Decatur County, Georgia Genealogy

From FamilySearch Wiki

(Difference between revisions)
(added probate introduction)
Line 91: Line 91:
*Index to Vouchers, Returns 1829-1837
*Index to Vouchers, Returns 1829-1837
==== Taxation ====
==== Taxation ====
{{GA Tax Intro}}
==== Vital Records  ====
==== Vital Records  ====

Revision as of 20:19, 6 May 2013

United States go to Georgia go to Decatur County

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

Hand and keyboard.jpg Georgia
Online Records

Decatur County, Georgia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Georgia
Location of Georgia in the U.S.
Founded December 8, 1823
County Seat Bainbridge
Address Decatur County Courthouse
1400 E Shotwell Street
PO Box 735
Bainbridge, GA 31717-0735
Phone: 229.248.3030
Decatur County Website


Decatur County Georgia Courthouse

Probate Court has marriage records from 1823
and probate records;  Clerk Superior Court has
divorce, court and land records from 1823[1]

Decatur County Georgia History

Stephen Decatur.JPG

The county is named after U.S. naval officer Stephen Decatur (1779-1820).[2]

Parent County

1823--Decatur County was created 8 December 1823 fromEarly County.
County seat:  Bainbridge [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Decatur County Georgia Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Decatur County Georgia Genealogy Resources





Local Histories






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).


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

  • 1824-1841 - Decatur County Marriage Book AA Index 1824-1841. Batch M712651 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1837-1869 - Decatur County Marriage Book A Index 1837-1869. Batch M712652 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1868-1895 - Decatur County Marriage Book B Index 1868-1895. Batch M712653 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1895 - Decatur County Marriage Book D Index 1895. Batch M712654 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1859-60, 1879-80 - Decatur County, Georgia Genealogy Mortality Schedules at Ancestry ($).

Decatur County Georgia Genealogy Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Decatur County Georgia Genealogy Websites

Decatur County Georgia Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Decatur County, Georgia. Page 154 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "List of counties in Tennessee", Wikipedia.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at