Fulton County, Georgia Genealogy

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Fulton County

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


Fulton County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Fulton County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded December 20, 1853
County Seat Atlanta
Address Fulton County Courthouse
136 Pryor Sreet SW
Atlanta, GA 30303-3405
Phone: 404.730.5300
Fulton County Website

County Information

Fulton County, Georgia Record Dates

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



County Courthouse

Fulton County Georgia Courthouse.jpg

Fulton County Courthouse
136 Pryor Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30303-3405
Phone: 404.730.5300

Probate Court has marriage and probate records. Clerk Superior has divorce, court and land records from 1854.[1]

Clerk of Superior Court
136 Pryor Street S.W., Room 106
Atlanta, GA 30303
Telephone: (404) 613-5313
Fax: (404) 332-0391

Probate Court of Fulton County
T2705 Justice Center Tower
185 Central Avenue, SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Telephone: 404-612-4640


Parent County

1853--Fulton County was created 20 December 1853 from DeKalb, Campbell and Milton (became part of Fulton County  in 1932) Counties.
County seat:  Atlanta [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 MapofUS.org website.

Variant Spellings

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.[3]


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Cherokee County  • Clayton County  • Cobb County  • Coweta County  • DeKalb County  • Douglas County  • Fayette County  • Forsyth County  • Gwinnett County

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Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records


  • Grizzle, R. L. Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia [database on-line]. Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 1999. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
GAGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
GAGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Georgia Interment
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.

  • Semi-centennial History of the Second Baptist Church of Atlanta, Georgia, November 27-30, 1904. Atlanta: Foote & Davies Co., Printers, Binders, 1904?. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Nancy Creek Minutes and Memberships 1824-1833 Georgia Pioneers ($)
  • First Baptist church of Atlanta Georgia Pioneers ($)
  • Druid Hills Baptist Church of Atlanta Georgia Pioneers ($)
  • Trinity Methodist Church  of Atlanta Georgia Pioneers ($)

LDS Ward and Branch Records



  • 1867 - Barnwell, V. T. Barnwell's Atlanta City Directory, and Strangers' Guide: Also, A General Firemen's, Church, Masonic, and Odd-fellows' Record. Atlanta: Intelligencer Book and Job Office, 1867. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • 1889 - Atlanta City Directory, 1889. Atlanta, GA: R. L. Polk and Co., 1889. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • 1890 - Atlanta City Directory, 1890. Atlanta, GA: R. L. Polk and Co., 1890. Digital version at Ancestry ($).


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 Fulton 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.

  • Allen, Ivan. Atlanta from the Ashes. Atlanta, Ga.: Ruralist Press, 1929. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Allen, Ivan. The Atlanta Spirit: Altitude + Attitude. Atlanta, Ga.: I. Allen-Marshall Co., 1948. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Atlanta, A City of the Modern South. New York: Smith & Durrell, c1942. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Atlanta Centennial Year Book: 1837-1937. Atlanta?: G. Murphy, 1937. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Clarke, Edward Young. Atlanta Illustrated: Containing Glances at Its Population, Business, Manufactures, Industries, Institutions, Society, Healthfulness, Architecture, and Advantages Generally, with 150 Ullustrations and a Lithographic Map of the City. Atlanta, Ga.: J.P. Harrison & Co., 1881. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Cooper, Walter G. Official History of Fulton County. Atlanta: W.W. Brown Pub. Co., c1934. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Hand Book of the City of Atlanta: A Comprehensive Review of the City's Commercial, Industrial and Residential Conditions. Atlanta, Ga.: Southern Industrial Pub. Co., 1898. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Hornady, John R. Atlanta, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. unknown: American Cities Book Co., 1922. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • History of Atlanta, Georgia: With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers. Syracuse, N.Y.: D. Mason & Co., 1889. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Ivey, John E. Building Atlanta's Future: by John E. Ivey, Jr., Nicholas J. Demerath, Woodrow W. Breland. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, c1948. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Martin, Thomas H. Atlanta and Its Builders: A Comprehensive History of the Gate City of the South. Atlanta: Century Memorial Pub. Co., 1902. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Pioneer Citizens' History of Atlanta: 1833-1902. Atlanta, Ga.: Pioneer Citizens' Society of Atlanta, 1902. Digital version at Ancestry ($).




Civil War

During the period of the Civil War, the area now known as Fulton County was composed of three counties; Campbell and Milton Counties became part of Fulton County in 1932.

Online Records

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

Campbell Area Campbell County, Georgia

- 10th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company I
- 19th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company C
- 21st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company A
- 27th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company E
- 28th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company E
- 30th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies F, G and K
- 35th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies C and E
- 37th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company I
- 41st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company K
- 56th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company A
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project

Fulton Area

- 1st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), 2d Company C and Company D
- 1st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Ramsey's) (Confederate), Company F
- 1st Regiment, Georgia Regulars (Confederate), Company L
- 7th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies B and K
- 8th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company F
- 9th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company F
- 19th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies A and B
- 20th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company F
- 21st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company C
- 37th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company I and Company C, 3d Battalion
- 42nd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies I and K
- 56th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company E
- 64th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Companies A, C, E and K
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project (other wars' information is also given)

Milton Area Milton County, Georgia

- 22nd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company E
- 25th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company C
- 42nd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company C
- 56th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company G
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project (other wars' information is also given)

Rosters of Confederate Soldiers from Fulton County Georgia Pioneers ($)

Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battles were fought in Fulton County.

Map showing Civil War battles in Georgia.



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

  • 1868, 1875-1876, 1895 - The Constitution (Atlanta, Ga.). Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • 1870-1924 - The Atlanta Constitution (Atlanta, Ga.). Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • 1876-1879 - The Daily Constitution (Atlanta, Ga.). Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • 1904-1928 - Atlanta Independent - an African-American newspaper; full-text digital issues in Google News Archive; covers 1904-1928.


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).


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

Marriage Records
Death Records
Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Athens Historical Society
P.O. Box 1752
Athens 30603

Atlanta Historical Society
P.O. Box 12423
Atlanta 30355

Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
Phone: 404.814.4000
Monday – Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Gardens & Grounds close at 5:15 PM

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), Fulton County, Georgia. Page 155 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), 32. 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. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 13 August, 2012)
  7. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 13 August, 2012)
  8. 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.

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