Gwinnett County, Georgia Facts
Gwinnett County was created on December 15, 1818 from Cherokee Cession of 1817 and Creek Cession of 1818 (Portions of Gwinnett County were used to create DeKalb County (1822) and Barrow County (1914). Additionally, portions of Gwinnett were transferred to the following counties: Hall (1819), Jackson (1819), DeKalb (1823, 1828, and 1829), Walton (1820), and Rockdale (1875) ).
The county was named in honor of Button Gwinnett (1735-1777), one of Georgia's delegates to the Continental Congress who signed the Declaration of Independence.
The Gwinnett County Seat is located in Lawrenceville and in the current county government website is www.gwinnettcounty.com/.
Counties adjacent to Gwinnett County are Forsyth County (north), Hall County (norteast), Jackson County (norteast), Barrow County (east), Walton County (southwest), DeKalb County (southwest), Rockdale County (south), Fulton County (west)
Gwinnett County has Federal Census Schedules to assist in looking into your Family Tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
Gwinnett County Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Gwinnett County Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Gwinnett County Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Gwinnett 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.
Gwinnett County Archives, Societies and Family History Resources
A list of Gwinnett County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives. See Also Georgia Archives, Genealogical and Historical Societies for statewide Addresses and links.
- Georgia State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- East Georgia Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 117, Winder, GA 30680
- Gwinnett History Center, 185 Crogan Street, Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, Lawrenceville, GA 30045; 770-822-5174
- Gwinnett Historical Society, PO Box 261; Lawrenceville, GA 30046-0261; (770) 822-5174;
- Gwinnett History Museum, 455 S Perry St; Lawrenceville, GA 30045-4836; (770) 822-5178.
- Snellville Historical Society, 2405 Springdale Dr; Snellville, GA 30078-3763; (770) 972-4729
- Gwinnett County, Georgia Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Gwinnett County
- Gwinnett County, Georgia Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com) read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Gwinnett County
Gwinnett County Courthouse and Government Records
Researchers frequently overlook the importance of Gwinnett 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 Gwinnett 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 Gwinnett County. The County Courthouse burned in 1871, some records were destroyed
- Gwinnett County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Gwinnett 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: (770) 822-8100
- Land Records: 1871
- Court Records: 1858
- Gwinnett 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: 770-822-8250
- Marriage Records: 1871
- Probate Records: 1818
- Georgia Department of Health 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.
Gwinnett County Genealogy Links
The following links to Genealogy Resources associated to Gwinnett 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 Gwinnett County genealogy or family history related sites.
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