Henry County, Georgia Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: McDonough
Organized: May 15, 1821
Parent County(s): Creek Indian lands[1]
Neighboring Counties
Butts  • Clayton  • DeKalb  • Newton  • Rockdale  • Spalding
See County Maps
Henry County Court House McDonough, Georgia.jpg
Location Map
Georgia Henry County Map.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Patrick Henry. The County is located in the central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Henry County Courthouse
345 Phillips Drive
McDonough, GA 30253-3425
Phone: 770-954-2400
Henry County Website

Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records from 1821.[3]

Henry 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 1822 1919 1821 1821 1822 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]

1824 Fire burned the courthouse.
1864 During the American Civil War, some county records were destroyed.

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1821 Henry County was created 15 May 1821 from Creek Indian lands.
  • County seat: McDonough[5]

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]

Henry County is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical 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:[6]

Unincorporated communities
  • Belair Woods
  • Blacksville
  • Bowden
  • Brannan
  • Bridgewood
  • Brownwood
  • Cotton Indian Creek
  • Country Roads
  • Creek Cove
  • Crystal Springs
  • Ellenwood
  • Flakes Crossing
  • Flintlook
  • Flippen
  • Greenwood
  • Hidden Valley
  • Highland Village
  • Julia
  • Kelleytown
  • Leadmore
  • Millers Mill
  • Oakhill
  • Ola
  • Patillo Point
  • Peeksville
  • Scarbrough Cross Roads
  • Southbridge
  • Spivey Chase
  • Springfield Acres
  • Springwood Valley
  • Strawberry Hills
  • Swan Lake
  • Unity Grove
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 Henry, 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 10,566
1840 11,756 11.3%
1850 14,726 25.3%
1860 10,702 −27.3%
1870 10,102 −5.6%
1880 14,193 40.5%
1890 16,220 14.3%
1900 18,602 14.7%
1910 19,927 7.1%
1920 20,420 2.5%
1930 15,924 −22.0%
1940 15,119 −5.1%
1950 15,857 4.9%
1960 17,619 11.1%
1970 23,724 34.7%
1980 36,309 53.0%
1990 58,741 61.8%
2000 119,341 103.2%
2010 203,922 70.9%
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

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 Henry 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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Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Henry 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 Henry County:

- 19th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company G
- 22nd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company K
- 23rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company K
- 27th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company H
- 28th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company H
- 30th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company E
- 44th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies A and I
- 53rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company F
- 60th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company I

  • Rainer, Vessie Thrasher. 1971. Henry County, Georgia: The Mother of Counties. (page 34-76) 975.8435 H2r
  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Henry County). 1958. Confederate veterańs pension roll, 1890-1929. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. film 175343

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

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Genealogical Society of Henry and Clayton Counties, Inc.
71 Macon Street
PO Box 1296
McDonough, GA 30253-1296
Phone: 770-954-1456
Email: genealsoc@bellsouth.net
Genealogical Society of Henry and Clayton Counties, Inc.
Genealogical Society of Henry and Clayton Counties, Inc.2

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, "Henry County, Georgia" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_County,_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), Henry 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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Henry County, Georgia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_County%2C_Georgia, accessed 27 Febuary 2019.
  7. 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.