"Attack at Rocky Face Ridge, GA"

Alonzo Chappell, 1864

Welcome to Whitfield County


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Hi! I am the Whitfield County coordinator for The GAGenWeb Project which is a part of

The USGenWeb 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. 


Please check out the "about us" page which explains about USGenWeb, GAGenWeb and other

sites you can volunteer at.  We are all volunteers.


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


 New Items:

1860 agricultural census - Dist 10 and more of Dist 11.


Please consider sharing your information on your families, photos and records, you never know when you will find a relative looking for their ancestors too! 


I would appreciate help with transcription of census, newspaper abstracts, etc.  Please volunteer your time to assist.



Resources Available on this Website

About Us

Abstracts from Newspapers

African American Research


Bible Records



Census Records

Cherokee Applications 


Claims/Civil War Era


Court Records

Deeds and Land Records

Early Banks and Money

Family Group Sheets

Fire Department of Whitfield County

Freedmans Bureau

Historic Sites

History of Whitfield County 

IRS, 1866

Lookup Volunteers 


Medical terms from the 1800s



Native American


Oaths, 1867



Records on Microfilm



Special Pardons,1865

State Mental Hospital Inmates from

Whitfield County, 1853-1870   


Trains and Railroads

Vital Records - Birth, Marriages, Deaths Wills and Probate

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Our State Coordinator is Linda Blum-Barton

Our Assistant State Coordinator is Trish Elliott-Kashima

Regional Assistant is Trish Elliott-Kashima

Whitfield County Coordinator is Trish Elliott-Kashima



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This page was last updated on -06/09/2019


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Thanks to Robert Gale Fender for his work on this site over the years.