White County, Georgia
History and Genealogy

Volunteers Dedicated To
Genealogy - Part of the Genealogy Trails Group
Always Free, Always Updating

Welcome to White County, Georgia Genealogy Trails. Our goal is helping you find your ancestors by placing data online for the Free use of all researchers.  We  are proud to expand into Georgia providing our "experience" gained from years of researching our ancestors and website hosting.  We want to hear about you and the history of your ancestors. We need help with contributions of your data, history and stories to make this a great site for research.  Everything is helpful: Obituaries, Biographies, Photos and County History, to name a few.

As data becomes available, we put it online, including it's county's page.  Information will be posted as fast as we can find, type and/or receive it.  We welcome your feedback and comments, and of course, your data contributions.

You are welcome to browse the information here to gather the data needed in your research. Please remember that this data represents hours of painstaking research by the State Coordinator, Volunteers, and Contributors, who donate to this site. Show your respect for these efforts by not using it on other websites or publications without written permission of the host and/or Contributors nor claim as your own.

White County, covering 242 square miles, is located on the eastern flank of the Appalachian Mountain chain approximately eighty miles northeast of Atlanta. It encompasses most of the headwater streams of the Chattahoochee River and is thus a major source of Atlanta's water supply. Georgia's 123rd county, carved out of Habersham County by an act of the state legislature in 1857, was named for David White, a legislator from Newton County. He helped pass the bill that created White County.

The first white settlers who came to the area, which once belonged to the Cherokee Indians, emigrated from nearby Georgia counties and from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Most settlers engaged in subsistence farming, as the mountainous terrain made it unsuitable for large-scale agricultural enterprises. In 1828 gold was discovered in the area of Duke's Creek (now the Nacoochee River), launching a gold rush. Nine gold mines operated in the county, and gold mining continued for more than 100 years.

Cleveland was chosen for the county seat and named in honor of General Benjamin Cleveland, an early
White County settler and a veteran of the War of 1812.

Helen, White County's second town, grew up around a lumber mill established on the banks of the Chattahoochee River in 1911. The only railroad ever to serve White County, the Gainesville and Northwestern Railroad, was built to transport mill products. The railroad went out of business in the early 1930s. Following a long decline, Helen experienced a renewal in 1969 when a group.

This county is available for adoption

If you would like to find out more about hosting or helping with a Georgia Genealogy Trails county, or any other county within the United States, please visit our Volunteer Information Page.

Submit Data

Submit Headstone

Submit Obituary

Join Mailing List

Villages: White County
Vietnam War Casualties
Township Histories, Tesnattee, Robertstown, and Sautee
Pleasant Retreat
Deaths 1919-25; List of Cemeteries; Marriages 1858-1901, towns; WW2 Army Honor Roll-Married FINGER - QUILLIAN. Mortality Census 1860-1870 and 1880
1883 Pensioners
Death Certs 1920-26

Online Data

Bible Records









More Info








Neighboring Counties

Towns County, Georgia - north

Habersham County, Georgia - east

Hall County, Georgia - south

Lumpkin County, Georgia - west

Union County, Georgia - northwest

Towns/Cities in White County

Cleveland / Helen

This website and its contents in the format presented, except where otherwise noted on the page, are copyrighted by Genealogy Trails and may not be copied, altered, converted nor uploaded to any electronic system or BBS, nor linked from any "pay-for-view" site, linked in such a manner as to appear to be part of another site including "frame" capturing, nor included in any software collection or print collection of any type without the express written permission of the author of this site.

Information is furnished for the free use of researchers who are interested for the purpose of researching their family histories and genealogies. However, copying & pasting the information presented here onto another website is prohibited! This website is considered to be a compilation of facts, and is therefore covered under current copyright laws.

While every effort has been made to provide accurate information, there is no warranty of any kind regarding the accuracy of any information found on this or any other genealogy website presented by this author. It is the responsibility of the interested party to research and document the information located on this or any other website. Links to other sites should be considered referrals only and should not necessarily be taken as endorsements.

Visit our Georgia Genealogy Trails

Visit our main Genealogy Trails site

Copyright Genealogy Trails
All data on this website is Copyright by Genealogy Trails with full rights reserved for original submitters

~ Please Report Broken Links ~