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Dawson County was created on December 3, 1857 from Gilmer County and Lumpkin County. The county was named in honor of William Crosby Dawson (1798 - 1857), a U.S. Senator (1849 - 55), and a state legislator.
Counties adjacent to Dawson County are Fannin County (north), Lumpkin County (northeast), Hall County (east), Forsyth County (south), Cherokee County (southwest), Pickens County (west), Gilmer County (northwest)
Dawson 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 Appling County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Appling Co. Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate or Death Certificates to mail.
Appling County has Federal Census Schedules to assist in looking into your Family Tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
Dawson County Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1860. Dawson County Mortality Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Dawson County Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Dawson County Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890.
You can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms that can help with your research.
A list of Dawson County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives. See Also Georgia Archives, Genealogical and Historical Societies for statewide Addresses and links.
Researchers frequently overlook the importance of Dawson County court, probate, and land records as a useful resource of genealogy and family history.
The chances are great that your ancestors and forefathers have left a comprehensive record of at least some aspects of their lives in the Dawson County court records. Even if your ancestors is not mentioned in a Court case, consider all of the other methods which often can have lead to him or her appearing in court records.
The following county facts denotes the earliest date and what birth, marriage, death, land, wills, and legal records will be in Dawson County.
The following links to Genealogy Resources associated to Dawson 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. Feel free to submit your own most liked Dawson County genealogy or family history related sites.