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Guide to Gilmer County Georgia genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Online Records

Gilmer County, Georgia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Georgia
Location of Georgia in the U.S.
Founded December 3, 1832
County Seat Ellijay
Address Gilmer County Courthouse
1 Westside Square
Ellijay, GA 30540
Phone: 706.645.4361
Gilmer County Website

Gilmer County Georgia Courthouse

Probate Court has birth and death records from 1927,
marriage records from 1835 and probate records;

Clerk Superior Court has divorce records from 1909,
land records from 1833, military records from 1902
and court records from 1900[1]

Gilmer County Georgia History

Parent County

1832--Gilmer County was created 3 December 1832 from Cherokee County.
County seat: Ellijay [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Gilmer County Georgia Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Gilmer County Georgia Genealogy Resources





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





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).


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.

  • 1836-1875 - Gilmer County Marriage Index 1836-1875. Batch M712901 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1877-1895 - Gilmer County Marriage Index 1877-1895. Batch M712902 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1859-60, 1879-80 - Gilmer County, Georgia Genealogy Mortality Schedules at Ancestry ($).

Gilmer County Georgia Genealogy Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Gilmer County Georgia Genealogy Web Sites

Gilmer County Georgia Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Gilmer County, Georgia. Page 155 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. 3.0 3.1 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/57/Igigeorgiael.pdf.