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{{Georgia-stub}}&nbsp;''[[United States|United States&nbsp;]] &gt; [[Georgia (state)|Georgia]]&nbsp;&gt; DeKalb County'' <br>
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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]'' '''DeKalb County'''
  
== County Government Website  ==
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Guide to '''DeKalb County Georgia genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
[http://www.co.dekalb.ga.us/ DeKalb County Government]
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{{GADC}}
  
== History  ==
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| seal = DeKalb County ga seal.png
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| county = DeKalb County
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| county_map = Map of Georgia highlighting DeKalb County.png
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| state = Georgia
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| founded year = 9 December 1822<ref>Bryant, Pat, and Ingrid Shields. 1983. ''Georgia counties, their changing boundaries''. Atlanta: State Print. Office. </ref>
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| parent county = [[Henry County, Georgia]]<br/>[[Gwinnett County, Georgia]]<br/>[[Fayette County, Georgia]]<br/>[[Newton County, Georgia]]
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| seat wl = Decatur
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| building address = 556 North McDonough Street</br>Decatur, Georgia 30030
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| web = co.dekalb.ga.us
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| named for = The county is named after Revolutionary War hero Johann de Kalb (1721-1780), a German baron.<ref>"DeKalb County, Georgia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia." Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Aug. 2011. <http: dekalb_county,_georgia="" wiki="" en.wikipedia.org=""></http:></ref>
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| named for image = Johann de Kalb.JPG
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}}''<br>''
  
[[Image:Johann de Kalb.JPG|thumb|right|400px]]
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== DeKalb County Georgia Courthouse  ==
  
The county is named after Revolutionary War hero [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_de_Kalb Johann de Kalb] (1721-1780), a German baron.<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_de_Kalb "Johann de Kalb,"] Wikipedia.</ref>  
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[http://www.co.dekalb.ga.us/ DeKalb County Courthouse]<br>1300 Commerce Drive;<br>Decatur, GA 30030-3356<br>Phone: 404.371.2881 <br><br>Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records from 1842;<br>Probate Court has marriage and probate records from 1842<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), DeKalb County, Georgia. Page 154 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
==== Parent County  ====
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== DeKalb County Georgia History ==
 
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'''1822'''--De Kalb County was created 9 December 1822&nbsp;from [[Fayette County, Georgia|Fayette,]] [[Gwinnett County, Georgia|Gwinnett]], [[Newton County, Georgia|Newton]], and [[Henry County, Georgia|Henry]] Counties.<ref>Georgia Counties: Their Changing Boundaries</ref><br>&nbsp;'''County seat:&nbsp;&nbsp;'''Decatur <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
See [http://www.sos.ga.gov/archives/what_do_we_have/GA_Counties_Their_Changing_Boundaries.pdf Georgia Counties: Their Changing Boundaries] (Georgia Archives)  
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DeKalb County was created on 9 December 1822 from portions of [[Fayette County, Georgia|Fayette]], [[Gwinnett County, Georgia|Gwinnett]], and [[Henry County, Georgia|Henry]] Counties. It gained additional land from these counties during the 1820s as well as from [[Newton County, Georgia|Newton]] County. DeKalb County gave up land to [[Campbell County, Georgia|Campbell]], [[Cherokee County, Georgia|Cherokee]], [[Coweta County, Georgia|Coweta]], [[Fulton County, Georgia|Fulton]], [[Gwinnett County, Georgia|Gwinnett]], [[Milton County, Georgia|Milton]], and [[Rockdale County, Georgia|Rockdale]] Counties throughout the 19th century.<ref>Bryant, Pat, and Ingrid Shields. 1983. ''Georgia counties, their changing boundaries''. Atlanta: State Print. Office.</ref>
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For more information see [http://www.sos.ga.gov/archives/what_do_we_have/GA_Counties_Their_Changing_Boundaries.pdf Georgia Counties: Their Changing Boundaries] (Georgia Archives)  
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
'''1842 and 1898''' -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.  
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'''9 January 1842''' - DeKalb County Courthouse burned and supposedly all records were destroyed, except one record book for the Superior Court.<ref>Price, Vivian. 1997. ''History of DeKalb County, Georgia, 1822-1900''. Fernandina Beach, FL: Wolfe Pub. Co.</ref> This book is available at the [[DeKalb History Center|DeKalb History Center]]. A handful of records recorded after the fire for pre-fire events are also available.<br>
  
For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:  
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<span style="font-weight: bold">13 September 1916</span>'''- '''DeKalb County Courthouse burned again but damage was mostly limited to cases being tried during that time. <br>
  
*[[Burned Counties Research]] <br>  
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For further information on researching in burned counties, see&nbsp;[[Burned Counties Research|Burned Counties Research]].<span style="text-decoration: underline" />[http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424 <br>]  
*[http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424 http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424]
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== Places/Localities  ==
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== DeKalb County Georgia Places/Localities  ==
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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*[[Rockdale County, Georgia|Rockdale]]
 
*[[Rockdale County, Georgia|Rockdale]]
  
== Resources ==
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== DeKalb County Georgia Genealogy Resources ==
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This article focuses on records created at the county and city level. The research guides for [[Georgia (state)|Georgia]] and the [[United States|United States]] should be consulted for additional resources that may be available for this geographic area.
  
 
==== African Americans  ====
 
==== African Americans  ====
  
*[http://www.dekalbhistory.org/FreedmanRecord.htm Register of Free Persons of Color, Freeman record] ([[DeKalb_History_Center|DeKalb History Center]]) - provides the names, ages, birth places, residences, and brief descriptions of all free African-Americans residing in DeKalb County from 1851-1864.<br>
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*[http://www.dekalbhistory.org/FreedmanRecord.htm Register of Free Persons of Color, Freeman record] ([[DeKalb History Center|DeKalb History Center]]) - provides the names, ages, birth places, residences, and brief descriptions of all free African-Americans residing in DeKalb County from 1851-1864.<br>
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/ga/dekalb/cemetery.html DeKalb County Cemeteries] (Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project) - Provides a partial list of DeKalb cemeteries along with location information and transcriptions.<br>  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/ga/dekalb/cemetery.html DeKalb County Cemeteries] (Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project) - Provides a partial list of DeKalb cemeteries along with location information and transcriptions.<br>  
*[http://research.dekalbhistory.org/cdb/index.asp Cemetery Database] ([[DeKalb_History_Center|DeKalb History Center]]) - On-line database of Frank Garrett's 1930s cemetery records for DeKalb County. Records are indexed by surname and cemetery name.<br>
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*[http://research.dekalbhistory.org/cdb/index.asp Cemetery Database] ([[DeKalb History Center|DeKalb History Center]]) - On-line database of Frank Garrett's 1930s cemetery records for DeKalb County. Records are indexed by surname and cemetery name.<br>  
*[http://dekalbhistory.org/documents/CemeteryCollection.pdf Cemeteries Collection] ([[DeKalb_History_Center|DeKalb History Center]]) - A collection of photographs documenting approximately 40 cemeteries.<br>  
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*[http://dekalbhistory.org/documents/CemeteryCollection.pdf Cemeteries Collection] ([[DeKalb History Center|DeKalb History Center]]) - A collection of photographs documenting approximately 40 cemeteries.<br>  
*[http://dekalbhistory.org/Cemeteries_000.htm Cemetery Subject Files] ([[DeKalb_History_Center|DeKalb History Center]]) - Listing of cemetery subject files available at the [[DeKalb_History_Center|DeKalb History Center]].
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*[http://dekalbhistory.org/Cemeteries_000.htm Cemetery Subject Files] ([[DeKalb History Center|DeKalb History Center]]) - Listing of cemetery subject files available at the [[DeKalb History Center|DeKalb History Center]].  
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=12&CScnty=426 Find a Grave] - User-submitted data and photographs of DeKalb cemeteries.<br>
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=12&CScnty=426 Find a Grave] - User-submitted data and photographs of DeKalb cemeteries.
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Individual Cemeteries:
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=159768 Stone Mountain Cemetery, Stone Mountain] BillionGraves
  
 
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==== Church  ====
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*[http://dekalbhistory.org/documents/RedanUnitedMethodistChurchCollection.pdf Redan United Methodist Church Records, 1894-1994] (DeKalb History Center) - Church conference and various committee records.<br>  
 
*[http://dekalbhistory.org/documents/RedanUnitedMethodistChurchCollection.pdf Redan United Methodist Church Records, 1894-1994] (DeKalb History Center) - Church conference and various committee records.<br>  
 
*[http://dekalbhistory.org/documents/CovenantPresbyterianChurch.pdf Covenant Presbyterian Church Records, 1972-1973] (DeKalb History Center) - Church bulletins and correspondence for this Clarkston, Georgia congregation.<br>
 
*[http://dekalbhistory.org/documents/CovenantPresbyterianChurch.pdf Covenant Presbyterian Church Records, 1972-1973] (DeKalb History Center) - Church bulletins and correspondence for this Clarkston, Georgia congregation.<br>
 
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==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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*[http://dekalbhistory.org/Reference_and_Periodicals.htm DeKalb County Civil Court Criminal Docket Book, 1957] (DeKalb History Center) <br>  
 
*[http://dekalbhistory.org/Reference_and_Periodicals.htm DeKalb County Civil Court Criminal Docket Book, 1957] (DeKalb History Center) <br>  
 
*[http://dekalbhistory.org/Reference_and_Periodicals.htm DeKalb County Justice of the Peace Records, 1880-1960] (DeKalb History Center) - Contains civil proceedings and criminal suits by multiple justices.<br>  
 
*[http://dekalbhistory.org/Reference_and_Periodicals.htm DeKalb County Justice of the Peace Records, 1880-1960] (DeKalb History Center) - Contains civil proceedings and criminal suits by multiple justices.<br>  
*[http://dekalbhistory.org/documents/DeKalbSuperiorCourtRecords.pdf DeKalb County Superior Court Records, 1860-1910] (DeKalb History Center)
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*[http://dekalbhistory.org/documents/DeKalbSuperiorCourtRecords.pdf DeKalb County Superior Court Records, 1860-1910] (DeKalb History Center)<br>
 
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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Deed books and indexes that survived the courthouse fires are available on the ground floor of the DeKalb County Courthouse in the Clerk of the Superior Court, Real Estate Division. Land records found at the courthouse date from approximately 1840 to the present, beginning with Deed Book L.
  
 
*[http://research.dekalbhistory.org/LandLottery/index.asp 1821 Georgia Land Lottery for DeKalb County Indexes] (DeKalb History Center) - Lottery winners are indexed by Grantee, County of Residence, Military District, and Land District. <br>  
 
*[http://research.dekalbhistory.org/LandLottery/index.asp 1821 Georgia Land Lottery for DeKalb County Indexes] (DeKalb History Center) - Lottery winners are indexed by Grantee, County of Residence, Military District, and Land District. <br>  
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*[http://dekalbhistory.org/documents/DeKalbCountyLandTitleAbstracts.pdf DeKalb County Land Title Abstracts] (DeKalb History Center) - Finding aid includes list of surnames and land lots.  
 
*[http://dekalbhistory.org/documents/DeKalbCountyLandTitleAbstracts.pdf DeKalb County Land Title Abstracts] (DeKalb History Center) - Finding aid includes list of surnames and land lots.  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/ga/dekalb/deeds.html Selected Deeds] (Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project)<br>
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/ga/dekalb/deeds.html Selected Deeds] (Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project)<br>
 
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==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1132190 ''The history of DeKalb County, Georgia&nbsp;: 1822-1900''] by Vivian Price - Includes maps and an index.<br>
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*''Historic DeKalb County: An Illustrated History'' by Vivian Price<br>
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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*[http://research.dekalbhistory.org/04_b.html DeKalb County Militia District Map] (DeKalb History Center)
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*[http://dekalbhistory.org/MapCollection.htm Map Collection, 1730-2004] (DeKalb History Center) - Includes Sanborn, topographical, state, city, and county maps.
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*[http://cdm.sos.state.ga.us/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/cmf&CISOPTR=99&CISOBOX=1&REC=3 1867 Map of DeKalb County] (Georgia Archives)
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==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*[http://cdm.sos.state.ga.us/cdm4/TestApps.php Confederate Pension Applications, 1879-1960] (Georgia Archives) - Digitized images of applications and supporting materials. See also [http://cdm.sos.state.ga.us/cdm4/pension.php Confederate Pension Application Supplements, 1879-1960].<br>
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/ga/dekalb/military.html USGen Web Archives Project: Military] - Includes Revolutionary War Pensioners Census, Indian Wars transcriptions, and Civil War muster rolls.
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*[http://research.dekalbhistory.org/04_aa.html DeKalb Confederate Index] (DeKalb History Center) - Indexed by surname and lists rank and regiment.
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F252571 Civil War Muster List, 1861] (FamilySearch)
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F250369 World War I Service Records, 1917-1919] (FamilySearch)
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F235133 Military Discharge Records, 1922-1945] (FamilySearch)
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*[http://dekalbhistory.org/Military.htm Military Subject Files] (DeKalb History Center) - Includes muster rolls for individual regiments.
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F235137 Confederate Veterans Pension Rolls, 1890-1931] (FamilySearch)
  
 
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*[http://dekalbhistory.org/documents/NewspaperBookInventory_000.pdf Newspaper Books Collection, 1919-1995] (DeKalb History Center) - Includes the ''DeKalb New Era'', the ''Decatur-DeKalb News'', the ''Decatur-DeKalb News/Era'', the ''DeKalb News/Sun'', and the ''Lithonia Observer''.
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*[http://nl.newsbank.com/sites/ajc/ Atlanta Journal-Constitution Archives] - Searchable archive covering 1868-1942, 1985-present as well as links to microfilm holdings.
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ga/dekalb/news.html Selected Newspaper Transcriptions] (USGen Web Archives Project)
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
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*[http://research.dekalbhistory.org/will/index.asp Will Records Index, 1839-1917] (DeKalb History Center) - Indexed by deceased and heirs.
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1046362 ''DeKalb County, Georgia Probate Records'' by Jeanette Holland Austin] - Includes Will Books A, B, and C covering 1841-1919 as well as Sales and Appraisements for 1852-1858.
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F235145 Probate Records, 1840-1964] (FamilySearch) - Includes indexes; microfilmed.
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ga/dekalb/wills.html Selected Wills &amp; Estate Records] (USGenWeb Archives Project)
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*Wills and Estates 1841-1869; 1870-1889; 1890-1919 (abstracts) [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydekalb.html Georgia Pioneers]&nbsp;(S)<br>
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*Index to Deed Book L, 1846-1852 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydekalb.html Georgia Pioneers]&nbsp;(S)<br>
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*Index to Deed Book M, 1850-1853 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydekalb.html]Georgia Pioneers (S)<br>
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==== Societies and Libraries<br>  ====
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===== Family History Centers<br>  =====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
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*[http://dekalbhistory.org/documents/DeKalbCountyTaxDigests.pdf DeKalb County Tax Digests, 1905-1948] (DeKalb History Center) - A mostly complete collection of tax digests for this time period, many of which include Confederate Veterans lists.
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*[http://familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F305683 DeKalb County Tax Digest, 1848-1850] (FamilySearch)
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
== Societies and Libraries&nbsp; ==
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===== Birth =====
  
== Web Sites  ==
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Statewide registration of births in [[Georgia (state)|Georgia]] began in 1919 and was generally complied with by 1928. Birth records are available only to the individual or his legal representative. Birth records can be obtained by writing to:
  
*[http://www.dekalbhistory.org DeKalb History Center]&nbsp;- Local historical society with online databases for cemetery, marriage, land, and military records.
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'''Georgia Department of Human Resources'''<br>Vital Records Unit<br>47 Trinity Avenue, S.W., Room 217-H<br>Atlanta, GA 30334-1201<br>Telephone: 404-679-4702<br>Internet: [http://www.50states.com/vitalrecords/georgia.htm Georgia Vital Records]  
*[http://bellsouthpwp.net/m/s/msaffold/dekalb.htm USGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
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*{{FHL|Georgia%2C+De+Kalb|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/GA/De_Kalb/ DeKalb County, Georgia Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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== References  ==
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The current fees for obtaining copies of the state's records are listed at [http://www.vitalrec.com VitalRecords.com].
  
<references /> {{Georgia|Georgia}}
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Atlanta birth records since 1887 are available from:
  
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'''Fulton County Health Department'''<br>141 Prior Street<br>Atlanta, GA 30303<br>Telephone: 404-730-4000<br>Internet: [http://www.co.fulton.ga.us/county/health/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=23&Itemid=31 Fulton County Healtlh Department]
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===== Marriage  =====
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*'''1808-1967''' - {{RecordSearch|1674807|Georgia Marriages, 1808-1967}} (FamilySearch) - Please see [[Georgia Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Georgia Marriages]] for more information on this collection.<br>
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*'''1840-1893''' - [http://cdm.sos.state.ga.us/cdm4/results.php?CISOOP1=all&CISORESTMP=results.php&CISOVIEWTMP=item_viewer.php&CISOMODE=grid&CISOGRID=thumbnail%2CA%2C1%3Btitle%2CA%2C1%3Bcounty%2CA%2C0%3Bseries%2CA%2C0%3Bdate%2CA%2C0%3B20%3Btitle%2Ccounty%2Cseries%2Cdate%2Cnone&CISOBIB=title%2CA%2C1%2CN%3Bcounty%2CA%2C0%2CN%3Bseries%2CA%2C0%2CN%3Bdate%2CA%2C0%2CN%3Bnone%2CA%2C0%2CN%3B20%3Btitle%2Ccounty%2Cseries%2Cdate%2Cnone&CISOTHUMB=20+%284x5%29%3Btitle%2Ccounty%2Cseries%2Cdate%2Cnone&CISOTITLE=20%3Btitle%2Ccounty%2Cseries%2Cdate%2Cnone&CISOHIERA=20%3Btitle%2Ccounty%2Cseries%2Cdate%2Cnone&CISOSUPPRESS=0&CISOPARM=%2Fcountyfilm+%3Acounty%3ADekalb&submit=Search DeKalb County Marriage Records, 1840-1893] (Georgia Archives) - Digitized microfilm of marriage certificates and indexes.
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*'''1840-1908''' - [http://research.dekalbhistory.org/Marriage/index.asp Marriage Database Index, 1840-1908] (DeKalb History Center) - Indexed by bride and groom surnames.<br>
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*'''1840-1872''' - DeKalb County Marriage Books A and B Index 1840-1872. Batch {{IGI|M735367}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">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.</ref>
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*'''1840-1872''' - DeKalb County Marriage Books A and B Index 1840-1872. Batch {{IGI|M712641}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1872-1881''' - DeKalb County Marriage Books C and D Index 1872-1881. Batch {{IGI|M712642}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1882-1893''' - DeKalb County Marriage Books E and F Index 1882-1893. Batch {{IGI|M712643}} at FamilySearch - free<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1893-1895''' - DeKalb County Marriae Book G Index 1893-1895. Batch {{IGI|M712644}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1885-1886''' - (from old newspapers) [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydekalb.html Georgia Pioneers] ($)
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===== Death<br>  =====
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*[http://cdm.sos.state.ga.us/cdm4/gadeaths.php Georgia Death Certificates, 1914-1927] (Georgia Archives) - Mostly complete records that have been indexed and digitized. These records are also available from [http://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1320969 FamilySearch].
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*[http://cdm.sos.state.ga.us/cdm4/nondeath.php Georgia Non-Indexed Death Certificates, 1928-1930] (Georgia Archives) - Digitized indexes and certificates that can be looked up by surname if year is known. These records are also available from [http://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1385727 FamilySearch].<br>
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*Georgia Death Certificates, 1931-1935 (Georgia Archives) - These years have not been digitized but are available to researchers at the [[Georgia State Archives|Georgia Archives]].<br>
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Death records for 1935 to present can be obtained by writing to:
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'''Georgia Department of Human Resources'''<br>Vital Records Unit<br>47 Trinity Avenue, S.W., Room 217-H<br>Atlanta, GA 30334-1201<br>Telephone: 404-679-4702<br>Internet: [http://www.50states.com/vitalrecords/georgia.htm Georgia Vital Records]
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The current fees for obtaining copies of the state's records are listed at [http://www.vitalrec.com VitalRecords.com].
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==== Voting Records  ====
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*[http://dekalbhistory.org/documents/AtlantaVotingRecords.pdf Atlanta Regional Director's Office Voting Records, 1936-1940] (DeKalb History Center) - Comprised primarily of voter's oath sheets for DeKalb County, generally include the name, address, ethnicity, occuptation, and date of birth for the voter.
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== DeKalb County Georgia Genealogy Websites  ==
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*[http://www.dekalbhistory.org DeKalb History Center]&nbsp;- Local historical society with online databases for cemetery, marriage, land, and military records.
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ga/dekalb.htm USGenWeb Archives Project] - A&nbsp;variety of records transcribed by volunteers.
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*[http://bellsouthpwp.net/m/s/msaffold/dekalb.htm USGenWeb DeKalb County] - Queries, lookups, mailing list, and other resources.<br>
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*{{FHL|Georgia%2C+De+Kalb|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://www.gagensociety.org/ Georgia Genealogical Society]<br>
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*[http://georgiaarchives.org/ Georgia Archives] - Records for DeKalb County are listed under Record Group 144 at the state archives.
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*[http://www.georgiapioneers.com Georgia Pioneers] (S)
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== DeKalb County Georgia Genealogy References  ==
  
[[Category:DeKalb_County,_Georgia]]
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<references />{{Georgia|Georgia}}
  
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Guide to DeKalb County Georgia genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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DeKalb County, Georgia
Seal of DeKalb County, Georgia
Map
Map of Georgia highlighting DeKalb County
Location in the state of Georgia
Facts
Founded 9 December 1822[1]
Parent County Henry County, Georgia
Gwinnett County, Georgia
Fayette County, Georgia
Newton County, Georgia
County Seat Decatur
Courthouse
Address 556 North McDonough Street
Decatur, Georgia 30030
Website: co.dekalb.ga.us
Named for: The county is named after Revolutionary War hero Johann de Kalb (1721-1780), a German baron.[2]
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DeKalb County Georgia Courthouse

DeKalb County Courthouse
1300 Commerce Drive;
Decatur, GA 30030-3356
Phone: 404.371.2881

Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records from 1842;
Probate Court has marriage and probate records from 1842[3]

DeKalb County Georgia History

Boundary Changes

DeKalb County was created on 9 December 1822 from portions of Fayette, Gwinnett, and Henry Counties. It gained additional land from these counties during the 1820s as well as from Newton County. DeKalb County gave up land to Campbell, Cherokee, Coweta, Fulton, Gwinnett, Milton, and Rockdale Counties throughout the 19th century.[4]

For more information see Georgia Counties: Their Changing Boundaries (Georgia Archives)

Record Loss

9 January 1842 - DeKalb County Courthouse burned and supposedly all records were destroyed, except one record book for the Superior Court.[5] This book is available at the DeKalb History Center. A handful of records recorded after the fire for pre-fire events are also available.

13 September 1916- DeKalb County Courthouse burned again but damage was mostly limited to cases being tried during that time.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see Burned Counties Research.

DeKalb County Georgia Places/Localities

Populated Places

  • Cities: Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Stone Mountain.
  • Communities: Belvedere Park, Candler-McAfee, Druid Hills, Gresham Park, North Druid Hills, Toco Hills, Panthersville, Redan, Scottdale, Tucker, Briarcliff, Brookhaven, Collinsville, Conley, Constitution, Ellenwood, Embry Hills, Mechanicsville, Mountain View, Northlake, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, Skyland, Turner Hill, Adair Park, Belmont, Carver Hills, College Heights, Columbia Park, Cross Keys, Edgewood, Emory, Flat Rock, Klondike, Kirkwood, Lenox Place, Lynwood Park, Medlock, Montreal, Nelms, Parkwood, Pea Ridge, Rehoboth, Rock Chapel, Shermantown, Silver Lake, Smokerise, Stonehaven, Sundown, Winnona Park.

Neighboring Counties

DeKalb County Georgia Genealogy Resources

This article focuses on records created at the county and city level. The research guides for Georgia and the United States should be consulted for additional resources that may be available for this geographic area.

African Americans

Cemeteries

Individual Cemeteries:

Church

Court

Land

Deed books and indexes that survived the courthouse fires are available on the ground floor of the DeKalb County Courthouse in the Clerk of the Superior Court, Real Estate Division. Land records found at the courthouse date from approximately 1840 to the present, beginning with Deed Book L.

Local Histories

Maps


Military

Newspapers

Probate

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Taxation

Vital Records

Birth

Statewide registration of births in Georgia began in 1919 and was generally complied with by 1928. Birth records are available only to the individual or his legal representative. Birth records can be obtained by writing to:

Georgia Department of Human Resources
Vital Records Unit
47 Trinity Avenue, S.W., Room 217-H
Atlanta, GA 30334-1201
Telephone: 404-679-4702
Internet: Georgia Vital Records

The current fees for obtaining copies of the state's records are listed at VitalRecords.com.

Atlanta birth records since 1887 are available from:

Fulton County Health Department
141 Prior Street
Atlanta, GA 30303
Telephone: 404-730-4000
Internet: Fulton County Healtlh Department

Marriage
  • 1808-1967 - Georgia Marriages, 1808-1967 (FamilySearch) - Please see Georgia Marriages for more information on this collection.
  • 1840-1893 - DeKalb County Marriage Records, 1840-1893 (Georgia Archives) - Digitized microfilm of marriage certificates and indexes.
  • 1840-1908 - Marriage Database Index, 1840-1908 (DeKalb History Center) - Indexed by bride and groom surnames.
  • 1840-1872 - DeKalb County Marriage Books A and B Index 1840-1872. Batch M735367 at FamilySearch - free.[6]
  • 1840-1872 - DeKalb County Marriage Books A and B Index 1840-1872. Batch M712641 at FamilySearch - free.[6]
  • 1872-1881 - DeKalb County Marriage Books C and D Index 1872-1881. Batch M712642 at FamilySearch - free.[6]
  • 1882-1893 - DeKalb County Marriage Books E and F Index 1882-1893. Batch M712643 at FamilySearch - free[6]
  • 1893-1895 - DeKalb County Marriae Book G Index 1893-1895. Batch M712644 at FamilySearch - free.[6]
  • 1885-1886 - (from old newspapers) Georgia Pioneers ($)
Death

Death records for 1935 to present can be obtained by writing to:

Georgia Department of Human Resources
Vital Records Unit
47 Trinity Avenue, S.W., Room 217-H
Atlanta, GA 30334-1201
Telephone: 404-679-4702
Internet: Georgia Vital Records

The current fees for obtaining copies of the state's records are listed at VitalRecords.com.

  • 1849-50, 1859-60, 1869-70, 1879-80 - DeKalb County, Georgia Mortality Schedules at Ancestry ($).

Voting Records

DeKalb County Georgia Genealogy Websites

DeKalb County Georgia Genealogy References

  1. Bryant, Pat, and Ingrid Shields. 1983. Georgia counties, their changing boundaries. Atlanta: State Print. Office.
  2. "DeKalb County, Georgia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia." Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Aug. 2011. <http: dekalb_county,_georgia="" wiki="" en.wikipedia.org=""></http:>
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), DeKalb County, Georgia. Page 154 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Bryant, Pat, and Ingrid Shields. 1983. Georgia counties, their changing boundaries. Atlanta: State Print. Office.
  5. Price, Vivian. 1997. History of DeKalb County, Georgia, 1822-1900. Fernandina Beach, FL: Wolfe Pub. Co.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 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.