Georgia, Fulton County Records from the Atlanta History Center (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Fulton, Georgia, United States
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Location of Fulton County, Georgia
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Record Description
Record Type County Records
Collection years 1827-1955
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What is in the Collection?

This collection consists of records from Fulton County for the years 1827 to 1955. The collection includes Atlanta city census and voter registration and a necrology including transcribed obituaries, death and cemetery records from Fulton County.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Georgia, Fulton County Records from the Atlanta History Center, 1827-1955.

Collection Content

Coverage Table

The Coverage Table shows the types of records and time periods covered. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.

County Years Covered
Census records 1885-1896
Court records 1877-1897
Obituaries 1930-1930
Voter registrations not available at this time

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What Can this Collection Tell Me?

The content varies between record types and individual records. You may find any of the following:

  • Name of primary person or persons
  • Names of spouse, children, other relatives, or friends
  • Names of witnesses
  • Dates the documents were written and recorded
  • Ages
  • Residences
  • Relationships
  • Birth, marriage or death dates
  • Birth, marriage or death places
  • Occupation

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • Name
  • Identifying information such as age or date and type of record

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To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the “Record Category”
⇒ Select the “Record Type, Volume, and Year Range” which will take you to the images.

What Do I Do Next?

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

I Found Who I Was Looking for, What Now?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • The name of the officiator may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
  • The name of the undertaker, mortuary, or cemetery could lead you to funeral and cemetery records which often include the names and residences of other family members.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname. This is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

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Citing this Collection

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Collection Citation:

"Georgia, Fulton County Records from the Atlanta History Center, 1827-1955." Images. FamilySearch. https://familysearch.org : accessed 2016. Atlanta History Center, Atlanta.

Image Citation

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Georgia, Fulton County Records from the Atlanta History Center, 1827-1955.

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