Ben Hill County, Georgia

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

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Ben Hill County, Georgia
Map
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Location of Georgia in the U.S.
Facts
Founded July 31, 1906
County Seat Fitzgerald
Courthouse
Address Ben Hill County Courthouse
602 401 E Central Avenue
Fitzgerald, GA 31750
Phone: 229.426.5135
Ben Hill County Website

Contents

Ben Hill County Georgia Courthouse



County Clerk has divorce, court and land records from 1907;

Probate Judge has birth, marriage, divorce, burial and probate records[1]

Ben Hill County Georgia History

Local histories are available for Ben Hill 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

1906--Ben Hill County was created 31 July 1906 from Irwin and Wilcox Counties. County seat:  Fitzgerald [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Ben Hill County Georgia Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Ben Hill County Georgia Genealogy 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

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Newspapers Extracts and Abstracts

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

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.

Ben Hill County Georgia Genealogy Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Ben Hill County Georgia Genealogy Websites

Ben Hill County Georgia Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ben Hill County, Georgia. Page 151 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).