DeKalb County, Georgia Genealogy

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[[United States|United States ]] > [[Georgia (state)|Georgia]] > DeKalb County{{Infobox U.S. County
 
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| seal                = DeKalb County ga seal.png
 
| county              = DeKalb County
 
| county              = DeKalb County
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| county_map            = Map of Georgia highlighting DeKalb County.png
 
| state                = Georgia
 
| state                = Georgia
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| founded year        = 9 December 1822<ref>Georgia Counties: Their Changing Boundaries</ref>
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| parent county        = [[Henry County, Georgia]]<br/>[[Gwinnett County, Georgia]]<br/>[[Fayette County, Georgia]]<br/>[[Newton County, Georgia]]
| founded year        = 1822
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| parent county        = [[Henry County, Georgia]]<br/>[[Gwinnett County, Georgia]]<br/>[[Fayette County, Georgia]]
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| seat wl              = Decatur
 
| seat wl              = Decatur
 
| building address    = 556 North McDonough Street</br>Decatur, Georgia 30030
 
| building address    = 556 North McDonough Street</br>Decatur, Georgia 30030
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| named for image      = Johann de Kalb.JPG
 
| named for image      = Johann de Kalb.JPG
 
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== County Government Website  ==
 
 
[http://www.co.dekalb.ga.us/ DeKalb County Government]
 
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
 
'''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>
 
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
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==== 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>The History of DeKalb County Georgia: 1822-1900 by Vivian Price</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  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==

Revision as of 14:27, 11 August 2011

United States  > Georgia > DeKalb County

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.
Johann de Kalb.JPG

Contents

History

Boundary Changes

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.[2] 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.

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

Resources

African Americans

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.

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Societies and Libraries 

Web Sites

References

  1. Georgia Counties: Their Changing Boundaries
  2. The History of DeKalb County Georgia: 1822-1900 by Vivian Price