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

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Dawson County, Georgia
Map
Map of Georgia highlighting Dawson County
Location in the state of Georgia
Facts
Founded December 3, 1857
County Seat Dawsonville
Courthouse
Address Dawson County Courthouse
PO Box 192
Dawsonville, GA 30534-0192
Phone: 706.657.4625
Dawson County Website

Contents

Dawson County Georgia Courthouse

Dawson County Georgia Courthouse.jpg

County Clerk has divorce, court and land records[1]

Dawson County Georgia History

Parent County

1857--Dawson County was created 3 December 1857 from Gilmer and Lumpkin Counties.
County seat: Dawsonville [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Dawson County Georgia Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Dawson County Georgia Genealogy Resources

Cemeteries

Church

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

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

Local histories are available for Dawson 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

Newspapers

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

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
  • 1858-1883 - Dawson County Marriage Index 1858-1883. Batch M712631 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1883-1962 - Dawson County Marriage Index 1883-1962. Batch M712632 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
Death
  • 1869-70, 1879-80 - Dawson County, Georgia Mortality Schedules at Ancestry ($).

Dawson County Georgia Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Dawson County Georgia Genealogy Websites

Dawson County Georgia Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Dawson County, Georgia. Page 154 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 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/0/09/Igigeorgiaad.pdf.