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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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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Georgia Genealogy (state)|Georgia]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Walker_County,_Georgia|Walker County]]''  
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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Guide to '''Walker County, Georgia ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br>
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{{Click|Image:GA_ORP.png|Georgia Online Genealogy Records}}{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Walker County
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| state = Georgia
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| founded year = 1833
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| founded date = December 18
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| seat = Lafayette
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| building address =  Walker County Courthouse]<br> 103 S Duke Street <br>Lafayette, GA 30728-0445<br> Phone: 706.638.1742&nbsp;<br> [http://www.walkerga.us/ '''Walker County Website'''] }}
  
[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>
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=== 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; Probate judge has marriage and&nbsp;probate records; County Health 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> <br><br>
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'''Walker County Superior Court'''<br>
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103 S Duke Street<br>
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PO Box 1125<br>
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LaFayette, GA 30728<br>Telephone: 706.638.1742<br>Fax: 706.638.1779<br><br>'''Walker County Probate Judge'''<br>
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103 S Duke St # 101,<br>
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LaFayette, GA 30728<br>
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Phone: 706.638.2852<br><br>
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''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>  
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'''1833'''--Walker County was created 18 December 1833 from [[Murray County, Georgia Genealogy|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 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>
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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  
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For animated maps illustrating Georgia county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/georgia/ "Rotating Formation Georgia County Boundary Maps"] (1758-1932) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
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==== Variant Spellings  ====
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
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.
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{{Fire}}'''1883.''' The courthouse at LaFayette was burned 2 February 1883 at the hands of an unknown arsonist. His target was county records which he attempted to destroy several times over the next few months, finally ending on 6 September. No county courthouse records survive prior to 1883<ref name="PKG">Paul K. Graham, ''Georgia Courthouse Disasters'' (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 55. {{WorldCat|852690295|item|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.</ref><br><br>
  
Some people who lived close to the county borders went to other counties to record events.
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{{Fire+}}
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Catoosa County, Georgia|Catoosa]]  
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[[Catoosa County, Georgia Genealogy|Catoosa County]] {{•}}
*[[Chattooga County, Georgia|Chattooga]]  
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[[Chattooga County, Georgia Genealogy|Chattooga County]] {{•}}
*[[Dade County, Georgia|Dade]]  
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[[Dade County, Georgia Genealogy|Dade County]] {{•}}
*[[DeKalb County, Alabama|DeKalb County, Alabama]]  
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[[DeKalb County, Alabama Genealogy|DeKalb County, Alabama]] {{•}}
*[[Gordon County, Georgia|Gordon]]  
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[[Gordon County, Georgia Genealogy|Gordon County]] {{•}}
*[[Hamilton County, Tennessee|Hamilton County, Tennessee]]  
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[[Hamilton County, Tennessee|Hamilton County, Tennessee]] {{•}}
*[[Whitfield County, Georgia|Whitfield]]
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[[Whitfield County, Georgia Genealogy|Whitfield County]]
  
== Resources  ==
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<center>{{ GAWalker County, Georgia Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
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== Genealogy Resources  ==
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==== Research Guides  ====
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==== African Americans  ====
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==== Bible Records  ====
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
==== Church ====
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==== Census ====
  
:*Shiloh Baptist Church Minutes at [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countywalker.html Georgia Pioneers] ($).<br>
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==== Church Records  ====
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{{GA Church Intro}}
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:*Shiloh Baptist Church Minutes at [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countywalker.html Georgia Pioneers] ($).
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
==== Land  ====
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==== Genealogy  ====
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==== Land and Property ====
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{{GA Land}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{GA History}}
  
 
:*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>
 
:*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>
  
:*''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] ($).<br>
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:*''Index for History of Walker County by James Alfred Sartain.'' Lafayette, Ga.: Cherokee Regional Library, 1978. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=22859 Ancestry] ($).
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
:*Walker County Map at [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countywalker.html Georgia Pioneers] ($).<br>
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/georgia/ Maps of Georgia (1758-1932)]
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[[Image:Gawalker.jpg|center|800px|Gawalker.jpg]]
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:*Walker County Map at [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countywalker.html Georgia Pioneers] ($).
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
===== Civil War =====
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:- [[1st Regiment, Georgia Cavalry (Confederate)|1st Regiment, Georgia Cavalry (Confederate)]], Company F and I<br>
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:- [[1st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)|1st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)]], 2d Company D
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:- [[9th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)|9th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)]], Company G
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:- [[23rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)|23rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)]], Company H
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:- [[39th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)|39th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)]], Companies E and K
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:- [[55th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)|55th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)]]
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:- [[60th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)|60th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)]], Company C
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:- Georgia [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ga/walker/military.html USGenWeb] Archives Project<br>
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*Crawley, Laura. 1986. Civil War medicine at Chickamauga Battlefield. Rossville, Georgia: Delta Genealogical Society. {{FHL|459783|item|disp=film 1421647 item 3}}<br>
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*Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Walker County). 1964. Confederate pension roll, 1890-1957. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah.&nbsp; {{FHL|275680|item|disp=film 394048}}<br>
  
====== Civil War Battle ======
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===== Civil War Battles =====
  
 
The following Civil War battles were fought in Walker County.  
 
The following Civil War battles were fought in Walker County.  
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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>
 
*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>
  
:[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/GAmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in Georgia.
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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] ($).
  
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==== Naturalization  ====
 
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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  ====
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{{GA Newspaper abstracts|Walker}}
  
===== Wills =====
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==== Occupations ====
  
:*'''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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==== Probate Records  ====
:*1866-1887 (digital images) [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countywalker.html Georgia Pioneers]
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'''Online Probate Records'''
  
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*'''1742 – 1992''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8635 Georgia Wills and Probate Records 1742-1992] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1742 – 1990''' {{RecordSearch|1999178|Georgia Probate Records 1742-1990}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] images
  
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{{GA Probate Intro}}
  
:*'''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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:*'''1883-1917''' - Index to Walker County, Georgia Wills, Volume I (1883-1917) at [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countywalker.html Georgia Pioneers] $
 
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:*'''1866-1887''' - (digital images) [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countywalker.html Georgia Pioneers] $
:*'''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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:*'''1883-1895''' - Index to Walker County, Georgia Inventories and Appraisements Book A (1883-1895) at [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countyworth.html Georgia Pioneers] $  
:*1883-1888 Index to Annual&nbsp;Returns, Vouchers,&nbsp;Book A [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countywalker.html Georgia Pioneers]
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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] $
:*1888-1892 Index to Annual Returns and Vouchers, Book B [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countywalker.html Georgia Pioneers]
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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  ====
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{{GA Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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{{GA Vital Intro}} See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/georgia/ga-vital-records/ How to order Georgia Vital Records]
  
 
===== Birth  =====
 
===== Birth  =====
  
:*'''1916-1921''' - Walker County Births (1916-1921) at [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countywalker.html Georgia Pioneers] ($).<br>
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*'''1916-1921''' - Walker County Births (1916-1921) at [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countywalker.html Georgia Pioneers] ($).
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*'''1785-1950''' - {{RecordSearch|1927197|Georgia County Marriages 1785-1950}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
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*'''1808-1967''' - {{RecordSearch|1674807|Georgia Marriages 1808-1967}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1828-1978''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4766 Georgia Marriage Records from Select Counties 1828-1978] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1699-1944''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7839 Georgia Marriages 1699-1944] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com]— index $
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*'''1882-1895''' - Walker County Marriage Index 1882-1895. Batch {{IGI|M713891}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igigeorgiamz.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/53/Igigeorgiamz.pdf]].</ref>
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===== Death Records =====
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*'''1933-1998''' - {{RecordSearch|1937238|Georgia Death Index 1933-1998}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1914-1927''' - {{RecordSearch|1320969|Georgia Deaths 1914-1927}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
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*'''1928-1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1385727|Georgia Deaths 1928-1939}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
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*'''1919-1998''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5426 Georgia Deaths 1919-1998] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1885-1886''' - Walker County Marriages from Newspapers 1885-1886 at [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countywalker.html Georgia Pioneers] ($).
  
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== Genealogy Societies and Libraries ==
  
:*'''1885-1886''' - Walker County Marriages from Newspapers 1885-1886 at [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countywalker.html Georgia Pioneers] ($).<br>
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'''Walker County Historical Society'''<br> 305 S Duke St<br> La Fayette , GA 30728-2936<br>
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[http://georgiahistory.com/ghmi_marker_updated/walker-county/ Website]<br><br>
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'''Walker County Historical Society'''<br>P.O. Box 707<br>La fayette 30728<br><br>
  
== Societies and Libraries&nbsp;  ==
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'''Delta Genealogical Society'''<br> 504 McFarland Avenue<br> Rossville, GA 30741 <br> [http://www.genealogyinc.com/georgia/walker-county/#sthash.zCQ1fNGY.dpuf Website]<br><br>
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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==== Family History Centers  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
== Web Sites ==
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== Websites ==
  
*[http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ga/county/walker/ Walker County GeorgiaGenWeb]  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/georgia/walker-county/ Walker County, GA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
*[http://usgwarchives.org/ga/walker.htm US Genweb Archives for Walker County Georgia]  
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/110185259296456584560 Georgia Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
*{{FHL|Georgia%2C+Walker|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/173266752734188/ Georgia Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]  
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/ga/walker.htm US Genweb Archives for Walker County Georgia]  
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*{{FHL|Georgia%2C+Walker|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/GA/Walker/ Walker County, Georgia Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/GA/Walker/ Walker County, Georgia Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
 
*Georgia Pioneers [http://www.georgiapioneers.com Georgia Pioneers]
 
*Georgia Pioneers [http://www.georgiapioneers.com Georgia Pioneers]

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United States Gotoarrow.png Georgia Gotoarrow.png Walker County

Guide to Walker County, Georgia ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Walker County, Georgia
Map
Map of Georgia highlighting Walker County
Location in the state of Georgia
Facts
Founded December 18, 1833
County Seat Lafayette
Courthouse
Address Walker County Courthouse]
103 S Duke Street
Lafayette, GA 30728-0445
Phone: 706.638.1742 
Walker County Website

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]

Walker County Superior Court
103 S Duke Street
PO Box 1125
LaFayette, GA 30728
Telephone: 706.638.1742
Fax: 706.638.1779

Walker County Probate Judge
103 S Duke St # 101,
LaFayette, GA 30728
Phone: 706.638.2852

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






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

For animated maps illustrating Georgia county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Georgia County Boundary Maps" (1758-1932) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Variant Spellings

Record Loss

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1883. The courthouse at LaFayette was burned 2 February 1883 at the hands of an unknown arsonist. His target was county records which he attempted to destroy several times over the next few months, finally ending on 6 September. No county courthouse records survive prior to 1883[3]

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


Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Catoosa County  • Chattooga County  • Dade County  • DeKalb County, Alabama  • Gordon County  • Hamilton County, Tennessee  • Whitfield County

Walker CountyDade CountyCatoosa CountyWhitfield CountyChattooga CountyFloyd CountyCoffee CountyMurray CountyGordon CountyBartow CountyCherokee CountyPickens CountyGilmer CountyFannin CountyCherokee CountyEtowah CountyDeKalb CountyMarshall CountyJackson CountyPolk CountyBradley CountyHamilton CountyMonroe CountyMcMinn CountyMeigs CountyMarion CountyFranklin CountyGrundy CountySequatchie CountyBledsoe CountyGAWalker.JPG


Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Cemeteries

Census

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.

Court

Genealogy

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 Walker 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.

  • 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

Gawalker.jpg

Military

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Walker County, Georgia Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Walker County, Georgia Genealogy:



- 1st Regiment, Georgia Cavalry (Confederate), Company F and I
- 1st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), 2d Company D
- 9th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company G
- 23rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company H
- 39th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies E and K
- 55th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)
- 60th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company C
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project


  • Crawley, Laura. 1986. Civil War medicine at Chickamauga Battlefield. Rossville, Georgia: Delta Genealogical Society. film 1421647 item 3
  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Walker County). 1964. Confederate pension roll, 1890-1957. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah.  film 394048
Civil War Battles

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 ($).

Naturalization

Newspapers

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

Occupations

Probate Records

Online 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).

  • 1883-1917 - Index to Walker County, Georgia Wills, Volume I (1883-1917) at Georgia Pioneers $
  • 1866-1887 - (digital images) Georgia Pioneers $
  • 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

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

Birth
Marriage Records
  • 1882-1895 - Walker County Marriage Index 1882-1895. Batch M713891 at FamilySearch - free.[6]
Death Records
Vital Record Substitutes
  • 1885-1886 - Walker County Marriages from Newspapers 1885-1886 at Georgia Pioneers ($).

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Walker County Historical Society
305 S Duke St
La Fayette , GA 30728-2936
Website

Walker County Historical Society
P.O. Box 707
La fayette 30728

Delta Genealogical Society
504 McFarland Avenue
Rossville, GA 30741
Website

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


Websites

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. Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 55. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  4. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 13 August, 2012)
  5. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 13 August, 2012)
  6. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/53/Igigeorgiamz.pdf.

 

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