. See also How to order Georgia Vital Records

Marriage Records
  • 1827-1837 - Marriage Book 3, 1827-1837 Georgia Pioneers $
  • 1837-1895 - Gwinnett County Marriage Index 1837-1895. Batch M712983 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1843-1882 - Gwinnett County Marriage Book 4 Index 1843-1882. Batch M712981 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 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.[4]
  • 1885-1886 - Marriages 1885-1886 (from newspapers) Georgia Pioneers $
Death Records
  • 1859-60, 1869-70 - Gwinnett County, Georgia Genealogy Mortality Schedules at Ancestry ($).
Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Gwinnett Historical Society
P.O. Box 261, 221 North Clayton
Lawrenceville 30246

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.



  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. Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 34-35. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at


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