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Wayne County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Wayne County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded May 11, 1803
County Seat Jesup
Address Wayne County Courthouse]
242 E Walnut Street; PO Box 918;
Jesup, GA 31598
Phone: 912.427.5930 
Wayne County Website


County Courthouse

Wayne County Courthouse
242 E Walnut Street; PO Box 918;
Jesup, GA 31598
Phone: (912) 427-5930 

Probate Court has birth, marriage, death and probate records; Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records[1]

Wayne County Supperior Court
174 North Brunswick St.
Jesup, GA 31546
P.O. Box 920,
Jesup, GA 31598
Telephone: (912) 427-5930
Fax: (912) 427-5939

Wayne County Probate court
174 N Brunswick St,
Jesup, GA 31546
Telephone: (912) 427-5930

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


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The county is named after Revolutionary War General "Mad" Anthony Wayne (1745-1796).[2]

Parent County

1803--Wayne County was created 11 May 1803 from Creek Indian Lands. County seat: Jesup [3]

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

No reported loss or damage.[4]


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Appling  • Brantley  • Glynn  • Long  • McIntosh  • Pierce  • Tattnall

Wayne CountyPierce CountyBrantley CountyGlynn CountyMcIntosh CountyLong CountyLiberty CountyLiberty CountyChatham CountyBryan CountyTattnall CountyToombs CountyWheeler CountyMontgomery CountyJeff Davis CountyAppling CountyBacon CountyWare CountyClinch CountyCharlton CountyCamden CountyGAWayne.JPG

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records


LDS Cemetery Records

US Vol. 5
page 155 - Rogers Cemetery
page 155 - Little Cemetery


Church Records

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Satilla

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Jesup

  • 1851, 1870-1955 - St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Jesup, Baptism Index 1851, 1870-1955. Batch C713941 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
  • 1893-1895 - St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Jesup, Marriage Index 1893-1895. Batch M713941 at FamilySearch - free.[5]



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 Wayne County, Georgia Genealogy. 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.




Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Wayne County, Georgia Genealogy 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 Wayne County, Georgia Genealogy:

- 26th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company C
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project



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


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).


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

Marriage Records

1828 - 1978 Georgia Marriage Records from Select Counties 1828-1978 at Ancestry.com — index and images $ 1699 - 1944 Georgia Marriages 1699-1944 at Ancestry.com— index $

  • 1809-1814 - Wayne County Marriage Index 1809-1814. Batch M713931 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
  • 1815-1875 - Wayne County Marriage Index 1815-1875. Batch M713932 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
  • 1876-1895 - Wayne County Marriage Index 1876-1895. Batch M713933 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
Death Records

1919 - 1998 Georgia Deaths 1919-1998 at Ancestry.com — index $

Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Wayne County Historical Society
125 NE Broad St
Jesup , GA 31546-4370

Wayne County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 2599
Richmond, IN 47375
Wayne County Genealogical Society

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Centers for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wayne County, Georgia. Page 162 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "Anthony Wayne," Wikipedia.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 58-59. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 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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