Cherokee County, Georgia Genealogy

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


Cherokee County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Cherokee County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded December 26, 1831
County Seat Canton
Cherokee County Justice Center, Canton, Georgia.jpg
Address Cherokee County Courthouse
90 N Street
Canton, GA 30114-2794
Phone: 770.479.1953
Cherokee County Website

County Information

Cherokee County, Georgia Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Cherokee County, Georgia Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate



County Courthouse

Cherokee County Courthouse
90 N Street Canton, GA 30114-2794
Phone: 770.479.1953

Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records from 1833; Probate Court has birth, marriage, death, burial and probate records.[1]

Clerk of Superior Court
90 North Street
Suite G-170
Canton, GA 30114
Phone: (678) 493-6511

Probate Court of Cherokee County
90 North Street
Suite 340
Canton, GA 30114
Phone: (678) 493-6160


Parent County

1831--Cherokee County was created 26 December 1831 from Cherokee Lands. County seat:  Canton [2]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Georgia county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Georgia County Boundary Maps" (1758-1932) may be viewed for free at the website.

Variant Spellings

Record Loss

1864 During the American Civil War the courthouse was destroyed about 30 October. The earliest marriage and probate records were apparently lost at that time. Significant county records including deeds survived.[3]

1927 Fire destroyed the courthouse on 10 March, but county records were carried to safety.[3]

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


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Bartow  • Cobb  • Dawson  • Forsyth  • Fulton  • Gordon  • Pickens

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Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records


Cemeteries of Cherokee, 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

The following web site may have additional information on Cherokee County cemeteries.


Church Records

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.



Land and Property

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.

Scanned land records from 1832 onward can be searched online at the Cherokee County Georgia Index Search. Real Estate Index 1832 - 1898 and indexes from July 1979 - December 1988 are available for viewing. Years 1899 - 1979 indexes are currently in the process of being preserved and scanned.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Cherokee 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.




  • Military - Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project

Cherokee County Soldiers in the Mexican War Georgia Pioneers ($).

Index to Georgia's Confederate Pension Supplements. compiled by Ted O. Brook and Linda Woodward Geiger  1999. 210 pages

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Cherokee County, Georgia Genealogy 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 Cherokee County, Georgia Genealogy:

- 2nd Battalion, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company F
- 14th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company B
- 34th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company B
- 36th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Broyles') (Confederate) , Company A and E
- 41st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company C
- 43rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company A and B
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project

  • Cherokee County Heritage Book Committee (Cherokee County, Ga.). 1998. The heritage of Cherokee County, Georgia, 1831-1998. [Cherokee County, Ga.]: Cherokee County Heritage Book Committee. (page 63-64) 975.8253 H2h
  • Marlin, Lloyd G. 1932. The history of Cherokee County. Atlanta: Walter W. Brown Pub. Co. (page 65-83) FHL Collection
  • Cherokee County Heritage Book Committee (Cherokee County, Ga.). 1998. The heritage of Cherokee County, Georgia, 1831-1998. [Cherokee County, Ga.]: Cherokee County Heritage Book Committee. (page 2-24) 975.8253 H2h



Newspapers Extracts and Abstracts

Newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Cherokee County, Georgia Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Annotated Obituaries from the Cherokee Advance, Canton, Georgia, 1880-1938. by John Carver, 2003. Over 600 pages.


Probate Records

Online Probate Records

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).


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

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. See also How to order Georgia Vital Records

Marriage Records
  • 1841 - 1870 - Cherokee County Marriage Book D Index 1841-1870. Batch M712471 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1841 - 1910 - Cherokee County Marriages 1841-1910. compiled by John Carver 2002.  Groom & Bride lists. 320 pages
  • 1870 - 1884 - Cherokee County Marriage Book E Index 1870-1884. Batch M712472 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
  • 1884 - 1895 - Cherokee County Marriage Books F and G Index 1884-1895. Batch M712473 at FamilySearch - free.
Death Records
Vital Record Substitutes

Voter Records

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Cherokee County Historical Society
PO Box 1287

Canton, GA 30169

Phone: 770.345.3288

Fax: 770.345.3289

Ball Ground (Georgia) Historical Society
Ball Ground City Hall
215 Valley Street
Ball Ground, Georgia

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cherokee County, Georgia. Page 153 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 19-20. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  4. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at