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Walker County, Georgia Genealogy

Guide to Walker County, Georgia ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Lafayette
Organized: December 18, 1833
Parent County(s): Murray[1]
Neighboring Counties
Catoosa  • Chattooga  • Dade  • DeKalb (AL)  • Gordon  • Hamilton (TN)  • Whitfield
See County Maps
Courthouse
Walker County Court House LaFayette, Georgia.jpg
Location Map
Georgia Walker County Map.png
Adoption

County InformationEdit

DescriptionEdit

The County was named for Georgia'a U.S. Senator, Freeman Walker (1780-1827). The County is located in the northwestern area of the state.[2]

County CourthouseEdit

Walker County Courthouse
103 S Duke Street
Lafayette, GA 30728-0445
Phone: 706-638-1742
Walker County Website

Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records from 1883.
Probate judge has marriage and probate records.
County Health Department has birth and death records.[3]

Walker County, Georgia Record DatesEdit

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1919 1883 1919 1883 1883 1883 1820
Statewide registration of births and death began in 1919. General compliance for births by 1928 and deaths by 1922.

Record LossEdit

1883 The courthouse at LaFayette was burned several times between 2 February and 6 September. No county courthouse records survive prior to 1883.[5]

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary ChangesEdit

  • 1833 Walker County was created 18 December 1833 from Murray County.
  • County seat: Lafayette[6]

In 1833 the territory of Walker included not only its present area, but all of Dade and a large part of Whitfield, Catoosa and Chattooga counties. In 1837 all of Walker's territory west of the top of Lookout Mountain was cut off and the county of Dade was established as the most northwestern county in the State. In 1838 another portion was cut off and the county of Chattooga was established. Then again in 1853, more territory was extracted and the county of Catoosa was formed. In 1853 and later in 1859 other portions of Walker County were used to make Whitfield County."--from The History of Walker County, Georgia by James Alfred Sartain. Published by A.J. Showalter Company, Dalton, Georgia, 1932

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.

Populated PlacesEdit

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[7]\ Walker County, Georgia

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns


History TimelineEdit

ResourcesEdit

Bible RecordsEdit

BiographiesEdit

Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit

CemeteriesEdit

Cemeteries of Walker, Georgia online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Georgia Cemeteries for more information

The following web site may have additional information on Walker County cemeteries.

Census RecordsEdit

Church RecordsEdit

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.

Court RecordsEdit

DirectoriesEdit

Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Ethnic, Political, and Religious GroupsEdit

Funeral HomesEdit

GenealogiesEdit

GuardianshipEdit

Land and Property RecordsEdit

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Georgia Land and Property for additional information about early Georgia land grants from the government. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions (generally buying and selling deeds) were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local HistoriesEdit

Local histories are available for Walker County, Georgia Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Georgia Local Histories.

  • Sartain, James Alfred. History of Walker County, Georgia. Dalton, Ga.: A.J. Showalter Co., 1932. Digital version at Ancestry ($)
  • Index for History of Walker County by James Alfred Sartain. Lafayette, Ga.: Cherokee Regional Library, 1978. Digital version at Ancestry ($)

Maps and GazetteersEdit

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources


MigrationEdit

Military RecordsEdit

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Walker County 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 Walker County:

- 1st Regiment, Georgia Cavalry (Confederate), Company F and I
- 1st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), 2d Company D
- 9th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company G
- 23rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company H
- 39th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies E and K
- 55th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)
- 60th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company C
  • Crawley, Laura. 1986. Civil War medicine at Chickamauga Battlefield. Rossville, Georgia: Delta Genealogical Society. film 1421647 item 3
  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Walker County). 1964. Confederate pension roll, 1890-1957. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. film 394048

Civil War Battles
The following Civil War battles were fought in Walker County.

  • September 10-11, 1863 Davis' Cross Roads, also known as Dug Gap[8]
  • September 18-20, 1863 Chickamauga[9]
  • Map showing Civil War battles in Georgia.
  • Fitch, Michael Hendrick. The Chattanooga Campaign: With Especial Reference to Wisconsin's Participation Therein. Madison, Wisc.: Wisconsin History Commission, 1911. Digital version at Ancestry ($)

World War I

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit

NewspapersEdit

  • 1885-1886 Walker County Marriages from Newspapers 1885-1886 at Georgia Pioneers ($)

ObituariesEdit

Other RecordsEdit

Voting Records

PeriodicalsEdit

Probate RecordsEdit

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.

Many probate records to the 1930s and 1940s are at the Georgia Department of Archives and History and the Family History Library on microfilm.

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).

Online Probate Records

School RecordsEdit

Tax RecordsEdit

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 RecordsEdit

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.

For some online statewide indexes, see the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections for Georgia.

BirthEdit

MarriageEdit

DeathEdit

DivorceEdit

Research FacilitiesEdit

ArchivesEdit

Family History CentersEdit

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.

LibrariesEdit

MuseumsEdit

SocietiesEdit

  • Walker County Historical Society
    305 S Duke St
    La Fayette, GA 30728-2936
    Phone: 706-764-2801
    Website
    Facebook

WebsitesEdit

Research GuidesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Walker County, Georgia" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walker_County,_Georgia accessed 6 Nov 2018
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Walker County, Georgia. Page 151-163 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 155-160.
  5. Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 55. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Walker _County,_Georgia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walker_County,_Georgia, accessed 10 October 2019.
  8. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 13 August, 2012)
  9. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 13 August, 2012)
  10. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/5/53/Igigeorgiamz.pdf.