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

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Lowndes County, Georgia
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Map of Georgia highlighting Lowndes County
Location in the state of Georgia
Facts
Founded December 23, 1825
County Seat Valdosta
Courthouse
Address Lowndes County Courthouse
325 W Savannah Avenue
PO Box 1349
Valdosta, GA 31601
Phone: 229.333.5127
Lowndes County Website

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County Courthouse

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Lowndes County Courthouse
325 W Savannah Avenue
PO Box 1349
Valdosta, GA 31601
Phone: 229.333.5127

Probate Court has marriage and probate records; Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records from 1858.[1]
Beginning Dates for Lowndes County, Georgia Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate




1858

History

Parent County

1825--Lowndes County was created 23 Dec 1825 from Irwin County.
County seat: Franklinville was county seat until 1837, when Valdosta became the county seat. Valdosta was originally named Troupville. [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

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1858 and 1870. The courthouse at Troupville burned 23 June 1858. Deeds and Superior Court records were destroyed.[3]

Some probate books survived.[3]

The Ordinary's Office (that is, probate) and all the county's ordinary records in Valadosta were destroyed by fire sometime in November 1870, probably 10 November, when ten offices and buildings were burned.[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.

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 Lowndes 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.

  • History of Lowndes County, Georgia, 1825-1941. Valdosta, Ga.: General James Jackson Chapter, D.A.R., 1942?. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Maps

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Military

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Lowndes County, Georgia 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 Lowndes County, Georgia:


- 12th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company I
- 26th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company G
- 29th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies C and D
- 50th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company D
- Tiller's Company, Georgia Light Artillery (Echols Light Artillery) (Confederate)
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project (other war's information also given)

Naturalization

Newspapers

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

Occupations

Probate Records

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
  • 1870-1890 - Lowndes County Marriage Books A and B Index 1870-1890. Batch M713231 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1891-1895 - Lowndes County Marriage Books C and D Index 1891-1895. Batch M713232 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
Death
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), Lowndes County, Georgia. Page 158 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. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 39-41. 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/5/57/Igigeorgiael.pdf.

 

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