Carroll County, Georgia Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Carrollton
Organized: Jun 9, 1825
Parent County(s): Creek Indian lands[1]
Neighboring Counties
Cleburne (AL)  • Coweta  • Douglas  • Fulton  • Haralson  • Heard  • Paulding  • Randolph (AL)
See County Maps
Carroll County Court House; Carrollton, Georgia.jpg
Location Map
Georgia Carroll County Map.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the Charles Carroll of Carrollton, who at that time was the last surviving signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. The County is located in the northwest area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Carroll County Courthouse
423 College Street
PO Box 338
Carrollton, GA 30117
Phone: 770-830-5801
Carroll County Website

Clerk superior Court has divorce records from 1900, land and court records from 1828.
Probate Court has marriage and probate records from 1827.
County Health Department has birth and death records.[3]

Carroll County, Georgia Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1919 1827 1919 1828 1828 1827 1820
*Statewide registration of births and death began in 1919. General compliance for births by 1928 and deaths by 1922.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1928 The courthouse at Carrollton burned early 4 February 1928. Very few records were lost thanks to a fire-proof vault.[5]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1825 Section the Fifth (later renamed as Carroll County) created from Non-County Area on June 9, 1825.
  • 1826 Section the Fifth renamed to Carroll County on 11 December 1826.
  • County seat: Carrollton[6]

For animated maps illustrating Georgia county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Georgia County Boundary Maps" (1758-1932) may be viewed for free at the website.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[7]

Unincorporated communities

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Carroll, Georgia online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Georgia Cemeteries for more information

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 3,419
1840 5,252 53.6%
1850 9,357 78.2%
1860 11,991 28.2%
1870 11,782 −1.7%
1880 16,901 43.4%
1890 22,301 32.0%
1900 26,576 19.2%
1910 30,855 16.1%
1920 34,752 12.6%
1930 34,272 −1.4%
1940 34,156 −0.3%
1950 34,112 −0.1%
1960 36,451 6.9%
1970 45,404 24.6%
1980 56,346 24.1%
1990 71,422 26.8%
2000 87,268 22.2%
2010 110,527 26.7%
Source: "".

Church Records[edit | edit source]

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.
List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

African Americans

  • 1892-1895 Carroll County Colored Marriage Book A Index 1892-1895. Batch M712364 at FamilySearch.

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Carroll 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 and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Cleburne CountyRandolph CountyHaralson CountyPaulding CountyDouglas CountyFulton CountyCoweta CountyHeard CountyGA CARROLL.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Carroll County 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 Carroll County:

  • Holcombe, G. M. 2000. Reminiscences of an Old Man: a collection of articles on Georgia, 40th Regiment Georgia Volunteers. Cullman, Alabama: Cullman County Public Library System Press. (last 5 Page, CoG, 40thReg.) 975.839 H2h
  • Carroll County, Georgia. 1988. Carrollton, Georgia: Carroll County Genealogical Society (Georgia). (page 120) 975.839 H2cc

Spanish-American War

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Voting Records

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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).

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and all slaves up to age 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[edit | edit source]

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.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Carroll County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Georgia Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Carroll County. For state-wide library facilities, see Georgia Archives and Libraries.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Carroll County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Georgia Societies.

Carroll County Genealogical Society
P O Box 576
Carrollton, GA 30112
Carroll County Genealogical Society
Carroll County Genealogical Society Facebook

Carroll County Historical Society
P O Box 1308
Carrollton, GA 30112-0024
Phone: 770-834-3081
Carroll County Historical Society
Carroll County Historical Society Facebook

Northwest Georgia Historical & Genealogical Society
Northwest Georgia Historical & Genealogical Society Facebook

Bowdon Area Historical Society
105 Collegeview Street
P O Box 112
Bowdon, GA 30108-0112
Phone: 770-258-8980
Bowdon Area Historical Society Facebook

Casimir Pulaski Chapter Sons of the American Revolution
P O Box 154
Carrollton, GA 30112-0003
Phone: 770-836-1162
Casimir Pulaski Chapter
Casimir Pulaski Chapter Sons of the American Revolution
Casimir Pulaski Chapter GSSAR Facebook

McDaniel-Curtis Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans
1790 Stripling Chapel Rd
P O Box 622
Carrollton, GA 30112-0012
McDaniel-Curtis Camp #165, SCV Facebook

Roopville Historical Society and Archives
165 Old Highway 27
P O Box 285
Roopville, GA 30170-0285
Phone: 770-854-8099
Roopville Historical Society and Archives
Roopville Historical Society and Archives Facebook

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Carroll, Georgia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Georgia." accessed 31 Oct 2018
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Carroll County, Georgia. Page 151-163 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 155-160.
  5. Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 18-19. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Carroll County, Georgia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 1 Febuary 2019.
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at