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Guide to '''DeKalb 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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| county = DeKalb County
 
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| state = Georgia
 
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| founded year = 9 December 1822<REF>Bryant, Pat, and Ingrid Shields. 1983. ''Georgia counties, their changing boundaries''. Atlanta: State Print. Office. </REF>
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| founded year = 9 December 1822<ref>Bryant, Pat, and Ingrid Shields. 1983. ''Georgia counties, their changing boundaries''. Atlanta: State Print. Office. </ref>
 
| parent county = [[Henry County, Georgia]]<br/>[[Gwinnett County, Georgia]]<br/>[[Fayette County, Georgia]]<br/>[[Newton County, Georgia]]
 
| parent county = [[Henry County, Georgia]]<br/>[[Gwinnett County, Georgia]]<br/>[[Fayette County, Georgia]]<br/>[[Newton County, Georgia]]
 
| seat wl = Decatur
 
| seat wl = Decatur
 
| building address = 556 North McDonough Street</br>Decatur, Georgia 30030
 
| building address = 556 North McDonough Street</br>Decatur, Georgia 30030
 
| web = co.dekalb.ga.us
 
| web = co.dekalb.ga.us
| named for = The county is named after Revolutionary War hero Johann de Kalb (1721-1780), a German baron.<REF>"DeKalb County, Georgia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia." Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Aug. 2011. <HTTP: en.wikipedia.org="" wiki="" dekalb_county,_georgia=""></HTTP:></REF>
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| named for = The county is named after Revolutionary War hero Johann de Kalb (1721-1780), a German baron.<ref>"DeKalb County, Georgia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia." Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Aug. 2011. <http: dekalb_county,_georgia="" wiki="" en.wikipedia.org=""></http:></ref>
 
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== County Information ==
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=== DeKalb County, Georgia Record Dates ===
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Birth|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Marriage_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Death_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1842<br>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1830<br>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1842<br>
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
[http://www.co.dekalb.ga.us/ DeKalb County Courthouse]<br>1300 Commerce Drive;<br>Decatur, GA 30030-3356<br>Phone: 404.371.2881 <br><br>Clerk Superior Couert has divorce, court and land records from 1842;<br>Probate Court has marriage and probate records from 1842<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), DeKalb County, Georgia. Page 154 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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[http://www.co.dekalb.ga.us/ DeKalb County Courthouse]<br>1300 Commerce Drive;<br>Decatur, GA 30030-3356<br>Phone: 404.371.2881 <br><br>Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records from 1842; Probate Court has marriage and probate records from 1842.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), DeKalb County, Georgia. Page 154 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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<br>'''Clerk of Superior Court'''<br>
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556 N. McDonough St.<br>
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Judicial Tower Annex Room G-130<br>
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Decatur, GA 30030<br>
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Telephone: (404) 371-2836<br>
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Fax: (404) 371-4492<br>
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'''Probate Court of DeKalb County'''<br>
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1100 Judicial Tower<br>
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556 North McDonough Street<br>
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Decatur,  GA  30030<br>
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Telephone:  404 371-2718<br>
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Fax:  404-371-7055<br>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
DeKalb County was created on 9 December 1822 from portions of [[Fayette County, Georgia|Fayette]], [[Gwinnett County, Georgia|Gwinnett]], and [[Henry County, Georgia|Henry]] Counties. It gained additional land from these counties during the 1820s as well as from [[Newton County, Georgia|Newton]] County. DeKalb County gave up land to [[Campbell County, Georgia|Campbell]], [[Cherokee County, Georgia|Cherokee]], [[Coweta County, Georgia|Coweta]], [[Fulton County, Georgia|Fulton]], [[Gwinnett County, Georgia|Gwinnett]], [[Milton County, Georgia|Milton]], and [[Rockdale County, Georgia|Rockdale]] Counties throughout the 19th century.<ref>Bryant, Pat, and Ingrid Shields. 1983. ''Georgia counties, their changing boundaries''. Atlanta: State Print. Office.</ref>  
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DeKalb County was created on 9 December 1822 from portions of [[Fayette County, Georgia Genealogy|Fayette]], [[Gwinnett County, Georgia Genealogy|Gwinnett]], and [[Henry County, Georgia Genealogy|Henry]] Counties. It gained additional land from these counties during the 1820s as well as from [[Newton County, Georgia Genealogy|Newton]] County. DeKalb County gave up land to [[Campbell County, Georgia Genealogy|Campbell]], [[Cherokee County, Georgia Genealogy|Cherokee]], [[Coweta County, Georgia Genealogy|Coweta]], [[Fulton County, Georgia Genealogy|Fulton]], [[Gwinnett County, Georgia Genealogy|Gwinnett]], [[Milton County, Georgia Genealogy|Milton]], and [[Rockdale County, Georgia Genealogy|Rockdale]] Counties throughout the 19th century.<ref>Bryant, Pat, and Ingrid Shields. 1983. ''Georgia counties, their changing boundaries''. Atlanta: State Print. Office.</ref>  
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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.
  
 
For more information see [http://www.sos.ga.gov/archives/what_do_we_have/GA_Counties_Their_Changing_Boundaries.pdf Georgia Counties: Their Changing Boundaries] (Georgia Archives)  
 
For more information see [http://www.sos.ga.gov/archives/what_do_we_have/GA_Counties_Their_Changing_Boundaries.pdf Georgia Counties: Their Changing Boundaries] (Georgia Archives)  
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==== Variant Spellings  ====
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
'''9 January 1842''' - DeKalb County Courthouse burned and supposedly all records were destroyed, except one record book for the Superior Court.<ref>Price, Vivian. 1997. ''History of DeKalb County, Georgia, 1822-1900''. Fernandina Beach, FL: Wolfe Pub. Co.</ref> This book is available at the [[DeKalb History Center|DeKalb History Center]]. A handful of records recorded after the fire for pre-fire events are also available.<br>
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{{Fire}}'''1842'''   The DeKalb County Courthouse burned on 9 January and all records were destroyed, except one minute book for the Superior Court, and one minute book for the Inferior Court.<ref>Vivian Price, ''History of DeKalb County, Georgia, 1822-1900'' (Fernandina Beach, FL: Wolfe Pub. Co. This book is available at the [[DeKalb History Center|DeKalb History Center]], 1997).</ref> <ref name="PKG">Paul K. Graham, ''Georgia Courthouse Disasters'' (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 26-27. {{WorldCat|852690295|item|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.</ref> A handful of records recorded after the fire for pre-fire events are also available.<br>  
  
<span style="font-weight: bold">13 September 1916</span>'''- '''DeKalb County Courthouse burned again but damage was mostly limited to cases being tried during that time. <br>
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'''1916''' The newer DeKalb County Courthouse burned on 13 September, but damage to records was limited thanks to a fire-proof vault.<ref name="PKG" /> <br>  
  
For further information on researching in burned counties, see&nbsp;[[Burned Counties Research|Burned Counties Research]].<span style="text-decoration: underline" />[http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424 <br>]
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== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
  
 
*'''Cities:''' Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Stone Mountain.
 
*'''Cities:''' Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Stone Mountain.
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Clayton County, Georgia|Clayton]]  
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[[Clayton County, Georgia Genealogy|Clayton]] {{•}}
*[[Fulton County, Georgia|Fulton]]  
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[[Fulton County, Georgia Genealogy|Fulton]] {{•}}
*[[Gwinnett County, Georgia|Gwinnett]]  
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[[Gwinnett County, Georgia Genealogy|Gwinnett]] {{•}}
*[[Henry County, Georgia|Henry]]  
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[[Henry County, Georgia Genealogy|Henry]] {{•}}
*[[Rockdale County, Georgia|Rockdale]]
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[[Rockdale County, Georgia Genealogy|Rockdale]]
  
== Resources  ==
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<center>{{ GADeKalb County, Georgia Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
  
This article focuses on records created at the county and city level. The research guides for [[Georgia (state)|Georgia]] and the [[United States|United States]] should be consulted for additional resources that may be available for this geographic area.
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== Genealogy Resources  ==
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==== Research Guides  ====
  
 
==== African Americans  ====
 
==== African Americans  ====
  
*[http://www.dekalbhistory.org/FreedmanRecord.htm Register of Free Persons of Color, Freeman record] ([[DeKalb History Center|DeKalb History Center]]) - provides the names, ages, birth places, residences, and brief descriptions of all free African-Americans residing in DeKalb County from 1851-1864.<br>
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*[http://www.dekalbhistory.org/FreedmanRecord.htm Register of Free Persons of Color, Freeman record] ([[DeKalb History Center|DeKalb History Center]]) - provides the names, ages, birth places, residences, and brief descriptions of all free African-Americans residing in DeKalb County from 1851-1864.
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==== Bible Records  ====
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*[http://usgwarchives.net/ga/dekalb/cemetery.html DeKalb County Cemeteries] (Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project) - Provides a partial list of DeKalb cemeteries along with location information and transcriptions.<br>
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{{GA Cemeteries Intro| DeKalb}}
*[http://research.dekalbhistory.org/cdb/index.asp Cemetery Database] ([[DeKalb History Center|DeKalb History Center]]) - On-line database of Frank Garrett's 1930s cemetery records for DeKalb County. Records are indexed by surname and cemetery name.<br>
 
*[http://dekalbhistory.org/documents/CemeteryCollection.pdf Cemeteries Collection] ([[DeKalb History Center|DeKalb History Center]]) - A collection of photographs documenting approximately 40 cemeteries.<br>
 
*[http://dekalbhistory.org/Cemeteries_000.htm Cemetery Subject Files] ([[DeKalb History Center|DeKalb History Center]]) - Listing of cemetery subject files available at the [[DeKalb History Center|DeKalb History Center]].
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=12&CScnty=426 Find a Grave] - User-submitted data and photographs of DeKalb cemeteries.
 
  
Individual Cemeteries:  
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{| style = "border:1px solid black; width:60%; "
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of DeKalb, Georgia''' online and in print</center>
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=159768 Stone Mountain Cemetery, Stone Mountain] BillionGraves
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*[http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=12&GScnty=426&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gadekal2/dekalb%20records.htm GAGenWeb]
  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F740328 Methodist Episcopal Church Records, 1854-1965] (FamilySearch) - Includes membership, baptisms, and marriages for&nbsp;Clarkston, Wesley Chapel, Belmont, and Tucker churches.<br>
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/ga/dekalb/cemetery.html GAGenWeb Archives]
*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F487310 Rehoboth Baptist Church Records, 1854-1932] (Family Search) - Microfilm of original records held at the [[Georgia State Archives|Georgia Archives]].<br>
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*[http://dekalbhistory.org/Religion.htm Religion Subject Files] (DeKalb History Center) - Listing of available subject files for DeKalb County churches.<br>
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/georgia/dekalb.html Tombstone Project]
*[http://dekalbhistory.org/PhotographSubjectFiles.htm#boxeight Photograph Subject Files] (DeKalb History Center) - Listing of available photographs of DeKalb County churches.<br>
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*[http://dekalbhistory.org/documents/RedanUnitedMethodistChurchCollection.pdf Redan United Methodist Church Records, 1894-1994] (DeKalb History Center) - Church conference and various committee records.<br>
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/#/ Billion Graves]
*[http://dekalbhistory.org/documents/CovenantPresbyterianChurch.pdf Covenant Presbyterian Church Records, 1972-1973] (DeKalb History Center) - Church bulletins and correspondence for this Clarkston, Georgia congregation.<br>
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>''' TombstoneTranscriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
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*{{FHL|548202|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[https://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=DeKalb%2C+Georgia+cemeteries+ WorldCat]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=12&CScnty=426 Findagrave.com]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Georgia&county=DeKalb&cemetery_name=a Billion Graves]
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=7908&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=35&stateAbbv=&stateName= DeKalb County Cemeteries]
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*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/georgia-cemetery-records.htm Georgia Cemetery Records]
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The following web site may have additional information on DeKalb County cemeteries.
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/GA/ Interment.net] Georgia cemetery records
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==== Census  ====
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==== Church Records  ====
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{{GA Church Intro}}
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F740328 Methodist Episcopal Church Records, 1854-1965] (FamilySearch) - Includes membership, baptisms, and marriages for&nbsp;Clarkston, Wesley Chapel, Belmont, and Tucker churches.<br>  
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F487310 Rehoboth Baptist Church Records, 1854-1932] (Family Search) - Microfilm of original records held at the [[Georgia State Archives|Georgia Archives]].<br>  
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*[http://dekalbhistory.org/Religion.htm Religion Subject Files] (DeKalb History Center) - Listing of available subject files for DeKalb County churches.<br>  
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*[http://dekalbhistory.org/PhotographSubjectFiles.htm#boxeight Photograph Subject Files] (DeKalb History Center) - Listing of available photographs of DeKalb County churches.<br>  
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*[http://dekalbhistory.org/documents/RedanUnitedMethodistChurchCollection.pdf Redan United Methodist Church Records, 1894-1994] (DeKalb History Center) - Church conference and various committee records.<br>  
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*[http://dekalbhistory.org/documents/CovenantPresbyterianChurch.pdf Covenant Presbyterian Church Records, 1972-1973] (DeKalb History Center) - Church bulletins and correspondence for this Clarkston, Georgia congregation.
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
*[http://research.dekalbhistory.org/SuperiorCourt/index.asp DeKalb County Superior Court Minutes/Book A, 1836-1843] (DeKalb History Center) - Index of all cases tried by the Superior Court during this time period, case records available at the DeKalb History Center.  
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*[http://dekalbhistory.org/Reference_and_Periodicals.htm DeKalb County Superior Court Minutes/Book A, 1836-1843] (DeKalb History Center) - Index of all cases tried by the Superior Court during this time period, case records available at the DeKalb History Center.  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F397331 Index of DeKalb Inferior Court Records, 1823-1859] (FamilySearch)<br>
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F397331 Index of DeKalb Inferior Court Records, 1823-1859] (FamilySearch)<br>  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F235127 DeKalb County Minutes of Ordinary Court and Inferior Court, 1823-1901] (FamilySearch) - includes index.<br>
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F235127 DeKalb County Minutes of Ordinary Court and Inferior Court, 1823-1901] (FamilySearch) - includes index.<br>  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F235160 DeKalb County Superior Court Minutes, 1836-1905] (FamilySearch) - includes index.<br>
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F235160 DeKalb County Superior Court Minutes, 1836-1905] (FamilySearch) - includes index.<br>  
*[http://dekalbhistory.org/documents/DecaturCityCourt.pdf Decatur City Court Minute Books, 1923-1956 ](DeKalb History Center) - Incomplete records from this time period, specific dates listed in finding aid. <br>
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*[http://dekalbhistory.org/documents/DecaturCityCourt.pdf Decatur City Court Minute Books, 1923-1956 ](DeKalb History Center) - Incomplete records from this time period, specific dates listed in finding aid. <br>  
*[http://dekalbhistory.org/Reference_and_Periodicals.htm DeKalb County Civil Court Criminal Docket Book, 1957] (DeKalb History Center) <br>
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*[http://dekalbhistory.org/Reference_and_Periodicals.htm DeKalb County Civil Court Criminal Docket Book, 1957] (DeKalb History Center) <br>  
*[http://dekalbhistory.org/Reference_and_Periodicals.htm DeKalb County Justice of the Peace Records, 1880-1960] (DeKalb History Center) - Contains civil proceedings and criminal suits by multiple justices.<br>
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*[http://dekalbhistory.org/Reference_and_Periodicals.htm DeKalb County Justice of the Peace Records, 1880-1960] (DeKalb History Center) - Contains civil proceedings and criminal suits by multiple justices.<br>  
*[http://dekalbhistory.org/documents/DeKalbSuperiorCourtRecords.pdf DeKalb County Superior Court Records, 1860-1910] (DeKalb History Center)<br>
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*[http://dekalbhistory.org/documents/DeKalbSuperiorCourtRecords.pdf DeKalb County Superior Court Records, 1860-1910] (DeKalb History Center)
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==== Land and Property  ====
  
==== Land ====
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{{GA Land}}
  
 
Deed books and indexes that survived the courthouse fires are available on the ground floor of the DeKalb County Courthouse in the Clerk of the Superior Court, Real Estate Division. Land records found at the courthouse date from approximately 1840 to the present, beginning with Deed Book L.  
 
Deed books and indexes that survived the courthouse fires are available on the ground floor of the DeKalb County Courthouse in the Clerk of the Superior Court, Real Estate Division. Land records found at the courthouse date from approximately 1840 to the present, beginning with Deed Book L.  
  
*[http://research.dekalbhistory.org/LandLottery/index.asp 1821 Georgia Land Lottery for DeKalb County Indexes] (DeKalb History Center) - Lottery winners are indexed by Grantee, County of Residence, Military District, and Land District. <br>
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F235164 Deeds and mortgages, 1842-1905, with grantee and grantor index, 1840-1910] (FamilySearch)<br>  
*[http://research.dekalbhistory.org/LandRecords/index.asp Index of DeKalb County Land Records, 1821-1903] (DeKalb History Center) - Limited to transfers of 50 or more acres with some exceptions, index by grantor, grantee, and land lot.
 
*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F235164 Deeds and mortgages, 1842-1905, with grantee and grantor index, 1840-1910] (FamilySearch)<br>
 
 
*[http://dekalbhistory.org/documents/DeKalbCountyLandTitleAbstracts.pdf DeKalb County Land Title Abstracts] (DeKalb History Center) - Finding aid includes list of surnames and land lots.  
 
*[http://dekalbhistory.org/documents/DeKalbCountyLandTitleAbstracts.pdf DeKalb County Land Title Abstracts] (DeKalb History Center) - Finding aid includes list of surnames and land lots.  
*[http://usgwarchives.net/ga/dekalb/deeds.html Selected Deeds] (Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project)<br>
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/ga/dekalb/deeds.html Selected Deeds] (Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project)
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1132190 ''The history of DeKalb County, Georgia&nbsp;: 1822-1900''] by Vivian Price - Includes maps and an index.<br>
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{{GA History}}
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1132190 ''The history of DeKalb County, Georgia&nbsp;: 1822-1900''] by Vivian Price - Includes maps and an index.<br>  
 
*''Historic DeKalb County: An Illustrated History'' by Vivian Price<br>
 
*''Historic DeKalb County: An Illustrated History'' by Vivian Price<br>
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
*[http://research.dekalbhistory.org/04_b.html DeKalb County Militia District Map] (DeKalb History Center)
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[[Image:Gadekalb.jpg|center|900px|Gadekalb.jpg]]  
*[http://dekalbhistory.org/MapCollection.htm Map Collection, 1730-2004] (DeKalb History Center) - Includes Sanborn, topographical, state, city, and county maps.
 
*[http://cdm.sos.state.ga.us/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/cmf&CISOPTR=99&CISOBOX=1&REC=3 1867 Map of DeKalb County] (Georgia Archives)
 
  
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/georgia/ Maps of Georgia (1758-1932)] 
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*[http://dekalbhistory.org/MapCollection.htm Map Collection, 1730-2004] (DeKalb History Center) - Includes Sanborn, topographical, state, city, and county maps.
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
*[http://cdm.sos.state.ga.us/cdm4/TestApps.php Confederate Pension Applications, 1879-1960] (Georgia Archives) - Digitized images of applications and supporting materials. See also [http://cdm.sos.state.ga.us/cdm4/pension.php Confederate Pension Application Supplements, 1879-1960].<br>
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/ga/dekalb/military.html USGen Web Archives Project: Military] - Includes Revolutionary War Pensioners Census, Indian Wars transcriptions, and Civil War muster rolls.
*[http://usgwarchives.org/ga/dekalb/military.html USGen Web Archives Project: Military] - Includes Revolutionary War Pensioners Census, Indian Wars transcriptions, and Civil War muster rolls.  
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*[http://research.dekalbhistory.org/04_aa.html DeKalb Confederate Index] (DeKalb History Center) - Indexed by surname and lists rank and regiment.  
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===== Civil War  =====
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'''Online Records'''
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932370|Georgia Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932397|Georgia Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancesstry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1861-1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1861-1863''' - [http://www.dekalbhistory.org/dekalb_history_center_archives_online-resources.htm DeKalb County, Georgia, Confederate Enlistment Index, 1861-1863] (This DeKalb History Center webpage contains a link to DeKalb County Confederate Database on Ancestry.com (free)) - Indexed by surname and lists rank and regiment.  
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*'''1879-1960''' - [http://cdm.georgiaarchives.org:2011/cdm/ Confederate Pension Applications, 1879-1960, and Confederate Pension Application Supplements, 1879-1960] (Georgia Archives) - Digitized images of applications and supporting materials. (Use Advanced Search or Browse All option.)<br>
 
*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F252571 Civil War Muster List, 1861] (FamilySearch)  
 
*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F252571 Civil War Muster List, 1861] (FamilySearch)  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F250369 World War I Service Records, 1917-1919] (FamilySearch)
 
*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F235133 Military Discharge Records, 1922-1945] (FamilySearch)
 
 
*[http://dekalbhistory.org/Military.htm Military Subject Files] (DeKalb History Center) - Includes muster rolls for individual regiments.  
 
*[http://dekalbhistory.org/Military.htm Military Subject Files] (DeKalb History Center) - Includes muster rolls for individual regiments.  
 
*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F235137 Confederate Veterans Pension Rolls, 1890-1931] (FamilySearch)
 
*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F235137 Confederate Veterans Pension Rolls, 1890-1931] (FamilySearch)
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{{VAciv}}
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:- [[7th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)|7th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)]], Company E
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:- [[36th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Broyles') (Confederate)|36th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Broyles') (Confederate)]] , Company F
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:- [[38th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)|38th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)]] , Companies A,D,and K
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:- [[42nd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)|42nd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)]] , Company D
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:- [[66th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)|66th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)]] , Companies B,E,and H
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:- Georgia [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ga/dekalb/military.html USGenWeb] Archives Project
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*Price, Vivian. 1997. History of DeKalb County, Georgia, 1822-1900. Fernandina Beach, FL: Wolfe Pub. Co. {{FHL|1132190|item|disp=975.8225 H2p}} 
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*Confederate States of America. Army. Georgia Infantry Regiment, 7th, Company E. 1961. Muster list, 1861. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah.&nbsp; {{FHL|252571|item|disp=Film 282789}}
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*Georgia. Court of Ordinary (DeKalb County). 1964. Confederate veterans pension rolls, 1890-1931. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah.{{FHL|235137|item|disp=Film 365913}}
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===== World War I  =====
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F250369 World War I Service Records, 1917-1919] (FamilySearch)
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F235133 Military Discharge Records, 1922-1945] (FamilySearch)
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==== Naturalization  ====
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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*[http://dekalbhistory.org/documents/NewspaperBookInventory_000.pdf Newspaper Books Collection, 1919-1995] (DeKalb History Center) - Includes the ''DeKalb New Era'', the ''Decatur-DeKalb News'', the ''Decatur-DeKalb News/Era'', the ''DeKalb News/Sun'', and the ''Lithonia Observer''.  
 
*[http://dekalbhistory.org/documents/NewspaperBookInventory_000.pdf Newspaper Books Collection, 1919-1995] (DeKalb History Center) - Includes the ''DeKalb New Era'', the ''Decatur-DeKalb News'', the ''Decatur-DeKalb News/Era'', the ''DeKalb News/Sun'', and the ''Lithonia Observer''.  
 
*[http://nl.newsbank.com/sites/ajc/ Atlanta Journal-Constitution Archives] - Searchable archive covering 1868-1942, 1985-present as well as links to microfilm holdings.  
 
*[http://nl.newsbank.com/sites/ajc/ Atlanta Journal-Constitution Archives] - Searchable archive covering 1868-1942, 1985-present as well as links to microfilm holdings.  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.org/ga/dekalb/news.html Selected Newspaper Transcriptions] (USGen Web Archives Project)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ga/dekalb/news.html Selected Newspaper Transcriptions] (USGen Web Archives Project)
  
==== Probate  ====
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{{GA Newspaper abstracts|DeKalb}}
  
*[http://research.dekalbhistory.org/will/index.asp Will Records Index, 1839-1917] (DeKalb History Center) - Indexed by deceased and heirs.
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==== Occupations  ====
*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1046362 ''DeKalb County, Georgia Probate Records'' by Jeanette Holland Austin] - Includes Will Books A, B, and C covering 1841-1919 as well as Sales and Appraisements for 1852-1858.
 
*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F235145 Probate Records, 1840-1964] (FamilySearch) - Includes indexes; microfilmed.
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.org/ga/dekalb/wills.html Selected Wills &amp; Estate Records] (USGenWeb Archives Project)
 
*Wills and Estates 1841-1869; 1870-1889; 1890-1919 (abstracts) [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydekalb.html Georgia Pioneers]&nbsp;(S)<br>
 
*Index to Deed Book L, 1846-1852 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydekalb.html Georgia Pioneers]&nbsp;(S)<br>
 
*Index to Deed Book M, 1850-1853 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydekalb.html]Georgia Pioneers (S)<br>
 
  
==== Societies and Libraries<br> ====
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==== Probate Records  ====
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'''Online Probate Records'''
  
===== Family History Centers<br> =====
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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
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{GA Probate Intro}}
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*'''1841-1919''' - [http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1046362 ''DeKalb County, Georgia Probate Records'' by Jeanette Holland Austin] - Includes Will Books A, B, and C covering 1841-1919 as well as Sales and Appraisements for 1852-1858.
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*'''1840-1964''' - [http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F235145 Probate Records, 1840-1964] (FamilySearch) - Includes indexes; microfilmed.
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ga/dekalb/wills.html Selected Wills &amp; Estate Records] (USGenWeb Archives Project)
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*'''1841-1919''' - Wills and Estates 1841-1869; 1870-1889; 1890-1919 (abstracts) [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydekalb.html Georgia Pioneers]&nbsp;($)<br>
 +
*'''1846-1852''' - Index to Deed Book L, 1846-1852 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydekalb.html Georgia Pioneers]&nbsp;($)<br>
 +
*'''1850-1853''' - Index to Deed Book M, 1850-1853 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydekalb.html Georgia Pioneers] ($)
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{GA Tax Intro}}
  
 
*[http://dekalbhistory.org/documents/DeKalbCountyTaxDigests.pdf DeKalb County Tax Digests, 1905-1948] (DeKalb History Center) - A mostly complete collection of tax digests for this time period, many of which include Confederate Veterans lists.  
 
*[http://dekalbhistory.org/documents/DeKalbCountyTaxDigests.pdf DeKalb County Tax Digests, 1905-1948] (DeKalb History Center) - A mostly complete collection of tax digests for this time period, many of which include Confederate Veterans lists.  
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==== 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  =====
  
Statewide registration of births in [[Georgia (state)|Georgia]] began in 1919 and was generally complied with by 1928. Birth records are available only to the individual or his legal representative. Birth records can be obtained by writing to:  
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Statewide registration of births in [[Georgia Genealogy (state)|Georgia]] began in 1919 and was generally complied with by 1928. Birth records are available only to the individual or his legal representative. Birth records can be obtained by writing to:  
  
 
'''Georgia Department of Human Resources'''<br>Vital Records Unit<br>47 Trinity Avenue, S.W., Room 217-H<br>Atlanta, GA 30334-1201<br>Telephone: 404-679-4702<br>Internet: [http://www.50states.com/vitalrecords/georgia.htm Georgia Vital Records]  
 
'''Georgia Department of Human Resources'''<br>Vital Records Unit<br>47 Trinity Avenue, S.W., Room 217-H<br>Atlanta, GA 30334-1201<br>Telephone: 404-679-4702<br>Internet: [http://www.50states.com/vitalrecords/georgia.htm Georgia Vital Records]  
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Atlanta birth records since 1887 are available from:  
 
Atlanta birth records since 1887 are available from:  
  
'''Fulton County Health Department'''<br>141 Prior Street<br>Atlanta, GA 30303<br>Telephone: 404-730-4000<br>Internet: [http://www.co.fulton.ga.us/county/health/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=23&Itemid=31 Fulton County Healtlh Department]  
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'''Fulton County Health Department'''<br>141 Prior Street<br>Atlanta, GA 30303<br>Telephone: 404-730-4000<br>Internet: [http://www.fultoncountyga.gov/dhw-vital-records Fulton County Health Department]
 
 
===== Marriage  =====
 
  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1674807 Georgia Marriages, 1808-1967] (FamilySearch) - Please see [[Georgia Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Georgia Marriages]] for more information on this collection.<br>
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===== Marriage Records =====
*[http://cdm.sos.state.ga.us/cdm4/results.php?CISOOP1=all&CISORESTMP=results.php&CISOVIEWTMP=item_viewer.php&CISOMODE=grid&CISOGRID=thumbnail%2CA%2C1%3Btitle%2CA%2C1%3Bcounty%2CA%2C0%3Bseries%2CA%2C0%3Bdate%2CA%2C0%3B20%3Btitle%2Ccounty%2Cseries%2Cdate%2Cnone&CISOBIB=title%2CA%2C1%2CN%3Bcounty%2CA%2C0%2CN%3Bseries%2CA%2C0%2CN%3Bdate%2CA%2C0%2CN%3Bnone%2CA%2C0%2CN%3B20%3Btitle%2Ccounty%2Cseries%2Cdate%2Cnone&CISOTHUMB=20+%284x5%29%3Btitle%2Ccounty%2Cseries%2Cdate%2Cnone&CISOTITLE=20%3Btitle%2Ccounty%2Cseries%2Cdate%2Cnone&CISOHIERA=20%3Btitle%2Ccounty%2Cseries%2Cdate%2Cnone&CISOSUPPRESS=0&CISOPARM=%2Fcountyfilm+%3Acounty%3ADekalb&submit=Search DeKalb County Marriage Records, 1840-1893] (Georgia Archives) - Digitized microfilm of marriage certificates and indexes.  
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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 $
*[http://research.dekalbhistory.org/Marriage/index.asp Marriage Database Index, 1840-1908] (DeKalb History Center) - Indexed by bride and groom surnames.<br>
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*'''1754 - 1960''' - {{RecordSearch|2549568|Georgia Church Marriages, 1754-1960}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*1885-1886 (from old newspapers) [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydekalb.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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*'''1787 - 1962''' - {{RecordSearch|2543297|Georgia, Church Marriages, 1787-1962}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1808 - 1967''' - {{RecordSearch|1674807|Georgia Marriages 1808-1967}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index<br>
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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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*'''1808 - 1967''' - {{RecordSearch|1674807|Georgia Marriages, 1808-1967}} (FamilySearch) - Please see [[Georgia Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Georgia Marriages]] for more information on this collection.<br>  
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*'''1840 - 1908''' - [http://cdm.georgiaarchives.org:2011/cdm/landingpage/collection/countyfilm DeKalb County Marriage Books, 1840-1893] (Georgia Archives) - Digitized microfilm of marriage certificates and indexes. (Select DeKalb County from dropdown list at bottom of page, click Search)
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*'''1840 - 1908''' - [http://www.dekalbhistory.org/dekalb_history_center_archives_online-resources.htm Marriage Database Index, 1840-1908] (This DeKalb History Center webpage contains a link to DeKalb County Marriage Database on Ancestry.com (free)) - Indexed by bride and groom surnames.<br>  
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*'''1840 - 1872''' - DeKalb County Marriage Books A and B Index 1840-1872. Batch {{IGI|M735367}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igigeorgiaad.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/0/09/Igigeorgiaad.pdf]].</ref>
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*'''1840 - 1872''' - DeKalb County Marriage Books A and B Index 1840-1872. Batch {{IGI|M712641}} at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
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*'''1872 - 1881''' - DeKalb County Marriage Books C and D Index 1872-1881. Batch {{IGI|M712642}} at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
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*'''1882 - 1893''' - DeKalb County Marriage Books E and F Index 1882-1893. Batch {{IGI|M712643}} at FamilySearch - free</ref>
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*'''1893 - 1895''' - DeKalb County Marriage Book G Index 1893-1895. Batch {{IGI|M712644}} at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
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*'''1885 - 1886''' - (from old newspapers) [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydekalb.html Georgia Pioneers] $
  
===== Death<br> =====
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===== Death Records =====
 
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*'''1914 - 1927''' - {{RecordSearch|1320969|Georgia Deaths 1914-1927}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images; also available from [http://cdm.georgiaarchives.org:2011/cdm/search/collection/gadeaths Georgia Death Certificates, 1914-1927] (Georgia Archives) - Mostly complete records that have been indexed and digitized.
*[http://cdm.sos.state.ga.us/cdm4/gadeaths.php Georgia Death Certificates, 1914-1927] (Georgia Archives) - Mostly complete records that have been indexed and digitized. These records are also available from [http://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1320969 FamilySearch].
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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 $
*[http://cdm.sos.state.ga.us/cdm4/nondeath.php Georgia Non-Indexed Death Certificates, 1928-1930] (Georgia Archives) - Digitized indexes and certificates that can be looked up by surname if year is known. These records are also available from [http://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1385727 FamilySearch].<br>
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*'''1928 - 1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1385727|Georgia Deaths 1928-1939}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images; also available from [http://cdm.georgiaarchives.org:2011/cdm/landingpage/collection/nondeath Georgia Non-Indexed Death Certificates, 1928-1930] (Georgia Archives) - Digitized indexes and certificates that can be looked up by surname if year is known (Note also the 'Browse All' option at the top of the page).
*Georgia Death Certificates, 1931-1935 (Georgia Archives) - These years have not been digitized but are available to researchers at the [[Georgia State Archives|Georgia Archives]].<br>
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*'''1931 - 1935''' - Georgia Death Certificates, 1931-1935 (Georgia Archives) - These years have not been digitized but are available to researchers at the [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Georgia_State_Archives Georgia State Archives]<br>
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*'''1933 - 1998''' - {{RecordSearch|1937238|Georgia Death Index 1933-1998}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
  
 
Death records for 1935 to present can be obtained by writing to:  
 
Death records for 1935 to present can be obtained by writing to:  
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The current fees for obtaining copies of the state's records are listed at [http://www.vitalrec.com VitalRecords.com].  
 
The current fees for obtaining copies of the state's records are listed at [http://www.vitalrec.com VitalRecords.com].  
  
{{GAmortality}}  
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{{GAmortality}}
  
==== Voting Records  ====
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===== Vital Record Substitutes =====
  
*[http://dekalbhistory.org/documents/AtlantaVotingRecords.pdf Atlanta Regional Director's Office Voting Records, 1936-1940] (DeKalb History Center) - Comprised primarily of voter's oath sheets for DeKalb County, generally include the name, address, ethnicity, occuptation, and date of birth for the voter.
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== Genealogy Societies and Libraries  ==
  
== Web Sites  ==
 
  
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==== Family History Centers  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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== Websites  ==
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/georgia/dekalb-county/ DeKalb County, GA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/110185259296456584560 Georgia Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/173266752734188/ Georgia Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
 
*[http://www.dekalbhistory.org DeKalb History Center]&nbsp;- Local historical society with online databases for cemetery, marriage, land, and military records.  
 
*[http://www.dekalbhistory.org DeKalb History Center]&nbsp;- Local historical society with online databases for cemetery, marriage, land, and military records.  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.org/ga/dekalb.htm USGenWeb Archives Project] - A&nbsp;variety of records transcribed by volunteers.  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ga/dekalb.htm USGenWeb Archives Project] - A&nbsp;variety of records transcribed by volunteers.  
*[http://bellsouthpwp.net/m/s/msaffold/dekalb.htm USGenWeb DeKalb County] - Queries, lookups, mailing list, and other resources.<br>
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/ga/dekalb.htm USGenWeb DeKalb County] - Queries, lookups, mailing list, and other resources.<br>  
*{{FHL|Georgia%2C+De+Kalb|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*{{FHL|Georgia%2C+De+Kalb|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
*[http://www.gagensociety.org/ Georgia Genealogical Society]<br>
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*[http://www.gagensociety.org/ Georgia Genealogical Society]<br>  
 
*[http://georgiaarchives.org/ Georgia Archives] - Records for DeKalb County are listed under Record Group 144 at the state archives.  
 
*[http://georgiaarchives.org/ Georgia Archives] - Records for DeKalb County are listed under Record Group 144 at the state archives.  
*[http://www.georgiapioneers.com Georgia Pioneers] (S)
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*[http://www.georgiapioneers.com Georgia Pioneers] ($)
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gadekal2/dekalb.htm USGenweb DeKalb County, Georgia project]
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==
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Latest revision as of 17:23, 19 June 2017

United States
Georgia
DeKalb County

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

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DeKalb County, Georgia
Seal of DeKalb County, Georgia
Map
Map of Georgia highlighting DeKalb County
Location in the state of Georgia
Facts
Founded 9 December 1822[1]
Parent County Henry County, Georgia
Gwinnett County, Georgia
Fayette County, Georgia
Newton County, Georgia
County Seat Decatur
Courthouse
Address 556 North McDonough Street
Decatur, Georgia 30030
Website: co.dekalb.ga.us
Named for: The county is named after Revolutionary War hero Johann de Kalb (1721-1780), a German baron.[2]
Johann de Kalb.JPG


County Information

DeKalb County, Georgia Record Dates

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

1842

1830
1842
1842


County Courthouse

DeKalb County Courthouse
1300 Commerce Drive;
Decatur, GA 30030-3356
Phone: 404.371.2881

Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records from 1842; Probate Court has marriage and probate records from 1842.[3]

Clerk of Superior Court
556 N. McDonough St.
Judicial Tower Annex Room G-130
Decatur, GA 30030
Telephone: (404) 371-2836
Fax: (404) 371-4492

Probate Court of DeKalb County
1100 Judicial Tower
556 North McDonough Street
Decatur, GA 30030
Telephone: 404 371-2718
Fax: 404-371-7055

History

Parent County

Boundary Changes

DeKalb County was created on 9 December 1822 from portions of Fayette, Gwinnett, and Henry Counties. It gained additional land from these counties during the 1820s as well as from Newton County. DeKalb County gave up land to Campbell, Cherokee, Coweta, Fulton, Gwinnett, Milton, and Rockdale Counties throughout the 19th century.[4]

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.

For more information see Georgia Counties: Their Changing Boundaries (Georgia Archives)

Variant Spellings

Record Loss

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1842 The DeKalb County Courthouse burned on 9 January and all records were destroyed, except one minute book for the Superior Court, and one minute book for the Inferior Court.[5] [6] A handful of records recorded after the fire for pre-fire events are also available.

1916 The newer DeKalb County Courthouse burned on 13 September, but damage to records was limited thanks to a fire-proof vault.[6]

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

Places/Localities

  • Cities: Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Stone Mountain.
  • Communities: Belvedere Park, Candler-McAfee, Druid Hills, Gresham Park, North Druid Hills, Toco Hills, Panthersville, Redan, Scottdale, Tucker, Briarcliff, Brookhaven, Collinsville, Conley, Constitution, Ellenwood, Embry Hills, Mechanicsville, Mountain View, Northlake, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, Skyland, Turner Hill, Adair Park, Belmont, Carver Hills, College Heights, Columbia Park, Cross Keys, Edgewood, Emory, Flat Rock, Klondike, Kirkwood, Lenox Place, Lynwood Park, Medlock, Montreal, Nelms, Parkwood, Pea Ridge, Rehoboth, Rock Chapel, Shermantown, Silver Lake, Smokerise, Stonehaven, Sundown, Winnona Park.

Neighboring Counties

Clayton  • Fulton  • Gwinnett  • Henry  • Rockdale

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Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of DeKalb, Georgia online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Georgia Cemeteries for more information

The following web site may have additional information on DeKalb County 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.

Deed books and indexes that survived the courthouse fires are available on the ground floor of the DeKalb County Courthouse in the Clerk of the Superior Court, Real Estate Division. Land records found at the courthouse date from approximately 1840 to the present, beginning with Deed Book L.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for DeKalb 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.

Maps

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Military

Civil War

Online Records

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

- 7th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company E
- 36th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Broyles') (Confederate) , Company F
- 38th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Companies A,D,and K
- 42nd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company D
- 66th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Companies B,E,and H
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project


  • Price, Vivian. 1997. History of DeKalb County, Georgia, 1822-1900. Fernandina Beach, FL: Wolfe Pub. Co. 975.8225 H2p
  • Confederate States of America. Army. Georgia Infantry Regiment, 7th, Company E. 1961. Muster list, 1861. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah.  Film 282789
  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (DeKalb County). 1964. Confederate veterans pension rolls, 1890-1931. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah.Film 365913
World War I

Naturalization

Newspapers

Newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as DeKalb 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).

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

Statewide registration of births in Georgia began in 1919 and was generally complied with by 1928. Birth records are available only to the individual or his legal representative. Birth records can be obtained by writing to:

Georgia Department of Human Resources
Vital Records Unit
47 Trinity Avenue, S.W., Room 217-H
Atlanta, GA 30334-1201
Telephone: 404-679-4702
Internet: Georgia Vital Records

The current fees for obtaining copies of the state's records are listed at VitalRecords.com.

Atlanta birth records since 1887 are available from:

Fulton County Health Department
141 Prior Street
Atlanta, GA 30303
Telephone: 404-730-4000
Internet: Fulton County Health Department

Marriage Records
Death Records

Death records for 1935 to present can be obtained by writing to:

Georgia Department of Human Resources
Vital Records Unit
47 Trinity Avenue, S.W., Room 217-H
Atlanta, GA 30334-1201
Telephone: 404-679-4702
Internet: Georgia Vital Records

The current fees for obtaining copies of the state's records are listed at VitalRecords.com.

  • 1849-50, 1859-60, 1869-70, 1879-80 - DeKalb County, Georgia Genealogy Mortality Schedules at Ancestry ($).
Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

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. Bryant, Pat, and Ingrid Shields. 1983. Georgia counties, their changing boundaries. Atlanta: State Print. Office.
  2. "DeKalb County, Georgia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia." Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Aug. 2011. <http: dekalb_county,_georgia="" wiki="" en.wikipedia.org=""></http:>
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), DeKalb County, Georgia. Page 154 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Bryant, Pat, and Ingrid Shields. 1983. Georgia counties, their changing boundaries. Atlanta: State Print. Office.
  5. Vivian Price, History of DeKalb County, Georgia, 1822-1900 (Fernandina Beach, FL: Wolfe Pub. Co. This book is available at the DeKalb History Center, 1997).
  6. 6.0 6.1 Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 26-27. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/0/09/Igigeorgiaad.pdf.