DeKalb County, Georgia Genealogy Guide

DeKalb County, Georgia (Map It) was created on December 9, 1822 from Henry County, Gwinnett County, and Fayette County . Portions of DeKalb were used to create Campbell County (1828) and Cherokee County (1831) and were also transferred to the Coweta County (1826), Gwinnett County (1840), Milton (1859), and Rockdale County (1875). DeKalb County was named in honor of "Baron" Johann DeKalb (1721 - 80) a German who accompanied the Marquis de Lafayette and was inspector general of the Colonial Army. Learn More About State of Georgia History.

DeKalb County is bordered by Gwinnett County (north), Rockdale County (east), Henry County (south), Clayton County (southwest), Fulton County (west) 

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

DeKalb County, Georgia Courthouse Records

DeKalb County, Georgia Courthouse
DeKalb County, GA Courthouse

The DeKalb County Courthouse is located in Decatur, 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 DeKalb 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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  • DeKalb County Clerk of Superior Court has Land Records from 1842 and Court Records from 1842. 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.
  • DeKalb County Clerk of Probate Court has Marriage Records from 1842 and Probate Records from 1842.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.
  • DeKalb County Tax Digests are records scanned from microfilm in the Georgia Archives.
  • DeKalb 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.

DeKalb County, Georgia Census Records

DeKalb County, Georgia Vital Records

DeKalb County, Georgia Resources

DeKalb County, Georgia External Links

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