Bartow County, Georgia Genealogy

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


Bartow County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Bartow County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded December 3, 1832
County Seat Cartersville
Address Bartow County Courthouse
135 W Cherokee Ave
PO Box 543
Cartersville, GA 30120-0543
Phone: 770.387.5030
Bartow County Website

County Information

Bartow County, Georgia Record Dates

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



County Courthouse

Bartow County Courthouse
135 W Cherokee Ave
Cartersville, Georgia 30120-0543
Phone: 770.387.5030

Probate Court has birth, marriage and probate records; Clerk superior Court has divorce records from 1862, court records from 1869, land records from 1837 and military discharge records.[1]

Clerk of Superior Court
135 W. Cherokee Ave.
Suite 233
Cartersville, GA 30120
Phone: (770) 387-5025
Fax: (770) 387-5611

Probate Court of Bartow County
135 West Cherokee Avenue, Suite 243A
Cartersville, GA 30120
Phone: 770-387-5075


Parent County 

1832--Originally named Cass County, Bartow County was created 3 December 1832 from Cherokee County territory. Cass County, Georgia, existed from 1832-1861 at which time it was renamed Bartow County. County seat:  Cartersville [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

1864 During the American Civil War the Cass County (now Bartow County) Courthouse was destroyed on 30 October. Many records were saved, including marriages, deeds, and estate papers.[3]

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


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Cherokee  • Cobb  • Floyd  • Gordon  • Paulding  • Pickens  • Polk

Bartow CountyCherokee CountyPickens CountyDawson CountyGilmer CountyGordon CountyMurray CountyWhitfield CountyWalker CountyChattooga CountyFloyd CountyForsyth CountyPolk CountyHaralson CountyCarroll CountyPaulding CountyCobb CountyDouglas CountyFulton CountyDeKalb CountyGwinnett  CountyGABartow.JPG

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records


Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
GAGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
GAGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Georgia Cemeteries for more information.


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.


Cassville Methodist Church

  • 1887-1916 - Cassville Methodist Church Baptism Index 1887-1916. Batch C712071 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1892-1894 - Cassville Methodist Church Marriage Index 1892-1894. Batch M712071 at FamilySearch - free.[4]



Mailing Lists
  • GA-Roots A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in Georgia. (Rootsweb)

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 Bartow 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.

  • Cunyus, Lucy Josephine. The History of Bartow County: Formerly Cass. Cartersville, Ga.: Printed by Tribune Pub. Co., c1933. Digital version at Ancestry ($).




Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Bartow 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 Bartow County, Georgia Genealogy:

- 1st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), 1st and 2nd Companies E
- 14th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company K
- 18th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies F, G, H and K
- 19th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company K
- 22nd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company G
- 23rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company A
- 36th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Broyles') (Confederate), Company D
- 40th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies B and H
- 41st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company C
- 54th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)
- 60th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies H and K
- 63rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company I
- Military - Civil War - Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project

The Civil War was a watershed moment in the lives of Cass/Bartow Countians. The following work explores why the Civil War impacted the community; Civil War and Reconstruction Era, Cass/Bartow County, Georgia.

Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battles were fought in Bartow County.

Map showing Civil War battles in Georgia.



Newspapers Extracts and Abstracts

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


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).

Additional Probate Records
  • 1853-1866 - Index to Bartow County, Georgia Inventories, Appraisements, Distributions, Sale Bills Vol. A at Georgia Pioneers ($).
  • 1853-1856 - Index to Bartow County, Georgia Annual Returns, Guardians, Executors, Administrators Book H at Georgia Pioneers ($).
  • 1856-1862 - Index to Bartow County, Georgia Annual Returns, Guardians, Executors, Administrators Book I at Georgia Pioneers ($).
  • 1860-1863 - Index to Bartow County, Georgia Annual Returns, Guardians, Executors, Administrators Book K at Georgia Pioneers ($).
  • 1866-1895 - Index to Bartow County, Georgia Inventories, Appraisements, Distributions, Sale Bills, Vol. B at Georgia Pioneers ($).
  • 1867-1870 - Index to Bartow County, Georgia Annual Returns, Guardians, Executors, Administrators Book M at Georgia Pioneers ($).


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

  • 1836-1869 - Bartow County Marriage Books B thru E Index 1836-1869. Batch M712061 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1869-1882 - Bartow County Marriage Books F and G Index 1869-1882. Batch M712062 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1882-1889 - Bartow County Marriage Book H Index 1882-1889. Batch M712063 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1889-1895 - Bartow County Marriage Books I and J Index 1889-1895. Batch M712064 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1879-1880 - Bartow County, Georgia Genealogy Mortality Schedules at Ancestry ($).
Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Bartow County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 993
Cartersville, Georgia, 30120-0993

Etowah Valley Family Tree Climbers (Bartow County)
P.O. Box 1886
Cartersville 30120

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.



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bartow County, Georgia. Page 151 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), 15. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "vr" defined multiple times with different content
  5. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 13 August, 2012)
  6. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 13 August, 2012)