DeKalb County, Georgia Genealogy

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


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.[2]

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

Record Loss

9 January 1842 - DeKalb County Courthouse burned and supposedly all records were destroyed, except one record book for the Superior Court.[3] This book is available at the DeKalb History Center. A handful of records recorded after the fire for pre-fire events are also available.

13 September 1916- DeKalb County Courthouse burned again but damage was mostly limited to cases being tried during that time.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see Burned Counties Research.


Populated Places

  • 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


African Americans





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






Vital Records

Societies and Libraries 

Web Sites


  1. Georgia Counties: Their Changing Boundaries
  2. Georgia Counties: Their Changing Boundaries
  3. The History of DeKalb County Georgia: 1822-1900 by Vivian Price