Georgia County Histories

The Province of Georgia was one of the Thirteen Colonies that revolted against British rule in the American Revolution by signing the 1776 Declaration of Independence. After the war, Georgia became the fourth state of the Union after ratifying the Constitution on 2 January 1788.

Flag of GeorgiaIn 1829, gold was discovered in the north Georgia mountains, resulting in the Georgia Gold Rush leading to the establishment of a federal mint in Dahlonega that continued operation until 1861. The influx of white settlers put pressure on the government to take land from the Cherokee Nation. In 1830, the Indian Removal Act was signed into law. This resulting in sending all eastern native tribes to reservations in present-day Oklahoma.

Despite the Supreme Court’s ruling in Worcester v. Georgia, that states were not permitted to redraw the Indian boundaries, President Andrew Jackson and the state of Georgia ignored the ruling. In 1838, his successor, Martin Van Buren dispatched federal troops to round up the Cherokee and deport them west of the Mississippi. This forced relocation, known as the Trail of Tears, led to the death of over 4,000 Cherokees.

In early 1861, Georgia joined the Confederacy and became a major theater of the Civil War. Major battles took place at Chickamauga, Kennesaw Mountain, and Atlanta. In December 1864, a large swath of the state from Atlanta to Savannah was destroyed during General William Tecumseh Sherman’s March to the Sea. In 1870, following reconstruction, Georgia became the last Confederate state restored to the Union.

Collection Details

  1. WILLIAM B. STEVENS, A HISTORY OF GEORGIA: FROM ITS FIRST DISCOVERY BY EUROPEANS TO THE ADOPTION OF THE PRESENT CONSTITUTION IN MDCCXCVIII (2 VOLS.) (VOL 1),W.T. WILLIAMS, 1847
  2. WILLIAM B. STEVENS, A HISTORY OF GEORGIA: FROM ITS FIRST DISCOVERY BY EUROPEANS TO THE ADOPTION OF THE PRESENT CONSTITUTION IN MDCCXCVIII (2 VOLS.) (VOL 2),W.T. WILLIAMS, 1847
  3. GEORGE MAGRUDER BATTEY, JR, A HISTORY OF ROME AND FLOYD COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA INCLUDING NUMEROUS INCIDENTS OF MORE THAN LOCAL INTEREST 1540 1922. ,THE WEBB AND VARY COMPANY, 1922
  4. GEORGE BATTEY, A HISTORY OF ROME AND FLOYD COUNTY, STATE OF GEORGIA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA : INCLUDING NUMEROUS INCIDENTS OF MORE THAN LOCAL INTEREST, 1540-1922,WEBB AND VARY COMPANY, 1922
  5. WALTER A. CLARK, A LOST ARCADIA, OR, THE STORY OF MY OLD COMMUNITY,CHRONICLE JOB PRINT, 1909
  6. THOMAS H. MARTIN, ATLANTA AND ITS BUILDERS: A COMPREHENSIVE HISTORY OF THE GATE CITY OF THE SOUTH,BROOKHAVEN PRESS, 1902
  7. PRIVATE JOE COBB, CARROLL COUNTY AND HER PEOPLE.
  8. REV. GEORGE WHITE, M.A, HISTORICAL COLLECTIONS OF GEORGIA: CONTAINING THE MOST INTERESTING FACTS, TRADITIONS, BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES, ANECDOTES, ETC. RELATING TO ITS HISTORY AND ANTIQUITIES, FROM ITS FIRST SETTLEMENT TO THE PRESENT TIME. COMPILED FROM ORIGINAL RECORDS AND OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS. ILLUSTRATED BY NEARLY ONE HUNDRED ENGRAVINGS ,PUDNEY & RUSSELL, PUBLISHERS, 1855
  9. JOHN C. BUTLER, HISTORICAL RECORD OF MACON AND CENTRAL GEORGIA, CONTAINING MANY INTERESTING AND VALUABLE REMINISCENCES CONNECTED WITH THE WHOLE STATE, INCLUDING NUMEROUS INCIDENTS AND FACTS NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED AND OF GREAT HISTORIC VALUE ,J. W. BURKE &CO., PRINTERS AND BINDERS, 1879
  10. F. D. LEE AND J. L. AGNEW, HISTORICAL RECORD OF THE CITY OF SAVANNAH ,PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY J. H. ESTILL, 1869
  11. MEMBERS OF THRONATEESKA CHAPTER, DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, HISTORY AND REMINISCENCES OF DOUGHERTY COUNTY GEORGIA,HIGGINSON BOOK COMPANY, 1924
  12. H. J. ROWE, PUBLISHER, HISTORY OF ATHENS AND CLARKE COUNTY. ,THE MCGREGOR CO., PRINTERS, 1923
  13. FOLKS HUXFORD,  HISTORY OF CLINCH COUNTY, GEORGIA : REVISED TO DATE, GIVING THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE COUNTY DOWN TO THE PRESENT TIME (1916) : ALSO COMPLETE LISTS OF COUNTY OFFICERS, TOGETHER WITH MINOR OFFICERS AND ALSO SKETCHES OF COUNTY OFFICERS’ LIVES : WITH CHAPTERS ON THE HISTORIES OF OLD FAMILIES OF CLINCH COUNTY ALSO OTHER INFORMATION AS IS HISTORICAL IN ITS NATURE,BROOKHAVEN PRESS,
  14. HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY FROM 1822 TO 1922.
  15. MEMOIRS OF GEORGIA CONTAINING HISTORICAL ACCOUNTS OF THE STATE’S CIVIL, MILITARY, INDUSTRIAL AND PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS, AND PERSONAL SKETCHES OF MANY OF ITS PEOPLE,THE SOUTHERN HIST. ASSOC., 1895
  16. MEN OF MARK IN GEORGIA: A COMPLETE AND ELABORATE HISTORY OF THE STATE FROM ITS SETTLEMENT TO THE PRESENT TIME, CHIEFLY TOLD IN BIOGRAPHIES AND AUTO-BIOGRAPHIES OF THE MOST EMINENT MEN OF EACH PERIOD OF GEORGIA’S PROGRESS AND DEVELOPMENT – VOLUME 3
  17. REPRESENTATIVE GEORGIANS. BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF MEN NOW IN PUBLIC LIFE .. 1887
  18. GEORGE WHITE, STATISTICS OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA: INCLUDING AN ACCOUNT OF ITS NATURAL, CIVIL, AND ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY; TOGETHER WITH A PARTICULAR DESCRIPTION OF EACH COUNTY, NOTICES OF THE MANNERS AND CUSTOMS OF ITS ABORIGINAL TRIBES, AND A CORRECT MAP OF THE STATE,W.T. WILLIAMS, 1849
  19. G. J. N. WILSON, THE EARLY HISTORY OF JACKSON COUNTY GEORGIA THE WRITINGS OF THE LATE G. J. N. WILSON, EMBRACING SOME OF THE EARLY HISTORY OF JACKSON COUNTY. THE FIRST SETTLERS, 1784 FORMATION AND BOUNDARIES TO THE PRESENT TIME RECORDS OF THE TALASEE COLONY STRUGGLES OF THE COLONIES OF YAMACUTAH, GROANING ROCK, FORT YARGO, STONETHROW AND THOMOCOGGAN (SECOND EDITION),FOOTE AND DAVIES COMPANY, 1914
  20. HUGH MCCALL, THE HISTORY OF GEORGIA: CONTAINING BRIEF SKETCHES OF THE MOST REMARKABLE EVENTS, UP TO THE PRESENT DAY,SEYMOUR & WILLIAMS, 1811-16
  21. I. W. AVERY, THE HISTORY OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA FROM 1850 TO 1881, EMBRACING THE THREE IMPORTANT EPOCHS: THE DECADE BEFORE THE WAR OF 1861-5; THE WAR; THE PERIOD OF RECONSTRUCTION. ,BROWN & DERBY, PUBLISHERS, 1881
  22. GEORGE G. SMITH, THE STORY OF GEORGIA AND THE GEORGIA PEOPLE, 1732 TO 1860,G. G. SMITH, 1900