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

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Douglas County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Douglas County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded October 17, 1870
County Seat Douglasville
Address Douglas County Courthouse
8700 Hospital Drive
Douglasville, GA 30134-4501
Phone: 770.920.7252
Douglas County Website


County Courthouse

Douglas County Courthouse
8700 Hospital Drive
Douglasville, GA 30134-4501
Phone: 770.920.7252

Probate Court has birth, marriage, death and probate records; Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court, and land records from 1870.[1]

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



Parent County

1870--Douglas County was created 17 October 1870 from Campbell and Carroll Counties.
County seat:  Douglasville [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

1956. The courthouse burned 11 January 1956. Most county records were safe in a fire-proof vault.[3]

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


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

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.



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 Douglas 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.





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


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).


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

  • 1885-1886 (from old newspapers)
  • 1871-1894 - Douglas County Marriage Books A and B Index 1871-1894. Batch M712691 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1894-1895 - Douglas County Marriage Book C Index 1894-1895. Batch M712692 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1879-80 - Douglas County, Georgia Genealogy Mortality Schedules at Ancestry ($).
Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Douglas 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. Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 29. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  4. 4.0 4.1 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at


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