Hall County, Georgia Genealogy

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Hall County

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

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County Facts
County seat: Gainesville
Organized: December 15, 1818
Parent County(s): Cherokee Indian Lands.
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Neighboring Counties
Banks  • Barrow  • Dawson  • Forsyth  • Gwinnett  • Habersham  • Jackson  • Lumpkin  • White
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Courthouse
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Location Map
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County Information

Description

The County was named for Dr. Lyman Hall, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and governor of Georgia as both colony and state. The County is located in the north central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Hall County Courthouse
116 Spring Street East
Gainesville, Ga 30501-3765
Phone: 770-531-7025
Hall County Website

Clerk Superior Court has divorce and court records from 1900 and land records from 1819.[3]
Probate Court has marriage and probate records.[4]

Hall County, Georgia Record Dates

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1919 1819 1919 1900 1819 1819 1820
Statewide registration of births and death began in 1919. General compliance for births by 1928 and deaths by 1922.

Record Loss

  • 1851 - The town and courthouse at Gainsville burned 20 December 1851, but residents carried the records to safety.
  • 1882 - On 2-3 January 1882 the new courthouse burned, but country records were saved.
  • 1932 - Two tornadoes devastated the town killing 200 and injuring 1,000 on 6 April 1936. The courthouse roof was ripping off and second floor torn away, but once again the county records survived.[6]
  • No records were lost in these three disasters.

Boundary Changes

  • 1818--Hall County was created 15 December 1818 from Cherokee Indian Lands.
  • County seat: Gainesville[7]

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.

Populated Places

Hall County comprises the Gainesville, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also part of the Atlanta-Athens-Clarke County-Sandy Springs, GA Combined Statistical Area.

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[8]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Hall, 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 Hall County cemeteries.

Census Records

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 Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

African Americans

  • 1866-1895 - Hall County Colored Marriage Index 1866-1895. Batch M713005 at FamilySearch - free.

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

Land and Property Records

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 Hall 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.

  • Chicopee, Georgia. New York: Doyle, Kitchen & McCormick, Inc., 1927. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Maps and Gazetteers

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Migration

Military Records

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Hall County 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 Hall County:

- 24th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies G and I
- 27th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company D
- 28th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company D
- 35th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company H
- 43rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies F and K
- 55th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company D
- 56th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company D
  • Dorsey, James Edward. 1991. The History of Hall County, Georgia. Gainesville, Ga: Magnolia Press. (Vol 1 page 55; Vol. 2 page 33-34) 975.8272 H2d
  • McRay, Sybil Wood. 1990. This 'n That: History of Hall County, Georgia; history, genealogy, personalities, Bible records. Gainesville, Georgia: Chestatee Regional Library. (page 106) 975.8272 H28m
  • Jones, Patricia K. 2003. Confederate Veterans of Hall County, Georgia. Oakwood, Ga. (P.O. Box 953, Oakwood 30566): P.K. Jones. (entire book page 1-220)975.8272 M2j


World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

Other Records

Voting Records

Periodicals

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). Online Probate Records

School Records

Tax Records

Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and all slaves up to age 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.

Birth

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

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.

Libraries

Museums

Societies

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Hall County, Georgia" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hall_County,_Georgia accessed 31 Oct 2018
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hall County, Georgia. Page 151-163 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 155-160.
  6. Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 36. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Hall County, Georgia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hall_County%2C_Georgia, accessed 20 Febuary 2019.
  9. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/5/57/Igigeorgiael.pdf.