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Guide to Coffee County Georgia genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Coffee County, Georgia
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Map of Georgia highlighting Coffee County
Location in the state of Georgia
Facts
Founded February 9, 1854
County Seat Douglas
Courthouse
Address Coffee County Courthouse
101 So Peterson Avenue
Douglas, GA 31533
Phone: 912.384.4799
Coffee County Website

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County Courthouse

Coffee County Courthouse
101 So Peterson Avenue
Douglas, GA 31533
Phone: 912.384.4799

Clerk Superior Court has divorce and land records from 1854 and some military discharge records from 1919; Probate Court has marriage and probate records; County Health Department has birth and death records.[1]

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




1854

History

Parent County

1854--Coffee County was created 9 February 1854 fromClinch, Irwin, Telfair andWare Counties.
County seat: Douglas [2]

Boundary Changes

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

Record Loss

1898 and 1938.
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The courthouse at Douglas burned 13 October 1898. Many early county records were lost, especially probate records before the 1870s. Most deed books survived. A second fire on 25 November 1938 caused no record damage because of a fire-proof vault.[3]

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Cemeteries

Census

Church Records

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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Douglas

Court

Genealogy

Land and Property

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

Local histories are available for Coffee County, Georgia. 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.

  • Ward, Warren P. Ward's History of Coffee County: A Story Dealing with the Past and Present of Coffee County, Beginning with the Early Settlers about the Year 1800, Discussing the Creek Indians and the Pioneers, Leading Up to the Creation of Coffee County in 1854, Old Families, Old Schools and Churches, Showing the Conditions During the Civil War and Ending Up with the Spirit of Progress, which is Evident in Better Schools, and a More Intelligent Civilization: Showing that Coffee County in South Georgia is God's Country and a Good Place to Live in the Year 1930.. Atlanta: Press of Foote & Davies Co., c1930. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Maps

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Military

Naturalization

Newspapers

Newspapers Extracts and Abstracts

Newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Coffee County, Georgia newspapers in online catalogs like:

Occupations

Probate Records

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

Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and slaves aged 21 to 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

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
Marriage
  • 1871-1897 - Coffee County Marriage Index 1871-1897. Batch M723491 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1885-1904 - Coffee County Marriage Index 1885-1904. Batch M723492 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
Death
  • 1859-60, 1879-80 - Coffee County, Georgia Mortality Schedules at Ancestry ($).
Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Websites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Coffee County, Georgia. Page 153 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), 22-23. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  4. 4.0 4.1 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/0/09/Igigeorgiaad.pdf.


 

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