Fayette County, Georgia Genealogy
Guide to Fayette County, Georgia ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Fayette County, Georgia|
Location in the state of Georgia
|Founded||May 15, 1821|
|Address|| Fayette County Courthouse|
200 Courthouse Square
Fayetteville, GA 30214-2198
Fayette County Website
- 1 County Information
- 2 County Courthouse
- 3 Places/Localities
- 4 Genealogy Resources
- 4.1 Research Guides
- 4.2 African Americans
- 4.3 Bible Records
- 4.4 Cemeteries
- 4.5 Census
- 4.6 Church Records
- 4.7 Court
- 4.8 Genealogy
- 4.9 Land and Property
- 4.10 Local Histories
- 4.11 Maps
- 4.12 Military
- 4.13 Naturalization
- 4.14 Newspapers
- 4.15 Occupations
- 4.16 Probate Records
- 4.17 Taxation
- 4.18 Vital Records
- 5 Genealogy Societies and Libraries
- 6 Websites
- 7 References
Fayette County, Georgia Record Dates
Fayette County Courthouse
200 Courthouse Square
Fayetteville, GA 30214-2198
Probate Court has birth, marriage, death and probate records. Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records. 
Clerk of Superior Court
One Center Drive
P.O. Box 130
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Telephone: (770) 716-4290
Fax: (770) 716-4868
Probate Court of Fayette County
One Center Drive NE
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Work Phone: 770-716-4220
Fayette county's original courthouse was built in 1825 and is the oldest standing courthouse in Georgia. It is located at the intersections of GA Highways 85 and 54, "on the Square." Read more about it here: former Fayette Courthouse History
1821--Fayette County was created 15 May 1821 from Creek Indian Lands.
County seat: Fayetteville 
Several neighboring counties were created in part from Fayette County lands: DeKalb (1822), Campbell (1828 - consolidated with Fulton County in 1932), Spalding (1851) and Clayton (1858). 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.
1983 -- 11 April 1983 the upper floors of the Courthouse at Fayetteville burned, but the no records were harmed in the vault in the basement.
The main cities and towns in Fayette county are Brooks, Fayetteville (county seat) Peachtree City, Tyrone and Woolsey.
Fayette county contains dozens of church, family and municipal cemeties in various states of upkeep. Many of the cemeteries are being transcribed and are available online:
- Findagrave.com Georgia Cemetery Search Results [www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi Cemetery Search]
- Billiongraves.com Search Billion Graves
- Rootsweb: FAYETTE COUNTY, GEORGIA CEMETERIES
- The GA Genweb Tombstone Transcription Project Fayette Co., GA-Tombstone Transcription Project
- For a more complete list, see Linkpendium's Fayette County Georgia: Cemeteries page: Fayette cementeries
|Tombstone Transcriptions Online||Tombstone Transcriptions in Print||List of Cemeteries in the county|
|Findagrave.com||Family History Library||Findagrave.com|
|See Georgia Cemeteries for more information.|
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.
Fayetteville Baptist Church
- 1903 - Fayetteville Baptist Church Baptism Index 1903. Batch C712801 at FamilySearch - free.
Fayetteville Methodist Church
- 1869-1885 - Fayetteville Methodist Church Marriage Index 1869-1885. Batch C712811 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
- 1869-1895 - Fayetteville Methodist Church Marriage Index 1869-1895. Batch M712811 at FamilySearch - free.
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.
Deeds - Early deeds are available online at Fayette Clerk On the left under the Main Menu click Property Index Search. Under Disclaimer select "CLICK TO ACCEPT THE DISCLAIMER AND PROCEED TO THE WEBSITE" From the top menu select "Online Index Books". You can search the Grantor/Grantee Index first or if you know the book and page number you can enter that on the right hand side under "Search Record Book".
Local histories are available for Fayette 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.
- Georgia Military - USGenWeb Archives Project
- 1861-1865 - Georgia Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865 at FamilySearch — index
- 1861-1865 - Georgia Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865 at FamilySearch — index
- 1861-1865 - U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865 at Ancestry — index (free)
- 1861-1865 - U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865 at Ancestry — index (free)
Regiments. Service men in Fayette 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 Fayette County, Georgia Genealogy:
- - 10th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company I
- - 13th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company F
- - 27th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company E
- - 28th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company E
- - 30th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company H
- - 44th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company G
- - 53rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company C
- - Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project
- Fayette County Historical Society, and Carolyn C. Cary. 1977. The history of Fayette County, 1821-1971. [Fayetteville, Ga.]: Fayette County Historical Society. (page 344,350,354,356,359,362,365,371) 975.8426 H2h, Film 1036079 item 7
- Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Fayette County). 1960. Pension 1861-1949, and, Soldiers' roll 1861-1865. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Film 209420
Newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Fayette County, Georgia Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:
- FamilySearch Catalog. Do a Place search for Fayette County, Georgia Genealogy to find these and other records in the FamilySearch Catalog (For instructions see FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search).
Online Probate Records
- 1742–1992 Georgia Wills and Probate Records 1742-1992 at Ancestry.com — index and images $
- 1742–1990 Georgia Probate Records 1742-1990 at FamilySearch.org images
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.
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).
- 1828-1897 - Wills 1828-1897 (abstracts) Georgia Pioneers $
- 1830-1850 - Wills 1830-1850 (abstracts) Georgia Pioneers $
- 1837-1845, 1851-1856 - Mixed Records, inventories, returns, etc. 1837-1845; 1851-1856 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 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..
- 1699 - 1944 - Georgia Marriages 1699-1944 at Ancestry.com— index $
- 1754 - 1960 - Georgia Church Marriages, 1754-1960 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1785 - 1950 - Georgia County Marriages 1785-1950 at FamilySearch.org — index and images
- 1787 - 1962 - Georgia, Church Marriages, 1787-1962 at FamilySearch — index
- 1808 - 1967 - Georgia Marriages 1808-1967 at FamilySearch.org — index
- 1828 - 1978 - Georgia Marriage Records from Select Counties 1828-1978 at Ancestry.com — index and images $
- 1823 - 1849 - Fayette County Marriage Books A and B Index 1823-1849. Batch M712791 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1849 - 1881 - Fayette County Marriage Books C and E Index 1849-1881. Batch M712792 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
- 1881 - 1892 - Fayette County Marriage Book F Index 1881-1892. Batch M712793 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
- 1892 - 1912 - Fayette County Marriage Books G and H Index 1892-1912. Batch M712794 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1859-60, 1869-70, 1879-80 - Fayette County, Georgia Genealogy Mortality Schedules at Ancestry $
- 1914 - 1927 - Georgia Deaths 1914-1927 at FamilySearch.org — index and images
- 1919 - 1998 - Georgia Deaths 1919-1998 at Ancestry.com — index $
- 1928 - 1939 - Georgia Deaths 1928-1939 at FamilySearch.org — index and images
- 1933 - 1998 - Georgia Death Index 1933-1998 at FamilySearch.org — index
The Georgia Archives has a few "Georgia Death Certificates from 1919 through 1927. The collection also includes a number of certificates from 1914-1918, with the bulk dating from 1917 and 1918.
The Georgia Archives would like to thank the Genealogical Society of Utah for their partnership in scanning and indexing these records." Search them here: Georgia Death Certificates - Georgia's Virtual Vault
The Georgia Archives maintains a "Virtual Vault" of digitized records. They can be found here: Georgia Archives
Vital Record Substitutes
Because Georgia did not require statewide recording of birth records until 1919, the WWI and WWII Draft Registration cards are an excellent alternative for men born between the years 1886 and 1896 for the WWI draft and 1877 and 1900 for the WWII "Old Man's Draft."
Search the WWI Draft here: United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
The WWII draft cards are available at ancestry.com - U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 - Search $ and at fold3.com - Search WWII "Old Man's Draft" Registration Cards at Fold3 $
Genealogy Societies and Libraries
The Fayette County Historical Society is an active organization in Fayetteville. You can learn more about them here: Fayette Historical Society
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.
There are two LDS Family History Centers near Fayette County, Georgia:
The Jonesboro Family History Center:
The Newnan Family History Center:
- Fayette County, GA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy
- Georgia Genealogy Network Community on Google+
- Georgia Genealogy Network Group on Facebook
- USGenWeb Fayette County, Georgia project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
- FamilySearch Catalog
- Fayette County, Georgia Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- Georgia Pioneers Georgia Pioneers
- The New Georgia Encyclopedia has an excellent thumbnail sketch of Fayette county here: Georgia Encyclopedia Articles Fayette County
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Fayette County, Georgia. Page 155 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- "Fayette County, Georgia," Wikipedia.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 31. At various libraries (WorldCat).
- 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.