How to Order Georgia Vital Records
- Physical and Mailing Address: Georgia Division of Public Health, Vital Records, 2600 Skyland Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30319; (404) 679-4702; Fax: (404) 679-4730. All mail orders should include a Personal check or money order made payable to Georgia Department of Public Health. Do not send cash.
- Website Address: http://health.state.ga.us/
- Ordering Vital Records Online – get the certificates within 2-5 days with a credit or debit card from USAVital.com or VitalChek.com
- Ordering Vital Records by Mail: You can download an application online for Georgia Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications. Please allow up to 4-6 weeks for processing of all type of certificates ordered through the mail.
- In Person: Each Georgia county has a vital records registrar and vital records custodian appointed by the state registrar. Depending upon the county, the vital records registrar or custodian may be located at the county health department or in the office of the probate judge. Most certificates can be issued while you wait.
Background of Georgia Vital Records
In 1875 Georgia tried to institute county registrations of deaths, marriages, and births for all counties. However, the law was repealed the following year. Some of the 1875 vital records for 14 of the counties have been placed on microfilm. They can be found at the Georgia Archives.
A 1919 law required that all deaths and births be registered on a statewide level, but some of the counties did not comply immediately. Full compliance didn’t begin until 1928. Some cities also had early death and birth recording requirements. They were:
- Atlanta: Births, 1896; Deaths, 1887
- Augusta: Births, 1823 to 1896
- Savannah: Births, 1890; Deaths, 1803
- Macon: Births, 1891; Deaths, 1882
- Columbus: Births, 1869; Deaths, 1890
- Gainesville: Births, 1865; Deaths, 1909
The Vital Records Unit of the Georgia Department of Human Resources can supply death and birth records. Urgent requests for certificates may be paid for via credit card over the phone, but there is an added fee.
Georgia marriage records are recorded by each county. Some marriage bond records were kept prior to 1805, even though it was not required before that year. Even after the law changed in 1805, some officials didn’t follow it. So, some marriages were not properly recorded. Several courthouse fires have also led to the loss of marriage records over the years. Marriage records from years before 1900 can be found at the Salt Lake City Family History Library (FHL) and the Georgia Archives on microfilm. Some loose county records can also be found at the Georgia Archives. Civil marriages up until 1810 can be found in the Heritage Papers’ periodical called the Georgia Genealogist.
Between the years of 1793 and 1832 the county superior court had to approve divorces, and then they were still subject to approval by the legislature. The county superior court offices still hold those divorce records.
Searchable Georgia Vital Records Databases and Links
- Social Security Death Index
- USGenweb Archives Georgia Marriage Project
- Georgia, Births and Christenings, 1754-1960
- Marriage Records from Microfilm – Marriage Records from Microfilm are records scanned from microfilm in the Georgia Archives. Most of the records are in the possession of the county court which produced the records. Some are in the possession of the Georgia Archives.
- Georgia Marriages, 1699-1944
- Georgia Marriages to 1850
- Georgia Marriages, 1851-1900
- Georgia, Marriages, 1808-1967
- Georgia Death Certificates, 1919-1927 – Georgia Death Certificates from 1919 through 1927. The collection also includes a number of certificates from 1914-1918, with the bulk dating from 1917 and 1918.
- Georgia Non-Indexed Death Certificates, 1928-1930 – This Death Certificate search system is provided as an interim solution until the records for 1928-1930 can be indexed and added to the Death Certificate Collection. Many users have asked for these records, so we are providing them with scanned images of the original Vital Records index.
- Georgia Deaths, 1914-1927
- Georgia Deaths, 1928-1930
- Georgia, Death Index, 1933-1998
- Georgia Deaths, 1919-98
- Georgia, Deaths Index, 1914-1927