Hi! I am the Whitfield County coordinator for The GAGenWeb Project. My name is Trish Elliott-Kashima and I hope to bring new information to our website. I do not live in Whitfield County, but have family that lived there. All comments and suggestions are very welcome.
Whitfield County was formed December 30,1851 from Murray County, Georgia. The Cherokee were here before the first white traders came into what later became Whitfield County. Many area Cherokee were taken with the Trail of Tears. Once the county was formed from a portion of Murray County, Dalton (already a bustling town founded by Edward White) became the county seat. The railroad helped the County grow. The Civil War took its toll on Whitfield County, with Sherman coming in 1863. And after the War, Reconstruction made even more hard times for the local residents as it did for most people in Georgia. Things started to look up with the arrival of the textile mills, and later carpet mills. Whitfield County is well known for its tufted bedspread industry started by Catherine Whitener.
Whitfield County was named for Rev. George Whitefield (1714-1770), who was an early settler in Georgia. He was a founder of Bethesda House in Savannah, which is the oldest extant charity in North America, founded in 1739. He was also one of the founders of Methodism. The spelling of Whitfield County's name was changed to reflect the way it was pronounced.
Rev. George Whitefield
January 12, 2013
I will start to concentrate on items that would help in genealogy (census, marriage records, death records, etc) this next weekend. If you have things to share about your ancestry or the general history of Whitfield County, please send it through and I will be happy to upload.
The site is re-indexed every Sunday about noon. If you see that I have uploaded new information before Sunday afternoon, try using "control f" as a search tool on the specific
page you are interested in.
Resources Available on this Website
|Abstracts from Newspapers||African American Research||Autos|
|Census Records||Cherokee Applications||Churches|
|Claims/Civil War Era||Communities||Court Records|
|Deeds and Land Records||Early Banks and Money||Family Group Sheets|
|Fire Department||Furniture||Historic Sites|
|History of Whitfield County||Lookup Volunteers||Maps|
|Medical terms from the 1800s||Military||Ministers|
|Quilts, Clothing and Woven Items||Recipes||Records on Microfilm|
Whitfield County, 1853-1870
|Surnames||Tax lists, please share|
|Trains and Railroads||Vital Records - Birth, Marriages, Deaths||Wills and Probate|
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Neighboring County Sites that may help in your research -
|Catoosa Co, GA||Gordon Co, GA||Murray Co., GA|
|Walker Co, GA||Bradley Co, TN||Hamilton Co, TN|
Our State Coordinator is Linda Blum Barton
Our Assistant State Coordinator is Vivian Price Saffold
Regional Assistant is Christina Palmer
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This page was last updated on -02/24/2013
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