Terrell County, Georgia Genealogy

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

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Online Records

Terrell County, Georgia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Georgia
Location of Georgia in the U.S.
Founded February 16, 1856
County Seat Dawson
Address Terrell County Courthouse
235 E Lee Street
Dawson, GA 31742-2100
Phone: 229.995.4108
Terrell County Website


County Courthouse

Terrell County Courthouse
235 E Lee Street
Dawson, GA 31742-2100
Phone: 229.995.4108

County Health Department has birth and death records;
probate court has marriage and probate records Clerk
Superior Court has divorce and court records from 1919
and land records from 1826[1]


Parent County

1856--Terrell County was created 16 February 1856  fromLee AndRandolph Counties. County seat: Dawson [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties






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





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).


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.

  • 1856-1885 - Terrell County Marriage Books A and B Index 1856-1885. Batch M713811 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1869-1888 - Terrell County Marriage Index 1869-1888. Batch M713812 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1885-1886 - Terrell County Marriages from old Newspapers 1885-1886 at Georgia Pioneers ($)
  • 1885-1896 - Terrell County Marriage Book C Index 1885-1896. Batch M713813 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1888-1895 - Terrell County Marriage Index 1888-1895. Batch M713814 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers


Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Terrell 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 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.