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Guide to '''Telfair County, Georgia ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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<center>{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
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|organized= December 10, 1807
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|county seat= McRae
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|parent county= [[Wilkinson County, Georgia Genealogy|Wilkinson]]<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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|county1= [[Ben Hill County, Georgia Genealogy|Ben Hill]]
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|county2= [[Coffee County, Georgia Genealogy|Coffee]]
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|county3= [[Dodge County, Georgia Genealogy|Dodge]]
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|county4= [[Jeff Davis County, Georgia Genealogy|Jeff Davis]]
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|county5= [[Wheeler County, Georgia Genealogy|Wheeler]]
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|county6= [[Wilcox County, Georgia Genealogy|Wilcox]]</br><center>[[Telfair County, Georgia Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
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=== Description ===
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The County was named for Edward Telfair. The County is located in the central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Telfair County, Georgia" in ''https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telfair_County,_Georgia'' accessed 6 Nov 2018 </ref>
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{GA Courthouse Intro|Telfair}}
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'''Telfair County Courthouse'''<br> 713 Telfair Avenue<br> McRae, GA 31055 <br>Phone: 229-868-6525 <br> [http://www.telfairco.org/communityinformation/countymunicipalgovernt.html Telfair County Website] <br><br>
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Probate Judge has marriage and probate records.<br>
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Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records.<br>
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County Health Department has birth and death records.<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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=== Telfair County, Georgia Record Dates  ===
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{{GA Record Dates Intro|Telfair}}
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Telfair County, Georgia. Page 151-163 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 155-160.</ref></center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Telfair County, Georgia Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Telfair County, Georgia Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Telfair County, Georgia Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Telfair County, Georgia Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Telfair County, Georgia Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Telfair County, Georgia Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Telfair County, Georgia Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1919
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1810
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| width="14.2%" align="center" | 1919
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| width="14.2%" align="center" | 1810
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1809
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1831
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1820
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| colspan="7"| <center>Statewide registration of births and death began in 1919. General compliance for births by 1928 and deaths by 1922. </center>
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=== Record Loss ===
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'''1934''' The courthouse at McRae burned 10 February 1934, but a fire-proof record vault prevented any damage to county records.<ref name="PKG">Paul K. Graham, ''Georgia Courthouse Disasters'' (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 53. {{WorldCat|852690295|item|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.</ref>
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{GA Boundary Changes Intro|Telfair}}
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*'''1807'''  Telfair County was created 10 December 1807 from [[Wilkinson County, Georgia Genealogy|Wilkinson]] County.
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*'''County seat:''' McRae<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>
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For animated maps illustrating Georgia county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/georgia/ "Rotating Formation Georgia County Boundary Maps"] (1758-1932) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
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=== Populated Places ===
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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://georgia.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,271,c,telfair.cfm HomeTown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Telfair_County,_Georgia," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telfair_County,_Georgia#Cities_and_communities, accessed 1 August 2016.</ref>\
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{{Populated places
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McRae-Helena,_Georgia McRae-Helena]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lumber_City,_Georgia Lumber City]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milan,_Georgia Milan]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotland,_Georgia Scotland]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacksonville,_Georgia Jacksonville]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_Hill,_Georgia China Hill]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobbville,_Georgia Cobbville]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temperance,_Georgia Temperance]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Towns,_Georgia Towns]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Workmore,_Georgia Workmore]
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}}
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{GA Historical Timeline Intro|Telfair}}
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== Resources ==
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{{GA Resources Intro|Telfair}}
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{GA Bible Intro|Telfair}}
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=== Biographies  ===
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{{GA Biographies Intro|Telfair}}
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{GA Business Records Intro|Telfair}}
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{GA Cemeteries Intro|Telfair}}
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Telfair, Georgia''' online and in print</center>
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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*[https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com]
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~gatelfai/cems/index.html GAGenWeb]
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/ga/telfair/cemetery.html GAGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/georgia/telfair.html Tombstone Project]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/# Billion Graves]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>''' TombstoneTranscriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
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*{{FHL|556668|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[https://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=Telfair%2C+Georgia+cemeteries+ WorldCat]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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*[https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Georgia/Telfair-County?id=county_516 Findagrave.com]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]
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*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/georgia-cemetery-records.htm Georgia Cemetery Records]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=395301&reqParentsLabel=Telfair%2C%20Georgia%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypes=20&reqTypeLabel=Cemetery FamilySearch Places]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"|<center>See '''[[Georgia Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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The following web site may have additional information on Telfair County cemeteries.
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/GA/ Interment.net] Georgia cemetery records
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=== Census Records ===
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{{Historical populations
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|heading = Census
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|footnote = Source: [{{Historical populations
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|type = USA
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|heading = Census
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telfair_County,_Georgia#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".] 
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|1810 |744 
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|1820 |2104 
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|1830 |2136 
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|1840 |2763
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|1850 |3026 
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|1860 |2713 
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|1870 |3245 
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|1880 |4828
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|1890 |5477
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|1900 |10083
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|1910 |13288
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|1920 |15291
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|1930 |14997
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|1940 |15145
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|1950 |13221
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|1960 |11715
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|1970 |11381 
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|1980 |11445 
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|1990 |11000 
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|2000 |11794
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|2010 |16500
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{{GA Census Intro|Telfair}}
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=== Church Records ===
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{{GA Church Intro|Telfair}}<br>
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'''List of Churches and Church Parishes'''
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*'''[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=395301&reqParentsLabel=Telfair%2C%20Georgia%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=3&reqTypeLabel=Churches%20and%20Church%20Parishes FamilySearch Places]'''
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=== Court Records ===
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{{GA Court Intro|Telfair}}
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=== Directories ===
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{{GA Directories Intro|Telfair}}
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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
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{{GA Emigration Intro|Telfair}}
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{GA Ethnic Groups Intro|Telfair}}
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
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{{GA Funeral Homes Intro|Telfair}}
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{GA Genealogies Intro|Telfair}}
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{GA Guardianship Intro|Telfair}}
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{GA Land Intro|Telfair}}
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{GA Histories Intro|Telfair}}
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{GA Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{GA Telfair County}}}}
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{{GA Maps Intro|Telfair}}
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=395301&reqParentsLabel=Telfair%2C%20Georgia%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=8&reqTypeLabel=Cities%20and%20Towns FamilySearch Places]:Cities and Towns- [[FamilySearch Places|How to Use FS Places]]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/georgia/ Maps of Georgia (1758-1932)]
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=== Migration ===
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{{GA Migration Intro|Telfair}}
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=== Military Records ===
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{{GA Military Intro|Telfair}}
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*Georgia [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ga/telfair USGenWeb Archives Project]
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'''''Civil War '''''<br>
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'''Online Records'''
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*'''1861-1865'''  {{RecordSearch|1932370|Georgia Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865'''  {{RecordSearch|1932397|Georgia Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865'''  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1861-1865'''  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1867-1868'''  {{RecordSearch|2739725|Georgia, Reconstruction Registration Oath Books, 1867-1868}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1879-1920'''  {{RecordSearch|3038333|Georgia, Confederate Pension Rolls, 1879-1920}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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{{GA Civil War Regiments|Telfair}}<br>
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:- [[20th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)|20th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)]], Company H
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:- [[49th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)|49th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)]], Company B
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*Newspaper clippings from the March 30 and April 9, 1961 Albany Herald: of Civil War companies from Dougherty and Baker Counties, Lee County volunteers, and Terrell County war heroes. 1961. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. {{FHL|219495|item|disp=film 249516 item 5}}
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*Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Telfair County). 1963. Confederate roster, 1862-1864. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah. {{FHL|267281|item|disp=film 373537}}
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'''''World War I'''''<br>
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*'''1920-1929''' {{RecordSearch|3010041|Georgia, World War I, Statement of Service Cards, 1920-1929}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{GA Naturalization Intro|Telfair}}
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{GA Newspapers Intro|Telfair}}
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{GA Obituaries Intro|Telfair}}
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=== Other Records ===
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{{GA Other Records Intro|Telfair}}
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'''''Voting Records '''''<br>
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*'''1867-1868'''  {{RecordSearch|2739725|Georgia, Reconstruction Registration Oath Books, 1867-1868}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{GA Periodicals Intro|Telfair}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{GA Probate Intro|Telfair}}
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1742-1990'''  {{RecordSearch|1999178|Georgia Probate Records, 1742-1990}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1742-1992'''  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8635 Georgia Wills and Probate Records 1742-1992] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] — index and images ($)
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*'''1857-1890'''  Wills 1857-1890 (digital images) [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countytelfair.html Georgia Pioneers] ($)
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*'''1869-1921'''  Index to Will Book F, 1869-1921 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countytelfair.html Georgia Pioneers] ($)
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*'''1879-1937'''  Index to Annual Returns 1879-1937 [http://www.georgiapioneers.com/counties/countytelfair.html Georgia Pioneers] ($)
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=== School Records ===
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{{GA Schools Intro|Telfair}}
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{GA Tax Intro|Telfair}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{GA Vital Intro|Telfair}}
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==== Birth ====
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{{GA Birth Intro|Telfair}}
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*'''1870-1960''' {{RecordSearch|3438747|Georgia, County Delayed Birth and Death Records, 1870-1960}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index, and some images
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==== Marriage ====
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{{GA Marriage Intro|Telfair}}
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*'''1560-1993'''  [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=georgia%2cga Georgia, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index ($)
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*'''1699-1944'''  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7839 Georgia Marriages 1699-1944] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] — index ($)
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*'''1754-1960'''  {{RecordSearch|2549568|Georgia Church Marriages, 1754-1960}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1785-1950'''  {{RecordSearch|1927197|Georgia County Marriages 1785-1950}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1787-1962'''  {{RecordSearch|2543297|Georgia, Church Marriages, 1787-1962}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1808-1967'''  {{RecordSearch|1674807|Georgia Marriages 1808-1967}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1810-1895'''  Telfair County Marriage Index 1810-1895. Batch {{IGI|M713801}} at FamilySearch<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igigeorgiamz.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/5/53/Igigeorgiamz.pdf]].</ref>
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*'''1828-1978'''  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4766 Georgia Marriage Records from Select Counties 1828-1978] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] — index and images ($)
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==== Death ====
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{{GA Death Intro|Telfair}}
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*'''1870-1960''' {{RecordSearch|3438747|Georgia, County Delayed Birth and Death Records, 1870-1960}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index, and some images
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*'''1914-1927'''  {{RecordSearch|1320969|Georgia Deaths 1914-1927}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1919-1998'''  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5426 Georgia Deaths 1919-1998] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] — index ($)
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*'''1928-1942'''  {{RecordSearch|1385727|Georgia Deaths, 1928-1942}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1933-1998'''  {{RecordSearch|1937238|Georgia Death Index 1933-1998}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — index
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==== Divorce ====
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{{GA Divorce Intro|Telfair}}
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{GA Research Facilities Intro|Telfair}}
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=== Archives ===
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{{GA Archives Intro|Telfair}}
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
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=== Libraries ===
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{{GA Libraries Intro|Telfair}}
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=== Museums ===
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{{GA Museums Intro|Telfair}}
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== Societies ==
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{{GA Societies Intro|Telfair}}
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*'''Central Georgia Genealogical Society'''<br> PO Box 2024<br>  Warner Robins, GA 31099<br> [http://www.cggs.org/ Website]
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*'''Wiregrass Genealogical Society'''<br> 45 25th Ave.<br>  Eastman, GA 31023<br>[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~gawgs/ Website]<br>
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== Websites ==
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{{GA Websites Intro|Telfair}}
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*[www.rootsweb.com/~gatelfai/  Talfair County GAGenWeb]
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/georgia/telfair-county/ Telfair County, GA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/173266752734188/ Georgia Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ga/taylor.htm USGenWeb project] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/GA/Telfair/ Telfair County, Georgia Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://www.georgiapioneers.com Georgia Pioneers] ($)
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[[Category:Telfair County, Georgia]][[Category:Georgia (state) Counties]]

Latest revision as of 13:32, 30 June 2020

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

County Facts
County seat: McRae
Organized: December 10, 1807
Parent County(s): Wilkinson[1]
Neighboring Counties
Ben Hill  • Coffee  • Dodge  • Jeff Davis  • Wheeler  • Wilcox
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
Georgia Telfair County Map.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Edward Telfair. The County is located in the central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Telfair County Courthouse
713 Telfair Avenue
McRae, GA 31055
Phone: 229-868-6525
Telfair County Website

Probate Judge has marriage and probate records.
Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records.
County Health Department has birth and death records.[3]

Telfair County, Georgia Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1919 1810 1919 1810 1809 1831 1820
Statewide registration of births and death began in 1919. General compliance for births by 1928 and deaths by 1922.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1934 The courthouse at McRae burned 10 February 1934, but a fire-proof record vault prevented any damage to county records.[5]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1807 Telfair County was created 10 December 1807 from Wilkinson County.
  • County seat: McRae[6]

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.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[7]\

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Telfair, Georgia online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Georgia Cemeteries for more information

The following web site may have additional information on Telfair County cemeteries.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

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Historical populations
Census Pop.
1810 744
1820 2,104 182.8%
1830 2,136 1.5%
1840 2,763 29.4%
1850 3,026 9.5%
1860 2,713 −10.3%
1870 3,245 19.6%
1880 4,828 48.8%
1890 5,477 13.4%
1900 10,083 84.1%
1910 13,288 31.8%
1920 15,291 15.1%
1930 14,997 −1.9%
1940 15,145 1.0%
1950 13,221 −12.7%
1960 11,715 −11.4%
1970 11,381 −2.9%
1980 11,445 0.6%
1990 11,000 −3.9%
2000 11,794 7.2%
2010 16,500 39.9%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".


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.
List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Georgia Land and Property for additional information about early Georgia land grants from the government. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions (generally buying and selling deeds) were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Telfair County, Georgia Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Georgia Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Dodge CountyWheeler CountyJeff Davis CountyCoffee CountyBen Hill CountyWilcox CountyGA TELFAIR.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Telfair County 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 Telfair County:

- 20th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company H
- 49th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company B


  • Newspaper clippings from the March 30 and April 9, 1961 Albany Herald: of Civil War companies from Dougherty and Baker Counties, Lee County volunteers, and Terrell County war heroes. 1961. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. film 249516 item 5
  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Telfair County). 1963. Confederate roster, 1862-1864. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah. film 373537

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Voting Records

Periodicals[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).

Online Probate Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[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.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[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.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

  • Central Georgia Genealogical Society
    PO Box 2024
    Warner Robins, GA 31099
    Website
  • Wiregrass Genealogical Society
    45 25th Ave.
    Eastman, GA 31023
    Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Telfair County, Georgia" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telfair_County,_Georgia accessed 6 Nov 2018
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Telfair County, Georgia. Page 151-163 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 155-160.
  5. Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 53. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Telfair_County,_Georgia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telfair_County,_Georgia#Cities_and_communities, accessed 1 August 2016.
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/5/53/Igigeorgiamz.pdf.