Walker County, Georgia

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{{Georgia-stub}} <br> ''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Georgia (state)|Georgia]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Walker_County,_Georgia|Walker County]]''  
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
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[http://www.walkerga.us/ Walker County Courthouse]<br> 103 S Duke Street <br>Lafayette, GA 30728-0445<br> Phone: 706.638.1742&nbsp;<br><br>Clerk Superior Court has divorce,&nbsp;court and land records from 1883; <br>Probate judge has marriage and&nbsp;probate records; County Health<br>Department has birth and death records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Walker County, Georgia. Page 161 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
==== &nbsp;Parent County  ====
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==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1833'''--Walker County was created 18 December 1833&nbsp;from Murray County.&nbsp;'''County seat:''' Lafayette <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1833'''--Walker County was created 18 December 1833 from [[Murray County, Georgia|Murray]] County.&nbsp;'''County seat:''' Lafayette <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
In 1833&nbsp;the territory of Walker included not only it's present area, but all of Dade and a large part of Whitfield, Catoosa and Chattooga counties. In 1837 all of Walker's territory west of the top of Lookout Mountain was cut off and the county of Dade was established as the most northwestern county in the State. In 1838 another portion was cut off and the county of Chattooga was established. Then again in 1853, more territory was extracted and the county of Catoosa was formed. In 1853 and later in 1859 other portions of Walker County were used to make Whitfield County."--''from The History of Walker County, Georgia ''by James Alfred Sartain. Published by A.J. Showalter Company, Dalton, Georgia, 1932 <br>
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In 1833 the territory of Walker included not only its present area, but all of Dade and a large part of Whitfield, Catoosa and Chattooga counties. In 1837 all of Walker's territory west of the top of Lookout Mountain was cut off and the county of Dade was established as the most northwestern county in the State. In 1838 another portion was cut off and the county of Chattooga was established. Then again in 1853, more territory was extracted and the county of Catoosa was formed. In 1853 and later in 1859 other portions of Walker County were used to make Whitfield County."--''from The History of Walker County, Georgia ''by James Alfred Sartain. Published by A.J. Showalter Company, Dalton, Georgia, 1932 <br>  
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
The courthouse in Walker County was burned in 1883.&nbsp; There are no county records available&nbsp;prior to&nbsp;that time.&nbsp; Some people had their deeds re-recorded after 1883 but most other records were lost.&nbsp; The above referenced book by James Sartain is a very good source.&nbsp; The library in the county seat, Lafayette, has a genealogy section and the people there are very helpful.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;[http://www.walker.public.lib.ga.us/ghr/ghr1.htm http://www.walker.public.lib.ga.us/ghr/ghr1.htm]
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The courthouse in Walker County was burned in 1883. There are no county records available prior to that time.&nbsp; Some people had their deeds re-recorded after 1883 but most other records were lost.&nbsp; The above referenced book by James Sartain is a very good source.&nbsp; The [http://www.walker.public.lib.ga.us/ghr/ghr1.htm library] in the county seat, Lafayette, has a genealogy section and the people there are very helpful.  
  
Some people who lived close to the county borders, went to other counties to record events.  
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Some people who lived close to the county borders went to other counties to record events.  
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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*[[Catoosa County, Georgia|Catoosa]]
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*[[Chattooga County, Georgia|Chattooga]]
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*[[Dade County, Georgia|Dade]]
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*[[DeKalb County, Alabama|DeKalb County, Alabama]]
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*[[Gordon County, Georgia|Gordon]]
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*[[Hamilton County, Tennessee|Hamilton County, Tennessee]]
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*[[Whitfield County, Georgia|Whitfield]]
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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:*Shiloh Baptist Church Minutes at [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countywalker.html Georgia Pioneers] ($).<br>
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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:*Sartain, James Alfred. ''History of Walker County, Georgia.'' Dalton, Ga.: A.J. Showalter Co., 1932. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=22850 Ancestry] ($).<br>
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:*''Index for History of Walker County by James Alfred Sartain.'' Lafayette, Ga.: Cherokee Regional Library, 1978. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=22859 Ancestry] ($).<br>
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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:*Walker County Map at [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countywalker.html Georgia Pioneers] ($).<br>
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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===== Civil War  =====
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====== Civil War Battle  ======
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The following Civil War battles were fought in Walker County.
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*September 10-11, 1863 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ga003.htm Davis' Cross Roads], also known as Dug Gap<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ga003.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 13 August, 2012)</ref>
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*September 18-20, 1863 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ga004.htm Chickamauga]<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ga004.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 13 August, 2012)</ref>
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:[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/GAmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in Georgia.
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:*Fitch, Michael Hendrick. ''The Chattanooga Campaign: With Especial Reference to Wisconsin's Participation Therein.'' Madison, Wisc.: Wisconsin History Commission, 1911. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=26051 Ancestry] ($).<br>
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==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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===== Wills  =====
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:*'''1883-1917''' - Index to Walker County, Georgia Wills, Volume I (1883-1917) at [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countywalker.html Georgia Pioneers] ($).<br>
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:*1866-1887 (digital images) [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countywalker.html Georgia Pioneers]
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===== Additional Probate Records&nbsp;  =====
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:*'''1883-1895''' - Index to Walker County, Georgia Inventories and Appraisements Book A (1883-1895) at [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countyworth.html Georgia Pioneers] ($).<br>
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:*'''1883-1892''' - Index to Walker County Annual Returns and Vouchers Book A (1883-1888) and Book B (1888-1892) at [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countywalker.html Georgia Pioneers] ($).<br>
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:*1883-1888 Index to Annual&nbsp;Returns, Vouchers,&nbsp;Book A [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countywalker.html Georgia Pioneers]
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:*1888-1892 Index to Annual Returns and Vouchers, Book B [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countywalker.html Georgia Pioneers]
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
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===== Birth  =====
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:*'''1916-1921''' - Walker County Births (1916-1921) at [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countywalker.html Georgia Pioneers] ($).<br>
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===== Vital Records Substitutes  =====
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:*'''1885-1886''' - Walker County Marriages from Newspapers 1885-1886 at [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countywalker.html Georgia Pioneers] ($).<br>
  
 
== Societies and Libraries&nbsp;  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries&nbsp;  ==
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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
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*[http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ga/county/walker/ Walker County GeorgiaGenWeb]  
 
*[http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ga/county/walker/ Walker County GeorgiaGenWeb]  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.org/ga/walker.htm US Genweb Archives for Walker County Georgia]  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.org/ga/walker.htm US Genweb Archives for Walker County Georgia]  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=192126&subject_disp=Georgia%2C+Walker&columns=*,0,0 Family History Library Catalog]
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*{{FHL|Georgia%2C+Walker|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/GA/Walker/ Walker County, Georgia Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*Georgia Pioneers [http://www.georgiapioneers.com Georgia Pioneers]
  
 
== References  ==
 
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Revision as of 22:52, 7 January 2013


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Online Records

Contents

County Courthouse

Walker County Courthouse
103 S Duke Street
Lafayette, GA 30728-0445
Phone: 706.638.1742 

Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records from 1883;
Probate judge has marriage and probate records; County Health
Department has birth and death records[1]

History

Parent County

1833--Walker County was created 18 December 1833 from Murray County. County seat: Lafayette [2]

Boundary Changes

In 1833 the territory of Walker included not only its present area, but all of Dade and a large part of Whitfield, Catoosa and Chattooga counties. In 1837 all of Walker's territory west of the top of Lookout Mountain was cut off and the county of Dade was established as the most northwestern county in the State. In 1838 another portion was cut off and the county of Chattooga was established. Then again in 1853, more territory was extracted and the county of Catoosa was formed. In 1853 and later in 1859 other portions of Walker County were used to make Whitfield County."--from The History of Walker County, Georgia by James Alfred Sartain. Published by A.J. Showalter Company, Dalton, Georgia, 1932

Record Loss

The courthouse in Walker County was burned in 1883. There are no county records available prior to that time.  Some people had their deeds re-recorded after 1883 but most other records were lost.  The above referenced book by James Sartain is a very good source.  The library in the county seat, Lafayette, has a genealogy section and the people there are very helpful.

Some people who lived close to the county borders went to other counties to record events.

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Church

Court

Land

Local Histories

  • Sartain, James Alfred. History of Walker County, Georgia. Dalton, Ga.: A.J. Showalter Co., 1932. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Index for History of Walker County by James Alfred Sartain. Lafayette, Ga.: Cherokee Regional Library, 1978. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Maps

Military

Civil War
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battles were fought in Walker County.

Map showing Civil War battles in Georgia.


  • Fitch, Michael Hendrick. The Chattanooga Campaign: With Especial Reference to Wisconsin's Participation Therein. Madison, Wisc.: Wisconsin History Commission, 1911. Digital version at Ancestry ($).


Newspapers

Probate

Wills
Additional Probate Records 
  • 1883-1895 - Index to Walker County, Georgia Inventories and Appraisements Book A (1883-1895) at Georgia Pioneers ($).
  • 1883-1892 - Index to Walker County Annual Returns and Vouchers Book A (1883-1888) and Book B (1888-1892) at Georgia Pioneers ($).
  • 1883-1888 Index to Annual Returns, Vouchers, Book A Georgia Pioneers
  • 1888-1892 Index to Annual Returns and Vouchers, Book B Georgia Pioneers

Taxation

Vital Records

Birth
Vital Records Substitutes
  • 1885-1886 - Walker County Marriages from Newspapers 1885-1886 at Georgia Pioneers ($).

Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Walker County, Georgia. Page 161 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. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 13 August, 2012)
  4. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 13 August, 2012)