Coffee County, Georgia Genealogy

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

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Coffee County, Georgia
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Georgia
Location of Georgia in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 9, 1854
County Seat Douglas
Courthouse
Address Coffee County Courthouse
101 So Peterson Avenue
Douglas, GA 31533
Phone: 912.384.4799
Coffee County Website

Contents

Coffee County Georgia Courthouse

Clerk Superior Court has divorce and land recors from 1854
and some military discharge records from 1919; Probate Court
has marriage and probate records; County Health Department
has birth and death records[1]

Coffee County Georgia History

Local histories are available for Coffee 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.

Parent County

1854--Coffee County was created 9 February 1854 fromClinch, Irwin, Telfair andWare Counties.
County seat: Douglas [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1898 and 1938 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

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

Coffee County Georgia Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Coffee County Georgia Genealogy Resources

Cemeteries

Church

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Douglas

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

  • Ward, Warren P. Ward's History of Coffee County: A Story Dealing with the Past and Present of Coffee County, Beginning with the Early Settlers about the Year 1800, Discussing the Creek Indians and the Pioneers, Leading Up to the Creation of Coffee County in 1854, Old Families, Old Schools and Churches, Showing the Conditions During the Civil War and Ending Up with the Spirit of Progress, which is Evident in Better Schools, and a More Intelligent Civilization: Showing that Coffee County in South Georgia is God's Country and a Good Place to Live in the Year 1930.. Atlanta: Press of Foote & Davies Co., c1930. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Probate

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

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).

Marriage
  • 1871-1897 - Coffee County Marriage Index 1871-1897. Batch M723491 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1885-1904 - Coffee County Marriage Index 1885-1904. Batch M723492 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
Death
  • 1859-60, 1879-80 - Coffee County, Georgia Genealogy Mortality Schedules at Ancestry ($).

Coffee County Georgia Genealogy Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Coffee County Georgia Genealogy Websites

Coffee County Georgia Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Coffee County, Georgia. Page 153 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 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/0/09/Igigeorgiaad.pdf.