Chattooga County, Georgia Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Summerville
Organized: December 28, 1838
Parent County(s): Floyd, Walker[1]
Neighboring Counties
Cherokee (AL)  • De Kalb (AL)  • Floyd  • Gordon  • Walker
See County Maps
Chattooga County Courthouse; Summerville, Georgia.jpg
Location Map
Georgia Chattooga County Map.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the Chattooga River. The County is located in the northwestern area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Chattooga County Courthouse
PO Box 211
Summerville, GA 30747-0211
Phone: 706-857-0700
Chatooga County Website

Clerk Court has divorce records from early 1900s and court records.
Clerk Office has birth, marriage death, burial and probate records.[3]

Chattooga 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 1839 1919 1839 1839 1839 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]

  • 1838 Chattooga County was created 28 December 1838 from Floyd and Walker Counties.
  • County seat: Summerville[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
Ghost towns

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 Chattooga, 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.
1840 3,438
1850 6,815 98.2%
1860 7,165 5.1%
1870 6,902 −3.7%
1880 10,021 45.2%
1890 11,202 11.8%
1900 12,952 15.6%
1910 13,608 5.1%
1920 14,312 5.2%
1930 15,407 7.7%
1940 18,532 20.3%
1950 21,197 14.4%
1960 19,954 −5.9%
1970 20,541 2.9%
1980 21,856 6.4%
1990 22,242 1.8%
2000 25,470 14.5%
2010 26,015 2.1%
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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


Beersheba Presbyterian Church, Summerville

  • 1853-1885 Beersheba Presbyterian Church, Summerville, Baptism Index 1853-1885. Batch C712461 at FamilySearch.
  • 1853-1895 Beersheba Presbyterian Church, Summerville, Marriage Index 1853-1895. Batch M712461 at FamilySearch.

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 Chattooga 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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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Chattooga 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 Chattooga County:

- 9th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) ,Company B
- 21st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company A
- 34th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company D
- 35th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company I
- 39th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company H
  • Griffith, Jessie June Brandon. 1985. 1870 census and mortality schedules of Chattooga County, GA.: plus Confederate soldier information, where they enlisted, fought and where they died. Rossville, Ga: J.B. Griffith. (page 69) FHL 455108
  • Chattooga County (Georgia). Superior Court Clerk. 1963. Veterans of Civil and European wars, 1861-1960. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Film 337228

Spanish-American War

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

The Chattooga News(1877-1896) became The Summerville News

The Menlo Hatchet (1895-1896) became The Trion Echo

The Trion Echo (1896-189?) became The Trion Herald

The Trion Herald (189?-19??)

The Menlo Mirror (1910-?)

The Chattooga County Times (1913-1914)

The Menlo Messenger (1923)

The Trion Facts (1920-?)

The Dickeyville Gazette (19??)

The Chattooga Democrat (1959-1960)

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.Property Tax Digests

Online Tax Records

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

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Chattooga County Historical Society
PO Box 626
Summerville, GA 30747

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, "Chattooga County, Georgia" in,_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), Chattooga 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), 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, "Chattooga County, Georgia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 2 Febuary 2019.
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at