Polk County, Georgia Genealogy
Guide to Polk County, Georgia ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Polk County, Georgia|
Location in the state of Georgia
|Founded||20 December, 1851|
|Address||Polk County Courthouse|
PO Box 268
Cedartown, GA 30125-0268
Polk County Website]
- 1 County Courthouse
- 2 History
- 3 Places/Localities
- 4 Genealogy Resources
- 4.1 Research Guides
- 4.2 African Americans
- 4.3 Bible Records
- 4.4 Cemeteries
- 4.5 Census
- 4.6 Church Records
- 4.7 Court
- 4.8 Genealogy
- 4.9 Land and Property
- 4.10 Local Histories
- 4.11 Maps
- 4.12 Military
- 4.13 Naturalization
- 4.14 Newspapers
- 4.15 Occupations
- 4.16 Probate Records
- 4.17 Taxation
- 4.18 Vital Records
- 5 Genealogy Societies and Libraries
County Courthouse[edit | edit source]
Polk County Courthouse
PO Box 268
Cedartown, GA 30125-0268
Probate Court has birth, marriage, death and probate records; Clerk Superior court has divorce, court and land records from 1852
History[edit | edit source]
Parent County[edit | edit source]
Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]
For animated maps illustrating Georgia county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Georgia County Boundary Maps" (1758-1932) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
Variant Spellings[edit | edit source]
Record Loss[edit | edit source]
1864. During the American Civil War the courthouse at Cedartown was burned 1 or 2 November 1864 by the Union Army's Fifteenth and Seventeenth Corps. Most county records survived the war.
Places/Localities[edit | edit source]
Populated Places[edit | edit source]
Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]
Genealogy Resources[edit | edit source]
Research Guides[edit | edit source]
African Americans[edit | edit source]
Bible Records[edit | edit source]
Cemeteries[edit | edit source]
- Northview Cemetery, Cedartown BillionGraves
Census[edit | edit source]
Church Records[edit | edit source]
Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Georgia denominations, see the Georgia Church Records wiki page.
LDS Ward and Branch Records[edit | edit source]
Court[edit | edit source]
Genealogy[edit | edit source]
Land and Property[edit | edit source]
Local Histories[edit | edit source]
Maps[edit | edit source]
Military[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]
Regiments. Service men in Polk County, Georgia Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Polk County, Georgia Genealogy:
- - 20th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company D
- - 21st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company D
- - Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project (some War of 1812 Pension also given)
- Carter, Larry D. 2012. Polk County, Georgia the first one-hundred years. [S.l.]: L.D. Carter. (page 227-328; 581-638) 975.8375 H2
Naturalization[edit | edit source]
Newspapers[edit | edit source]
Occupations[edit | edit source]
Probate Records[edit | edit source]
Colonial courts kept some early probate records. From 1777 to 1798 and since 1852, the court of ordinary or register of probates has kept probate and guardianship records. The inferior court handled probate and guardianship matters from 1798 to 1852.
Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.
Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records (not all years).
- Wills, 1848-1911 (digital images) Georgia Pioneers
- Index to Will Book A, 1848-1936 Georgia PioneersGeorgia Pioneers
- Index to Annual Returns and Vouchers 1860-1893
Taxation[edit | edit source]
Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and all slaves up to age 60. These persons are referred to as "polls." Tax listings, or digests, of a county generally list the taxable landowners and other polls and the amount of tax. The records for each county are divided by militia district.
Vital Records[edit | edit source]
Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Georgia State Department of Health , the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred or order electronically online.
Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriage[edit | edit source]
- 1885-1886 - Marriages (from Newspapers)
- 1852-1888 - Polk County Marriage Books A and B Index 1852-1888. Batch M713521 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1884-1895 - Polk County Marriage Books C and D Index 1884-1895. Batch M713522 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1891-1895 - Polk County Marriage Book D Index 1891-1895. Batch M713523 at FamilySearch - free.
Death[edit | edit source]
Vital Record Substitutes[edit | edit source]
Genealogy Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]
Family History Centers[edit | edit source]
Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.
Websites[edit | edit source]
- Polk County, GA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy
- Georgia Genealogy Network Community on Google+
- Georgia Genealogy Network Group on Facebook
- USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
- FamilySearch Catalog
- Polk County, Georgia Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- Georgia Pioneers Georgia Pioneers
References[edit | edit source]
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Polk County, Georgia. Page 159 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 49-50. At various libraries (WorldCat).
- Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/53/Igigeorgiamz.pdf.