Decatur County, Georgia Genealogy Guide

Decatur County, Georgia (Map It) was created on December 8, 1823 from Early County . Portions of Decatur County were used to create Thomas County (1825) and Grady County (1905). Decatur County was named in honor of Commodore Stephen Decatur (1779 - 1820), a naval hero of the actions against the Barbary Pirates in the early 1800s. Learn More About State of Georgia History.

Decatur County is bordered by  Miller County (north), Mitchell County (northeast), Baker County (northeast), Grady County (east), Gadsden County, Florida (south), Seminole County (west).

A Map of Decatur County, Georgia contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Decatur County, Georgia Courthouse Records

Decatur County, Georgia Courthouse
Decatur County, GA Courthouse

The Decatur County Courthouse is located in Bainbridge, Georgia. Learn More About State of Georgia Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Decatur county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.

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  • Decatur County Clerk of Superior Court has Land Records from 1823 and Court Records from 1823. The County Clerk of Superior Court has jurisdiction over cases for title to land and equity, felony cases, adoptions, divorces, child support and custody enforcement. The clerk also is tasked with recording deeds and maintaining the chain of title to all property in the county. Be aware that Lands were given to Georgia citizens by lotteries for the years 1820, 1821, 1827, 1832, 1832 (Gold), 1833.
  • Decatur County Clerk of Probate Court has Marriage Records from 1824 and Probate Records from 1823.The County Clerk of Probate Court responsibilities include legal proceedings forh Wills, Estates, Guardianships of minor children, Involuntary Committals Hearings, Issuance of Marriage License, ect.. The county probate judge's office is the office where the most valuable genealogical records are created and maintained in the state of Georgia.
  • Decatur County Tax Digests are records scanned from microfilm in the Georgia Archives.
  • Decatur County Health Department can issue Birth, Marriage and Death certificates while you wait. Contact the Clerk of Superior Court for Divorce Records and the Probate Judge for Marriage Records.

Decatur County, Georgia Census Records

Decatur County, Georgia Vital Records

Decatur County, Georgia Resources

Decatur County, Georgia External Links

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