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[[United States|United States ]] > [[Georgia (state)|Georgia]] > DeKalb County{{Infobox U.S. County
 
[[United States|United States ]] > [[Georgia (state)|Georgia]] > DeKalb County{{Infobox U.S. County
| seal                 = DeKalb County ga seal.png
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| seal = DeKalb County ga seal.png
| county               = DeKalb County
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| county = DeKalb County
| county_map           = Map of Georgia highlighting DeKalb County.png
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| county_map = Map of Georgia highlighting DeKalb County.png
| state               = Georgia
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| state = Georgia
| founded year         = 9 December 1822<ref>Bryant, Pat, and Ingrid Shields. 1983. ''Georgia counties, their changing boundaries''. Atlanta: State Print. Office. </ref>
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| founded year = 9 December 1822<ref>Bryant, Pat, and Ingrid Shields. 1983. ''Georgia counties, their changing boundaries''. Atlanta: State Print. Office. </ref>
| parent county       = [[Henry County, Georgia]]<br/>[[Gwinnett County, Georgia]]<br/>[[Fayette County, Georgia]]<br/>[[Newton County, Georgia]]
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| parent county = [[Henry County, Georgia]]<br/>[[Gwinnett County, Georgia]]<br/>[[Fayette County, Georgia]]<br/>[[Newton County, Georgia]]
| seat wl             = Decatur
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| seat wl = Decatur
| building address     = 556 North McDonough Street</br>Decatur, Georgia 30030
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| building address = 556 North McDonough Street</br>Decatur, Georgia 30030
| web                 = co.dekalb.ga.us
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| web = co.dekalb.ga.us
| named for           = The county is named after Revolutionary War hero Johann de Kalb (1721-1780), a German baron.<ref>"DeKalb County, Georgia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia." Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Aug. 2011. <http: en.wikipedia.org="" wiki="" dekalb_county,_georgia=""></http:></ref>
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| named for = The county is named after Revolutionary War hero Johann de Kalb (1721-1780), a German baron.<ref>"DeKalb County, Georgia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia." Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Aug. 2011. <http: dekalb_county,_georgia="" wiki="" en.wikipedia.org=""></http:></ref>
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== County Courthouse ==
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[http://www.co.dekalb.ga.us/ DeKalb County Courthouse]<br> 1300 Commerce Drive;<br> Decatur, GA 30030-3356<br> Phone: 404.371.2881 <br><br>Clerk Superior Couert has divorce, court and land records from 1842;<br> Probate Court has marriage and probate records from 1842<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), DeKalb County, Georgia. Page 154 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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'''9 January 1842''' - DeKalb County Courthouse burned and supposedly all records were destroyed, except one record book for the Superior Court.<ref>Price, Vivian. 1997. ''History of DeKalb County, Georgia, 1822-1900''. Fernandina Beach, FL: Wolfe Pub. Co.</ref> This book is available at the [[DeKalb History Center|DeKalb History Center]]. A handful of records recorded after the fire for pre-fire events are also available.<br>  
 
'''9 January 1842''' - DeKalb County Courthouse burned and supposedly all records were destroyed, except one record book for the Superior Court.<ref>Price, Vivian. 1997. ''History of DeKalb County, Georgia, 1822-1900''. Fernandina Beach, FL: Wolfe Pub. Co.</ref> This book is available at the [[DeKalb History Center|DeKalb History Center]]. A handful of records recorded after the fire for pre-fire events are also available.<br>  
  
<span style="font-weight: bold;">13 September 1916</span>'''- '''DeKalb County Courthouse burned again but damage was mostly limited to cases being tried during that time. <br>  
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<span style="font-weight: bold">13 September 1916</span>'''- '''DeKalb County Courthouse burned again but damage was mostly limited to cases being tried during that time. <br>  
  
For further information on researching in burned counties, see&nbsp;[[Burned Counties Research|Burned Counties Research]].<span style="text-decoration: underline;" />[http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424 <br>]  
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For further information on researching in burned counties, see&nbsp;[[Burned Counties Research|Burned Counties Research]].<span style="text-decoration: underline" />[http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424 <br>]  
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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*[http://dekalbhistory.org/documents/CemeteryCollection.pdf Cemeteries Collection] ([[DeKalb History Center|DeKalb History Center]]) - A collection of photographs documenting approximately 40 cemeteries.<br>  
 
*[http://dekalbhistory.org/documents/CemeteryCollection.pdf Cemeteries Collection] ([[DeKalb History Center|DeKalb History Center]]) - A collection of photographs documenting approximately 40 cemeteries.<br>  
 
*[http://dekalbhistory.org/Cemeteries_000.htm Cemetery Subject Files] ([[DeKalb History Center|DeKalb History Center]]) - Listing of cemetery subject files available at the [[DeKalb History Center|DeKalb History Center]].  
 
*[http://dekalbhistory.org/Cemeteries_000.htm Cemetery Subject Files] ([[DeKalb History Center|DeKalb History Center]]) - Listing of cemetery subject files available at the [[DeKalb History Center|DeKalb History Center]].  
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=12&CScnty=426 Find a Grave] - User-submitted data and photographs of DeKalb cemeteries.<br>
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=12&CScnty=426 Find a Grave] - User-submitted data and photographs of DeKalb cemeteries.
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Individual Cemeteries:
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=159768 Stone Mountain Cemetery, Stone Mountain] BillionGraves
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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*[http://dekalbhistory.org/MapCollection.htm Map Collection, 1730-2004] (DeKalb History Center) - Includes Sanborn, topographical, state, city, and county maps.  
 
*[http://dekalbhistory.org/MapCollection.htm Map Collection, 1730-2004] (DeKalb History Center) - Includes Sanborn, topographical, state, city, and county maps.  
 
*[http://cdm.sos.state.ga.us/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/cmf&CISOPTR=99&CISOBOX=1&REC=3 1867 Map of DeKalb County] (Georgia Archives)
 
*[http://cdm.sos.state.ga.us/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/cmf&CISOPTR=99&CISOBOX=1&REC=3 1867 Map of DeKalb County] (Georgia Archives)
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==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1046362 ''DeKalb County, Georgia Probate Records'' by Jeanette Holland Austin] - Includes Will Books A, B, and C covering 1841-1919 as well as Sales and Appraisements for 1852-1858.  
 
*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1046362 ''DeKalb County, Georgia Probate Records'' by Jeanette Holland Austin] - Includes Will Books A, B, and C covering 1841-1919 as well as Sales and Appraisements for 1852-1858.  
 
*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F235145 Probate Records, 1840-1964] (FamilySearch) - Includes indexes; microfilmed.  
 
*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F235145 Probate Records, 1840-1964] (FamilySearch) - Includes indexes; microfilmed.  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.org/ga/dekalb/wills.html Selected Wills &amp; Estate Records] (USGenWeb Archives Project)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.org/ga/dekalb/wills.html Selected Wills &amp; Estate Records] (USGenWeb Archives Project)  
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*Wills and Estates 1841-1869; 1870-1889; 1890-1919 (abstracts) [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydekalb.html Georgia Pioneers]&nbsp;(S)<br>
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*Index to Deed Book L, 1846-1852 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydekalb.html Georgia Pioneers]&nbsp;(S)<br>
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*Index to Deed Book M, 1850-1853 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydekalb.html]Georgia Pioneers (S)<br>
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==== Societies and Libraries<br>  ====
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===== Family History Centers<br>  =====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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*[http://dekalbhistory.org/documents/DeKalbCountyTaxDigests.pdf DeKalb County Tax Digests, 1905-1948] (DeKalb History Center) - A mostly complete collection of tax digests for this time period, many of which include Confederate Veterans lists.
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*[http://familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F305683 DeKalb County Tax Digest, 1848-1850] (FamilySearch)
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1674807 Georgia Marriages, 1808-1967] (FamilySearch) - Please see [[Georgia Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Georgia Marriages]] for more information on this collection.<br>  
 
*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1674807 Georgia Marriages, 1808-1967] (FamilySearch) - Please see [[Georgia Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Georgia Marriages]] for more information on this collection.<br>  
 
*[http://cdm.sos.state.ga.us/cdm4/results.php?CISOOP1=all&CISORESTMP=results.php&CISOVIEWTMP=item_viewer.php&CISOMODE=grid&CISOGRID=thumbnail%2CA%2C1%3Btitle%2CA%2C1%3Bcounty%2CA%2C0%3Bseries%2CA%2C0%3Bdate%2CA%2C0%3B20%3Btitle%2Ccounty%2Cseries%2Cdate%2Cnone&CISOBIB=title%2CA%2C1%2CN%3Bcounty%2CA%2C0%2CN%3Bseries%2CA%2C0%2CN%3Bdate%2CA%2C0%2CN%3Bnone%2CA%2C0%2CN%3B20%3Btitle%2Ccounty%2Cseries%2Cdate%2Cnone&CISOTHUMB=20+%284x5%29%3Btitle%2Ccounty%2Cseries%2Cdate%2Cnone&CISOTITLE=20%3Btitle%2Ccounty%2Cseries%2Cdate%2Cnone&CISOHIERA=20%3Btitle%2Ccounty%2Cseries%2Cdate%2Cnone&CISOSUPPRESS=0&CISOPARM=%2Fcountyfilm+%3Acounty%3ADekalb&submit=Search DeKalb County Marriage Records, 1840-1893] (Georgia Archives) - Digitized microfilm of marriage certificates and indexes.  
 
*[http://cdm.sos.state.ga.us/cdm4/results.php?CISOOP1=all&CISORESTMP=results.php&CISOVIEWTMP=item_viewer.php&CISOMODE=grid&CISOGRID=thumbnail%2CA%2C1%3Btitle%2CA%2C1%3Bcounty%2CA%2C0%3Bseries%2CA%2C0%3Bdate%2CA%2C0%3B20%3Btitle%2Ccounty%2Cseries%2Cdate%2Cnone&CISOBIB=title%2CA%2C1%2CN%3Bcounty%2CA%2C0%2CN%3Bseries%2CA%2C0%2CN%3Bdate%2CA%2C0%2CN%3Bnone%2CA%2C0%2CN%3B20%3Btitle%2Ccounty%2Cseries%2Cdate%2Cnone&CISOTHUMB=20+%284x5%29%3Btitle%2Ccounty%2Cseries%2Cdate%2Cnone&CISOTITLE=20%3Btitle%2Ccounty%2Cseries%2Cdate%2Cnone&CISOHIERA=20%3Btitle%2Ccounty%2Cseries%2Cdate%2Cnone&CISOSUPPRESS=0&CISOPARM=%2Fcountyfilm+%3Acounty%3ADekalb&submit=Search DeKalb County Marriage Records, 1840-1893] (Georgia Archives) - Digitized microfilm of marriage certificates and indexes.  
*[http://research.dekalbhistory.org/Marriage/index.asp Marriage Database Index, 1840-1908] (DeKalb History Center) - Indexed by bride and groom surnames.<br>
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*[http://research.dekalbhistory.org/Marriage/index.asp Marriage Database Index, 1840-1908] (DeKalb History Center) - Indexed by bride and groom surnames.<br>  
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*1885-1886 (from old newspapers) [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countydekalb.html Georgia Pioneers] ($)
  
 
===== Death<br>  =====
 
===== Death<br>  =====
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The current fees for obtaining copies of the state's records are listed at [http://www.vitalrec.com VitalRecords.com].  
 
The current fees for obtaining copies of the state's records are listed at [http://www.vitalrec.com VitalRecords.com].  
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==== Voting Records  ====
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*[http://dekalbhistory.org/documents/AtlantaVotingRecords.pdf Atlanta Regional Director's Office Voting Records, 1936-1940] (DeKalb History Center) - Comprised primarily of voter's oath sheets for DeKalb County, generally include the name, address, ethnicity, occuptation, and date of birth for the voter.
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
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*{{FHL|Georgia%2C+De+Kalb|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
 
*{{FHL|Georgia%2C+De+Kalb|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.gagensociety.org/ Georgia Genealogical Society]<br>  
 
*[http://www.gagensociety.org/ Georgia Genealogical Society]<br>  
*[http://georgiaarchives.org/ Georgia Archives]
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*[http://georgiaarchives.org/ Georgia Archives] - Records for DeKalb County are listed under Record Group 144 at the state archives.
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*[http://www.georgiapioneers.com Georgia Pioneers] (S)
  
 
== References  ==
 
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Revision as of 16:44, 8 October 2012

United States  > Georgia > DeKalb County

DeKalb County, Georgia
Seal of DeKalb County, Georgia
Map
Map of Georgia highlighting DeKalb County
Location in the state of Georgia
Facts
Founded 9 December 1822[1]
Parent County Henry County, Georgia
Gwinnett County, Georgia
Fayette County, Georgia
Newton County, Georgia
County Seat Decatur
Courthouse
Address 556 North McDonough Street
Decatur, Georgia 30030
Website: co.dekalb.ga.us
Named for: The county is named after Revolutionary War hero Johann de Kalb (1721-1780), a German baron.[2]
Johann de Kalb.JPG


County Courthouse

DeKalb County Courthouse
1300 Commerce Drive;
Decatur, GA 30030-3356
Phone: 404.371.2881

Clerk Superior Couert has divorce, court and land records from 1842;
Probate Court has marriage and probate records from 1842[3]

History

Boundary Changes

DeKalb County was created on 9 December 1822 from portions of Fayette, Gwinnett, and Henry Counties. It gained additional land from these counties during the 1820s as well as from Newton County. DeKalb County gave up land to Campbell, Cherokee, Coweta, Fulton, Gwinnett, Milton, and Rockdale Counties throughout the 19th century.[4]

For more information see Georgia Counties: Their Changing Boundaries (Georgia Archives)

Record Loss

9 January 1842 - DeKalb County Courthouse burned and supposedly all records were destroyed, except one record book for the Superior Court.[5] This book is available at the DeKalb History Center. A handful of records recorded after the fire for pre-fire events are also available.

13 September 1916- DeKalb County Courthouse burned again but damage was mostly limited to cases being tried during that time.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see Burned Counties Research.

Places/Localities

Populated Places

  • Cities: Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Stone Mountain.
  • Communities: Belvedere Park, Candler-McAfee, Druid Hills, Gresham Park, North Druid Hills, Toco Hills, Panthersville, Redan, Scottdale, Tucker, Briarcliff, Brookhaven, Collinsville, Conley, Constitution, Ellenwood, Embry Hills, Mechanicsville, Mountain View, Northlake, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, Skyland, Turner Hill, Adair Park, Belmont, Carver Hills, College Heights, Columbia Park, Cross Keys, Edgewood, Emory, Flat Rock, Klondike, Kirkwood, Lenox Place, Lynwood Park, Medlock, Montreal, Nelms, Parkwood, Pea Ridge, Rehoboth, Rock Chapel, Shermantown, Silver Lake, Smokerise, Stonehaven, Sundown, Winnona Park.

Neighboring Counties

Resources

This article focuses on records created at the county and city level. The research guides for Georgia and the United States should be consulted for additional resources that may be available for this geographic area.

African Americans

Cemeteries

Individual Cemeteries:

Church

Court

Land

Deed books and indexes that survived the courthouse fires are available on the ground floor of the DeKalb County Courthouse in the Clerk of the Superior Court, Real Estate Division. Land records found at the courthouse date from approximately 1840 to the present, beginning with Deed Book L.

Local Histories

Maps


Military

Newspapers

Probate

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Taxation

Vital Records

Birth

Statewide registration of births in Georgia began in 1919 and was generally complied with by 1928. Birth records are available only to the individual or his legal representative. Birth records can be obtained by writing to:

Georgia Department of Human Resources
Vital Records Unit
47 Trinity Avenue, S.W., Room 217-H
Atlanta, GA 30334-1201
Telephone: 404-679-4702
Internet: Georgia Vital Records

The current fees for obtaining copies of the state's records are listed at VitalRecords.com.

Atlanta birth records since 1887 are available from:

Fulton County Health Department
141 Prior Street
Atlanta, GA 30303
Telephone: 404-730-4000
Internet: Fulton County Healtlh Department

Marriage
Death

Death records for 1935 to present can be obtained by writing to:

Georgia Department of Human Resources
Vital Records Unit
47 Trinity Avenue, S.W., Room 217-H
Atlanta, GA 30334-1201
Telephone: 404-679-4702
Internet: Georgia Vital Records

The current fees for obtaining copies of the state's records are listed at VitalRecords.com.

  • 1849-50, 1859-60, 1869-70, 1879-80 - DeKalb County, Georgia Genealogy Mortality Schedules at Ancestry ($).

Voting Records

Web Sites

References

  1. Bryant, Pat, and Ingrid Shields. 1983. Georgia counties, their changing boundaries. Atlanta: State Print. Office.
  2. "DeKalb County, Georgia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia." Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Aug. 2011. <http: dekalb_county,_georgia="" wiki="" en.wikipedia.org=""></http:>
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), DeKalb County, Georgia. Page 154 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Bryant, Pat, and Ingrid Shields. 1983. Georgia counties, their changing boundaries. Atlanta: State Print. Office.
  5. Price, Vivian. 1997. History of DeKalb County, Georgia, 1822-1900. Fernandina Beach, FL: Wolfe Pub. Co.