Fayette County, Georgia Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Fayetteville
Organized: May 15, 1821
Parent County(s): Creek Indian lands[1]
Neighboring Counties
Clayton  • Coweta  • Fulton  • Spalding
See County Maps
Location Map
Georgia Fayette County Map.png
Marquis de Lafayette

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Marquis de Lafayette. The County is located in the west central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Fayette County Courthouse
200 Courthouse Square
Fayetteville, GA 30214-2198
Phone: 770-461-6041
Fayette County Website

Probate Court has birth, marriage, death and probate records.
Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records.[3]

Fayette county's original courthouse was built in 1825 and is the oldest standing courthouse in Georgia. It is located at the intersections of GA Highways 85 and 54, "on the Square." former Fayette Courthouse History

Fayette 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 1823 1919 1823 1823 1823 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]

1983 On April 11, 1983 the upper floors of the Courthouse at Fayetteville burned, but no records were harmed in the vault in the basement.[5]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1821 Fayette County was created 15 May 1821 from Creek Indian lands.
  • County seat: Fayetteville[6]

Several neighboring counties were created in part from Fayette County lands: DeKalb (1822), Campbell (1828 - consolidated with Fulton County in 1932), Spalding (1851) and Clayton (1858).
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.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Since the late 20th century, Fayette County has been part of the Greater Atlanta Metropolitan Area.

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
  • Bethany
  • Blakely Woods
  • Brogdon
  • Brookcliff
  • Chanticleer
  • Cross Creek
  • Dix-Leeson
  • Forest Hills
  • Gamma
  • Helmer
  • Hopeful
  • Inman
  • Kenwood
  • Kingswood
  • Ledgewood
  • Lees Mill
  • Lowry
  • Marion
  • Northridge
  • Oak Hills
  • Overlook
  • Ponderosa
  • Princeton Chase
  • Shannon
  • Starrs Mill
  • Timberidge
  • Tunis Trace

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 Fayette, 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 5,504
1840 6,191 12.5%
1850 8,709 40.7%
1860 7,047 −19.1%
1870 8,221 16.7%
1880 8,605 4.7%
1890 8,728 1.4%
1900 10,114 15.9%
1910 10,966 8.4%
1920 11,396 3.9%
1930 8,665 −24.0%
1940 8,170 −5.7%
1950 7,978 −2.4%
1960 8,199 2.8%
1970 11,364 38.6%
1980 29,043 155.6%
1990 62,415 114.9%
2000 91,263 46.2%
2010 106,567 16.8%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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

Fayetteville Baptist Church

  • 1903 Fayetteville Baptist Church Baptism Index 1903. Batch C712801 at FamilySearch

Fayetteville Methodist Church

  • 1869-1885 Fayetteville Methodist Church Marriage Index 1869-1885. Batch C712811 at FamilySearch
  • 1869-1895 Fayetteville Methodist Church Marriage Index 1869-1895. Batch M712811 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.

Early deeds are available online at Fayette Clerk. On the left under the Main Menu click Property Index Search. Under Disclaimer select "Click to Accept the Disclaimer and Proceed to the Website". From the top menu select "Online Index Books". Search the Grantor/Grantee Index, or enter the book and page number on the right hand side under "Search Record Book".

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Fayette 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]

Fulton CountyClayton CountyHenry CountySpalding CountyCoweta CountyGA FAYETTE.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 Fayette 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 Fayette County:

- 10th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company I
- 13th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company F
- 27th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company E
- 28th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company E
- 30th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company H
- 44th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company G
- 53rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company C

  • Fayette County Historical Society, and Carolyn C. Cary. 1977. The history of Fayette County, 1821-1971. [Fayetteville, Ga.]: Fayette County Historical Society. (page 344,350,354,356,359,362,365,371)975.8426 H2h, Film 1036079 item 7
  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Fayette County). 1960. Pension 1861-1949, and, Soldiers' roll 1861-1865. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Film 209420

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]

The Georgia Archives has a few death certificates from 1919 through 1927. The collection also includes a number of certificates from 1914-1918, with the bulk dating from 1917 and 1918. Georgia Death Certificates - Georgia's Virtual Vault

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

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

  • Georgia Archives
    Georgia's Virtual Vault
    University System of Georgia

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

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

The Fayette County Historical Society
P.O. Box 421
195 Lee Street
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Phone: 770-461-9270
The Fayette County Historical Society

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
James Waldrop Chapter NSDAR

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, "Fayette County, Georgia" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fayette_County,_Georgia accessed 31 Oct 2018
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Fayette County, Georgia. Page 155 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Fayette 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), 31. 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, "Fayette County, Georgia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fayette_County%2C_Georgia, accessed 14 Febuary 2019.
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/5/57/Igigeorgiael.pdf.