Forsyth County, Georgia Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Cumming
Organized: December 3, 1832
Parent County(s): Cherokee[1]
Neighboring Counties
Cherokee  • Dawson  • Fulton  • Gwinnett  • Hall
See County Maps
Forsyth County Courthouse Cumming, Georgia.jpg
Location Map
Georgia Forsyth County Map.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for John Forsyth. The County is located in the north central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Forsyth County Courthouse
100 W Courthouse Square
Cumming, GA 30040-0128
Phone: 770-781-2120
Forsyth County Website

Clerk of Courts has land records from 1830s, as well as divorce and court records.
Probate Court has birth, marriage, death and probate records.[3]

Forsyth 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 1833 1919 1832 1830 1832 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]

1973 The courthouse at Cumming burned the evening of 5 November 1973. Loose papers from the Superior Court, Ordinary Court, tax commissioner, and Justice of the Peace were lost. Most county records were in a vault and remained safe.[5]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1832 Forsyth County was created 3 December 1832 from Cherokee County.
  • County seat: Cumming[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
  • Mars Hill Crossroads
  • Matt
  • Oscarville

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 Forsyth, 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 6,619
1850 8,850 33.7%
1860 7,749 −12.4%
1870 7,983 3.0%
1880 10,559 32.3%
1890 11,155 5.6%
1900 11,550 3.5%
1910 11,940 3.4%
1920 11,755 −1.5%
1930 10,624 −9.6%
1940 11,322 6.6%
1950 11,005 −2.8%
1960 12,170 10.6%
1970 16,928 39.1%
1980 27,958 65.2%
1990 44,083 57.7%
2000 98,407 123.2%
2010 175,511 78.4%
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]

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 Forsyth 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.

  • Shadburn, Donald L. Pioneer History of Forsyth County, Georgia. The Cottonpatch Press, Cumming, GA. C. 2006

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Dawson CountyHall CountyGwinnett CountyFulton CountyCherokee CountyGA FORSYTH.PNG
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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Forsyth 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 Forsyth County:

- 14th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company E
- 21st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company E
- 22nd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company E
- 43rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Companies E and I

  • Bagley, Garland C. 1985. History of Forsyth County, Georgia. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press. (page 383-494: note; has muster rolls of company and regiment not shown above) 975.8265 H2b V. 1-2
  • Shadburn, Don L., and Ted O. Brooke. 1997. Crimson and sabres: a Confederate record of Forsyth County, Georgia. Cumming, Ga. (P.O. Box 3121, Cumming 30028-6515): D.L. Shadburn. (Entire Book) 975.8265 M2s digital version

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

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Historical Society of Cumming/Forsyth County
PO Box 1334 / 101 School St
Room 112 Cumming, GA 30040
Phone: 678-455-7260
Historical Society of Cumming/Forsyth County
Historical Society of Cumming/Forsyth County Facebook

Northeast Georgia Historical & Genealogical Society
Northeast Georgia Historical & Genealogical Society

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

Southern Appalachian Genealogy
Southern Appalachian Genealogy 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, "Forsyth 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), Forsyth 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), 32. 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, "Forsyth County, Georgia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 14 Febuary 2019.
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at