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Polk County, Georgia
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Polk County, Georgia Facts

When was Polk County, GA Created?
Polk County was established on December 20, 1851 from Floyd County and Paulding County  (portions of Polk County were used to help create Haralson County ).

The county was named in honor of James Knox Polk (1795 - 1849), eleventh President of the United States.

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

What counties are adjacent to Polk County, GA?
Bordering Counties are  Floyd County (north), Bartow County (norteast), Paulding County (east), Haralson County (south), Cleburne County, AL (southwest), Cherokee County, AL (west)

Polk County, GA Vital Records

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

The Polk 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.

Polk County, GA Census Records

What Polk County, GA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Polk 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.

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

Polk County, GA Courthouse and Government Records

Polk County Courthouse

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

Polk County, GA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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