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Clarke County, Georgia Facts

When was Clarke County, GA Created?
Clarke County was established on December 5, 1801(Unified on January 14, 1991) from Jackson County (portions of Clarke County were used to create Madison County (1811) and Oconee County (1875)). The county was named in honor of Elijah Clarke (1733 - 99), a Revolutionary War hero.

What is the County Seat of Clarke County, GA?
The County Seat is located in Athens and in the current county government website is www.athensclarkecounty.com/.

What counties are adjacent to Clarke County, GA?
Bordering Counties are  Madison County (northeast), Oglethorpe County ( east)/southeast, Oconee County (south)/southwest, Barrow County (west), Jackson County (northwest).


Clarke County, GA Vital Records

Where can find Clarke County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Clarke County vital records can be found at the Georgia Department of Health which has copies for copies of birth and death records since Jan 1919, copies of marriage since June 9, 1952 to 1996 and a Divorce records index since June 9, 1952. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Georgia for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Clarke County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Clarke Co. Birth CertificateMarriage CertificateDivorce Certificate or Death Certificates to mail.

The Clarke 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.


Clarke County, GA Census Records

What Clarke County, GA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Clarke County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Clarke County Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Clarke County Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Clarke County Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Clarke County Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890.

You can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Georgia Census Records Research Guide


Clarke County, GA Courthouse and Government Records


Clarke County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Clarke County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Clarke County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Georgia Corthouse Records Research Guide


Clarke County, GA Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Clarke County, GA?
A list of Clarke County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Georgia Archives, Genealogical and Historical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Clarke County, GA Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Clarke County, GA?
The following links to Genealogy Resources associated to Clarke County. These links fall into 3 categories: Business Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a cost. This is basically a list that has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site above another.

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