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Guide to '''Decatur County Georgia genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
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Guide to '''Decatur 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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{{Infobox U.S. County  
 
 
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| building address = Decatur County Courthouse<br>1400 E Shotwell Street<br>PO Box 735<br>Bainbridge, GA 31717-0735<br>Phone: 229.248.3030<br>[http://www.courtreference.com/DeKalb-County-Georgia-Courts.htm '''Decatur County Website'''] }}  
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| building address = Decatur County Courthouse<br>1400 E Shotwell Street<br>PO Box 735<br>Bainbridge, GA 31717-0735<br>Phone: 229.248.3030<br>[http://www.decaturcountyga.gov/ '''Decatur County Website'''] }}
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== County Information ==
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=== Decatur 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" | 1824<br>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1830<br>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1823<br>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1823<br>
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== Decatur County Georgia Courthouse  ==
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== County Courthouse  ==
  
Probate Court has marriage records from 1823<br> and probate records;&nbsp; Clerk Superior Court has<br>divorce, court and land records from 1823<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Decatur 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.decaturcountyga.org/ Decatur County Courthouse]<br>1400 E Shotwell Street<br>PO Box 735<br>Bainbridge, GA 31717-0735<br>Phone: 229.248.3030<br><br>Probate Court has marriage records from 1823 and probate records;&nbsp; Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records from 1823.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Decatur 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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'''Clerk of Superior Court'''<br>
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P.O. Box 336<br>
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112 West Water Street<br>
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Bainbridge, GA 39818<br>
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Telephone: (229) 248-3025<br>
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Fax: (229) 248-3029<br>
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'''Probate Court of Decatur County'''<br>
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P O Box 234<br>
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112 W. Water Street<br>
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Bainbridge, GA  39818<br>
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Telephone: 229-248-3016<br>
  
== Decatur County Georgia History  ==
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== History  ==
  
[[Image:Stephen Decatur.JPG|thumb|right|200px|Stephen Decatur.JPG]]  
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[[Image:Stephen Decatur.JPG|thumb|right|200px]]  
  
 
The county is named after U.S. naval officer [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Decatur Stephen Decatur] (1779-1820).<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Tennessee_county_name_etymologies "List of counties in Tennessee"], Wikipedia.</ref>  
 
The county is named after U.S. naval officer [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Decatur Stephen Decatur] (1779-1820).<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Tennessee_county_name_etymologies "List of counties in Tennessee"], Wikipedia.</ref>  
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1823'''--Decatur County was created 8 December 1823&nbsp;from[[Early County, Georgia|Early]] County.<br>'''County seat:'''&nbsp; Bainbridge <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1823'''--Decatur County was created 8 December 1823 from[[Early County, Georgia Genealogy|Early]] County.<br>'''County seat:''' Bainbridge <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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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.
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==== Variant Spellings  ====
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
== Decatur County Georgia Places/Localities  ==
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{{Fire}}'''1878'''  The courthouse at Bainbridge burned on 6 May. Probate records suffered heavy losses, but some deed books were salvaged.<ref name="PKG">Paul K. Graham, ''Georgia Courthouse Disasters'' (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 26. {{WorldCat|852690295|item|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.</ref><br>
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== Places/Localities  ==
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Baker County, Georgia|Baker]]  
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[[Baker County, Georgia Genealogy|Baker]] {{•}}
*[[Gadsden County, Florida|Gadsden County, Florida]]  
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[[Gadsden County, Florida Genealogy|Gadsden County]] {{•}}
*[[Grady County, Georgia|Grady]]  
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[[Grady County, Georgia Genealogy|Grady County]] {{•}}
*[[Jackson County, Florida|Jackson County, Florida]]  
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[[Jackson County, Florida Genealogy|Jackson County]] {{•}}
*[[Miller County, Georgia|Miller]]  
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[[Miller County, Georgia Genealogy|Miller County]] {{•}}
*[[Mitchell County, Georgia|Mitchell]]  
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[[Mitchell County, Georgia Genealogy|Mitchell County]] {{•}}
*[[Seminole County, Georgia|Seminole]]
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[[Seminole County, Georgia Genealogy|Seminole County]]
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<center>{{ GADecatur County, Georgia Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
  
== Decatur County Georgia Genealogy Resources  ==
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== Genealogy Resources  ==
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==== Research Guides  ====
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==== African Americans  ====
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==== Bible Records  ====
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=12&GScnty=425&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|463942|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=12&CScnty=425 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.thegagenweb.com/gadecatur/Cemetery/Cemeteries.html GAGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Decatur+Georgia&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Georgia&county=Decatur&cemetery_name=a Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwarchives.net/ga/decatur/cemetery.html GAGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/georgia/decatur.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/US/ga/decatur.htm Georgia Interment]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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==== Census  ====
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==== Church Records  ====
  
==== Church ====
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{{GA Church Intro}}
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
==== Land  ====
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==== Genealogy  ====
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==== Land and Property ====
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{GA History}}
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
==== Marriages ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/georgia/ Maps of Georgia (1758-1932)]
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[[Image:Gadecatur.jpg|right|900px|Gadecatur.jpg]]
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==== Military ====
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*Georgia Military - [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ga/decatur/military.html USGenWeb] Archives Project
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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://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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{{VAciv}}
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:- [[1st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Ramsey's) (Confederate)|1st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Ramsey's) (Confederate)]] , Company G
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:- [[5th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)|5th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)]] , Company H
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:-[[17th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)|17th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)]] , Company D
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:- [[31st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)|31st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)]] , Company I
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:- [[50th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)|50th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)]] , Company F
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:- [[59th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)|59th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)]] , Company A
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:- Georgia [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ga/decatur/military.html USGenWeb] Archives Project
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*1885-1886 (from newspapers) [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydecatur.html Georgia Pioneers] $
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*Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Decatur County). 1961. Muster roll of the First Regiment of Georgia Volunteers, 1861. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. {{FHL|284678|item|disp=Film 249613}}
*Index to Decatur County&nbsp;Marriage Licenses 1824 to 1841 (Grooms) [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydecatur.html Georgia Pioneers] $
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*Hageness, MariLee Beatty. 1995. Confederate soldiers and their units, Decatur County, Georgia. [Anniston, Alabama]: MariLee Beatty Hageness. {{FHL|718303|item|disp= 975.8993 M2h also Film 2055469 item 10}}<br>[http://books.google.com/books/about/Confederate_Soldiers_and_Their_Units_Dec.html?id=8f4ZHAAACAAJ Google Book $]<br>
*Index to&nbsp;Decatur County&nbsp;Marriage Licenses 1837-1869 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydecatur.html Georgia Pioneers] $
 
*Index to Decatur County&nbsp;Marriage Licenses 1868-1896 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydecatur.html Georgia Pioneers] $
 
  
==== Military ====
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==== Naturalization ====
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
==== Probate&nbsp;  ====
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{{GA Newspaper abstracts|Decatur}}
  
*Wills 1828-1838 (digital images). See names of Testators [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydecatur.html Georgia Pioneers]  
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==== Occupations  ====
*Wills 1839-1865 (digital images). See names of Testators. [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydecatur.html Georgia Pioneers] $  
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*Wills 1828-1838 (abstracts) [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydecatur.html Georgia Pioneers]$<br>  
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==== Probate Records  ====
*Index to Minute Books A and B (includes some wills) [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydecatur.html Georgia Pioneers]$<br>  
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'''Online Probate Records'''
*Index to Will Book&nbsp;A 1828-1838 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydecatur.html Georgia Pioneers] $  
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*Index to Will Book B 1839-1873 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydecatur.html Georgia Pioneers] $  
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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 $
*Index to Will Book C&nbsp;1873-1913 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydecatur.html Georgia Pioneers] $  
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*'''1742–1990''' {{RecordSearch|1999178|Georgia Probate Records 1742-1990}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] images
*Index to Appraisements,&nbsp;Sales, 1828-1833 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydecatur.html Georgia Pioneers] $  
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*Index to Journal (estates) 1834-1848 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydecatur.html Georgia Pioneers] $  
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{{GA Probate Intro}}
*Index to Annual Returns 1835-1850 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydecatur.html Georgia Pioneers] $[http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydecatur.html Georgia Pioneers] $  
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*Index to Vouchers, Returns 1829-1837
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*'''1828-1838''' - Wills 1828-1838 (digital images). See names of Testators [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydecatur.html Georgia Pioneers] $
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*'''1839-1865''' - Wills 1839-1865 (digital images). See names of Testators. [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydecatur.html Georgia Pioneers] $  
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*'''1828-1838''' - Wills 1828-1838 (abstracts) [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydecatur.html Georgia Pioneers] $<br>  
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*Index to Minute Books A and B (includes some wills) [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydecatur.html Georgia Pioneers] $<br>  
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*'''1828-1838''' - Index to Will Book&nbsp;A 1828-1838 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydecatur.html Georgia Pioneers] $  
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*'''1839-1873''' - Index to Will Book B 1839-1873 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydecatur.html Georgia Pioneers] $  
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*'''1873-1913''' - Index to Will Book C&nbsp;1873-1913 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydecatur.html Georgia Pioneers] $  
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*'''1828-1833''' - Index to Appraisements,&nbsp;Sales, 1828-1833 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydecatur.html Georgia Pioneers] $  
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*'''1834-1848''' - Index to Journal (estates) 1834-1848 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydecatur.html Georgia Pioneers] $  
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*'''1835-1850''' - Index to Annual Returns 1835-1850 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydecatur.html Georgia Pioneers] $
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*'''1829-1837''' - Index to Vouchers, Returns 1829-1837 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydecatur.html Georgia Pioneers] $
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{GA Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
===== Marriage =====
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{{GA Vital Intro}} See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/georgia/ga-vital-records/ How to order Georgia Vital Records]
  
*'''1824-1841''' - Decatur County Marriage Book AA Index 1824-1841. Batch {{IGI|M712651}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">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.</ref>
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===== Birth  =====
*'''1837-1869''' - Decatur County Marriage Book A Index 1837-1869. Batch {{IGI|M712652}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
 
*'''1868-1895''' - Decatur County Marriage Book B Index 1868-1895. Batch {{IGI|M712653}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
 
*'''1895''' - Decatur County Marriage Book D Index 1895. Batch {{IGI|M712654}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
 
  
===== Death  =====
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===== Marriage Records =====
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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 $
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*'''1754 - 1960''' - {{RecordSearch|2549568|Georgia Church Marriages, 1754-1960}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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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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*'''1885 - 1886''' (from newspapers) [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydecatur.html Georgia Pioneers] $
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*'''1824 - 1841''' - Index to Decatur County&nbsp;Marriage Licenses 1824-1841(Grooms) [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydecatur.html Georgia Pioneers] $
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*'''1837 - 1869''' - Index to&nbsp;Decatur County&nbsp;Marriage Licenses 1837-1869 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydecatur.html Georgia Pioneers] $
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*'''1868 - 1896''' - Index to Decatur County&nbsp;Marriage Licenses 1868-1896 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydecatur.html Georgia Pioneers] $
  
*'''1859-60, 1879-80''' - {{PAGENAME}} Mortality Schedules at [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=8756 Ancestry] ($).<br>
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*'''1824 - 1841''' - Decatur County Marriage Book AA Index 1824-1841. Batch {{IGI|M712651}} 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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*'''1837 - 1869''' - Decatur County Marriage Book A Index 1837-1869. Batch {{IGI|M712652}} at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
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*'''1868 - 1895''' - Decatur County Marriage Book B Index 1868-1895. Batch {{IGI|M712653}} at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
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*'''1895''' - Decatur County Marriage Book D Index 1895. Batch {{IGI|M712654}} at FamilySearch - free.
  
== Decatur County Georgia Genealogy Societies and Libraries&nbsp;  ==
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===== Death Records =====
  
==== Family History Centers  ====
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*'''1859-60, 1879-80''' - {{PAGENAME}} Mortality Schedules at [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=8756 Ancestry] $<br>
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*'''1914 - 1927''' - {{RecordSearch|1320969|Georgia Deaths 1914-1927}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
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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 $
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*'''1928 - 1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1385727|Georgia Deaths 1928-1939}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
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*'''1933 - 1998''' - {{RecordSearch|1937238|Georgia Death Index 1933-1998}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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===== Vital Record Substitutes =====
*[[Bainbridge Georgia Family History Center]]
 
  
== Decatur County Georgia Genealogy Websites  ==
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<p>Decatur County Genealogy Society Inc
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PO Box 1388
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Bainbridge, GA 39818-1388
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*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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== Websites  ==
*{{FHL|Georgia%2C+Decatur|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/georgia/decatur-county/ Decatur 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]
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/ga/decatur.htm US GenWeb Decatur County, Georgia  project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
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Latest revision as of 21:35, 28 February 2017

United States
Georgia


Decatur County


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

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Decatur County, Georgia
Map
Map of Georgia highlighting Decatur County
Location in the state of Georgia
Facts
Founded December 8, 1823
County Seat Bainbridge
Courthouse
Address Decatur County Courthouse
1400 E Shotwell Street
PO Box 735
Bainbridge, GA 31717-0735
Phone: 229.248.3030
Decatur County Website


County Information

Decatur County, Georgia Record Dates

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

1824

1830
1823
1823

County Courthouse

Decatur County Courthouse
1400 E Shotwell Street
PO Box 735
Bainbridge, GA 31717-0735
Phone: 229.248.3030

Probate Court has marriage records from 1823 and probate records;  Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records from 1823.[1]

Clerk of Superior Court
P.O. Box 336
112 West Water Street
Bainbridge, GA 39818
Telephone: (229) 248-3025
Fax: (229) 248-3029

Probate Court of Decatur County
P O Box 234
112 W. Water Street
Bainbridge, GA 39818
Telephone: 229-248-3016

History

Stephen Decatur.JPG

The county is named after U.S. naval officer Stephen Decatur (1779-1820).[2]

Parent County

1823--Decatur County was created 8 December 1823 fromEarly County.
County seat: Bainbridge [3]

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

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1878 The courthouse at Bainbridge burned on 6 May. Probate records suffered heavy losses, but some deed books were salvaged.[4]

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


Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Baker  • Gadsden County  • Grady County  • Jackson County  • Miller County  • Mitchell County  • Seminole County

Decatur CountyGrady CountyBaker CountyThomas CountyColquitt CountyWorth CountyMitchell CountyDougherty CountyCalhoun CountyClay CountyEarly CountyMiller CountySeminole CountyLeon CountyGadsen CountyLiberty CountyCalhoun CountyJackson CountyBay CountyWashington CountyHolmes CountyHouston CountyHenry CountyBarbour CountyDale CountyGeneva CountyGADecatur.JPG


Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Cemeteries


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.

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

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Decatur 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 Decatur 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 Decatur County, Georgia Genealogy:

- 1st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Ramsey's) (Confederate) , Company G
- 5th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company H
-17th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company D
- 31st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company I
- 50th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company F
- 59th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company A
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project


Naturalization

Newspapers

Newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Decatur 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
Marriage Records
Death Records
Vital Record Substitutes

Decatur County Genealogy Society Inc PO Box 1388 Bainbridge, GA 39818-1388

Websites


References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Decatur County, Georgia. Page 154 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "List of counties in Tennessee", Wikipedia.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 26. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  5. 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.
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