Fayette County, Georgia Genealogy

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Guide to Fayette County Georgia genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Fayette County, Georgia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Georgia
Location of Georgia in the U.S.
Founded May 15, 1821
County Seat Fayetteville
Address Fayette County Courthouse
200 Courthouse Square
Fayetteville, GA 30214-2198
Phone: 770.461.6041
Fayette County Website

Fayette County Georgia Courthouse

Probate Court has birth, marriage, death
and probate records; Clerk Superior Court
has divorce, court and land records[1]

Fayette County Georgia History

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The county is named after Revolutionary War hero, the Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834).[2]

Parent County

1821--Fayette County was created 15 May 1821 from Creek Indian Lands.
County seat: Fayetteville [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1983 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Fayette County Georgia Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Fayette County Georgia Genealogy Resources




Fayetteville Baptist Church

  • 1903 - Fayetteville Baptist Church Baptism Index 1903. Batch C712801 at FamilySearch - free.

Fayetteville Methodist Church

  • 1869-1885 - Fayetteville Methodist Church Marriage Index 1869-1885. Batch C712811 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1869-1895 - Fayetteville Methodist Church Marriage Index 1869-1895. Batch M712811 at FamilySearch - free.[4]



Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Georgia Land and Property for additional information about early Georgia land grants from the government. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions (generally buying and selling deeds) were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories





Colonial courts kept some early probate records.  From 1777 to 1798 and since 1852, the court of ordinary or register of probates has kept probate and guardianship records.  The inferior court handled probate and guardianship matters from 1798 to 1852.

Many probate records to the 1930s and 1940s are at the Georgia Department of Archives and History and the Family History Library on microfilm.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records (not all years).


Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and slaves aged 21 to 60. These persons are referred to as "polls." Tax listings, or digests, of a county generally list the taxable landowners and other polls and the amount of tax. The records for each county are divided by militia district.

Vital Records

  • 1823-1849 - Fayette County Marriage Books A and B Index 1823-1849. Batch M712791 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1849-1881 - Fayette County Marriage Books C and E Index 1849-1881. Batch M712792 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1881-1892 - Fayette County Marriage Book F Index 1881-1892. Batch M712793 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1892-1912 - Fayette County Marriage Books G and H Index 1892-1912. Batch M712794 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1859-60, 1869-70, 1879-80 - Fayette County, Georgia Genealogy Mortality Schedules at Ancestry ($).

Fayette County Georgia Genealogy Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Fayette County Georgia Genealogy Websites

Fayette County Georgia Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Fayette County, Georgia. Page 155 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "Fayette County, Georgia," Wikipedia.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/57/Igigeorgiael.pdf.