Clayton County, Georgia Genealogy

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Clayton County

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


Clayton County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Clayton County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded November 30, 1858
County Seat Jonesboro
Clayton County Courthouse; Jonesboro, Georgia.jpg
Address Clayton County Courthouse
9151 Tara Blvd
Jonesboro, GA 30236-3694
Phone: 770.477.4565
Clayton County Website

County Information

Clayton County, Georgia Record Dates

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



County Courthouse

Clayton County Courthouse
9151 Tara Blvd
Jonesboro, GA 30236-3694
Phone: 770.477.4565

Probate Court has birth, marriage, death and probate records; Clerk Superior Court has divorce and land records from 1859 and court records from 1964.[1]

Clerk of Superior Court
9151 Tara Blvd.
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Phone: (770) 477-4565
Court Clerk Clayton County Website

Probate Court of Clayton County
121 South McDonough Street
Annex Building 3
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Phone: 770-477-3299


Parent County

1858--Clayton County was created 30 November 1858 fromFayette and Henry Counties.  County seat:  Jonesboro [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 on 19 August, but after its records had been removed to safety. Few, if any, records were lost.[3]


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

DeKalb County  • Fayette County  • Fulton County  • Henry County  • Spalding County

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Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records


Cemeteries of Clayton, Georgia online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions 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 Clayton 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.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Clayton 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.




  • Georgia Military - USGenWeb Archives Project
Civil War

Online Records

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

- 10th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company E
- 22nd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company K
- 23rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company K
- 30th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company I
- 44th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company D
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project
  • Moore, Joseph Henry Hightower, and Alice Copeland Kilgore. 1983. A History of Clayton County, Georgia, 1821-1983. Roswell, Georgia: WH Wolfe Associates. (page 594-596) 975.8432 D2hc
  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Clayton County). 1961. Confederate pension rolls, 1890-1927. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Film 229470
  • Muster roll of Company I: 30th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry Army of Tennessee, C.S.A, Clayton County, Ga., "Clayton Invincibles". 2000. Salt Lake City, Utah: Digitized by the Genealogical Society of Utah. digital version
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battles were fought in Clayton County.

Map showing Civil War battles in Georgia.

World War I



Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts

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


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).

  • 1857-1865 - Wills (digital images) 1857-1865 (see names of testators) Georgia Pioneers ($)
  • 1857-1897, 1898-1957 - Index to Clayton County Inventories, Vouchers, Sales 1857-1897; 1898-1957 Georgia Pioneers ($)


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
Death Records
Vital Record Substitutes

Voter Records

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Genealogical Society of Henry & Clayton Counties, Inc
Post Office Box 1296
McDonough, Georgia 30253-1296

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), Clayton 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. Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 20. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  4. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 13 August, 2012)
  5. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 13 August, 2012)
  6. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at