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DeKalb County Wills, Estates, Marriages, Deeds

Stone Mountain Grist Mill DeKalb County was created in 1822 after the Muskogee (Creeks) Indians ceded the lands by treaty and was taken from Henry, Gwinnett and Fayette Counties. It was named for Baron Johann DeKalb, a German hero of the American Revolution. In 1853 Fulton County was created from the northern portion of DeKalb County. Many of the settlers to DeKalb County were in search of new lands and were farmers. When researching DeKalb County, Henry (the parent County) and Fulton Counties should also be researched. Unfortunately, the estate records do not begin until 1840. If you have an ancestor who resided within the boundaries of the present-day Atlanta, those records will be found in DeKalb County. Remember, the journey from Atlanta to present-day Decatur to file a deed, will, or other record was quite a trip.

DeKalb County Probate Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers

Marriages Maps DeKalb County Wills DeKalb County Probate Records by Jeannette Holland Austin DeKalb County Probate Records by Jeannette Holland Austin comprizes the content of these records.


Indexes to Probate Records Deeds Miscellaneous Wills and Estates Church Records Cemeteries


Oakland Cemetery
By Jeannette Holland Austin
Jeannette Holland Austin
If you wish to discover the first families in Atlanta, Oakland Cemetery is the place to look. It was founded in 1850 and is the final resting place of those who built Atlanta. The beautiful tombs and vaults set in a garden atmosphere are but a memory of days long since past. The cemetery was closed to burials sometime before 1890, however, people who owned lots were buried there afterwards. Margaret Mitchell, the author of Gone with the Wind is such a person. The book History of Fulton County lists the early residents of Atlanta in their various political capacities. It is fun to recognize some of the names in this cemetery. In essence, if your family resided near downtown Atlanta in the old days, best do a walk-through.

Oakland Cemetery


Map of DeKalb County


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