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{{Georgia-stub}} <br> ''[[United States]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow-kelly.png]]&nbsp; [[Georgia (state)|Georgia]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow-kelly.png]]&nbsp; [[Clayton_County,_Georgia|Clayton County]]'' <br><br>  
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Guide to '''Clayton County, Georgia ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br>
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{{Click|Image:GA_ORP.png|Georgia Online Genealogy Records}}{{Infobox U.S. County
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| founded year = 1858
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| building address = Clayton County Courthouse<br>9151 Tara Blvd<br>Jonesboro, GA 30236-3694<br>Phone: 770.477.4565<br>[http://www.claytoncountyga.gov/ '''Clayton County Website'''] }}
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== County Information ==
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=== Clayton County, Georgia Record Dates ===
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Birth|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Marriage_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Death_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1859<br>  
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
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[http://www.claytoncountyga.gov/ Clayton County Courthouse]<br>9151 Tara Blvd<br>Jonesboro, GA 30236-3694<br>Phone: 770.477.4565<br><br>Probate Court has birth, marriage, death and probate records; Clerk Superior Court has divorce and land records from 1859 and court records from 1964.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clayton County, Georgia. Page 153 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
 
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[http://www.claytoncountyga.gov/ Clayton County Courthouse]<br> 9151 Tara Blvd<br> Jonesboro, GA 30236-3694<br> Phone: 770.477.4565 <br><br>Probate Court has birth, marriage, death and probate records; <br>Clerk Superior Court has divorce and land records from 1859<br>and court records from 1964<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clayton County, Georgia. Page 153 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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'''Clerk of Superior Court'''<br>9151 Tara Blvd.<br>Jonesboro, GA 30236<br>Phone: (770) 477-4565<br>Email:[mailto:superiorcourtrealestate@co.clayton.ga.us superiorcourtrealestate@co.clayton.ga.us]<br>[http://www.claytoncountyga.gov/courts/clerk-of-superior-court.aspx Court Clerk Clayton County Website]<br><br>
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'''Probate Court of Clayton County'''<br>121 South McDonough Street<br>Annex Building 3<br>Jonesboro, GA  30236<br>Phone: 770-477-3299<br><br>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1858'''--Clayton County was created 30 November 1858 from[[Fayette County, Georgia|Fayette]] and [[Henry County, Georgia|Henry]] Counties.&nbsp; '''County seat:&nbsp;'''&nbsp;Jonesboro <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1858'''--Clayton County was created 30 November 1858 from[[Fayette County, Georgia Genealogy|Fayette]] and [[Henry County, Georgia Genealogy|Henry]] Counties.&nbsp; '''County seat:&nbsp;'''&nbsp;Jonesboro <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
==== Record Loss ====
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For animated maps illustrating Georgia county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/georgia/ "Rotating Formation Georgia County Boundary Maps"] (1758-1932) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
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==== Variant Spellings ====
  
'''1864''' -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.  
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[[Image:War.jpg|right|175px|War.jpg]]
  
For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:
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==== Record Loss  ====
  
*[[Burned Counties Research]] <br>  
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'''1864''' During the American Civil War the courthouse was destroyed on 19 August, but after its records had been removed to safety. Few, if any, records were lost.<ref name="PKG">Paul K. Graham, ''Georgia Courthouse Disasters'' (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 20. {{WorldCat|852690295|item|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.</ref>
*[http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424 http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424]
 
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[DeKalb County, Georgia|DeKalb]]  
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[[DeKalb County, Georgia Genealogy|DeKalb County]] {{•}}
*[[Fayette County, Georgia|Fayette]]  
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[[Fayette County, Georgia Genealogy|Fayette County]] {{•}}
*[[Fulton County, Georgia|Fulton]]  
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[[Fulton County, Georgia Genealogy|Fulton County]] {{•}}
*[[Henry County, Georgia|Henry]]  
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[[Henry County, Georgia Genealogy|Henry County]] {{•}}
*[[Spalding County, Georgia|Spalding]]
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[[Spalding County, Georgia Genealogy|Spalding County]]
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<center>{{ GAClayton County, Georgia Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
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== Genealogy Resources  ==
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==== Research Guides  ====
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==== African Americans  ====
  
== Resources ==
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==== Bible Records ====
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
==== Church  ====
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{{GA Cemeteries Intro| Clayton}}
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{| style = "border:1px solid black; width:60%; "
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Clayton, Georgia''' online and in print</center>
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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*[http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=12&GScnty=413&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gaclayt2/church_record.htm GAGenWeb]
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/ga/clayton/cemetery.html GAGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/georgia/clayton.html Tombstone Project]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/#/ Billion Graves]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>''' TombstoneTranscriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
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*{{FHL|451382|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[https://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=Clayton%2C+Georgia+cemeteries+ WorldCat]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=12&CScnty=413 Findagrave.com]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Georgia&county=Clayton&cemetery_name=a Billion Graves]
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=7865&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=24&stateAbbv=&stateName= Clayton County Cemeteries]
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*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/georgia-cemetery-records.htm Georgia Cemetery Records]
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The following web site may have additional information on Clayton County cemeteries.
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/GA/ Interment.net] Georgia cemetery records
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==== Census  ====
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==== Church Records ====
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{{GA Church Intro}}
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
==== Land  ====
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==== Genealogy  ====
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==== Land and Property ====
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{{GA Land}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{GA History}}
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
==== Military ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/georgia/ Maps of Georgia (1758-1932)]
  
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[[Image:Gaclayton.jpg|900px|Gaclayton.jpg]]
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==== Military  ====
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*Georgia Military - [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ga/clayton/military.html USGenWeb] Archives Project
 
===== Civil War =====
 
===== Civil War =====
  
====== Civil War Battle  ======
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'''Online Records'''
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932370|Georgia Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932397|Georgia Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancesstry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1861-1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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{{VAciv}}
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:- [[10th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)|10th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)]] , Company E
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:- [[22nd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)|22nd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)]] , Company K
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:- [[23rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)|23rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)]] , Company K
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:- [[30th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)|30th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)]] , Company I
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:- [[44th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)|44th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)]] , Company D
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:- Georgia [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ga/clayton/military.html USGenWeb] Archives Project
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*Moore, Joseph Henry Hightower, and Alice Copeland Kilgore. 1983. A History of Clayton County, Georgia, 1821-1983. Roswell, Georgia: WH Wolfe Associates. (page 594-596) {{FHL|30204|item|disp=975.8432 D2hc}}
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*Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Clayton County). 1961. Confederate pension rolls, 1890-1927. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. {{FHL|440165|item|disp=Film 229470}}
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*Muster roll of Company I: 30th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry Army of Tennessee, C.S.A, Clayton County, Ga., "Clayton Invincibles". 2000. Salt Lake City, Utah: Digitized by the Genealogical Society of Utah. {{FHL|2461386|item|disp=digital version}}
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===== Civil War Battle  =====
  
 
The following Civil War battles were fought in Clayton County.  
 
The following Civil War battles were fought in Clayton County.  
  
*August 20, 1864 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ga021.htm Lovejoy's Station]<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ga021.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 13 August, 2012)</ref>
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*August 20, 1864 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ga021.htm Lovejoy's Station]<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ga021.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 13 August, 2012)</ref>  
 
*August 31-September 1, 1864 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ga022.htm Jonesborough]<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ga022.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 13 August, 2012)</ref>
 
*August 31-September 1, 1864 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ga022.htm Jonesborough]<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ga022.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 13 August, 2012)</ref>
  
 
:[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/GAmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in Georgia.
 
:[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/GAmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in Georgia.
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==== Naturalization  ====
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
==== Probate&nbsp; ====
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'''Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts'''
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{{GA Newspaper abstracts|Clayton}}
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==== Occupations  ====
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==== Probate Records ====
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1742–1992''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8635 Georgia Wills and Probate Records 1742-1992] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1742–1990''' {{RecordSearch|1999178|Georgia Probate Records 1742-1990}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] images
  
*Wills (digital images) 1857-1865 (see names of testators) [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countyclayton.html Georgia Pioneers]
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{{GA Probate Intro}}
*Index to&nbsp;Clayton&nbsp;County Inventories, Vouchers,&nbsp;Sales 1857-1897; 1898-1957 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countyclayton.html Georgia Pioneers] ($)
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*'''1857-1865''' - Wills (digital images) 1857-1865 (see names of testators) [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countyclayton.html Georgia Pioneers] ($)
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*'''1857-1897, 1898-1957''' - Index to&nbsp;Clayton&nbsp;County Inventories, Vouchers,&nbsp;Sales 1857-1897; 1898-1957 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countyclayton.html Georgia Pioneers] ($)
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
  
==== Vital Records&nbsp; ====
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{{GA Tax Intro}}
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==== Vital Records ====
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{{GA Vital Intro}} See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/georgia/ga-vital-records/ How to order Georgia Vital Records]
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===== Birth  =====
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*'''1699 - 1944''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7839 Georgia Marriages 1699-1944] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com]— index $
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*'''1754 - 1960''' - {{RecordSearch|2549568|Georgia Church Marriages, 1754-1960}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1785 - 1950''' - {{RecordSearch|1927197|Georgia County Marriages 1785-1950}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
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*'''1787 - 1962''' - {{RecordSearch|2543297|Georgia, Church Marriages, 1787-1962}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1808 - 1967''' - {{RecordSearch|1674807|Georgia Marriages 1808-1967}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index<br>
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*'''1828 - 1978''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4766 Georgia Marriage Records from Select Counties 1828-1978] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $ <br>
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*'''1859 - 1870''' - Index to Clayton&nbsp;County&nbsp;Marriages 1859-1870 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countyclayton.html Georgia Pioneers] ($)
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*'''1859 - 1880''' - Clayton County Marriage Books A and B Index 1859-1880. Batch {{IGI|M712521}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igigeorgiaad.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/0/09/Igigeorgiaad.pdf]].</ref>
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*'''1877 - 1894''' - Clayton County Marriage Book C Index 1877-1894. Batch {{IGI|M712522}} at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
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*'''1894 - 1895''' - Clayton County Marriage Book D Index 1894-1895. Batch {{IGI|M712523}} at FamilySearch - free.
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===== Death Records =====
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*'''1869-70, 1879-80''' - {{PAGENAME}} Mortality Schedules at [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=8756 Ancestry] $
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*'''1914 - 1927''' - {{RecordSearch|1320969|Georgia Deaths 1914-1927}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
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*'''1919 - 1998''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5426 Georgia Deaths 1919-1998] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1928 - 1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1385727|Georgia Deaths 1928-1939}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
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*'''1933 - 1998''' - {{RecordSearch|1937238|Georgia Death Index 1933-1998}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
  
'''Marriages'''
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===== Vital Record Substitutes =====
  
Index to Clayton&nbsp;County&nbsp;Marriages 1859-1870 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countyclayton.html Georgia Pioneers] ($)
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== Genealogy Societies and Libraries  ==
  
===== Death  =====
 
  
:*'''1869-70, 1879-80''' - {{PAGENAME}} Mortality Schedules at [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=8756 Ancestry] ($).<br>
 
  
== Societies and Libraries&nbsp;  ==
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gagshcc/ Genealogical Society of Henry & Clayton Counties, Inc]<br>
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Post Office Box 1296<br>
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McDonough, Georgia 30253-1296<br>
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770-954-1456
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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==== Family History Centers  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
== Web Sites ==
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== Websites ==
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/georgia/clayton-county/ Clayton County, GA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
*{{FHL|Georgia%2C+Clayton|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/110185259296456584560 Georgia Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/173266752734188/ Georgia Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gaclayt2/index.htm USGenWeb Clayton County, Georgia project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.  
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*{{FHL|Georgia%2C+Clayton|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/GA/Clayton/ Clayton County, Georgia Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/GA/Clayton/ Clayton County, Georgia Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
 
*[http://www.georgiapioneers.com Georgia Pioneers] ($)
 
*[http://www.georgiapioneers.com Georgia Pioneers] ($)

Latest revision as of 23:28, 20 June 2017

United States
Georgia
Clayton County

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

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Clayton County, Georgia
Map
Map of Georgia highlighting Clayton County
Location in the state of Georgia
Facts
Founded November 30, 1858
County Seat Jonesboro
Courthouse
Address Clayton County Courthouse
9151 Tara Blvd
Jonesboro, GA 30236-3694
Phone: 770.477.4565
Clayton County Website


County Information

Clayton County, Georgia Record Dates

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

1859

1860
1859
1859

County Courthouse

Clayton County Courthouse
9151 Tara Blvd
Jonesboro, GA 30236-3694
Phone: 770.477.4565

Probate Court has birth, marriage, death and probate records; Clerk Superior Court has divorce and land records from 1859 and court records from 1964.[1]

Clerk of Superior Court
9151 Tara Blvd.
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Phone: (770) 477-4565
Email:superiorcourtrealestate@co.clayton.ga.us
Court Clerk Clayton County Website

Probate Court of Clayton County
121 South McDonough Street
Annex Building 3
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Phone: 770-477-3299

History

Parent County

1858--Clayton County was created 30 November 1858 fromFayette and Henry Counties.  County seat:  Jonesboro [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

War.jpg

Record Loss

1864 During the American Civil War the courthouse was destroyed on 19 August, but after its records had been removed to safety. Few, if any, records were lost.[3]

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

DeKalb County  • Fayette County  • Fulton County  • Henry County  • Spalding County

Clayton CountyFayette CountySpalding CountyHenry CountyFulton CountyDouglas CountyCarroll CountyPaulding CountyCoweta CountyCobb CountyDeKalb CountyGwinnett CountyRockdale CountyWalton CountyNewton CountyButts CountyMonroe CountyLamar CountyPike CountyMeriwether CountyTroup CountyHeard CountyGAClayton.JPG


Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Clayton, 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 Clayton 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.

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 Clayton 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

  • Georgia Military - USGenWeb Archives Project
Civil War

Online Records

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

- 10th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company E
- 22nd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company K
- 23rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company K
- 30th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company I
- 44th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company D
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project


  • Moore, Joseph Henry Hightower, and Alice Copeland Kilgore. 1983. A History of Clayton County, Georgia, 1821-1983. Roswell, Georgia: WH Wolfe Associates. (page 594-596) 975.8432 D2hc
  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Clayton County). 1961. Confederate pension rolls, 1890-1927. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Film 229470
  • Muster roll of Company I: 30th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry Army of Tennessee, C.S.A, Clayton County, Ga., "Clayton Invincibles". 2000. Salt Lake City, Utah: Digitized by the Genealogical Society of Utah. digital version
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battles were fought in Clayton County.

Map showing Civil War battles in Georgia.

Naturalization

Newspapers

Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts

Newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Clayton 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).

  • 1857-1865 - Wills (digital images) 1857-1865 (see names of testators) Georgia Pioneers ($)
  • 1857-1897, 1898-1957 - Index to Clayton County Inventories, Vouchers, Sales 1857-1897; 1898-1957 Georgia Pioneers ($)

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

Genealogical Society of Henry & Clayton Counties, Inc
Post Office Box 1296
McDonough, Georgia 30253-1296
770-954-1456

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), Clayton County, Georgia. Page 153 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), 20. 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/0/09/Igigeorgiaad.pdf.