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&nbsp;''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Georgia (state)|Georgia]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]'' '''Polk County'''<br><br>
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Guide to '''Polk 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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Polk County Courthouse<br> PO Box 268<br> Cedartown, GA 30125-0268<br> Phone: 770.749.2100&nbsp;<br>[http://www.polkgeorgia.org/ '''Polk County Website''']
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== County Information ==
  
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=== Polk County, Georgia Record Dates ===
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
[http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/GA_Polk.htm Polk County Courthouse]<br> PO Box 268<br> Cedartown, GA 30125-0268<br> Phone: 770.749.2100&nbsp;<br><br>Probate&nbsp;Court has birth, marriage, death and probate records; <br>Clerk Superior&nbsp;court has divorce, court and&nbsp;land records&nbsp;from 1852<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Polk County, Georgia. Page 159 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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[http://www.polkgeorgia.org/ Polk County Courthouse]<br> PO Box 268<br> Cedartown, GA 30125-0268<br> Phone: 770.749.2100&nbsp;<br><br>Probate&nbsp;Court has birth, marriage, death and probate records; Clerk Superior&nbsp;court has divorce, court and&nbsp;land records&nbsp;from 1852<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Polk County, Georgia. Page 159 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref> <br>
  
== History  ==
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'''Clerk of Superior Court'''<br>
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100 Prior St., Courthouse No.1<br>
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P.O. Box 948 <br>
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Cedartown, GA 30125 <br>
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Phone: (770) 749-2114<br>
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Fax: (770) 749-2148<br>
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'''Probate Court of Polk County'''<br>
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100 Prior Street<br>
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Rm 102<br>
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Cedartown, GA  30125<br>
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Phone: 770-749-2128<br>
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=== History  ===
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1851--'''Polk County was created 20 December 1851&nbsp;from [[Paulding County, Georgia|Paulding]] and [[Floyd County, Georgia|Floyd]] Counties.&nbsp;&nbsp;'''County seat:'''&nbsp; Cedartown <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1851--'''Polk County was created 20 December 1851&nbsp;from [[Paulding County, Georgia Genealogy|Paulding]] and [[Floyd County, Georgia Genealogy|Floyd]] Counties.&nbsp;&nbsp;'''County seat:'''&nbsp; Cedartown <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  ====
  
== Places / Localities  ==
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[[Image:War.jpg|right|175px|War.jpg]]'''1864'''  During the American Civil War the courthouse at Cedartown was burned 1 or 2 November. Most county records survived.<ref name="PKG">Paul K. Graham, ''Georgia Courthouse Disasters'' (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 49-50. {{WorldCat|852690295|item|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.</ref>
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=== Places/Localities  ===
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Bartow County, Georgia|Bartow]]  
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[[Bartow County, Georgia Genealogy|Bartow]] {{•}}
*[[Cherokee County, Alabama|Cherokee County, Alabama]]  
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[[Cherokee County, Alabama Genealogy|Cherokee County, Alabama]] {{•}}
*[[Cleburne County, Alabama|Cleburne County, Alabama]]  
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[[Cleburne County, Alabama Genealogy|Cleburne County, Alabama]] {{•}}
*[[Floyd County, Georgia|Floyd]]  
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[[Floyd County, Georgia Genealogy|Floyd]] {{•}}
*[[Haralson County, Georgia|Haralson]]  
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[[Haralson County, Georgia Genealogy|Haralson]] {{•}}
*[[Paulding County, Georgia|Paulding]]
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[[Paulding County, Georgia Genealogy|Paulding]]
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=== Genealogy Resources  ===
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==== Research Guides  ====
  
== Resources ==
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==== African Americans ====
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==== Bible Records  ====
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=14636 Northview Cemetery, Cedartown] BillionGraves
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=14636 Northview Cemetery, Cedartown] BillionGraves
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==== Church  ====
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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=497&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|580063|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=497 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gapolk/ GAGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Polk+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=Polk&cemetery_name=a Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwarchives.net/ga/polk/cemetery.html GAGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/georgia/polk.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/US/ga/polk.htm Georgia Interment]
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LDS Ward and Branch&nbsp;Records  
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==== Census  ====
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==== Church Records  ====
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{{GA Church Intro}}
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===== LDS Ward and Branch Records =====
  
 
*Polk
 
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==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
==== Land  ====
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==== Genealogy  ====
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==== Land and Property ====
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{{GA Land}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
==== Maps&nbsp; ====
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{{GA History}}
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==== Maps  ====
  
==== Marriages  ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/georgia/ Maps of Georgia (1758-1932)]
  
&nbsp; 1885-1886 Marriages (from Newspapers)
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[[Image:Gapolk.jpg|right|900px|Gapolk.jpg]]
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*Georgia [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ga/polk/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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:- [[20th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)|20th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)]], Company D
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:- [[21st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)|21st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)]], Company D
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:- Georgia [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ga/polk/military.html USGenWeb] Archives Project
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*Carter, Larry D. 2012. Polk County, Georgia the first one-hundred years. [S.l.]: L.D. Carter. (page 227-328; 581-638) {{FHL|1973959|item|disp=975.8375 H2}}
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==== Naturalization  ====
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
==== Probate&nbsp;  ====
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{{GA Newspaper abstracts|Polk}}
  
*Wills, 1848-1911 (digital images) [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countypolk.html Georgia Pioneers]  
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==== Occupations  ====
*Index to Will Book A, 1848-1936 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countypolk.html Georgia Pioneers][http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countypolk.html Georgia Pioneers]  
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*Index to Annual Returns and Vouchers 1860-1893
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==== Probate Records  ====
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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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
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{{GA Probate Intro}}
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*'''1848-1911''' - Wills, 1848-1911 (digital images) [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countypolk.html Georgia Pioneers] $
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*'''1848-1936''' - Index to Will Book A, 1848-1936 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countypolk.html Georgia Pioneers] $
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*'''1860-1893''' - Index to Annual Returns and Vouchers, 1860-1893 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countypolk.html Georgia Pioneers] $
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{GA Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
== Societies and Libraries&nbsp; ==
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{{GA Vital Intro}} See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/georgia/ga-vital-records/ How to order Georgia Vital Records]
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===== Birth  =====
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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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*'''1824 - 1850''' - Marriages 1824-1850 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countymonroe.html Georgia Pioneers] $
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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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*'''1852 - 1888''' - Polk County Marriage Books A and B Index 1852-1888. Batch {{IGI|M713521}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igigeorgiamz.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/53/Igigeorgiamz.pdf]].</ref>
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*'''1884 - 1895''' - Polk County Marriage Books C and D Index 1884-1895. Batch {{IGI|M713522}} at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
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*'''1885 - 1886''' - Marriages from Newspapers [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countypierce.html Georgia Pioneers] $
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*'''1891 - 1895''' - Polk County Marriage Book D Index 1891-1895. Batch {{IGI|M713523}} at FamilySearch - free.
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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
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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
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== Genealogy Societies and Libraries  ==
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'''Polk County Historical Society'''<br>205 N College St.<br>PO Box 203<br>
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Cedartown 30125-2603<br>Email:[mailto:staff@polkhist.org staff@polkhist.org] <br>[http://polkhist.org/ Website]<br><br>
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'''Aragon Historical Society'''<br> PO Box 333<br> Aragon, GA 30104-0333<br>Telephone Number: 770-684-3771<br>[http://www.genealogyinc.com/georgia/polk-county/#sthash.yBppp5AZ.dpuf Website]<br><br>
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==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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==== Family History Centers  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
== Web Sites ==
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=== Websites ===
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/georgia/polk-county/ Polk County, GA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
*{{FHL|Georgia%2C+Polk|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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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://www.usgwarchives.net/ga/polk.htm USGenWeb] project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.  
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*{{FHL|Georgia%2C+Polk|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/GA/Polk/ Polk County, Georgia Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/GA/Polk/ Polk County, Georgia Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
*Georgia Pioneers [http://www.georgiapioneers.com Georgia Pioneers]
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*[http://www.georgiapioneers.com Georgia Pioneers]
  
== References  ==
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=== References  ===
  
 
<references />{{Georgia|Georgia}}  
 
<references />{{Georgia|Georgia}}  
  
 
[[Category:Polk_County,_Georgia]]
 
[[Category:Polk_County,_Georgia]]

Latest revision as of 21:36, 28 February 2017

United States
Georgia


Polk County


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

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Polk County, Georgia
Map
Map of Georgia highlighting Polk County
Location in the state of Georgia
Facts
Founded 20 December, 1851
County Seat Cedartown
Courthouse
Address Polk County Courthouse
PO Box 268
Cedartown, GA 30125-0268
Phone: 770.749.2100 
Polk County Website
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County Information

Polk County, Georgia Record Dates

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

1852

1860
1852
1852


County Courthouse

Polk County Courthouse
PO Box 268
Cedartown, GA 30125-0268
Phone: 770.749.2100 

Probate Court has birth, marriage, death and probate records; Clerk Superior court has divorce, court and land records from 1852[1]

Clerk of Superior Court
100 Prior St., Courthouse No.1
P.O. Box 948
Cedartown, GA 30125
Phone: (770) 749-2114
Fax: (770) 749-2148

Probate Court of Polk County
100 Prior Street
Rm 102
Cedartown, GA 30125
Phone: 770-749-2128

History

Parent County

1851--Polk County was created 20 December 1851 from Paulding and Floyd Counties.  County seat:  Cedartown [2]

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

War.jpg
1864 During the American Civil War the courthouse at Cedartown was burned 1 or 2 November. Most county records survived.[3]

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Bartow  • Cherokee County, Alabama  • Cleburne County, Alabama  • Floyd  • Haralson  • Paulding

Polk CountyHaralson CountyCarroll CountyFayette CountyCoweta CountyFulton CountyDouglas CountyCobb CountyPaulding CountyCherokee CountyGordon CountyBartow CountyFloyd CountyChattooga CountyDeKalb CountyCherokee CountyEtowah CountyCalhoun CountyCleburne CountyRandolph CountyClay CountyGAPolk.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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

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.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Polk 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

Gapolk.jpg

Military

Civil War

Online Records

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

- 20th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company D
- 21st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company D
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project


Naturalization

Newspapers

Newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Polk 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

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Polk County Historical Society
205 N College St.
PO Box 203
Cedartown 30125-2603
Email:staff@polkhist.org
Website

Aragon Historical Society
PO Box 333
Aragon, GA 30104-0333
Telephone Number: 770-684-3771
Website


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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Polk County, Georgia. Page 159 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 49-50. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  4. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/53/Igigeorgiamz.pdf.
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