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DeKalb County, Georgia
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DeKalb County, Georgia Facts

When was DeKalb County, GA Created?
DeKalb County was established on December 9, 1822 from Henry County, Gwinnett County, and Fayette County  (portions of DeKalb were used to create Campbell (1828) and Cherokee (1831) and were also transferred to the Coweta (1826), Gwinnett (1840), Milton (1859), and Rockdale (1875)). The county was named in honor of "Baron" Johann DeKalb (1721 - 80) a German who accompanied the Marquis de Lafayette and was inspector general of the Colonial Army.

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

What counties are adjacent to DeKalb County, GA?
Bordering Counties are Gwinnett County (north), Rockdale County ( east), Henry County (south), Clayton County (southwest), Fulton County (west) 

DeKalb County, GA Vital Records

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

The DeKalb 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.

DeKalb County, GA Census Records

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

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

DeKalb County, GA Courthouse and Government Records

DeKalb County Courthouse

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

DeKalb County, GA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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