Georgia, Fulton County Records from the Atlanta History Center - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Georgia, Fulton County Records from the Atlanta History Center, 1827-1955
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Fulton, Georgia, 
United States
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Location of Fulton County, Georgia
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Record Description
Record Type County Records
Collection years 1827-1955
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Atlanta History Center

What is in This Collection?

This collection consists of records from Fulton County for the years 1827 to 1955. The collection includes:

  • Census and Voter Registration for Atlanta, Georgia
  • Cemetery records from Atlanta and vicinity
  • Garrett's Necrology (This collection includes extracts from obituaries for Atlanta and vicinity.)
  • Death extracts from Atlanta
  • Census of Whites and Colored citizens
  • Index of Campbell (Fulton) county vital statistics
  • Westview Cemetery Sexton Records
  • Voter registrations and miscellaneous court records from Campbell (Fulton) county
  • An index to the 1890 Atlanta City census
  • Atlanta city census, 1896 (First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Wards);
  • Census of Whites and Colored citizens, 1885-1888;
  • Campbell county, vital statistics index to births and deaths, 1927-1931.
  • Also includes voter registrations and miscellaneous court records from Fulton (Campbell) county. Not all images have been indexed.

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To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Georgia, Fulton County Records from the Atlanta History Center, 1827-1955.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Name of primary person or persons
  • Names of spouse, children, other relatives, or friends
  • Names of witnesses
  • Dates the documents were written and recorded
  • Ages
  • Residences
  • Relationships
  • Birth, marriage or death dates
  • Birth, marriage or death places
  • Occupation

Collection Content

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Coverage Table

The coverage table shows the types of records and time periods covered.

Record Type Record
Cemetery records Cemetery records for Atlanta and vicinity, 1874-1932
West View Cemetery sexton's record, 1884-1933
Census records Atlanta census First Ward, 1896
Atlanta census Second Ward, 1896
Atlanta census Third Ward, 1896
Atlanta census Fourth Ward, 1896
Atlanta census Fifth Ward, 1896
Atlanta census Sixth Ward, 1896
Atlanta census index, 1890
Census of white and colored citizens, 1885-1888
Correctional Institutions Jail record, 1877-1929
County Court records Court docket, 1866-1931
Sheriff's docket, 1877-1878
Court of Ordinary records Docket, 1831-1929
Inferior Court records Minutes, 1858-1872
Obituaries Notes on old DeKalb and Fulton County families, 1874-1932
Obituary abstracts, 1857-1923
Probate records Administrators' and guardians' bonds, 1839-1856
Court of Ordinary records
Docket of estates and wills, 1880-1883
Index to estate papers, 1917-1955
Transcripts of estate papers, 1864-1955
Public records Inferior Court, Record of bonds 1831-1872
Vital records Birth and death index 1827-1931
Death extracts (Atlanta), 1887-1931
Voting registers Voters list 1926

How Do I Search This Collection?

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  • The name of the individual
  • The date of an event or the name of a parent or spouse

Search the Index

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How Do I Analyze the Results?

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What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the age to calculate the birth date to find other records such as birth, christening, marriage, census, and death
  • Search for the family in census records
  • Use the occupations to find employment or military records
  • Use the information to find additional family members

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names

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