Henry County, Georgia Genealogy

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


Henry County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Henry County
Location in the state of [[Georgia]]
Founded May 15, 1821
County Seat McDonough
Henry County Court House McDonough, Georgia.jpg
Address Henry County Courthouse
345 Phillips Drive
McDonough, GA 30253-3425
Phone: 770.954.2400
Henry County Website
[[Category:Georgia Counties]]

County Information

Henry County, Georgia Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Henry County, Georgia Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate



County Courthouse

Henry County Courthouse
345 Phillips Drive
McDonough, GA 30253-3425
Phone: 770.954.2400

Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records from 1821.[1]

Clerk of Superior Court
One Courthouse Square
McDonough, GA 30253
Telephone: (770) 288-8022
Fax: (770) 898-7573

Probate Court of Henry County
99 Sims Street
McDonough, GA 30253
Phone: 770-288-7600


Parent County

1821--Henry County was created 15 May 1821 from Creek Indian Lands. County seat: McDonough [2]

Boundary Changes

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.

Variant Spellings

Record Loss

1824 Fire burned the courthouse.
1864 During the American Civil War, some county records were destroyed.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Butts County  • Clayton County  • DeKalb County  • Newton County  • Rockdale County  • Spalding County

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Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records


Cemeteries of Henry, 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 Henry County cemeteries.


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.



Land and Property

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 Henry 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.




Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Henry County, Georgia Genealogy 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 Henry County, Georgia Genealogy:

- 19th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company G
- 22nd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company K
- 23rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company K
- 27th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company H
- 28th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company H
- 30th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company E
- 44th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies A and I
- 53rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company F
- 60th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company I
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project

  • Rainer, Vessie Thrasher. 1971. Henry County, Georgia: The Mother of Counties. (page 34-76) 975.8435 H2r
  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Henry County). 1958. Confederate veterańs pension roll, 1890-1929. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. film 175343

World War I



Newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Henry County, Georgia Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


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


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. See also How to order Georgia Vital Records

Marriage Records
Death Records
Vital Record Substitutes

Voter Records

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Genealogical Society of Henry and Clayton Counties, Inc.

71 Macon Street
Post Office Box 1296
McDonough, Georgia 30253-1296



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. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Henry County, Georgia. Page 156 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. 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.