Sumter County, Georgia

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Revision as of 17:05, 20 May 2013

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

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Sumter County, Georgia
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Georgia
Location of Georgia in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 26 December, 1831
County Seat Americus
Courthouse
Address Sumter County Courthouse
PO Box 295
Americus, GA 31709-0295
Phone: 912.924.3090 
Sumter County Website

Contents

County Courthouse

Sumter County Courthouse
PO Box 295
Americus, GA 31709-0295
Phone: 912.924.3090 

County Health Department has birth, death and burial records;
Probate Court has marriage and probate records; Clerk Superior
Court has divorce, court and land records from 1831[1]

History

Local histories are available for Sumter 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.

Parent County

1831--Sumter County was created 26 December 1831 from Lee County. County seat:  Americus [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Church

Mount Zion Church

  • 1797, 1828-1880 - Mount Zion Church Baptism Index 1797, 1828-1880. Batch C713731 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1836-1956 - Mount Zion Church Marriage Index 1836-1956. Batch M713731 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

Court

Land

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

Maps 

Military

Civil War
  • Andersonville, Georgia. Andersonville Prisoner of War Database. Andersonville, GA, USA: National Park Service, Andersonville National Historic Site. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Clavreul, H. Diary of Rev. H. Clavreul: With the Names of Dying Federal Soldiers to Whom He Ministered at Andersonville, Ga. July and August, 1864. Waterbury, Conn.: Connecticut Association of Ex-prisoners of War, 1910. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Newspapers

Probate 

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.

Marriage
  • 1832-1857 - Sumter County Marriage Books 1 thru 3 Index 1832-1857. Batch M713741 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1833-1850 - Sumter County Marriage Index 1833-1850 Georgia Pioneers ($)
  • 1849-1850 - Sumter County Marriage Book A2 Index 1849-1850. Batch M713746 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1857-1872 - Sumter County Marriage Books 4 and 5 Index 1857-1872. Batch M713742 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1869-1895 - Sumter County Marriage Index 1869-1895. Batch M713743 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1869-1902 - Sumter County Marriage Books 6 and 10 Index 1869-1902. Batch M734757 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1874-1888 - Sumter County Marriage Books 7 and 8 Index 1874-1888. Batch M713744 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1885-1886 - Sumter County Marriage Index 1885-1886 (from newspapers) Georgia Pioneers ($)
  • 1888-1895 - Sumter County Marriage Book 9 Index 1888-1895. Batch M713745 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sumter County, Georgia. Page 160 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 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 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.