Decatur County, Georgia Genealogy

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


Decatur County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Decatur County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded December 8, 1823
County Seat Bainbridge
Decatur County Court House Bainbridge, Georgia.jpg
Address Decatur County Courthouse
1400 E Shotwell Street
PO Box 735
Bainbridge, GA 31717-0735
Phone: 229.248.3030
Decatur County Website

County Information

Decatur County, Georgia Record Dates

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



County Courthouse

Decatur County Courthouse
1400 E Shotwell Street
PO Box 735
Bainbridge, GA 31717-0735
Phone: 229.248.3030

Probate Court has marriage records from 1823 and probate records;  Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records from 1823.[1]

Clerk of Superior Court
P.O. Box 336
112 West Water Street
Bainbridge, GA 39818
Telephone: (229) 248-3025
Fax: (229) 248-3029

Probate Court of Decatur County
P O Box 234
112 W. Water Street
Bainbridge, GA 39818
Telephone: 229-248-3016


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The county is named after U.S. naval officer Stephen Decatur (1779-1820).[2]

Parent County

1823--Decatur County was created 8 December 1823 fromEarly County.
County seat: Bainbridge [3]

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


1878 The courthouse at Bainbridge burned on 6 May. Probate records suffered heavy losses, but some deed books were salvaged.[4]

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


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Baker  • Gadsden County  • Grady County  • Jackson County  • Miller County  • Mitchell County  • Seminole County

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Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records


Cemeteries of Decatur, 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 Decatur 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

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Decatur 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 Decatur 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 Decatur County, Georgia Genealogy:

- 1st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Ramsey's) (Confederate) , Company G
- 5th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company H
-17th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company D
- 31st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company I
- 50th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company F
- 59th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company A
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project

  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Decatur County). 1961. Muster roll of the First Regiment of Georgia Volunteers, 1861. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Film 249613
  • Hageness, MariLee Beatty. 1995. Confederate soldiers and their units, Decatur County, Georgia. [Anniston, Alabama]: MariLee Beatty Hageness. 975.8993 M2h also Film 2055469 item 10
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World War I



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


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).

Online Probate Records


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
  • 1824 - 1841 - Decatur County Marriage Book AA Index 1824-1841. Batch M712651 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
  • 1837 - 1869 - Decatur County Marriage Book A Index 1837-1869. Batch M712652 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
  • 1868 - 1895 - Decatur County Marriage Book B Index 1868-1895. Batch M712653 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
  • 1895 - Decatur County Marriage Book D Index 1895. Batch M712654 at FamilySearch - free.
Death Records
Vital Record Substitutes

Voter Records

Genealogy Societies and Libraries



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Decatur County, Georgia. Page 154 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "List of counties in Tennessee", Wikipedia.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 26. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  5. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at