Forsyth County, Georgia Genealogy
Guide to Forsyth County, Georgia ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Forsyth County, Georgia|
Location in the state of Georgia
|Founded||December 3, 1832|
|Address|| Forsyth County Courthouse|
100 W Courthouse Square
Cumming, GA 30040-0128
Forsyth County Website
- 1 County Information
- 2 County Courthouse
- 3 History
- 4 Places/Localities
- 5 Genealogy Resources
- 5.1 Research Guides
- 5.2 African Americans
- 5.3 American Indians
- 5.4 Bible Records
- 5.5 Cemeteries
- 5.6 Census
- 5.7 Church Records
- 5.8 Court
- 5.9 Genealogy
- 5.10 Land and Property
- 5.11 Local Histories
- 5.12 Maps
- 5.13 Military
- 5.14 Naturalization
- 5.15 Newspapers
- 5.16 Occupations
- 5.17 Probate Records
- 5.18 Taxation
- 5.19 Vital Records
- 5.20 Voter Records
- 6 Genealogy Societies and Libraries
- 7 Websites
- 8 References
Forsyth County, Georgia Record Dates
Forsyth County Courthouse
100 W Courthouse Square
Cumming, GA 30040-0128
Clerk of Courts has land records from 1830s, as well as divorce and court records. Probate Court has birth, marriage, death and probate records.
Clerk of Superior Court
100 Courthouse Square, Suite 010
Cumming, GA 30040
Telephone: (770) 781-2120
Fax: (770) 886-2858
Probate Court of Forsyth County
112 West Maple Street Suite 101
Cumming, GA 30040
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.
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.
For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:
- Burned Counties Research in the FamilySearch Research Wiki.
- Arlene Eakle, When the Records are Gone in the Tennessee Genealogy Blog.
- Michael John Neill, Burned Counties in Family History Circle.
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Shadburn, Donald L. Pioneer History of Forsyth County, Georgia. The Cottonpatch Press, Cumming, GA. C. 2006
The following web site may have additional information on Forsyth County cemeteries.
- Interment.net Georgia cemetery 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 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.
- Georgia Military - USGenWeb Archives Project
- 1861-1865 - Georgia Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865 at FamilySearch — index
- 1861-1865 - Georgia Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865 at FamilySearch — index
- 1861-1865 - U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865 at Ancestry — index (free)
- 1861-1865 - U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865 at Ancestry — index (free)
Regiments. Service men in Forsyth 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 Forsyth County, Georgia Genealogy:
- - 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
- - Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project
- 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
Newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Forsyth County, Georgia Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:
- FamilySearch Catalog. Do a Place search for Forsyth County, Georgia Genealogy to find these and other records in the FamilySearch Catalog (For instructions see FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search).
Online Probate Records
- 1742–1992 Georgia Wills and Probate Records 1742-1992 at Ancestry.com — index and images $
- 1742–1990 Georgia Probate Records 1742-1990 at FamilySearch.org images
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.
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).
- 1856-1892 - Wills 1856-1892 (digital images). See list of testators. Georgia Pioneers $
- 1892-1935 - Index to Will Book C 1892-1935 Georgia Pioneers $
Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and slaves aged 21 to 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 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.
- 1560-1993 - Georgia, United States Marriages at FindMyPast — index $
- 1699 - 1944 - Georgia Marriages 1699-1944 at Ancestry.com— index $
- 1754 - 1960 - Georgia Church Marriages, 1754-1960 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1785 - 1950 - Georgia County Marriages 1785-1950 at FamilySearch.org — index and images
- 1787 - 1962 - Georgia, Church Marriages, 1787-1962 at FamilySearch — index
- 1808 - 1967 - Georgia Marriages 1808-1967 at FamilySearch.org — index
- 1828 - 1978 - Georgia Marriage Records from Select Counties 1828-1978 at Ancestry.com — index and images $
- 1833 - 1877 - Forsyth County Marriage Index 1833-1877. Batch M712851 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1874 - 1895 - Forsyth County Marriage Index 1874-1895. Batch M712852 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
- 1895 - Forsyth County Marriage Index 1895. Batch M712853 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1859 - 1860 - Forsyth County, Georgia Genealogy Mortality Schedules at Ancestry ($).
- 1914 - 1927 - Georgia Deaths 1914-1927 at FamilySearch.org — index and images
- 1919 - 1998 - Georgia Deaths 1919-1998 at Ancestry.com — index $
- 1928 - 1939 - Georgia Deaths 1928-1939 at FamilySearch.org — index and images
- 1933 - 1998 - Georgia Death Index 1933-1998 at FamilySearch.org — index
Vital Record Substitutes
- 1867-1868 - Georgia, Reconstruction Registration Oath Books, 1867-1868 at FamilySearch — index
Genealogy Societies and Libraries
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.
- Forsyth County, GA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy
- Georgia Genealogy Network Community on Google+
- Georgia Genealogy Network Group on Facebook
- USGenWeb Forsyth County, Georgia project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
- FamilySearch Catalog
- Forsyth County, Georgia Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- Georgia Pioneers Georgia Pioneers ($)
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Forsythe County, Georgia. Page 155 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 32. At various libraries (WorldCat).
- Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/57/Igigeorgiael.pdf.