Polk County, Georgia Genealogy

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

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Polk County, Georgia
Map
Map of Georgia highlighting Polk County
Location in the state of Georgia
Facts
Founded 20 December, 1851
County Seat Cedartown
Courthouse
Address Polk County Courthouse
PO Box 268
Cedartown, GA 30125-0268
Phone: 770.749.2100 
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County Information

Polk County, Georgia Record Dates

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

1852

1860
1852
1852


County Courthouse

Polk County Courthouse
PO Box 268
Cedartown, GA 30125-0268
Phone: 770.749.2100 

Probate Court has birth, marriage, death and probate records; Clerk Superior court has divorce, court and land records from 1852[1]

Clerk of Superior Court
100 Prior St., Courthouse No.1
P.O. Box 948
Cedartown, GA 30125
Phone: (770) 749-2114
Fax: (770) 749-2148

Probate Court of Polk County
100 Prior Street
Rm 102
Cedartown, GA 30125
Phone: 770-749-2128

History

Parent County

1851--Polk County was created 20 December 1851 from Paulding and Floyd Counties.  County seat:  Cedartown [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 MapofUS.org website.

Variant Spellings

Record Loss

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1864 During the American Civil War the courthouse at Cedartown was burned 1 or 2 November. Most county records survived.[3]

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Bartow  • Cherokee County, Alabama  • Cleburne County, Alabama  • Floyd  • Haralson  • Paulding

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Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Polk, 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 Polk County cemeteries.

Census

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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records
  • Polk

Court

Genealogy

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 Polk 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

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Military

Civil War

Online Records

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

- 20th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company D
- 21st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company D
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project


  • Carter, Larry D. 2012. Polk County, Georgia the first one-hundred years. [S.l.]: L.D. Carter. (page 227-328; 581-638) 975.8375 H2

Naturalization

Newspapers

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

Occupations

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).

Taxation

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

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

Birth
Marriage Records
Death Records
Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Polk County Historical Society
205 N College St.
PO Box 203
Cedartown 30125-2603
Email:staff@polkhist.org
Website

Aragon Historical Society
PO Box 333
Aragon, GA 30104-0333
Telephone Number: 770-684-3771
Website


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.

Websites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Polk County, Georgia. Page 159 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), 49-50. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  4. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/53/Igigeorgiamz.pdf.