Georgia tried requiring the recording of death records in the year 1875. After a year, they discontinued the practice. The records still surviving for the following counties are on microfilm at the Georgia State Archives and LDS FHL's: Carroll, Chattoga, Clarke, Colquitt, Early, Elbert, Jackson, Jefferson, Lumpkin, McIntosh, Miller, and Talbot. The original death records for Walton County are at the Archives. These records include information such as names of parents and place of birth.

Voluntary death records were kept by the following cities prior to 1919:

Atlanta (birth records starting in 1887; death records since 1896)

Order from:
Fulton County Health Department
99 Butler Street S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30303

Columbus (starting in 1890)

Order from:
Muscogee County Health Department
1958 Eighth Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

Gainesville (starting in 1909)

Available on microfilm at the Georgia State Archives, drawer 245, box 65.

Macon (death records starting in 1882; birth records since 1891)

Order from:
Macon-Bibb County Department of Health
770 Hemlock Street
Macon, GA 31201

Savannah (deaths 1803-1849)

Published in Volume III of Anals of Georgia by Caroline Wilson.

Death Records (1803-1890) from:
Georgia Historical Society
501 Whitaker Street
Savannah, Georgia 31499

Birth & death records (1890 to present) from:
Chatham County Health Department
P.O. Box 14257
Savannah, GA 31406.


Ted O. Brooke and Robert S. Davis, Jr., Georgia Genealogical Workbook (Atlanta, Georgia: The Georgia Genealogical Society, 1987).

George K. Schweitzer, Georgia Genealogical Research (Knoxville, Tennessee: self-published, 1995).

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