Gordon County, Georgia Genealogy

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

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Gordon County, Georgia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Georgia
Location of Georgia in the U.S.
Founded February 13, 1850
County Seat Calhoun
Address Gordon County Courthouse
101 Boston Road
Calhoun, GA 30701-2244
Phone: 706.629.3795
Gordon County Website

County Courthouse

Clerk Superior Court has divorce and court records from 1864
and land records; Probate Court has birth, marriage, death,
burial and probate records[1]


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[2]

Boundary Changes

Multiple small boundary change from 1852-1877. Involved Cass/Bartow, Floyd, Murray, Pickens, and Walker Counties.[3]

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


African American


Bethesda Baptist Church Cemetery (incomplete); 




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

  • 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


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).

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


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.

  • 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.
  • 1864-1870 - Gordon County Marriage Index 1864-1870. Batch M002545 at FamilySearch - free.[6]
  • 1864-1892 - Gordon County Marriage Books A and B Index 1864-1892. Batch M712941 at FamilySearch - free.[6]
  • 1893-1895 - Gordon County Marriage Index 1893-1895. Batch M712942 at FamilySearch - free.[6]
  • 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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Gordon 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. “Historical Atlas of Georgia Counties: Gordon County,” GeorgiaInfo (http://georgiainfo.galileo.usg.edu/histcountymaps/gordonhistmaps.htm : accessed 10 September 2012).
  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. 6.0 6.1 6.2 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.