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[GA] Death Records

Georgia Death Records

There were several early efforts, the earliest in 1804, to require death registration in GA, but these failed quite broadly due to non-compliance. In a few counties and in some cities there are a few death records prior to 1919, when state registration was required.

The counties and the dates are-
Carroll (1875),
Chatham (1803-47, with index to 1733),
Chattooga (1875-6),
Clarke (1875-
Colquitt (1875),
Early (1875),
Elbert (1875-8),
Greene (1811-33),
Jackon (1875),
Jefferson (1875),
Lumpkin (1875),
McIntosh (1875),
Miller (1875-6),
Talbot(1875), and
Taliaferro (1875-6).

The cities and the dates when they began keeping records are:
Columbus (1890-),
Gainesville (1909-),
Macon (1882-), and
Savannah (1803)
The county records are available, along with those for Gainesville
in the GDAH, and the city records are in the corresponding County
Health Departments. All these records are incomplete.

As mentioned above, GA started requiring deaths to be with the state in 1919. At first the counties cooperated very well, but in the middle 1920s they did not. In 1922, the records became 90% complete which they continued to be except for the period 1925-8.

Anyone can purchase a death certificate if the year and county of death are provided to

The Vital Records Unit,
GA Department of Resources,
Room 217 H, Health Building,
47 Trinity Avenue,
Atlanta 30334.

Since GA is so short on death records before 1919, other records have to be consulted in attempts to find death data. Among the better ones are Bible, biography, cemetery, census, church, genealogical periodical, manuscript, military, mortuary, newspaper, published genealogy and above all, will and estate records.

There are a few published or typescript works which contain or lead to death data compilations.
Notable among these are:

_J. E. Dorsey, GA GENEALOGY AND LOCAL HISTORY, BIBLIOGRAPHY, Reprint Co, Spartanburg, SC, 1983. under counties.]

_,DAR, DAR RECORD TYPESCRIPTS, in GDAH, Atlanta, GA, With INDEXES. [Look in card file of them in GDAH ]

_J. D. and E. D. Stemmons THE VITAL RECORD COMPENDIUM Everton Publishers, Logan, UT, 1979.

When you are seeking death date and place information in archives a libraries, be certain to explore all the above mentioned sources, and don't fail to look under county listings and the following heading in card catalogs. Registers of births, deaths etc.

Georgia Genealogical Research by George R. Schweitzer, Ph.D,Sc.D

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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