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Gwinnett County, Georgia (Map It) was created on December 15, 1818 from Cherokee Cession of 1817 and Creek Cession of 1818. Portions of Gwinnett County were used to create DeKalb County (1822) and Barrow County (1914). Additionally, portions of Gwinnett were transferred to the following counties: Hall County (1819), Jackson County (1819), DeKalb County (1823, 1828, and 1829), Walton County (1820), and Rockdale County (1875). Gwinnett County was named in honor of Button Gwinnett (1735-1777), one of Georgia's delegates to the Continental Congress who signed the Declaration of Independence. Learn More About State of Georgia History.
Gwinnett County is bordered by Forsyth County (north), Hall County (norteast), Jackson County (norteast), Barrow County (east), Walton County (southwest), DeKalb County (southwest), Rockdale County (south), Fulton County (west)
A Map of Gwinnett County, Georgia contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Gwinnett County, Georgia Courthouse Records
Gwinnett County, GA Courthouse
The Gwinnett County Courthouse is located in Lawrenceville, Georgia. The County Courthouse burned in 1871, some records were destroyed. 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 Gwinnett 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.
- History of Baker County, Georgia Courthouse
- Gwinnett County Clerk of Superior Court has Land Records from 1871 and Court Records from 1858. 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.
- Gwinnett County Clerk of Probate Court has Marriage Records from 1871 and Probate Records from 1818.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.
- Gwinnett County Tax Digests are records scanned from microfilm in the Georgia Archives.
- Gwinnett 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.
Gwinnett County, Georgia Census Records
- Learn More: State of Georgia Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- U.S. Census Reconstructed Records: 1660-1820, Georgia Census Substitutes 1790-1890
- State Population Schedules: 1864 Census for Re-Organizing the Georgia Militia
- U.S. Federal Census Slave Schedules: 1850 and 1860
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Gwinnett County, Georgia Vital Records
- Learn More: State of Georgia Vital Records
- Birth and Death Records: from January 1919 to present.
- Marriage Records: from June 9, 1952 to present.
- Divorce Records: None. Contact the County Clerk of Superior Court.
- Locations: Georgia Division of Public Health, Vital Records, 2600 Skyland Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30319; (404) 679-4702
- Vital Records Online: USAVital, VitalChek or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications.
Gwinnett County, Georgia Resources
- East Georgia Genealogical Society
- Gwinnett History Center,185 Crogan Street, Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, Lawrenceville, GA 30045; 770-822-5174
- Gwinnett Historical Society
- Gwinnett History Museum, 455 S Perry St; Lawrenceville, GA 30045-4836; (770) 822-5178.
- Snellville Historical Society, 2405 Springdale Dr; Snellville, GA 30078-3763; (770) 972-4729
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