Gordon County, Georgia Genealogy

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County Courthouse

Gordon County Courthouse
101 Boston Road;
Calhoun, GA 30701-2244
Phone: 706.629.3795 

Clerk Superior Court has divorce and court records from 1864
and land records; Probate Court has birth, marriage, death,
burial and probate records


Parent County

1850--Gordon County was created 13 February 1850 from Cass (named changed to Bartow County 6 Dec. 1861) andFloyd Counties.
County seat: Calhoun[1]

Boundary Changes

Multiple small boundary change from 1852-1877. Involved Cass/Bartow, Floyd, Murray, Pickens, and Walker Counties.[2]

Record Loss

1864 -- Courthouse burned by Sherman's troops. Some record loss including early marriage records.

1888 -- Courthouse damaged by Storm. For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:


Populated Places



Reeves Station


Sugar Valley

Neighboring Counties



Bethesda Baptist Church Cemetery (incomplete); 




Local Histories

  • Pitts, Lulie. History of Gordon County, Georgia. Calhoun, Ga.: Press of the Calhoun Times, c1934. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Reeve, Jewell B. Climb the Hills of Gordon: Stories of Gordon County and Calhoun, Georgia. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1979.



Civil War
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battles were fought in Gordon County.

Map showing Civil War battles in Georgia.


  • Calhoun Times - 1,511 issues spanning 1924-2008 freely available via Google News Archive
  • Calhoun Times - 1870 to 1976 available on microfilm from the Georgia Newspaper Project
  • Calhoun Times and Gordon County News - 957 issues spanning 1967-2006 freely available via Google News Archive
  • Cherokee Phoenix (New Echota) - 1829 to 1834 (prior to county creation) available online as part of Georgia Historic Newspapers
  • The Confederate Flag - 13 November 1861 available at Chicago Historical Society Library, 20 November 1861 available at Emory University
  • Democratic Platform, 8 September 1859 and Georgia Platform, 9 September 1858 available on microfilm from the Georgia Newspaper Project
  • Gordon County Citizen - 1894 to 1895 available on microfilm from the Georgia Newspaper Project
  • Gordon County News - 1940 to 1976 available on microfilm from the Georgia Newspaper Project
  • The Southern Statesman - 5 April 1855 available at the American Antiquarian Society
  • Gordon County Obituaries clippings search from Digital Library of Georgia
  • Bartow Press - 900 issues spanning 1983-2006 freely available via Google News Archive
  • Georgia Pioneer, The Standard, and Cassville Standard - newspapers from Cassville (parent county) covering 1840-1845, and 1852 to 1860 available on microfilm from the Georgia Newspaper Project
  • The Standard (Cassville) - 1852, 1853, 1857, 1858, 1859 extracts available online at Bartow County GenWeb


Digital images of Gordon County Wills 1856-1884. See testators. Georgia Pioneers


Vital Records


  • 1864-1935 and African American 1908-1965 microfilmed images available free online in the Georgia Virtual Vault.
  • Forsythe, Donald Forbes. Gordon County, Georgia Marriages: Books A, B, & C (White). Georgetown, Tex: D.F. Forsythe, 1994. Available free online from Family History Books.
  • Gladney, Robert Hoyt.Gordon County, Georgia, Marriage Book A, 1864-1880: An Index. Adairsville, Ga: Oothcaloga Chapter, Georgia Society Daughters of the American Revolution, 1984.
  • Ingmire, Frances Terry.Gordon County, Georgia Marriage Records, 1864-1884. St. Louis, Mo: F.T. Ingmire, 1985.
  • Hageness, MariLee Beatty.Marriage Licenses, 1864-1870, Gordon County, Georgia. Anniston, AL: MLH Research, 1999.
  • Hall, Patsy Payne, and Frances Martin Stubbs. Marriage Log Gordon County, Georgia: Listed by Brides & Grooms : Includes Colored Marriages. Oak Park, Ill: Glyph Notes, 2002.
  • 1869-70, 1879-80 - Gordon County, Georgia Genealogy Mortality Schedules at Ancestry ($).

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. “Historical Atlas of Georgia Counties: Gordon County,” GeorgiaInfo (http://georgiainfo.galileo.usg.edu/histcountymaps/gordonhistmaps.htm : accessed 10 September 2012).
  3. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 13 August, 2012)
  4. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 13 August, 2012)