Georgia Probate Records

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Online Resources

To see a listing of all Family History Library Georgia probate resources, use the FamilySearch Catalog:

  • Enter United States, Georgia as the Place
  • Enter Probate as the Subject

The listing will include resources of online indexes and images as well as resources available at the Family History Library. Also, community 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 Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

History

The colonial courts of Georgia kept some early probate records, but few records from the colonial period exist today. From 1777 to 1798 and since 1852, the court of ordinary or register of probates in each county 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. The Family History Library, for example, has probate records from Fulton County that include letters of administration, guardianship, executors, inventories and appraisements, bonds, 12-months support, minutes, annual returns and vouchers, bills of sale, and wills. These are generally from the years 1829 to 1930.

Published Indexes

Important published indexes of probate records include:

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