Sumter County, Georgia Genealogy

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Guide to Sumter County, Georgia ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Sumter County, Georgia
Map
Map of Georgia highlighting Sumter County
Location in the state of Georgia
Facts
Founded 26 December, 1831
County Seat Americus
Courthouse
Address Sumter County Courthouse
PO Box 295
Americus, GA 31709-0295
Phone: 912.924.3090 
Sumter County Website


County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Sumter County Courthouse
PO Box 295
Americus, GA 31709-0295
Phone: 912.924.3090 

County Health Department has birth, death and burial records. Probate Court has marriage and probate records; Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records from 1831[1]

Beginning Dates for Sumter County, Georgia Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate




1831

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1831--Sumter County was created 26 December 1831 from Lee County. County seat:  Americus [2]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Georgia county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Georgia County Boundary Maps" (1758-1932) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Variant Spellings[edit | edit source]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

No reported loss or damage.[3]

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Crisp County  • Dooly County  • Lee County  • Macon County  • Marion County  • Schley County  • Terrell County  • Webster County

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Genealogy Resources[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

African Americans[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Census[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Georgia denominations, see the Georgia Church Records wiki page.

Mount Zion Church

  • 1797, 1828-1880 - Mount Zion Church Baptism Index 1797, 1828-1880. Batch C713731 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1836-1956 - Mount Zion Church Marriage Index 1836-1956. Batch M713731 at FamilySearch - free.[4]

Court[edit | edit source]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

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Local Histories[edit | edit source]

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Maps[edit | edit source]

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Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Regiments. Service men in Sumter County, Georgia Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Sumter County, Georgia Genealogy:




  • Andersonville, Georgia. Andersonville Prisoner of War Database. Andersonville, GA, USA: National Park Service, Andersonville National Historic Site. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Clavreul, H. Diary of Rev. H. Clavreul: With the Names of Dying Federal Soldiers to Whom He Ministered at Andersonville, Ga. July and August, 1864. Waterbury, Conn.: Connecticut Association of Ex-prisoners of War, 1910. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Naturalization[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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Occupations[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Colonial courts kept some early probate records.  From 1777 to 1798 and since 1852, the court of ordinary or register of probates has kept probate and guardianship records.  The inferior court handled probate and guardianship matters from 1798 to 1852.

Many probate records to the 1930s and 1940s are at the Georgia Department of Archives and History and the Family History Library on microfilm.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records (not all years).

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and all slaves up to age 60. These persons are referred to as "polls." Tax listings, or digests, of a county generally list the taxable landowners and other polls and the amount of tax. The records for each county are divided by militia district.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Georgia State Department of Health , the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred or order electronically online.

For some online statewide indexes, see the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections for Georgia. See also How to order Georgia Vital Records

Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

1828 - 1978 Georgia Marriage Records from Select Counties 1828-1978 at Ancestry.com — index and images $ 1699 - 1944 Georgia Marriages 1699-1944 at Ancestry.com— index $

  • 1832-1857 - Sumter County Marriage Books 1 thru 3 Index 1832-1857. Batch M713741 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1833-1850 - Sumter County Marriage Index 1833-1850 Georgia Pioneers ($)
  • 1849-1850 - Sumter County Marriage Book A2 Index 1849-1850. Batch M713746 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1857-1872 - Sumter County Marriage Books 4 and 5 Index 1857-1872. Batch M713742 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1869-1895 - Sumter County Marriage Index 1869-1895. Batch M713743 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1869-1902 - Sumter County Marriage Books 6 and 10 Index 1869-1902. Batch M734757 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1874-1888 - Sumter County Marriage Books 7 and 8 Index 1874-1888. Batch M713744 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1885-1886 - Sumter County Marriage Index 1885-1886 (from newspapers) Georgia Pioneers ($)
  • 1888-1895 - Sumter County Marriage Book 9 Index 1888-1895. Batch M713745 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
Death Records[edit | edit source]

1919 - 1998 Georgia Deaths 1919-1998 at Ancestry.com — index $

Vital Record Substitutes[edit | edit source]

Genealogy Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sumter County, Georgia. Page 160 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 52-53. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/53/Igigeorgiamz.pdf.