Upson County, Georgia Genealogy

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


Upson County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Upson County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded December 15, 1824
County Seat Thomaston
Address Upson County Courthouse
PO Box 889
Thomaston, GA 30286-0889
Phone: 706.647.7012 Upson County Website


County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Upson County Courthouse
PO Box 889
Thomaston, GA 30286-0889
Phone: 706.647.7012

Probate Court has marriage records from 1825 and probate records from 1920; Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records from 1825 and newspaper files from 1870[1]

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



History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1824--Upson County was created 15 December 1824 from Crawford and Pike Counties.
County seat: Thomaston [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 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]

Crawford County  • Lamar County  • Meriwether County  • Monroe County  • Pike County  • Talbot County  • Taylor County

Template:GAUpson County, Georgia Clickable Neighbors

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.

  • 1824 - New Hope Primitive Baptist Church, Yatesville, 1824 Members at Georgia Pioneers ($).

Court[edit | edit source]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Template:GA Land

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

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  • Nottingham, Carolyn Walker. History of Upson County, Georgia. Macon, Ga.: Press of J.W. Burke Co., 1930. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Maps[edit | edit source]


Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Regiments. Service men in Upson 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 Upson County, Georgia Genealogy:

- 5th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company K
- 13th Battalion, Georgia Infantry (State Guards) (Confederate), Company D
- 13th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company D
- 32nd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company I
- 37th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company C; Company E, 3d Battalion
- 46th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company A
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project

  • Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Upson County). 1962. Confederate pension rolls, 1890-1936. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah.  film 282916

Naturalization[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Template:GA Newspaper abstracts

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).

Wills[edit | edit source]
  • 1825-1850 - Upson County Wills and Estates, Book A (1825-1850)  (digital images) at Georgia Pioneers ($).
  • 1876-1915 - Index to Upson County Will Book B (1876-1915) at Georgia Pioneers ($).

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 — index and images $ 1699 - 1944 Georgia Marriages 1699-1944 at— index $

  • 1825-1886 - Upson County Marriage Books A thru C Index 1825-1886. Batch M713871 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1886-1914 - Upson County Marriage books D and E Index 1886-1914. Batch M713872 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
Death Records[edit | edit source]

1919 - 1998 Georgia Deaths 1919-1998 at — 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), Upson County, Georgia. Page 161 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), 55. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  4. 4.0 4.1 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at