Walker County, Georgia Genealogy

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


Walker County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Walker County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded December 18, 1833
County Seat Lafayette
Walker County Court House LaFayette, Georgia.jpg
Address Walker County Courthouse]
103 S Duke Street
Lafayette, GA 30728-0445
Phone: 706.638.1742 
Walker County Website

County Information

Walker County, Georgia Record Dates

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



County Courthouse

Walker County Courthouse
103 S Duke Street
Lafayette, GA 30728-0445
Phone: 706.638.1742 

Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records from 1883; Probate judge has marriage and probate records; County Health Department has birth and death records[1]

Walker County Superior Court
103 S Duke Street
PO Box 1125
LaFayette, GA 30728
Telephone: 706.638.1742
Fax: 706.638.1779

Walker County Probate Judge
103 S Duke St # 101,
LaFayette, GA 30728
Phone: 706.638.2852


Parent County

1833--Walker County was created 18 December 1833 from Murray County. County seat: Lafayette [2]

Boundary Changes

In 1833 the territory of Walker included not only its present area, but all of Dade and a large part of Whitfield, Catoosa and Chattooga counties. In 1837 all of Walker's territory west of the top of Lookout Mountain was cut off and the county of Dade was established as the most northwestern county in the State. In 1838 another portion was cut off and the county of Chattooga was established. Then again in 1853, more territory was extracted and the county of Catoosa was formed. In 1853 and later in 1859 other portions of Walker County were used to make Whitfield County."--from The History of Walker County, Georgia by James Alfred Sartain. Published by A.J. Showalter Company, Dalton, Georgia, 1932

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


1883 The courthouse at LaFayette was burned several times between 2 February and 6 September. No county courthouse records survive prior to 1883.[3]

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


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Catoosa County  • Chattooga County  • Dade County  • DeKalb County, Alabama  • Gordon County  • Hamilton County, Tennessee  • Whitfield County

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Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records


Cemeteries of Walker, 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 Walker 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

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 Walker 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.

  • Sartain, James Alfred. History of Walker County, Georgia. Dalton, Ga.: A.J. Showalter Co., 1932. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Index for History of Walker County by James Alfred Sartain. Lafayette, Ga.: Cherokee Regional Library, 1978. Digital version at Ancestry ($).




Civil War

Online Records

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

- 1st Regiment, Georgia Cavalry (Confederate), Company F and I
- 1st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), 2d Company D
- 9th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company G
- 23rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company H
- 39th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies E and K
- 55th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)
- 60th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company C
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project
  • Crawley, Laura. 1986. Civil War medicine at Chickamauga Battlefield. Rossville, Georgia: Delta Genealogical Society. film 1421647 item 3
  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Walker County). 1964. Confederate pension roll, 1890-1957. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. film 394048
Civil War Battles

The following Civil War battles were fought in Walker County.

  • Map showing Civil War battles in Georgia.
  • Fitch, Michael Hendrick. The Chattanooga Campaign: With Especial Reference to Wisconsin's Participation Therein. Madison, Wisc.: Wisconsin History Commission, 1911. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
World War I



Newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Walker 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
Death Records
Vital Record Substitutes
  • 1885 - 1886 - Walker County Marriages from Newspapers 1885-1886 at Georgia Pioneers ($).

Voter Records

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Walker County Historical Society
305 S Duke St
La Fayette , GA 30728-2936

Walker County Historical Society
P.O. Box 707
La fayette 30728

Delta Genealogical Society
504 McFarland Avenue
Rossville, GA 30741

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.



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Walker County, Georgia. Page 161 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), 55. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  4. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 13 August, 2012)
  5. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 13 August, 2012)
  6. 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.