Catoosa County, Georgia Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Ringgold
Organized: December 5, 1853
Parent County(s): Walker, Whitfield[1]
Neighboring Counties
Bradley (TN)  • Hamilton (TN)  • Walker  • Whitfield
See County Maps
Catoosa County Court House; Ringgold, Georgia.jpg
Location Map
Georgia Catoosa County Map.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for a word in the Cherokee language named "Catoosa" which means obscure. The County is located in the northwestern area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Catoosa County Courthouse
7694 Nashville Street
Ringgold, GA 30736-1799
Phone: 706-965-2500
Catoosa County Website

Clerk Superior Court has court and divorce records from 1853 and land records.
Probate Court has marriage and probate records from 1853.[3]

Catoosa 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 1853 1919 1853 1853 1853 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]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.[5]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1853 Catoosa County was created 5 December 1853 from Walker and Whitfield Counties.
  • County seat: Ringgold[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
Census-designated places

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 Catoosa, 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.
1860 5,082
1870 4,409 −13.2%
1880 4,739 7.5%
1890 5,431 14.6%
1900 5,823 7.2%
1910 7,184 23.4%
1920 6,677 −7.1%
1930 9,421 41.1%
1940 12,199 29.5%
1950 15,146 24.2%
1960 21,101 39.3%
1970 28,271 34.0%
1980 36,991 30.8%
1990 42,464 14.8%
2000 53,282 25.5%
2010 63,942 20.0%
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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]

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 Catoosa 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]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Catoosa 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 Catoosa County:

- 1st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies B and C; 2nd Companies D and I
- 11th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company G
- 13th Battalion, Georgia Infantry (State Guards) (Confederate), Company C
- 39th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company F

  • Catoosa County, Georgia Heritage Book Committee, and Catoosa County Historical Society (Catoosa County, Ga.). 1998. Catoosa County, Georgia heritage 1853-1998. [Marietta, Ga.]: Walsworth Pub. Co. (page 5-6) 975.8325 H2cc
  • Clark, William Henry Harrison. 1972. History in Catoosa County. S.l: s.n.]. (page 284-302 Co.B 1st Regiment) 975.8326 H2c
  • Crawley, Laura. 1986. Civil War medicine at Chickamauga Battlefield. Rossville, Georgia: Delta Genealogical Society.(Catoosa County Docors and other in the Civil War) 975.83 M2cL ; Film 1421647
  • Sons of Confederate Veterans. La Fayette McLaws Camp, no. 596, (Savannah, Georgia). 1990. Applications for membership in LaFayette McLaws Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Film 1642794 item1
  • Sons of Confederate Veterans. Francis Bartow Camp, No. 93 (Savannah, Georgia). 1990. Index to applications for membership to Francis S. Bartow Camp Chapter, Sons of Confederate Veterans. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. 4 Film see Catalog
  • Georgia. 1959. Confederate widows and orphans' records [Chatham County, Georgia]. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Film 183844
  • Roster of Civil War and Spanish-American War veterans of Chatham County, Georgia. 1959. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Film 206327
  • Georgia. 1959. Confederate soldiers pension roll, 1890-1925. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Film 206327

Civil War Battle
The following Civil War battles were fought in Catoosa County.

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 Catoosa 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 Catoosa County. For state-wide library facilities, see Georgia Archives and Libraries.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Chickamauga Chattanooga NMP
P O Box 2128
Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742-0128
Phone: 706-866-9241
Chickamauga Chattanooga NMP

Northwest Georgia Historical & Genealogical Society
Northwest Georgia Historical & Genealogical Society
Catoosa County, Georgia Genealogy

Catoosa County Library
Benton Place Campus
108 Catoosa Circle
Ringgold,GA 30736
Phone: 706-965-3600
Catoosa County Library
Catoosa County Library Facebook

Catoosa County Historical Society
P O Box 113
Ringgold, GA 30736-0113
Phone: 706-935-5232
Catoosa County Historical Society 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, "Catoosa County, 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), Catoosa 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, "Catoosa County, Georgia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 1 Febuary 2019.
  8. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 13 August, 2012)
  9. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 13 August, 2012)
  10. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at