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Decatur County, Georgia

Decatur County was created on December 8, 1823 from Early County  (portions of Decatur County were used to create Thomas County (1825) and Grady County (1905)). The county was named in honor of Commodore Stephen Decatur (1779 - 1820), a naval hero of the actions against the Barbary Pirates in the early 1800s.

The Decatur County Seat is located in Bainbridge and in the current county government website is

Counties adjacent to Decatur County are  Miller County (north), Mitchell County (northeast), Baker County (northeast), Grady County (east), Gadsden County, FL (south), Seminole County (west).

Decatur 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 CertificateMarriage CertificateDivorce 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 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Decatur County Society and Family History Resources

A list of Decatur County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives. See Also Georgia Archives, Genealogical and Historical Societies for statewide Addresses and links.

Decatur County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers frequently overlook the importance of Decatur 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 Decatur 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.

I highly recommend you speak to the clerk's department to validate hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics prior to visiting or asking for information because of sometimes changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The files are readily available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. Many employees will guide men and women in obtaining the resources, however it's up to the person to do the basic research.

The following county facts denotes the earliest date and what birth, marriage, death, land, wills, and legal records will be in Decatur County.

  • Decatur County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Decatur 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.
    • Phone: 229-248-3025
    • Land Records: 1823
    • Court Records: 1823
  • Decatur 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.
    • Phone: 229-248-3016
    • Marriage Records: 1824
    • Probate Records: 1823
  • The Decatur 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.

Decatur County Genealogy Links

The following links to Genealogy Resources associated to Decatur 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 Decatur County genealogy or family history related sites.

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