Henry County, Georgia Genealogy

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

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Online Records

Henry County, Georgia (state)
Map of Georgia (state) highlighting Henry County
Location in the state of Georgia (state)
Map of the U.S. highlighting Georgia (state)
Location of Georgia (state) in the U.S.
Founded May 15, 1821
County Seat McDonough
Address Henry County Courthouse
345 Phillips Drive
McDonough, GA 30253-3425
Phone: 770.954.2400
Henry County Website


County Courthouse

Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records from 1821[1]


Local histories are available for Henry 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.

Parent County

1821--Henry County was created 15 May 1821 from Creek Indian Lands. County seat: McDonough [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1824 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties






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



Henry County Marriage Contracts found in deeds, documents, etc. Georgia Pioneers



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


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.

  • 1822-1851 - Henry County Marriage Index 1822-1851. Batch M713061 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1851-1885 - Henry County Marriage Index 1851-1885. Batch M713062 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1851-1885 - Henry County Marriage Index 1851-1885. Batch M734973 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1851-1885 - Henry County Marriage Index 1851-1885. Batch M734974 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1885-1892 - Henry County Marriage Index 1885-1892. Batch M713063 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1885-1895 - Henry County Marriage Index 1885-1895. Batch M713065 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1886-1895 - Henry County Marriage Index 1886-1895. Batch M713064 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Henry County, Georgia. Page 156 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 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/57/Igigeorgiael.pdf.