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Dade County, Georgia
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Dade County, Georgia Facts

When was Dade County, GA Created?
Dade County was established on December 25, 1837 from Walker County. The county was named in honor of Major Francis L. Dade (1793 - 1835), a hero of the Seminole War.

What is the County Seat of Dade County, GA?
The County Seat is located in Trenton and in the current county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Dade County, GA?
Bordering Counties are  Marion County, TN (north), Hamilton County, TN (northeast), Walker County (southwest), DeKalb County, AL (southwest), Jackson County, AL (west)

Dade County, GA Vital Records

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

The Dade 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.

Dade County, GA Census Records

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

Dade County Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Dade County Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Dade County Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Dade 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

Dade County, GA Courthouse and Government Records

Dade County Courthouse

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

  • Dade County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Dade 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: P.O. Box 417, 12371 Main Street, Trenton, GA. 30752
    • Phone: 706-657-4778
    • Land Records:1853 (A number of deeds that had been recorded prior to the April 1853 fire were re-recorded afterward the records survived the 1863 fire.)
    • Court Records: 1854
  • Dade 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: 75 Case Avenue, P.O. Box 605, Trenton, GA 30752-2429
    • Phone: 706- 657-3400
    • Marriage Records:1866 
    • Probate Records: 1853 (one dated from 1853 and the other dated from 1855 that survived the 1863 fire. None before 1853 survived. There are NO loose probate papers until ca 1900.)
  • Georgia, Wills and Probate Records, 1742-1992
  • 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

Dade County, GA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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