Public Records

Clayton County.  Superior Court Records of Deeds and Mortgages.

Clayton County. Tax Digests.

Clayton County. Marriage Records.

Clayton County. Probate Court Records of Wills.

Fayette County. Superior Court Records of Deeds and Mortgages.

Fayette County. Inferior Court Records.

Fayette County. Marriage Records.

Fayette County. Tax Digests.

Fayette County. Probate Court Records of Wills.

United States Census, 1830-1910.


Published Sources

Ancestors Unlimited, Inc. First Tax Digests, Fayette County, Georgia, 1823-34. Jonesboro, A:  Ancestors Unlimited, Inc., 1988.

Ancestors Unlimited, Inc. All Known Cemeteries of Clayton County, Georgia. Jonesboro, GA:, Ancestors Unlimited, Inc., 1986.

Bakken, Terry. “Historical Fitzgerald House Part of GWTW Country,” Fayette County News. 20 August 1969.

Cary, Carolyn C. Cary, editor. The History of Fayette County, 1821-1971. Fayetteville, GA, 1977.

Davis, Maj. George B., Leslie J. perry, and Joseph W. Kirkley. The Official Military Atlas of the Civil War. New York:  Fairfax Press, 1978 reprint of 1891 edition.

Fayette County Historical Society. Cemetery Records, Fayette County, Georgia. Fayetteville, GA:  Fayette County Historical Society, 1987.

Kilgore, Alice Copeland; Edith Hanes Smith; and Frances Partridge Tuck, editors. A History of Clayton County, Georgia, 1821-1893. Jonesboro, GA:  Ancestors Unlimited, 1988.

O’Connell, David. The Irish Roots of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind. Decatur, GA:  Cleaves and Petry, Ltd., 1996.

Pyron, Darden. Southern Daughter. New York:  Oxford Books, 1991.

Marianne Walker. Margaret Mitchell and John Marsh. Atlanta:  Peachtree Publishers, 1993.


Unpublished Collections

Georgia Department of Archives and History, #72-380, “Stephens A. Mitchell” Family Genealogical Collection.


Oral Interviews

Don Gerard. Contractor who supervised removal of the house from its original site in 1982.

Norma Fitzgerald. Tour guide with Historical Jonesboro who visited the site prior to 1982.

Betty Talmadge. Then owner of the Fitzgerald House and of the historic movie set of“Tara”; former resident of Crawford-Talmadge plantation at Lovejoy.

James A. McConnell. A descendant of Henry McElroy, whose plantation was purchased by Philip Fitzgerald in 1853, McConnell was also a certified genealogist who helped document the Fitzgerald family for and corresponded with Stephens Mitchell in the 1970s.

Carolyn Chambers Lambert. Resident of Inman, in Fayette County, Georgia, descendant of  Henry McElroy, local historian who has documented vicinity of original Fitzgerald plantation.

Joseph Hightower Moore. Clayton County historian; major contributor to History of Clayton County, familiar with many of the oral traditions associated with the Fitzgerald plantation.