Troup County, Georgia Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: LaGrange
Organized: December 11, 1826
Parent County(s): Creek Indian lands[1]
Neighboring Counties
Chambers (AL)  • Coweta  • Harris  • Heard  • Meriwether  • Randolph (AL)
See County Maps
Troup County Government Center La Grange, Georgia.jpg
Location Map
Georgia Troup County Map.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for George Troup, thirty-fourth governor of Georgia, U.S. representative, and senator. The County is located in the west central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Troup County Courthouse
118 Ridley Avenue
PO Box 1051
LaGrange, GA 30240
Phone: 706-883-1740
Troup County Website

County Archives has marriage, burial, divorce, land, probate and court records from 1827, military records 1890-1936 and naturalization records from 1843-1908.
County Health Department has birth and death records from 1919.[3]

Troup County, Georgia Record Dates[edit | edit source]

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[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1919 1827 1919 1827 1827 1827 1820
*Statewide registration of births and death began in 1919. General compliance for births by 1928 and deaths by 1922.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1936 The courthouse at LaGrange burned 5 November 1936. Some County Commission records in use that day were destroyed. All other county records survived unharmed in record vaults.[5]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1826 Troup County was created 11 December 1826 from Creek Indian lands.
  • County seat: LaGrange[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[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[7]\

Unincorporated communities

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Troup, 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 Troup County cemeteries.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 5,799
1840 15,733 171.3%
1850 16,879 7.3%
1860 16,262 −3.7%
1870 17,632 8.4%
1880 20,565 16.6%
1890 20,723 0.8%
1900 24,002 15.8%
1910 26,228 9.3%
1920 36,097 37.6%
1930 36,752 1.8%
1940 43,879 19.4%
1950 49,841 13.6%
1960 47,189 −5.3%
1970 44,466 −5.8%
1980 50,003 12.5%
1990 55,536 11.1%
2000 58,779 5.8%
2010 67,044 14.1%
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Church Records[edit | edit source]

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.
List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Troup 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.

  • Smith, Clifford L. History of Troup County. Atlanta, Ga.: Printed by Foote & Davies Co., 1935. Digital version at Ancestry ($)
  • Valley Historical Scrapbook. West Point, Ga.: The Society, 1970. Digital version at Ancestry ($)

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Troup 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 Troup County:

- 4th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies B and D
- 13th Battalion, Georgia Infantry (State Guards) (Confederate), Companies B and K
- 13th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies B and K
- 21st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company F
- 34th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company C
- 35th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company D
- 41st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company E
- 57th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)
- 60th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company B
- Carlton's Company, Georgia Artillery (Troup Artillery) (Confederate)
- Cherokee Legion, Georgia (State Guards) (Confederate)
  • Wamick, Mona Allison. 1985. The Pearson-Johnson-Hammond letters, 1850-1936 and related family history. Decatur, Ga: M.A. Wamick. Fiches 6117506

Spanish-American War

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

The West Point observer (1866 - 18??)
The Daily bulletin. (1862 - 18??)
Harris County enterprise. (1860 - 1865)
La Grange herald. (1843 - 1845)
The La Grange reporter. (184? - 193?)

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Voting Records

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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 Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Troup County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Georgia Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Troup County. For state-wide library facilities, see Georgia Archives and Libraries.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Troup County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Georgia Societies.

Troup County Historical Society
PO Box 1051
136 Main Street LaGrange, GA 30241-0019
Phone: 706-884-1828
Troup County Historical Society

Chattahoochee Valley Historical Society
1213 Fifth Avenue
West Point, GA 31833
Chattahoochee Valley Historical Society

West Georgia Genealogical Society c/o Troup County Archives
PO Box 1051
La Grange, GA 30241
West Georgia Genealogical Society

'Georgia State Archives
5800 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, GA 30260
Phone: 678-364-3700
Georgia State Archives
Georgia State Archives Facebook

Georgia Historical Society
Street address: 501 Whitaker Street
Mailing address: 104 W. Gaston Street
Savannah, GA 31401
Phone: 912-651-2125
Toll Free: 877-424-4789
Georgia Historical Society

Georgia Genealogical Society
PO Box 550247
Atlanta, Georgia 30355-2747
Georgia Genealogical Society

Chattahoochee Valley Historical Society
1213 Fifth Avenue
West Point, GA 31833
Chattahoochee Valley Historical Society

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  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, "Troup County, Georgia" in,_Georgia accessed 6 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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Troup County, Georgia. Page 151-163 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 155-160.
  5. Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 54. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  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. Wikipedia contributors, "Troup _County,_Georgia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, _County,_Georgia#Cities_and_communities, accessed 10 October 2019.
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at