Lumpkin County, Georgia, named
after Georgia Governor Wilson Lumpkin, was created in 1832 from
Cherokee, Hall and Habersham Counties.
The largest portion of Lumpkin
County, lying west of the Chestatee River, had formerly
been part of the Cherokee Nation. In 1828, the discovery
of gold on the lands that subsequently became Lumpkin
County resulted in the first U.S. gold rush. The Cherokee
Nation was quickly overrun by white intruders seeking the
precious metal, and the mining towns of Auraria and Dahlonega
were quickly established. In 1832, the State of
Georgia appropriated the Cherokee Lands lying within it's
borders and created the original Cherokee County, which
comprised most of NW Georgia. Later that year, several
counties were created, including Lumpkin County, from
the original Cherokee County. By 1840, part of Lumpkin
County was transferred to Union County.
In 1857, a portion of Lumpkin County was cut off for the
creation of Dawson County.
Dahlonega, famous for it's U.S. Gold Mint,
became the county seat in 1833. Dahlonega is proud to be
the home of the University of North Georgia, Dahlonega Campus.
Welcome to the
Lumpkin County, Georgia Genealogy site.
Dan Pierce, the county
coordinator for Lumpkin County. Thank you for stopping
by, and please check back frequently as new items are
continuously being added. Feel free to send me your
comments on this website, and please consider donating
any materials that you think may benefit those doing
research in Lumpkin County.
This site is a member of
The GAGenWeb Project
and it's parent,
The USGenWeb Project.
The State Coordinator for Georgia is
Linda Blum Barton.