Wilkinson County, Georgia

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

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Founded May 11, 1803
County Seat Hettinger
Courthouse
Address Wilkinson County Courthouse]
PO Box 250
Irwinton, GA 31042
Phone: 478.946.2221 
Wilkinson County Website

Contents

County Courthouse

Wilkinson County Courthouse
PO Box 250
Irwinton, GA 31042
Phone: 478.946.2221 

Clerk Superior Court has some divorce records
and land records from 1852[1]

History

Local histories are available for Wilkinson 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

1803--Wilkinson County was created 11 May 1803 from Creek Indian Lands.  County seat:  Irwinton [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1829, 1854, 1864 and 1924 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


Resources

Cemeteries

Church

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

  • Davidson, Victor. History of Wilkinson County. n.p.: John Ball Chapter, D.A.R., c1930. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Maps

Military

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).

Wills
  • 1817-1860 - Wilkinson County, Georgia Wills 1817-1860 (abstracts) at Georgia Pioneers ($).
Additional Probate Records
  • 1820-1853 - Index to Wilkinson County, Georgia Annual Returns and Estates 1820-1853 at Georgia Pioneers ($).

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.

Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wilkinson County, Georgia. Page 162 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).