Paulding County, Georgia Genealogy

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Paulding County

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

County Facts
County seat: Dallas
Organized: December 3, 1832
Parent County(s): Cherokee[1]
Neighboring Counties
Bartow  • Carroll  • Cobb  • Douglas  • Haralson  • Polk
See County Maps
Paulding County Courthouse Dallas, Georgia.jpg
Location Map
Georgia Paulding County Map.png

County Information


The County was named for John Paulding (October 16, 1758 – February 18, 1818), who was famous for the capture of the British spy Major John André in 1780 during the American Revolution. André was on a mission carrying secret papers from Benedict Arnold when he was captured. The County is located in the northwestern area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Paulding County Courthouse
11 Courthouse Square
Dallas, GA 30132-1401
Phone: 770-445-7527
Paulding County Website

Clerk Superior Court has divorce and court records from 1876 and land records from 1848.[3]

Paulding County, Georgia Record Dates

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
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1833 1848 1850 1840

Record Loss

1864 The courthouse at Van Wert was burned 2 or 3 November 1864 during the American Civil War. Many county records were lost.[4] Deeds from 1851, Superior Court minutes from 1859, wills from 1850, and letters of administration from 1856 survived. [4] [5]

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

Boundary Changes

  • 1832 Paulding County was created 3 December 1832 from Cherokee County.
  • County seat: Dallas[6]

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

Populated Places

The following are locations in Paulding County, Georgia:

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Paulding, 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 Paulding County cemeteries.

Census Records

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.

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes



Land and Property Records

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 Paulding 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



Military Records

  • Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project
  • Veterans, Salute to our Veterans who serve our country through out all wars and peace-time (includes list).
  • Fallen Heroes, Tribute to our Fallen Heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom (includes list).

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Paulding 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 Paulding County:

- 7th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company C
- 19th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company H
- 22nd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company C
- 40th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies A and F
- 41st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company C
- 60th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company K

  • Foster, W. A., and Thomas Allan Scott. 1983. Paulding County: its people and places. Roswell, Ga: W.H. Wolfe Associates. (give all company abount, plux many more company) 975.8373 H2
  • Herring, Dorothy Holland. 1987. Company A of the Fourtieth Georgia Regiment in Confederate service. [Jonesboro, GA]: [D.H. Herring].(page 12) 975.8373 M2 digital version
  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Paulding County). 1965. Confederate pension roll, 1890-1929, 1931-1940. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. film 422021

Civil War Battle
The following Civil War battles were fought in Paulding County.

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship



Other Records

Voting Records


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

School Records

Tax 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.





Research Facilities


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.



  • Paulding County Historical Society and Museum
    PO Box 333
    Dallas, GA 30132
    Phone: 770-505-3485


  • Paulding County Historical Society and Museum
    PO Box 333
    Dallas, GA 30132
    Phone: 770-505-3485
  • Paulding County Genealogical Society
    PO Box 2332
    Dallas, GA 30132
    Phone: 678-909-4363


Research Guides


  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, "Paulding County, Georgia" in,_Georgia accessed 2 Nov 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. 4.0 4.1 Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 47-48. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  5. Georgia, Court of Ordinary (Paulding County), Probate records : wills, Inferior and Ordinary Court minutes; estate records; inventories and appraisments; annual returns and vouchers; bills of sales, miscellaneous estate records, and 12 month support, 1850-1965 (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah in Dallas, Georgia at the Georgia State Department of Archives and History, 1965). At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Film 419181-96.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 13 August, 2012)
  8. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 13 August, 2012)
  9. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 13 August, 2012)
  10. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at