Hall County, Georgia Facts
Hall County was created on December 15, 1818 from Cherokee Cessions of 1817 and 1819 (between 1818 and 1870, small amounts of land was transferred between Hall and neighboring counties ). The county was named in honor of Dr. Lyman Hall (1724 - 90), one of Georgia's delegates to the Continental Congress who signed the Declaration of Independence. He became the governor of Georgia in 1783.
The Hall County Seat is located in Gainesville and in the current county government website is www.hallcounty.org/.
Counties adjacent to Hall County are White County (north), Habersham County (norteast), Banks County (east), Jackson County, Barrow County (south), Gwinnett County (southwest), Forsyth County (west), Dawson County (northwest), Lumpkin County (northwest)
Hall 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.
Hall County Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Hall County Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Hall County Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Hall 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.
Hall County Archives, Societies and Family History Resources
A list of Hall 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)
- Hall County Historical Society, 380 Green Street, NE, Gainesville, GA 30501; Phone: 770 503-1319
- Northwest Georgia Historical and Genealogical Society - Post Office Box 5063, Rome, Georgia 30162-5063
- Stone Rangers, Inc.; PO Box 1538, Flowery Branch, GA 30542-0026; (678) 316-8072
- Hall County, Georgia Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Hall County
- Hall County, Georgia Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com) read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Hall County
Hall County Courthouse and Government Records
Researchers frequently overlook the importance of Hall 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 Hall 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 indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Hall county. The dates indicated below are the first known records for each county. The County Courthouse was burned in 1851, and a replacement was built--but it burned also in 1882. The county's next courthouse was built in 1884, but it was destroyed by a devastating tornando that hit Gainesville in 1936
- Hall County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Hall 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) 531-7025
- Land Records: 1819
- Court Records: 1819
- Hall 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.
- Address: ?
- Phone: 770.531.6925
- Marriage Records: 1819
- Probate Records: 1819
- 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.
Hall County Genealogy Links
The following links to Genealogy Resources associated to Hall 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 Hall County genealogy or family history related sites.
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