Walker County, Georgia Genealogy

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County Courthouse

Walker County Courthouse
103 S Duke Street
Lafayette, GA 30728-0445
Phone: 706.638.1742 

Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records from 1883;
Probate judge has marriage and probate records; County Health
Department has birth and death records[1]


Parent County

1833--Walker County was created 18 December 1833 from Murray County. County seat: Lafayette [2]

Boundary Changes

In 1833 the territory of Walker included not only its present area, but all of Dade and a large part of Whitfield, Catoosa and Chattooga counties. In 1837 all of Walker's territory west of the top of Lookout Mountain was cut off and the county of Dade was established as the most northwestern county in the State. In 1838 another portion was cut off and the county of Chattooga was established. Then again in 1853, more territory was extracted and the county of Catoosa was formed. In 1853 and later in 1859 other portions of Walker County were used to make Whitfield County."--from The History of Walker County, Georgia by James Alfred Sartain. Published by A.J. Showalter Company, Dalton, Georgia, 1932

Record Loss

The courthouse in Walker County was burned in 1883. There are no county records available prior to that time.  Some people had their deeds re-recorded after 1883 but most other records were lost.  The above referenced book by James Sartain is a very good source.  The library in the county seat, Lafayette, has a genealogy section and the people there are very helpful.

Some people who lived close to the county borders went to other counties to record events.


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties






Local Histories

  • Sartain, James Alfred. History of Walker County, Georgia. Dalton, Ga.: A.J. Showalter Co., 1932. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Index for History of Walker County by James Alfred Sartain. Lafayette, Ga.: Cherokee Regional Library, 1978. Digital version at Ancestry ($).



Civil War
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battles were fought in Walker County.

Map showing Civil War battles in Georgia.

  • Fitch, Michael Hendrick. The Chattanooga Campaign: With Especial Reference to Wisconsin's Participation Therein. Madison, Wisc.: Wisconsin History Commission, 1911. Digital version at Ancestry ($).



Additional Probate Records 
  • 1883-1895 - Index to Walker County, Georgia Inventories and Appraisements Book A (1883-1895) at Georgia Pioneers ($).
  • 1883-1892 - Index to Walker County Annual Returns and Vouchers Book A (1883-1888) and Book B (1888-1892) at Georgia Pioneers ($).
  • 1883-1888 Index to Annual Returns, Vouchers, Book A Georgia Pioneers
  • 1888-1892 Index to Annual Returns and Vouchers, Book B Georgia Pioneers


Vital Records

Vital Records Substitutes
  • 1885-1886 - Walker County Marriages from Newspapers 1885-1886 at Georgia Pioneers ($).

Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Walker County, Georgia. Page 161 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. 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)