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

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Screven County, Georgia
Map
Map of Georgia highlighting Screven County
Location in the state of Georgia
Facts
Founded December 14, 1793
County Seat Sylvania
Courthouse
Address Screven County Courthouse
216 Mims Road;
Sylvania, GA 30467-0159
Phone: 912.564.2622
Screven County Website

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County Courthouse

Screven County Courthouse
216 Mims Road;
Sylvania, GA 30467-0159
Phone: 912.564.2622 ;

Probate Court has birth and death record from 1927, marriage and probate records from 1817; Clerk Superior Court has divorce and court records from 1816 and land records from 1790[1]

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


1927

1790
1817

History

Parent County

1793--Screven County was created 14 December 1793 fromBurke and Effingham Counties. County seat: Sylvania [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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1864 and 1897. During the American Civil War the courthouse at Sylvania was destroyed, most likely during Sherman's March to the Sea by elements of the Union Army Twelfth and Fourteenth Corps about 3 to 6 December 1864. Also, the replacement courthouse burned 8 January 1897.[3]

Many of the Screven County records have been lost over time. Various types of records have so many different start dates, it is not possible to attribute all the county record losses to the above mentioned catastrophes only.[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.

Episcopal

All Saints Church, Sylvania

  • 1879-1885 - All Saints Church, Sylvania, Baptism Index 1879-1885. Batch C713701 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1879-1895 - All Saints Church, Sylvania, Marriage Index 1879-1895. Batch M713701 at FamilySearch - free.[4]

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 Screven 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.

Maps

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Military

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Screven 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 Screven County, Georgia:




- 5th Regiment, Georgia Cavalry (Confederate), Company F
- 11th Battalion, Georgia Infantry (State Guards) (Confederate), Company D
- 25th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Companies B, D and G
- 47th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company D
- 54th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company D
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project

Naturalization

Newspapers

Newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Screven 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
  • 1815-1850 - Screven County Marriage Index 1815-1850 Georgia Pioneers
  • 1817-1851 - Screven County Marriage Index 1817-1851. Batch M713691 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1838-1869 - Screven County Marriage Index 1838-1869. Batch M713692 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), Screven County, Georgia. Page 159 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 Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 51. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 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.

 

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