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Clayton County, Georgia Facts

When was Clayton County, GA Created?
Clayton County was established on November 30, 1858 from Fayette County and Henry County. The county was named in honor of Augustin Smith Clayton (1783 - 1839), a local jurist and U.S. Congressman.

What is the County Seat of Clayton County, GA?
The County Seat is located in Jonesboro and in the current county government website is www.claytoncountyga.gov/.

What counties are adjacent to Clayton County, GA?
Bordering Counties are  DeKalb County (northeast), Henry County (east), Spalding County (south), Fayette County (southwest), Fulton County (northwest).


Clayton County, GA Vital Records

Where can find Clayton County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Clayton 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 Clayton County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Clayton Co. Birth CertificateMarriage CertificateDivorce Certificate or Death Certificates to mail.

The Clayton 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.


Clayton County, GA Census Records

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

Clayton County Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1860. Clayton County Mortality Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Clayton County Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Clayton 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


Clayton County, GA Courthouse and Government Records


Clayton County Courthouse

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

  • Clayton County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Clayton 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.
    • Address: Harold R. Banke Justice Center, Room, 1CL25 - 9151 Tara Boulevard, Jonesboro, Georgia 30236-4912
    • Phone: (770) 477-3395
    • Land Records: 1859
    • Court Records: 1859
  • Clayton 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.
    • Address: 121 South McDonough Street, Annex Building 3, Jonesboro, GA 30236
    • Phone:770-477-3299
    • Marriage Records: 1859 
    • Probate Records: 1859
  • Georgia Land Lotteries of 1805, 1807, 1820, 1821, 1827, 1832, 1832 (Gold), 1833.
  • County Tax Digests
  • County Records Microfilm Index
  • Inventory of the county archives of Georgia
  • BLM Land Records

Clayton County, GA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Clayton County, GA?
The following links to Genealogy Resources associated to Clayton 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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